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A Comics Curiosity: The 1990s British “Smurfs Comic”

With a major exhibition dedicated to Peyo‘s The Smurfs part of this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, running into November in Kendal, what better time to step back to the 1990s, when Maida Vale-based DeVere Entertainment published a British Smurfs comic? The Smurfs story began in October 1958, in the pages of the BelgianContinue reading A Comics Curiosity: The 1990s British “Smurfs Comic”

Young Hellboy by Duncan Fegredo

Hellboy set to haunt Kendal, Dungeons & Dragons delights revealed at Lakes Festival

With little over a month to go before this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival (11th – 13th October 2019) in Kendal, work is proceeding apace on a number of exhibitions at the event, These will include an exclusive take on the Hellboy comics of Duncan Fegredo, the previously-announced Smurfs and Tom of Finland exhibitions and more.Continue reading Hellboy set to haunt Kendal, Dungeons & Dragons delights revealed at Lakes Festival

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019 - Junko Mizuno Banner

Lakes International Comic Art Festival trails Programme Highlights, including VIZ World Record Challenge

A world of comic art will return to Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (11 – 13th October 2019). Now in its seventh year, backed by the Arts Council and many other supporting organisations, the family-friendly festival will again take over the scenic town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District,Continue reading Lakes International Comic Art Festival trails Programme Highlights, including VIZ World Record Challenge

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019 - First Guests

Lakes International Comic Art Festival announces first guests, Junko Mizuno poster revealed

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced its first guests for its weekend-long event in October 2019, with Early Bird Passes on sale now. Announced are Japanese manga artist Junko Mizuno, who has also provided the stunning poster art for this year’s Festival, an event focused on how comics are always Pushing Boundaries, while celebrating, asContinue reading Lakes International Comic Art Festival announces first guests, Junko Mizuno poster revealed

Peyo, creator of The Smurfs. Image: IMPS

Creator Spotlight: Peyo, Gifted Creator of The Smurfs

Pierre Culliford (known as Peyo) was born in Brussels in 1928. He was forced to work for a living from the age of 15, first as a projectionist in a cinema, followed by a stint in a cartoon studio. When the studio closed down, Peyo decided to move in the direction of comic strips, initially drawingContinue reading Creator Spotlight: Peyo, Gifted Creator of The Smurfs