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Flood Damage Prompts Online Art Auction by Lakes International Comic Art Festival

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A colour separation from Bryan Talbot’s critically-acclaimed Tale of One Bad Rat, plus art by Graham Dury for VIZ and a Bone image by Jeff Smith are just some of the items on offer in the Lakes International Comic Art Festival’s latest auction

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is to auction some fantastic pieces of original comic art in an effort to raise funds after the loss of thousands of pounds worth of giclees, prints, tables, books and other equipment in the devastating floods that hit Kendal last December.

The Festival has  been helping others in Kendal affected by the floods that wreaked havoc on the North West, joining Fanfare UK who donated 100 fleece blankets and sleeping bags with comic art on them to kids after the storms – but now need help to replace lost items.

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Some of the art being offered – which includes work by Steven Appleby, Bryan Talbot, Darwyn Cooke, Jamie HewlettJeff SmithJonathan Edwards and Simon Gurr – was created specifically for the Festival. Other art is from published comics and graphic novels and has been generously donated by the artists.

“Our offices were severely damaged by the flooding in Kendal last month,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “We lost  thousands of pounds worth of giclees, prints, tables, books and other equipment. As a small festival with big ambitions this was the last thing we needed.”

Auction organiser Peter Kessler has set up a special micro site for the auction, with all items being offered for sale via eBay. Simply click on any item on the gallery page, and you’ll be taken directly to its Ebay item page.

“We really don’t want to see these works go, as they are absolutely gorgeous,” says Peter. “But fund-raising comes first for a charity like ours – and we know collectors will look after them well. So please be generous!

• The auction web site is at https://sites.google.com/site/licafonlineauction/home. The auction on eBay closes on Saturday 6th February 2016 at 5.00pm

The fourth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 14-16 October 2016 in Kendal, Cumbria, celebrating great comic art from across the world. It is the only one of its kind in the UK taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend.

The festival features comic artists from around the world, as well as performance, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, master classes, live drawing and independent retailers and publishers. Our events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life. A free family zone provides drop-in activities for all ages, alongside a series of fantastic workshops for kids and teenagers. The Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings the town together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art.

Web: www.comicartfestival.com

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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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