Amy Chu joins Lakes International Comic Art Festival line-up in Bowness this autumn

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced that DC Comics, Marvel and Netflix writer Amy Chu will be joining the line-up for their year’s weekend-long annual event in Bowness-on-Windermere (Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October 2023).

Animation and comics writer Amy Chu

Amy, a graduate of the Harvard Business School, with a degree in Architectural Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a degree in East Asian Studies at Wellesley College, self-published her first story at the age of 44, and has been full-time writing stories since.

She co-founded Alpha Girl Comics with Georgia Lee in 2010, publisher of Girls Night Out and other titles. In 2016, DC Comics hired her to to write Batman villain Poison Ivy’s first solo series, Cycle of Life and Death, and in 2019 she was hired by the streaming service, Netflix, to work on the series, DOTA: Dragon’s Blood.

Her many credits include Carmilla: The First Vampire, drawn by Soo Lee, a 19th century queer feminist murder mystery released as a collection by Dark Horse Comics’ Berger Books imprint earlier this year. The much acclaimed story is inspired by one of the earliest works of vampire fiction, Carmilla, an 1872 Gothic novella by Irish author Sheridan Le Fanu, that predates Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 26 years.

Amy has also written two series for the band KISS, DMC (Darryl Makes Comics), Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica, Red Sonja, and SUMMIT for Lion Forge, and two middle grade graphic novels, Ana and the Cosmic Race (published by Papercutz) and Sea Sirens with Janet K. Lee (Viking Press). Other works include Rick & Morty Hericktics of Rick, Avengers: Electric Rain (online adaptation), Aero (Marvel) and Sword Master.

Characters Amy has worked on include Ant-Man, Deadpool, Emma Frost, Green Hornet, Dejah Thoris and Wonder Woman.

Amy, a self-described “coffee guzzler, Lego hoarder, whisky drinker”, also writes and produces comics for nonprofits, including the New York Historical Society, Baltimore Museum of Art, Pop Culture Classroom and the Museum of Chinese in Americas. She is a frequent speaker, panel moderator and guest at conventions, including San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, and now, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival!

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be coming to LICAF this year. It is such an honour and treat to be joining this incredible slate of international guests and in such a fabled environment. I hope to channel my inner Potter and Wordsworth over the course of that weekend!”

“We’re thrilled Amy is joining our massive line-up of comic creator talent in Bowness this year,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “Her work on a huge range of characters, in some cases reinventing them from the ground up, as well as creating many new ones, has been groundbreaking for years.”

Amy is online at | Alpha Girl Comics

• Follow Amy on Twitter @amychu, Instagram @amy_chu, Tiktok @theamychu and Facebook @IWriteComics

FESTIVAL DATES: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns to Bowness-on-Windermere 29th September to 1st October 2023

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Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2023 art by Mohamed Salah

Announced guests for 2023 in alphabetical order are: Charlie Adlard, Mari Ahokoivu, James Albon, Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima, Lucie Arnoux, Nancy ArtMusic, Silvia L. Ballart, Sayra Begum, Frankie Boyle, Gigi Cavenago, Amy Chu, Darryl Cunningham, Gustavo Duarte, Wallis Eates, Hunt Emerson, Massimo Fenati, David Gaffney, Gerhard, Lina Ghaibeh, Bernard Hage (The Art of Boo), Peter Hogan, Stephen L. Holland, Marc Jackson, Jad (George Khoury), Štěpánka Jislová, Mai Koraiem, Michael Lark, Lucie Lomová, Josie Long, Dave McKean, Fouad Mezher, Bill Morrison, Seif Eddine Nechi, Annie and Steve Parkhouse, Eva Pavlič, Jacob Phillips, Sean Phillips, Pieter de Poortere, Lucy Porter, Kevin Eric Raymundo, Tom Richmond, Peter Rogiers, Marek Rubec, Mohamed Salah, David Shenton, Shennawy, Václav Šlajch, Dr. Nicola Streeten, Rachael Smith, “Awkward Yeti” creator Nick Sulek, Bryan and Mary Talbot, VIZ, and Eldo Yoshimizu, Nicolas Wild – with just a few more to come

The Festival has over 90 comic creators, publishers and illustrators in their Lakeside Comics Marketplace this year.

Octobriana 50th Anniversary Special - art by Chris Askham
Art by Chris Askham

Creators in the Lakeside Comics Marketplace includeChris AskhamYomi AyeniBardic IllustrationSayra BegumClark BintTim BirdTori CatJon DavisDoctor GeofPete DoreeJonathan Edwards & Felt MistressEmma EvansEd FirthSimon FurmanSteven FraserWarwick Fraser-CoombeJessika GreenLyndsey GreenKatie HandleyIsabel HatherallJack HarveyLuke HydeJenika IoffredaOwen Michael JohnsonRoger LangridgeJoe LathamRussell Mark OlsonShaun MartlandDrew MarrChris MoleAlex MooreBeatrice MossmanNigel ParkinsonMarkus PatternMollie RayReabaultEmma ReynoldsSchnumnPaul ShinnMartin SimpsonMatt SimmonsZara SlatteryCam SmithMatt SmithRachael SmithMark StaffordLucy SullivanKev F SutherlandDavid TaylorTom WardKevin WellsLyndon WhiteKate-Mia WhiteSteve WhiteDan WhiteheadAndrew WildmanManon Wright & Tal Brosh

Independent Publishers, and other Exhibitors in the Lakeside Comics Marketplace include1826The77 PublicationsAfter the Robot ApocalypseArt-BubbleB7 ComicsThe Cartoon MuseumCatfood ComicsCentralaCoCo ComicsColossive PressComics Youth CICConundrum PressFanfare UKFirst Graphic Novel CompetitionFoxhatGalaxia PrinceI&M IllustrationIndie NovellaIqbal A. ComicsKannter ArtKnockabout ComicsLDComicsMeraki ComicsMoonSquid INKNevercity Creations, Nona GalleryParable GamesPeak Hare CollectivePlaystation StudiosPower Comics StudiosRAWHEADScratch ComicsSector 13 ComicsSelfMadeHero and Sloth Comics

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