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

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

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

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

Scotland in the spotlight at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival has played host to creators of many nations – and this year, the Scots will be among the nations in the spotlight over the Festival weekend in October. The weekend-long Festival will give visitors the chance to meet and greet some of Scotland’s best-known comic creators, (and those of ScottishContinue reading Scotland in the spotlight at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Commando 804 - Gas-Bag Gunmen. Art by Cam Kennedy

When Kennedy’s Collide: the Commando work of Cam and Ian Kennedy

When it comes to staying power, it is hard to come up with a better definition than comic artist Ian Kennedy’s career. Ably supported by his family, Ian has delighted generations of comic fans since he went freelance in the 1950s. By his own admission, if he accepted all the commissions he received, he might beContinue reading When Kennedy’s Collide: the Commando work of Cam and Ian Kennedy

Commando 384: Flying Fury

Commando: The Best Issues of the 1960s?

Someone has been really nice to me and loaned me their copies of the short-lived fanzine Achtung! Commando, a title published nearly 20 years ago now, dedicated to DC Thomson’s long-running war comic, edited by comics artist and historian Peter Richardson, While I have been enjoying it, one feature stands out – people picking out theirContinue reading Commando: The Best Issues of the 1960s?