Lakes International Comic Art Festival releases full programme

Simply crammed with information about this year’s three day-long Lakes International Comic Art Festival weekend (14th – 16th October) in Kendal, in addition to full coverage of the event on event’s web site, the 2016 Festival Programme is available to view and download now.

This year’s Festival offers an absolutely packed programme this year, including guest talks, film screenings, workshops (sign up fast, because places are going quickly!), the ever popular Comics Clock Tower, exhibitions, pop up events, unexpected comic mural drawing (including one by last year’s mural champ, Joe Decie – in Morrisons!)

Bryan Lee O'Malley

Bryan Lee O’Malley

Mick McMahon

Mick McMahon

Guests this year include: Charlie AdlardEdmond BaudoinRoberto BartualJordi BernetDan BerryAdam BrockbankKate Charlesworth, Dave CraneRufus DaygloJoe DecieOliver EastThe Etherington BrothersDuncan FegredoRobin FurthTom GauldIsabel GreenbergBen HeggartyIlyaJoe KellySally KindbergPaula KnightAidan KochOlivier KuglerBryan Lee O’MalleyJohn Martz, Luke McGarry and Steve McGarryDave McKean, Mick McMahonLeah Moore and John Reppion, Ken NiimuraBenoît PeetersSean PhillipsPaco RocaMartin RowsonFrank SantoroJade SarsonGilbert SheltonNicola StreetenBryan TalbotMary M. TalbotPaul ThomasCraig ThompsonUnaEmma Vieceli, the VIZ team, Tillie WaldenIan Williams and Connor Willumsen.

Robin Furth

Robin Furth

Joining this growing list of top international and British comics guests, in partnership with The Finnish Institute of London , will be artists Hanneriina Moisseinen , Virpi Oinonen , Ville Ranta, Johanna Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen , along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta , the latter part of the Comics in Concert project.

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. The 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.

This year’s presenters are Warren BernardHannah BerryChris ButcherAlex FitchJohn FreemanMel GibsonPaul GravettPeter Kessler, John McShane and Chris Thompson.

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. Among others, you’ll find Bunny and ChipOrson and Geoffrey (ZEEL) CouplandRobert DeasPaul Harrison-DaviesMarc JacksonLancaster Guardian cartoonist Jack KnightJoe Matthews of Funny Monster ComicsGraham Pearce (creator of Sgt Mike Battle), Sloth Comics,  Aidan SaundersJordan Vigay and Tim Perkins.

Exhibitors in the Comics Clock Tower “marketplace” and the Brewery Malt Room for 2016 include All Things ThomJoe Bailey Sculpture & DesignKathryn BriggsKeith BurnsSilvia CarrusJames ChapmanThe Cartoonists’ Club of Great BritainClockwork Watch FilmsZu DominiakEdieOPGary ErskineFungiiGet Well GamersSarah GraleyHappy Space SlothDaisy HillyardHitsville UKInk Splattery, the Jeff Hawke ClubDaisy HillyardLuke HydeTom KindleyRoger LangridgeJoe LathamDavid LeachLines of EnquiryAimee LockwoodAurora MelchorMidnight MilkAdam MurphyNever Ever AfterStray LinesRichard SwanThis Man, This Pete!Tiny PencilAmanda Eleanor TribbleMyfanwy TristramUniversity of Cumbria Comic Book CollectiveTom WardDan Watters and Caspar WijngaardChris WelchAndrew WildmanJennifer Winetrobe and Aneurin Wright.

Plus, look out for publishers Arctic Ring ComicsDisconnected Press, Fanfare/Ponent Mon, HumanoidsMyriad EditionsThe Phoenix, Self Made Hero, Soaring Penguin Press, TPub Comics and Wobbly Rock.

Retailers in the Clock Tower this year are First Age Comics, Forbidden Planet International, Imagination Station, Knot Like That, Orbital Comics and Page 45

• Tickets are on sale now from the Brewery web site here and you can view and download the 2016 Programme on Issuu

• In a hurry? Here’s the Festival in a Flash!

• You can also book tickets by phone by calling Kendal’s Brewery Box Office on 01539 725133

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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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