LICAF Live reveals free online “Thinking Comics” line-up, launching next week

MANGASIA by Paul Gravett

LICAF Live, the virtual version of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival running 9th – 11th October 2020, includes a thought-provoking “Thinking Comics” programme that promises a host of lively presentations by some of comics’ leading thinkers.

Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, Elyon’s, Paul Gravett, Bobby Joseph, Pavel Korinek, John McShane, Benoît Peeters and Pierre Lungheretti, courtesy of the French Institute, will offer a series of presentations, covering subjects such as Diversity and Representation in Comics, the Future of Comics, Being an African Artist in Africa, and examinations and celebrations of comics history, some general, some specific.

Presented alongside “A Different View”, a challenging range of virtual exhibitions, the “Thinking Comics” programme aims to challenge, inspire and educate, exploring many fascinating aspects of the “Ninth Art”.

“The comics industry and comic creators face many challenges but also new opportunities at present, notes Festival Director Julie Tait. “Examining what has gone before, what is happening now and what might be yet to come is important, and we’re glad LICAF Live can provide that opportunity.”

“Thinking Comics tries to play with the format of the presentation, adds LICAF Associate Director Richard Foster, “from the challenging and academic, through the encyclopaedic to the enthusiastic and a little bit bonkers. All offer fresh new insights and passionate arguments.”

• All the “Thinking Comics” presentations will be available to watch on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site from 7.00pm on Friday 9th October 2020

For the full line up of “Thinking Comics” events visit this page on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site

For the full line up of the “A Different View” virtual exhibitions that form part of LICAF Live, visit this page on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site


• For the latest news about Lakes International Comic Art Festival Live 2020 visit www.comicartfestival.com | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Podcast | Tapas | Sign up for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dl479j

• The Virtual Comics Clock Tower is online at licafclocktower.com

• LITTLE LICAF is on Facebook and Instagram

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2021: 15th – 17th October 2021

The Dangers of Thinking Too Much About Comics with the Really Heavy Greatocat by John Freeman and Nick Miller

Thinking Comics: The Line-Up

TIME, SPACE AND NARRATION, FROM WINSOR MCCAY TO RICHARD MCGUIRE

Benoît Peeters presents new ways to explore the language of comics, highlighting experimental comics and visual novels from across the last century. He suggests these works are as innovative and groundbreaking as 20th century film and challenge our perception of time, space and narration in unique ways.

CHANGE WILL HAPPEN, ONCE WE MAKE IT HAPPEN: DIVERSITY AND REPRESENTATION IN UK COMICS

Scotland Yardie by Bobby Joseph

Bobby Joseph presents a personal perspective on the current situation in BAME inspired comics and for their creators. His passionate presentation includes a call to action for BAME comic creatives across the UK.

BEING AN AFRICAN ARTIST IN AFRICA

Art by Elyon's

Elyon’s is one of Africa’s most innovative comic creators as well as a stand-up comedian, comic festival Director and curator. In her lively and very personal presentation Elyon’s explores what it takes to be a successful African artist in the unique circumstances of the African continent.

EVERYBODY’S MAKING PEANUTS: WHAT WE LEARNT FROM THE FIRST UK COMICS CREATOR SURVEY, AND WHERE WE GO FROM HERE

Art by Hannah Berry

During her term as UK Comics Laureate, Hannah Berry has spearheaded a project to survey the current state of the UK comics industry. In this presentation Hannah presents the findings of the research and suggest how this might support the development of the sector in the future.

A HISTORY OF AMERICAN WAR COMICS

John McShane explores the range of comics created in the USA during World War II and beyond. He highlights the range of responses these conflicts generated, from Captain America punching Hitler out of the park in 1940 to the Nam, a Marvel title that explored the realities for GI’s during the Vietnam War.

FUTURES OF COMICS

These extraordinarily difficult times give us a vital chance to reappraise the medium and its problems and potentials, local and global, technological and personal. Paul Gravett explores some of the issues and innovations, looking ahead at what ’The World That’s Coming’ may have in store.

COMFY, PUTZI, PUNTA – ON THE NECESSITY OF GLOBAL AND TRANSNATIONAL COMICS HISTORY

Pavel Korinek

Focusing on the case of Dolly Dimples and Bobby Bounce by Grace Gebbie Drayton, Pavel Kořínek explores the journey some comics take across national borders and how meanings and significance can change with a new national context.

2020 YEAR OF COMICS

BD 2020 is a programme of the French Ministry of Culture, the Centre national du livre and the Cité internationale de la bande-dessinée et de l’image. Pierre Lungheretti’s presentation celebrates the exceptional creativity of the sector, the innovative aspects of BD 2020 and the recent translations of French comics by British publishers.

LICAF Live: A Different View

LICAF Live is very excited to be presenting a number of online exhibitions, including artworks, films and curator insights from international artists.

Art by Toy_Box

WE KILLED ALL GREY – THE ART OF TOY_BOX

A virtual retrospective exhibition of the work of Toy_Box, one of Europe’s most innovative and challenging comic artists, ranging across comics, paintings, installation and protest art.

Toy_Box is one of few Czech female comics authors. Her creations have been awarded the Muriel award, the only prize that is given to comics books in the Czech Republic, for the best comics book and the best comics drawing in 2015.

Her multilayer art pieces vary from a large field between classical drawing and painting to streetart, making her one of the most outstanding creators of her generation.

NOMADIC PAGES – THE ART OF IGORT

A virtual exhibition exploring some of Igort’s most innovative and visually exciting work. 

Igort Tuveri, who publishes under the name of Igort, was born in 1958 in Cagliari, Sardinia, yet grew up surrounded by Russian culture. He has been working as a comic book author, illustrator, essayist and musician since the late 1970s.

THE WEIRDEST COMIC BOOK PANELS OF ALL TIME

LICAF has been collecting the most bizarre, disturbing, accidentally hilarious and just plain wrong comic panels that have ever appeared in print… And now they’re yours to enjoy!

CORONACARTOON OF THE YEAR

A virtual exhibition of cartoons about the pandemic, taken from newspapers and other sources worldwide. As well as looking at the wildly different approaches that cartoonists have taken, you can also vote for your favourite on the LICF Facebook Page.

• All the “Thinking Comics” presentations will be available to watch on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site from 7.00pm on Friday 9th October 2020

For the full line up of “Thinking Comics” events visit this page on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site

For the full line up of the “A Different View” virtual exhibitions that form part of LICAF Live, visit this page on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site


• For the latest news about Lakes International Comic Art Festival Live 2020 visit www.comicartfestival.com | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Podcast | Tapas | Sign up for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dl479j

• The Virtual Comics Clock Tower is online at licafclocktower.com

• LITTLE LICAF is on Facebook and Instagram

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2021: 15th – 17th October 2021

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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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