Fish finger sandwiches draw in fans of Sean Phillips art!

Russell Brand by Sean Phillips
Russell Brand by Sean Phillips


A selection of images from last year’s fantastic The Art of Sean Phillips exhibition has just opened in a Kendal café, to help raise local awareness of this year’s upcoming Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th – 19th October)

Festival patron Sean, who lives in Milnthorpe, is a regular at Baba Ganoush, drawn(!), we’re told by their much-loved fishfinger sandwiches, and the exhibition includes the portrait of comedian Russell Brand, above. It’s another great example of how the Festival has got local business involved in the three day comics event, that enthusiastic particaption even more in evidence when the Windows Trail launches.

Drawing comics professionally since the age of fifteen, Eisner Award winning Sean Phillips has worked for all the major publishers. Since drawing Sleeper, Hellblazer, Batman, X-Men, Marvel Zombies and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Sean has concentrated on creator-owned books including Criminal, Incognito, Seven Psychopaths and Void. He recently finished drawing Fatale and is now working on Fade Out, a new project with his collaborator Ed Brubaker that’s part of a major five-year creator-owned project deal with the US publisher.

“It’s great to be involved with any festival that is interested in promoting the vast range of comics out there,” says Sean. “Comics is a medium, not a genre. It’s not just superheroes and the Beano, and this festival is a good chance to see that there are comics for everyone, no matter what their interests are.

“Comics can be used to tell any type of story in any genre, and that should be celebrated.”

Sean will be appearing at the Lakes Festival alongside designer and artist Rian Hughes for an event titled “Divas and Fatales“.

• Baba Ganoush is at Unit 4, Berrys Yard 27, Finkle Street, Kendal LA9 4AB. Web:

• Check out Sean’s web site at:

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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