Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019 Hell of a Comic Art Challenge

Hellboy-inspired “Hell of a Comic Art Challenge” launched by Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019 Hell of a Comic Art ChallengeThe Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019 is inviting students of the arts, young comic art enthusiasts and the next generation of comic creators to flex their creative talents by exploring the depths of Hell to create a new comic character.

The Hell of a Comic Art Challenge, a competition supported by the University of Cumbria, is a devilishly excellent opportunity for you to showcase your hot comic art talent and you could end up being part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival tribute exhibition to the one and only Hellboy, the creation of Mike Mignola. Plus – there are some cool prizes!

Artist Duncan Fegredo is curating the Hellboy exhibition, which will include artwork from Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo and others.

Your challenge as a comics creator/ artist, should you accept it, is to get creatively fired up and delve into the depths of the comic art underworld and develop your own inspiring character, who defy both fire and brimstone to be a shining new superhero.

The competition, open now and closing 30th August 2019, is a tribute to Hellboy and like the loveable, intensely red and horned half-demon, your superhero must be a force for good!

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019 Hell of a Comic Art Challenge

The competition is open to students of the arts and will be judged by comic artist Duncan Fegredo, ACE Board member Gemma Sosnowsky and LICAF Festival Director Julie Tait. The winning entries will be announced on 5th October 2019 – Hellboy’s birthday!

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Early Bird PromotionThe seventh Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 11-13th October 2019 in Kendal, Cumbria, celebrating great comic art from across the world, an event focused on how comics are always Pushing Boundaries, while celebrating, as usual, the rich diversity of the entire comics medium.

Announced guests so far  are Japanese manga artist Junko Mizuno, who has also provided the stunning poster art for this year’s Festival, Pénélope Bagieu, Doug BraithwaiteBecky Cloonan, Garth Ennis and Rob Williams – with many more international and British guests to be announced.

Download the full briefing for the Hell of a Comic Art Challenge here on the Festival web site here (PDF Link) | Related Web Page

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns to Kendal at various venues across the town 11th – 13th October 2019 – Early Bird Passes are on Sale Now until 31st March 2019 at

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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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