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The 2018 Lakes International Comic Art Festival: A Quick Primer

Lakes International Comic Art Festival - September 2018 BannerA world of comic art will be arriving in Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, 12–14th October, 2018. downthetubes readers know this already of course, especially if you’ve been following our “Festival Focus” interviews with comic artists and writers, but what can you expect from this year’s Cumbria comics extravaganza?

Well, here’s a quick guide you can use to tempt your comics friends into the depths of the woolly North of England…

This year, the Festival is even bigger and better than ever, with over 70 of the best comic artists, writers and creators heading to the Lake District for a packed comic art weekend spectacular.

Whether you’re a comic art addict, new to the world of comics or just love exceptional art and storytelling – the weekend has something for everyone, with kick-ass super heroes, future worlds, fantastical creatures, zombies, crime fighters, politics, satire, documentary, comedy, manga and much more. The world of comic art is a diverse and spectacular place, bursting with creations that transport us to other dimensions.

The family-friendly Festival takes over the Brewery Arts Centre and many other venues in Kendal, Cumbria for a weekend of wonderful events, activities and workshops for all ages.

The legendary Comics Clock Tower, open on the Saturday and Sunday, is full of independent creators, publishers and retailers, representing a wide range of comics from around the world. And new for 2018, the Festival has also introduced a new zone, the CCT Xtra, with even more creators including the Scottish Comics Bothy. With an Out of Hours line-up, the Festival continues into the evenings with fun-filled antics for pass holders.

“We have a fantastic line-up for the festival this year and even more exhibitors showcasing their creative talent across the town,” says Julie Tait, Festival Director. ” There are artists and creators joining us from many countries including India, Finland, the US, Canada, France, Denmark and, of course, creators from the UK.

“Whether you are new to comics or a serious fan, you’ll find something new to discover at the festival. We look forward to welcoming you all to Kendal in October.”

Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard dons the Comic Laureate "Cape" at the 2016 Lakes international Comic Art Festival
Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard dons the Comic Laureate “Cape” at the 2016 Lakes international Comic Art Festival

Guests include:

  • Joe Kelly, American comic book writer, penciler and editor
  • Cartoonists Graham Dury, Simon Thorp, the creators of VIZ
  • Mikiko Claire Ponczeck, German-Japanese comic book artist
  • Orijit Sen, an Indian graphic artist and designer and creator of India’s first graphic novel
  • Robbie Morrison, best known for his work on 2000AD
  • Emma Vieceli – critically acclaimed artist, whose work includes Doctor Who and Vampire Academy
  • Charlie Adlard, the Walking Dead artist and curent Comics Laureate
  • Satoshi Kitamura, Japanese children’s picture book author and illustrator
  • Ian James Rankin, Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels
  • Steven Appleby,  the creator of comic strips for many newspapers, including The Guardian, The Observer and The Times
  • Kripa Joshi, the creator of Miss Moti, a character who has been featured in BBC Women’s Hour, BBC Asian Network, the Guardian and other international publications
  • Steve McGarry, the most syndicated British cartoonist, based in the USA, and President of the National Cartoonists Society
  • Frank Quitely, Glaswegian comic work includes New X Men, We3, All Star Superman
  • David Silverman, extraordinary cartoonist, director and animator with credits include The Simpsons

Lakes International Comic Art Festival - Friday Sessions LogoThe 2018 Festival includes…

  • Live drawing from some of the biggest international comic artists
  • Talks, presentations and masterclasses – come and learn from the best
  • A comic marketplace – newly extended for 2018 with the big names and independent publishers
  • Comic signings with artists, writers and creators
  • A family-zone packed with activities for young, budding artists and comic art fans
  • Comic art exhibitions in our gallery spaces
  • International comic book launches – be the first to get your hands on the latest releases
  • Comic-themed films – the festival has three state-of-the-art cinema screens
  • Comic art trail throughout the town of Kendal
  • New for 2018, the Friday Sessions with talks and debates featuring leading comic creators
  • Evening entertainment, music, comedy and cabaret
  • Fantastic selection of restaurants, cafés and pubs
  • And it’s all happening in the glorious Lake District!

Traces of the Great War - Edmund Badoin

Highlights in numbers…

  • Over 70 comic artists, writers and creators joining us for one spectacular comic art weekend
  • One epic debate on Friday evening: Marvel v DC, which is best?
  • Seven live draws over the weekend including the The (Legendary) Big Zombie Comic Draw
  • Over 35 weekend comic events, all free to pass holders
  • Five unmissable comic exhibitions over the festival weekend
  • Five comic films over the weekend including the winner of the Greatest Comic Book Movie Ever debate on Sunday
  • The launch of Traces of the Great War, an ambitious co-commissioned comic anthology

Don’t miss out, book early and get your weekend Festival pass. All weekend and day pass holders receive an exclusive set of comic art postcards.

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will be back in Kendal 12th – 14th October 2018. Tickets for the Festival are on sale now at: www.comicartfestival.com 

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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