The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th-19th October) has announced that Emma Vieceli has joined Grandville and Luther Arkwright author Bryan Talbot, artist Sean Phillips and writer Mary Talbot as a patron of the annual event.
“We were thrilled when Emma accepted our invitation to become the festival’s fourth patron,” commented Festival Director Julie Tait. “Emma is recognised as being at the forefront of comic art in the UK and has an international reputation for the quality and range of her work, for breaking new ground and for her ability to enthuse and inspire others both fellow creators and audiences too.
“These elements mirror what the festival is all about and we couldn’t have thought of a more appropriate advisor and advocate for our work.”
Says Emma: “For a long time now I’ve been saying ‘comics are about everything, for everyone’ and honestly meaning it. I, like many of us, strive for an industry where genre is the only label we need, and where we achieve a strong unity between creators, whatever their angle of approach on the scene. The Lakes Festival, as well as being in a part of the world that means a lot to me and my extended family, is an event that is fostering that ideal.
“The variety of guests is as exciting and diverse as the comics they make and critique, and so – when I was asked whether I’d be interested in becoming a patron of the event, I quickly and excitedly said yes! I hope I live up to the honour.“
Emma’s work includes the New York Times, best selling, Vampire Academy graphic novel series for Penguin Random House, the Yalsa 2013 recommended, Avalon Chronicles for Oni Press and her creator-owned and Eagle Award-nominated Dragon Heir with Sweatdrop Studios.
She’s currently working on the Alex Rider series for Walker books and her creator-owned BREAKS, with co-writer, Malin Ryden:
Everyone wears a mask. What we see of people on the surface is so rarely what’s ticking underneath. And, in Cortland Hunt’s case, what he’s hiding might just be more than Ian Tanner is prepared for. Breaks is the story of two young adults coming to terms with who they were, who they are and who they’ll become. It’s a love story…but a little broken.
The BREAKS prologue – a collectable, limited edition print – will be on sale at the Festival, focusing on one night which spirals out into the events of the series. “We wanted to offer something to start new readers off in comfort,” says Emma. “Sit down with a cuppa, read the prologue, get hooked and then join us at the site for free updates every week. No more issues to buy until the first arc trade…”
As well her work on comics, Emma has worked in both games and television, recently on the A&E television series, Bates Motel providing the sketchbook found by Norman Bates.
• Emma Vieceli’s official site: www.emmavieceli.com
• BREAKS official site: www.breakscomic.com
• Emma Vieceli on Patreon
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