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.
Some of the art being offered – which includes work by Steven Appleby, Bryan Talbot, Darwyn Cooke, Jamie Hewlett, Jeff Smith, Jonathan 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 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.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festivalhas just launched a fund-raising auction on eBay that will help raise finds for its 2015 outreach and Festival activities which includes artwork by Dave Gibbons, French artist Boulet,Jeff Smith and artists from VIZ.
All money raised from the sale of the items will go towards the LICAF 2015 festival.
Tickets are now selling fast for some of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival events, and organisers are warning that some events – such as digital comics guru Scott McCloud, Watchmen and Secret Service artist Dave Gibbons, Bone creator Jeff Smith and top Japanese manga artist Junko Mizuno– likely to sell out soon.
Sadly, one creator, Bryan Hitch, has been forced to cancel his appearance, but otherwise, the Festival organisers are telling us it’s all systems go for a terrific-looking weekend, bringing a European-style comic festival to the Lake District.
Demand for workshop places – many organised for children by the hugely popular The Phoenix comic – is also proving strong.
Locally, promotion for the Festival (17th – 19th October) is ramping up, with comics exhibitions, including “The Great War in Comics” and “The Universe Within” featuring the work of Doug Braithwaite up and running and a special comic-themed “Windows on Comic Art Trail” involving 40 local shops already in place.
A pre-Festival event in Kendal town centre on Saturday 4th October, with local businesses, including Game, helping highlight the upcoming event, their staff dressing up to highlight the fun to come when comic creators descend on the town next month. They’ll also be running child-friendly activities and some giving away free comics until they run out, thanks to Beano publisher DC Thomson, Doctor Who Magazine and others.
The events take place in Elephant Shopping Yard, involving Costa and Claire’s. Nearby clothes store Fat Face will have a Star Wars theme with a fantastic Star Wars Legacy Graphic Novel worth £19.99 for anyone who goes in and says “You are my only hope” until they run out!
“We’ll have comic creators at the Festival linked to all these themes,” enthuses Festival Director Julie Tait, “And we’re thrilled at the work that’s gone into this year’s ‘Windows on Comic Art Trail’ thanks to 40 businesses who have displays in windows including centre-piece at Beales with our Lakes Gang mascots.”
Along with tickets events at the Brewery Arts Centre and other venues, the Festival Weekend is jam-packed with plenty of free events for all ages, with Kendal’s Clock Tower set to be packed out with publishers, comics creators and other attractions and Elephant Shopping Yard taken over by crazy cartoonists from VIZ and Knockabout Comics.
While the event is attracting comic creators from across the UK and the US, inevitably work schedules can sabotage the plans of some, and, unfortunately, world-famous and former Cumbria-basd comic artist Bryan Hitch will now not be attending the Festival.
“It’s with a heavy heart and much regret I’m sorry to say I will no longer be able to journey to Kendal for the Lakes International Comics Art Festival next month,” says Bryan. “Sadly, other pressing commitments have made my attending the show impossible this year. I’d very much looked forward to bringing my work ‘home’ and meeting many readers and fans on my old home ground.
“Fortunately the Festival has a truly impressive list of events to attend and guests to meet so I’m sure anybody going will have a truly wonderful experience.
“The Lake District is a truly magical place to visit and a show like this has only added to it’s extraordinary landscape. I’m truly sorry I can’t be there to share it with you.”
• Tickets for all the events at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th – 19th October) are on sale now. For bookings, the full guest list, details of events visit: www.comicartfestival.com
Romuald Reutimann, the award-winning French artist of the anthropomorphic noir District 14, will be making his first British convention appearance at Lakes International Comic Art Festival next month, thanks to international graphic novel publisher, Humanoids, Inc.
Cherbourg-based comics artist Romuald studied art at Angoulême and Angers. He has drawn several series including Ulice Rabbit (written by Nathalie Omond). District 14 (written by Pierre Gabus) won the Best Series Award at Angoulême 2012 and has been collected into two volumes, and a spin-off graphic novel, The Fantastic Voyage of Lady Rozenbilt, all of which were published by Humanoids in the UK earlier this year. He has also contributed to Humanoids’ Lucha Libre series.
Romuald will be signing and sketching throughout the weekend at the Humanoids stand in the Comic Clock Tower and will be taking part in the live drawing event, In A World Of Their Own, along with Bone artist Jeff Smith on Sunday 19th October at 16:00.
