Lakes International Comic Art Festival opens exhibitor applications for Comics Clock Tower 2021

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has launched its invitation for exhibitors to the ninth Festival, which will run from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th October 2021, with the Comics Clock Tower planned to be open as usual in Kendal Town Hall on the Saturday and Sunday.

Lakes International Comic Art Festival - Comics Clock Tower 2019
A busy Comics Clock Tower back in 2019

This year, the Festival is offering full tables at £100 and half tables at £50, but cautions that they cannot offer shared tables this year.

“We are very excited about the prospect of a live Festival, and we’re currently very optimistic about the option of running an actual Comics Clock Tower on the Saturday and Sunday,” says team member and CCT co-ordinator Carole Tait.

“We will be announcing our decision to go live, or virtual in May 2021, and no payment will be requested before this decision has been taken.

“In the event we do go ahead, we will take every measure to ensure our staff, volunteers, exhibitors and the public are safe.”

Publisher Kugali at the 2019 Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Publishers Kugali at the 2019 Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Festival organisation says that in the event that any ongoing coronavirus situation necessitates a change in plans for October, the all-year round Virtual Comics Clock Tower, where booked in exhibitors feature free of charge, will remain live.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone back at a physical Lakes International Comic Art Festival,” said a Festival spokesperson. “Let’s do all we can to make that happen!”

Full details on how to apply, including terms and conditions information, can be found here.

• All applications must be received by email to the address on site before no later than 5.00pm UK time on Friday 26th March 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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