Lakes International Comic Art Festival Tickets Go On Sale Today

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Poster 2014

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced that tickets are now on sale for its massive weekend of comic events in Kendal, Cumbria in October (17th – 19th October 2014).

Comic book creator Becky Cloonan at the November 2008 Big Apple Convention in Manhattan. Photo: NightScream

Comic book creator Becky Cloonan at the November 2008 Big Apple Convention in Manhattan. Photo: NightScream

In just its second year the Festival features an increasingly stellar line up of comics creators and designers encompassing a wide range of genres, including international guests such as artist Becky Cloonan (who, along with her many independently-created works, was the first female artist to draw the main Batman title for DC Comics), digital comics guru Scott McCloud, top comics writer Gail SimoneJunko Mizuno,  the award-winning Wilfried Lupano and Jeremie Moreau (creators of the acclaimed graphic novel The Hartlepool Monkey), Bone creator Jeff Smith and Dutch cartoonist Joost Swarte – plus a host of home-grown British artists, writers and illustrators.

Dave Gibbons

Dave Gibbons

Just a few of the many creators in this year’s line-up are the legendary Watchmenco-creator, artist Dave GibbonsSunday Times-featured artist Nick Abadzis,Walking Dead artist Charlie AdlardDoctor Who artists Mark Buckingham and Mike Collins, 2014 Eisner award nominee creator Rob Davis, Marvel Comics artist Gary Erskine, top designer Rian Hughes2000AD and Batman artist Jock, leading independent artist Sean PhlllipsThe Beano and VIZ artist Lew Stringer and many top independent comic creators, such as Luther Arkwright and Grandville creator Bryan Talbot and Vampire Academy artist Emma Vieceli.

(For further information on creator’s works, visit the Festival’s web site –

The Festival features more than 50 carefully-produced events with often unusual combinations of guests, unusual presentations and new formats. It includes films and live draws alongside workshops and master classes including a whole programme dedicated to children and teenagers. Themes and strands include Konichewa Japan, Vive la France!, Lost in Space, The Great War in Comics and Just for Laughs?

Plus, the Festival offers a huge, free, Comic Marketplace in Kendal’s Clock Tower, crammed with publisher stands, creators offering art and sketches – and, of course, there will be plenty of comics for sale. (Full details of the family zone and Comics Clock Tower plus full exhibitions programme and more will be released in May and June, but look out for creators such as Isabel Greenberg, writer Ian Edginton, Great Beast publisher Adam Cadwell among many others). There’ll also be a pop-up Forbidden Planet for the weekend.

With a firm eye on developing new comic talent there are also plenty of workshops for aspiring comic creators to sign up for.

“The first festival ran like a well-oiled machine, with many people stating that it seemed like a long-established event,” enthuses Festival guest and founding patron Bryan Talbot. “If you only go to one comic event this year, this is the one that’s unmissable.”

“The organisers are building on last year’s resounding success to make this year’s festival outstanding,” added fellow patron Mary Talbot. “There’s another stunning array of guests and exhibitions, events and competitions – so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Like last year, only even better!”

“One of the most popular questions after our first festival in 2013 was how would we be able to match its breadth, scale and quality,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “We hope this year’s programme (with a few surprises still to come) will answer that question.

“We are delighted to have an increased number of international creators and to have broadened the genres too. Meanwhile we have listened to feedback and have extended the range of the family zone and have made the Comics Clocktower free to the public. And we can assure you that Kendal will be even more of a comic art town for the weekend”

• Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival are on sale now. Sign up for the Festival’s newsletter here for the latest news! Web:

The Full Guest List announced so far (we gather there are a few more names to come even now!):

International Guests

Photo of comics author/artist Scott McCloud at a book signing in Montreal, Quebec. Photo: Simon Law

Comics author/artist Scott McCloud at a book signing in Montreal, Quebec. Photo: Simon Law

  • Nick Abadzis (yes, we know he’s British but jet setter that he is these days, he’s flying in from New York!)
  • Becky Cloonan
  • Peter Van Heirseele
  • Wilfrid Lupano
  • Scott McCloud
  • Junko Mizuno
  • Jeremie Moreau
  • Ivan Petrus
  • Romuald Reutimann
  • Gail Simone
  • Jeff Smith
  • Joost Swarte
  • Jorg Tittel
Dez Skinn. Photo: Aniko

Warrior creator and publisher, and the man who brought us Doctor Who Weekly, Dez Skinn. Photo: Aniko


  • John Aggs
  • Rob Bliss
  • Adam Brockbank
  • Charlie Adlard
  • Doug Braithwaite
  • Mark Buckingham
  • John Clark
  • Mike Collins
  • Stephen Collins
  • Darryl Cunningham
  • Rob Davis
  • Glyn Dillon
  • Oliver East
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Artist Gary Erskine chatting with fans in the Clock Tower at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Far left: locally-based artist Kate Holden. In the background: artist Conor Boyle on the Disconnected Press stand

    Artist Gary Erskine chatting with fans in the Clock Tower at last year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Far left: locally-based artist Kate Holden, who is also a guest at this year’s event. Read our review of last year’s Festival by Jeremy Briggs

    Gary Erskine

  • Felt Mistress (Louise Evans)
  • Martin Geraghty
  • Merlin Goodbrey
  • Dave Gibbons
  • Scott Gray
  • Nick Hayes
  • Kate Holden
  • Rian Hughes
  • Jock
  • Joe List
  • Lizz Lunney
  • Metaphrog
  • Robbie Morrison
  • Sean Phillips
  • Woodrow Phoenix
  • Tim Pilcher
  • Kimberley Pope
  • Dermot Power
  • Jade Sarson
  • Dez Skinn
  • Lew Stringer
  • Kev F. Sutherland
  • Bryan Talbot
  • Donya Todd
  • Emma Vieceli
  • Joff Winterhart

2014 Comics Marathon Team

  • Dan Berry
  • Kristyna Baczynski
  • Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
  • Joe Decie
  • Sarah McIntyre
  • Fumio Obata
  • Jack Teagle



  • Joelle Bernard
  • Hannah Berry
  • Pete Doherty
  • Hunt Emerson
  • Alex Fitch
  • John Freeman
  • David Gaffney
  • Mel Gibson
  • Paul Gravett
  • Stephen L Holland
  • John McShane
  • Gavin Pollock
  • Nicola Streeten
  • Chris J. Thompson
  • Russell Willis

• Read our review of last year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival by Jeremy Briggs

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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