There will be an opportunity for old and new fans alike to pick up all the very latest releases at the Festival, including: Before Incal by Jodorowsky & Zoran Janjetov, Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new adaptation of Jean-Claude Forest’s Barbarella and Igor Baranko’s impressive Shamanism.
Throughout the weekend there’s a special offer, “Buy any book; get a second one half price” (a 50% deduction will be made on the lowest value item) on selected titles. Plus, a chance to win an out of print, limited, slipcase edition of Alexandro Jodorowsky, Jose Ladrönn & Mœbius’s Final Incal, signed by Jodorowsky himself.
Launched under the French name of Les Humanoïdes Associés in Paris in December 1974, Humanoids Inc. published the magazine Métal Hurlant. The title’s numerous foreign editions (including the American, Heavy Metal) revolutionized the world of comics and pop culture forever. Humanoids is now one of the world’s most successful international graphic novel publishers, and the only European one to have successfully established itself in the US and UK. The company relocated its French headquarters to Los Angeles, California in 2013 and has just opened a branch in Tokyo. Numerous Humanoids titles are currently being adapted for the big screen. The group celebrates its 40th anniversary in December 2014 and has offices in Paris, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo – and they have an impressive range of new titles on the way in 2015.
Along with a huge line-up of comic creator events, including panels, workshops and signings, this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival will again feature the Comics Clock Tower – a gathering place for creators, publishers and fans with its own schedule of events and other happenings.
This year, admission to the venue will be totally free, which will come as good news to the many fans who argued that charging admission to the venue last year as a mistake – which the Festival team took on board for their second Festival outing, whose guests include Dave Gibbons, Becky Cloonan, Scott McCloud, Jeff Smith, Gail Simone, Robbie Morrison and many more (full creator list here on the official web site).
Although it’s only the event’s second year, the line up of comic creators and independent publishers heading to the Lakes (detailed below) in addition to the official guest list impressive and locally, organisation for this year’s event in October has already swung into high gear with artist Oliver East working on murals at the new “Factory” venue in Kendal (a project connected to his new “walking comic”, backed by the Festival).
Design work on the Great War exhibition at the prestigious Abbot Hall Gallery featuring artworks from “Charley’s War” by Joe Colquhoun, “White Death” by Charlie Adlard and art by Ivan Petrus is also proceeding apace, as are a number of “fringe” events intended to involve the whole town in the Festival – just like European comic festivals such as Angouleme in France.
Commercial sponsors include both local business and comic publishers, including SEQUENTIAL and Knockabout.
“The Comics Clock Tower is our version of a comics marketplace and artists’ alley,” explains Festival Director Julie Tait. “This is your chance to meet creators, see them sketch, get work signed as well as buy books, prints and more. Some work will be available for the first time at the festival.
“This will not be like the traditional marketplaces that people are used to at comic conventions,” she continues. “For one thing, the venue is relatively small so we have had to make choices and limit the number of creators and stalls we can offer to our audiences. We’ll be aiming to feed the hunger of existing comic art fans of all genres whilst, we hope, appealing to a curious, new audience eager to find out more.
“There will be a mix of retailers, publishers (large and small) and creators and more. We’ll be showcasing both established and emerging talent drawn from across the UK, Europe and further afield with a healthy contingent from Cumbria, the North West and greater North of England too.”
Most of the Festival’s international guests who feature in the main events programme will also be appearing in the Comics Clock Tower over the weekend to sign and sketch and meet their fans.
As well as events at the Comics Clock Tower, Forbidden Planet will again have a huge presence at the Festival. Britain’s leading speciality comics chain will be taking over the Malt Room at The Brewery Art Centre, delivering a “pop up shop” for the duration of the Festival. They will be stocking a massive selection of new Comics and Graphic Novels – many of them signed or Limited Editions – as well as T Shirts, toys and more. Plus – they will be hosting signing events for most of the guest creators.
Award-winning, normally Nottingham-based retailer Page 45 will also be playing a big part in the Festival, celebrating their 20th anniversary in The Lakes. Look out for special signings and events in the Clock Tower, organised by the store.
