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Young fans, unfazed by bad weather, at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Photo: LICAF From The Trenches and In Pictures: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018 (10/15/2018) by John Freeman - This year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival – the weekend-long event in Kendal, Cumbria, now in its sixth year – saw dedicated comics fans brave Storm Callum in their hundreds to enjoy a weekend of creator events, exhibitions (some still on), steampunk, book launches and more this weekend. For me, it was a bit ofContinue reading From The Trenches and In Pictures: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018
Vworp - Day of the First Doctor Vworp announces Day of the First Doctor event in Manchester (10/15/2018) by John Freeman - Vworp – an independent celebration of Doctor Who – is hosting Day of the First Doctor on Sunday 25th November 2018, at The Bread Shed in Manchester An entire day focused on the William Hartnell era of the show, expect a day of special guests, panels, screenings, art and fun that you have come toContinue reading Vworp announces Day of the First Doctor event in Manchester
Commando 363 - Jungle Phantom - art by Cam Kennedy 50 years on, artist Cam Kennedy is reunited with his first ever Commando – and it isn’t the issue everyone thought (10/14/2018) by John Freeman - There was a surprise in store for comic artist Cam Kennedy at this weekend’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, when downthetubes contributor Colin Noble reunited him with a comic he drew 50 years ago that set him out on his career at DC Thomson. At the end of an early morning “Live Draw” yesterday, with CamContinue reading 50 years on, artist Cam Kennedy is reunited with his first ever Commando – and it isn’t the issue everyone thought
Malta Comic Con 2018 - Laura Howell Beano artist Laura Howell joins huge Malta Comic Con 2018 guest line-up (10/13/2018) by John Freeman - Wicked Comics have announced another wave of guests for Malta Comic Con 2018 next month, who work either with independent publishers or with renowned publishing houses from around the world, including the Beano‘s “Minnie the Minx” artist Laura Howell. Laura should need no introduction to most downthetubes readers. In 2006, she became the first female artistContinue reading Beano artist Laura Howell joins huge Malta Comic Con 2018 guest line-up
CDP students at the British Library. Image courtesy British Library British Library offers opportunity to study for a PhD in British Digital Comics (10/12/2018) by John Freeman - The British Library has opened its new round of applications for funded collaborative PhD studentships, and this year there is an opportunity to study for a PhD in British Digital Comics. Academics at UK universities are being invited to submit proposals for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships with the British Library, which will support up toContinue reading British Library offers opportunity to study for a PhD in British Digital Comics
Hunt Emerson Hunt Emerson wins Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art (10/12/2018) by John Freeman - The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced Hunt Emerson as the winner of the Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art for 2018. Hunt, who is highly regarded internationally for his work as a graphic novelist, and as a cartoonist for a variety of magazines including Fortean Times and Beano, was announced as winnerContinue reading Hunt Emerson wins Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art
Hannah Berry. Photo Claire McNamee Hannah Berry announced as new Comics Laureate at Lakes International Comic Art Festival (10/12/2018) by John Freeman - Award-winning author Hannah Berry, creator of the critically-acclaimed graphic novels Adamtine and Livestock, whose credits include work for New Statesman, was announced as the new Comics Laureate at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival earlier this evening, Saturday 13th October 2018. Current Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard, who continues in the role until February 2019, was on handContinue reading Hannah Berry announced as new Comics Laureate at Lakes International Comic Art Festival
downthetubes - 1988 - 2018 - Thank you SNIP 20 Years and Counting – Thank You for supporting downthetubes! (10/12/2018) by John Freeman - As I prepare to head northwards to this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, in Kendal, I’d just like to thank all our readers for their support as we celebrate 20 years of downthetubes. We wouldn’t be here without you! My thanks also, to the amazing team of both regular and guest writers who workContinue reading 20 Years and Counting – Thank You for supporting downthetubes!
Cthullu Kids - Banner In Review: Cthulhu Kids, All Ages Cosmic Terror & Mythos Madness! (10/12/2018) by John Freeman - Writer: Peter Duncan Artist: Andrew Pawley The Comic: Meet the Cthulhu Kids at The Miskatonic Academy for Outer Entities- the most exclusive school in the multiverse for the children of Elder Things and Outer Gods! A mash up of vintage kids comics and the existential terror of an infinite universe. The Review: What do you getContinue reading In Review: Cthulhu Kids, All Ages Cosmic Terror & Mythos Madness!
Unity Wall art project launches at Lakes Festival this weekend (10/12/2018) by John Freeman - The team behind the The Unity Wall project, which intends to showcase the creative talent of artists from around the globe, will be on the hunt for artists interested in contributing to a unique comics project at this weekend’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival. The Unity Wall is a project which intends to showcase theContinue reading Unity Wall art project launches at Lakes Festival this weekend

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