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Manga in the spotlight at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Chie Kutsuwada, Fumo Obata and Paul Gravett head up “The Manga Phenomenon” at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival on Friday 5th October 2018. as regular downthetubes readers know, Manga is big business in Japan. Comics make up nearly 40% of the sales of all publications and several weekly manga magazines have among the highest circulationsContinue reading Manga in the spotlight at Cheltenham Literature Festival

On the Palm of Unknown - art by Fumio Obata

Fumio Obata’s thought-provoking “On the Palm of Unknown” exhibition opens in Whitehaven

A ground-breaking exhibition of comic art by Fumio Obata, On the Palm of Unknown, has gone on display at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, Cumbria, running until 25th March 2018. Commissioned by Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, the art project makes surprising connections between the nuclear plants at Fukushima and Sellafield. Originally from Japan, Fumio has spentContinue reading Fumio Obata’s thought-provoking “On the Palm of Unknown” exhibition opens in Whitehaven

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Lakes Festival Focus 2017: An Interview with comic artist Fumio Obata

The countdown has begun to this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October (13th – 15th). The downthetubes “Kendal Calling” interviews continue with a chat with comics artist and “reportage” author Fumio Obata. Fumio is an author whose work and inspiration come from cultural differences and social issues in his surroundings. His art styleContinue reading Lakes Festival Focus 2017: An Interview with comic artist Fumio Obata

Art by Sergio Aragonés

2017 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Programme Revealed, some of the British Comics events highlighted

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has just revealed its programme for its Festival Weekend in October 2017, celebrating comic art from across the world, and I’ve picked out just some of the highlights for fans of British comics. The Festival Weekend features over 70 international guests, including Sergio Aragonés, Stan Sakai, Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard, Hannah Berry, Melinda Gebbie,Continue reading 2017 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Programme Revealed, some of the British Comics events highlighted

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 24x7 Anthology

Delight For Brits nominated for Eisner Awards

The list of nominees for this year’s Eisner Awards has been announced and includes a number of British creators – and a nomination for the anthology 24 By 7, edited by Dan Berry and published by Fanfare, featuring strips created during the Lakes International Comic Art Festival‘s 24 Hour Comics Marathon in 2014. “Hand Me Down,” byContinue reading Delight For Brits nominated for Eisner Awards