“This is Page 45’s first-ever road trip!” says Steve L. Holland. “The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is vital to the profile of comics. It brings the medium out of the bedsit and into the open for the whole world to see! It’s our very own Angoulême, celebrating this medium in all its diversity, attracting connoisseurs and the curious alike to its exhibitions, interviews, workshops and creators merrily signing and sketching all weekend long.”
Creators in the Clock Tower include (in alphabetical order):
Kate Ashwin, creator of the web comic Widdershins; printmaker and illustrator Alex Brady; Sammy Borras and Sarah Fogg, friends who make comics, specialising in work for teens and young adults – as a team they produce comic anthologies, mini-comics and zines such as Children of the Night, a goth-themed comedy anthology; Nick Brokenshire, artist on the fantasy adventure comic Amelia Cole; PM Buchan, co-creator of BLACKOUT and Gothic-horror series La Belle Dame Sans Merci; the long-established Cartoonists Club of Great Britain, the UK’s largest and oldest cartoonists’ organisation, providing a social base for cartoonists wherever they may live or work; North West-based illustrator Dan Charnley; award-winning Transmedia creator Yomi Ayeni, creator of Clockwork Watch.
Plus there’s Doctor Who and Star Trek comic artist Mike Collins; New York Times illustrator Gemma Correll; Captain America, The Losers and Thief of Thieves writer Andy Diggle; Oxford-based comicker, illustrator and animator Paul Duffield, creator of the stunning web comic The Firelight Isle that is due to be collected and published by David Fickling Books; Cumbria-based artist Mal Earl, creator of Bullhawk, which has featured in David Lloyd’s accliamed digital anthology Aces Weekly; mixed media artist EdieOP, whose titles include Jonah and 7 Blows to the Head; Perfect Spiral‘sMarvel Comics artist Gary Erskine and molecular biologist Mhairi Stewart, who produce illustrations for academia and industry, specialising in public engagement material and resources; Jonathan Edwards and Felt Mistress, creators of the Festival’s mascots; Jack Falllows, co-creator of BLACKOUT; Dr. Victor Freakinstyle, creator of humorous and startling new sculptures informed by popular culture and environmental issues; veteran comics creator Verity Glass, whose new graphic novel, Noumena, debuts soon; prolific and innovative comic creator Daniel Merlin Goodbrey; Matthew Green, an Associate Professor of English Literature specializing in comics at the University of Nottingham, whose most recent work was Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition and who is currently completing another book on Alan Moore and William Blake.
But that’s not all, because there’s also… London-based illustrator and graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg, creator of The Encyclopedia of Early Earth; Robin Hoelzemann, writer and illustrator of the 18th century drama Curia Regis; Adam Hyde and Mihaela Precup, creators of web comic Jules & Crispin, a love story between a duck and a rat; Bolton-based artist Rob Jackson, whose work includes a medieval spaghetti western, A Handful of Groats and the SF and fantasy anthology, RhiZone;Owen Michael Johnson, the Cumbrian-native writer behind Accent UK’s sell-out concept anthology Who On Earth Was Thaddeus Mist? and co-creator of Raygun Roads; ; small-press publisher Christopher Kent(aka Graphite Fiction); Lancaster-based artist Jack Knight, cartoonist for the Lancaster Guardian; Laydeez do Comics , a unique graphic novel forum with a focus on comic works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday; Manchester artist James Lawrence; Holley McKend and Chris Baldie, creators of the web comic Never Ever After;John Miers, whose work has featured in the renowned indie anthology Solipsistic Pop and the political anthology Regeneration; Musomic. a dedicated team of artists, award-winning educators and musicians with a passion for games and apps; Spanish and Marvel and DC Comics artist Guillermo Ortega; Graham Pearce, Preston-based creator of the hilarious action-comedy comic Sgt Mike Fury; Manchester artist Mark Penman; manga-inspired Sweatdrop Studios artist PinkAppleJam, creator of Biomecha; Owen D. Pomeroy, creator of Between the Billboards, the web comic Benson’s Bar Cafe and the auto-bio sketch series The Victory Motel; artist and film maker Andy Poyiadgi, creator of Tea Bag Theories, a micro-comic-in-a-teabag that uses the humble brew to unravel the mysteries of science; Karen Rubins, author of several short comics published in the V&A Magazine, The Word Magazine, and the Mammoth Book of Best New Manga among others; Seeing Poetry: Poetry in Words and Comics, an ongoing collaboration by illustrator Louise Crosby with poet Clare Shaw; Russell Stearman, a Sheffield-based comic author/artist working on Insurrection, a comic set in contemporary Britain playing out in our current landscape of austerity and cut-backs, which rubs up against privatization as questioned by the Occupy movement; London-based animator Joe Sparrow, who writes, draws and self-publishes his own comics; manga artist Tammy Taylor; Scotland’s comic collective Team Girl Comic; comic creator and illustrator Sally Jane Thompson, whose work has been published by IDW, Image Comics, Black Mask Studios and Kerrang! magazine; award-winning Manchester-based cross-media script writer Ravi Thornton, founder of Ziggy’s Wish, a charitable publishing endeavour; artist/writer Andrew Tunney, creator of the British Comics Award-nominated title GIRL&BOY; Kendal-based self-publisher Andres Vargas and Catriona James, creators of the new comic Disciple Machine; illustrator, animator and games designer Adam Vian, creator of Long Lost Lempi, a series of fairytale-ish adventure stories with a focus on subtle humour and mystery; and Lydia Wysocki, creator of awesome small press comics!
Please note, all appearances are subject to work commitments
The Comic Clock Tower Publisher List in Full
Publishers in the Clock Tower include (in alphabetical order): Avery Hill Publishing, publishers of the arts and humour magazine Tiny Dancing and the comics anthology Reads, along with a range of graphic novels including Grey Area by Tim Bird, The Festival by Jazz Greenhill, The Megatherium Club by Owen Pomery and Seasons by Mike Medaglia; Borderline Press, publishers of Verity Fair by Terry Wiley, City of Crocodiles by Knut Larsson and The Hunger House by C.M. Edenborg and Loka Kanarp; Swedish publisher C’est Bon Kultur, whose C’est Bon Anthology publishes graphic short stories from artists from all over the world; Cinebook, publishers of best-selling European comic books for all ages including Lucky Luke and Thorgal; small publisher Dead Canary Comics, who are about to launch a number of comics including Cosmic Fish; Decadence Comics, a comic anthology and collective that publishes science fiction stories; Disconnected Press, an independent publishing imprint from writer Lizzie Boyle and artist Conor Boyle; Fanfare, whose presentation portfolio includes its own multi-Eisner nominated publishing, Ponent Mon, the fruits of a Masters Degree in ‘Authorial Illustration’ at Falmouth University, Atlantic Press, and traders since 1973 now publishing prestigious illustrated books on all things British, Book Palace Books; Lancaster-based specialist publishers and distributors Gazelle; Great Beast, founded by Adam Cadwell and Marc Ellerby, a publisher dedicated to making fun, creative, accessible and pop-culture inspired comics and getting them to as wide an audience as possible; pan-European publisher Humanoids, whose titles include the works of Moebius, Geoff Johns and Kurt Busiek; Jonathan Cape, publishers of a range of graphic novels including Drowntown, written by Festival guest Robbie Morrison and Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Festival patrons Bryan and Mary Talbot with Kate Charlesworth; Knockabout Comics, UK publisher and distributor of the finest underground and alternative comics; MULP, an anthropomorphic comic book, a Pulp adventure set in a world of mice by Matt Gibbs and Sara Dunkerton; Myriad Editions, an independent publisher of original literary fiction and graphic novels and organisers of the First Graphic Novel Competition; independent publishers NoBrow, publishers of Luke Pearson’s award-winning Hilda stories; Print Media Productions, who will resume publication of British news stand title STRIP Magazine later this year; SelfMadeHero, a quirky independent publishing house committed to producing ground-breaking work in the graphic novel medium; Soaring Penguin Press, publishers of Loisel’s Peter Pan, Undertow and the upcoming World War One-inspired comics anthology To End All Wars; T-Pub, founded by Neil Gibson, publishers of the Number One most downloaded graphic novel to Kindle, Twisted Dark in 2013; and Tiny Pencil, an independent anthology artzine and forum devoted to the lead arts.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced that tickets are now on sale for its massive weekend of comic events in Kendal, Cumbria in October (17th – 19th October 2014).
In just its second year the Festival features an increasingly stellar line up of comics creators and designers encompassing a wide range of genres, including international guests such as artist Becky Cloonan (who, along with her many independently-created works, was the first female artist to draw the main Batman title for DC Comics), digital comics guru Scott McCloud, top comics writer Gail Simone, Junko Mizuno, the award-winning Wilfried Lupano and Jeremie Moreau (creators of the acclaimed graphic novel The Hartlepool Monkey), Bone creator Jeff Smith and Dutch cartoonist Joost Swarte – plus a host of home-grown British artists, writers and illustrators.
Just a few of the many creators in this year’s line-up are the legendary Watchmenco-creator, artist Dave Gibbons, Sunday Times-featured artist Nick Abadzis,Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, Doctor Who artists Mark Buckingham and Mike Collins, 2014 Eisner award nominee creator Rob Davis, Marvel Comics artist Gary Erskine, top designer Rian Hughes, 2000AD and Batman artist Jock, leading independent artist Sean Phlllips, The Beano and VIZ artist Lew Stringer and many top independent comic creators, such as Luther Arkwright and Grandville creator Bryan Talbot and Vampire Academy artist Emma Vieceli.
The Festival features more than 50 carefully-produced events with often unusual combinations of guests, unusual presentations and new formats. It includes films and live draws alongside workshops and master classes including a whole programme dedicated to children and teenagers. Themes and strands include Konichewa Japan, Vive la France!, Lost in Space, The Great War in Comics and Just for Laughs?
Plus, the Festival offers a huge, free, Comic Marketplace in Kendal’s Clock Tower, crammed with publisher stands, creators offering art and sketches – and, of course, there will be plenty of comics for sale. (Full details of the family zone and Comics Clock Tower plus full exhibitions programme and more will be released in May and June, but look out for creators such as Isabel Greenberg, writer Ian Edginton, Great Beast publisher Adam Cadwell among many others). There’ll also be a pop-up Forbidden Planet for the weekend.
With a firm eye on developing new comic talent there are also plenty of workshops for aspiring comic creators to sign up for.
“The first festival ran like a well-oiled machine, with many people stating that it seemed like a long-established event,” enthuses Festival guest and founding patron Bryan Talbot. “If you only go to one comic event this year, this is the one that’s unmissable.”
“The organisers are building on last year’s resounding success to make this year’s festival outstanding,” added fellow patron Mary Talbot. “There’s another stunning array of guests and exhibitions, events and competitions – so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Like last year, only even better!”
“One of the most popular questions after our first festival in 2013 was how would we be able to match its breadth, scale and quality,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “We hope this year’s programme (with a few surprises still to come) will answer that question.
“We are delighted to have an increased number of international creators and to have broadened the genres too. Meanwhile we have listened to feedback and have extended the range of the family zone and have made the Comics Clocktower free to the public. And we can assure you that Kendal will be even more of a comic art town for the weekend”
• Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival are on sale now. Sign up for the Festival’s newsletter here for the latest news! Web: www.comicartfestival.com
The Full Guest List announced so far (we gather there are a few more names to come even now!):
Nick Abadzis (yes, we know he’s British but jet setter that he is these days, he’s flying in from New York!)
Hot on the heels of announcing the final creative line-up for its 24 Hour Comics Marathon, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival has just announced a number of top comic creators who will be attending their event in Kendal in October, joining the previously-announced Scott McCloud and many others for an entire weekend of comic activities at various venues in the town.
• Gail Simone is the writer of Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, The All-New Atom, Deadpool, Red Sonja and, it was recently announced, a Savage Wolverine story. More info: http://gailsimone.tumblr.com
• Jeff Smith is the creator of the multi-award winning, multi-million selling Bone series and the more recent RASL. More info: www.boneville.com
• British writer and artist Dave Gibbons numerous credits include Dan Dare and Rogue Trooperfor 2000AD; Doctor Who, Give Me Liberty, The Originals and Green Lantern Corps. He is the co-creator of Watchmen – the latter one of the best-selling graphic superhero graphic novels of all time. You can find Dave here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davegibbons90
• Comic artist Jock is best known for his work on 2000AD, on strips such as Judge Dreddand Lenny Zero – and for Vertigo’s The Losers, which was written by fellow Brit Andy Diggle. He was also the main concept artist on the Dredd movie. More info: www.4twenty.co.uk
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is a new kind of comic art event in the UK. Modelled on a European-style festival it aims to take over the market town of Kendal, on the edge of the lake district, with comic art presenting the widest range of genres.
• Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival go on sale from 25th April 2014. Sign up for the Festival’s newsletter here for the latest news