The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced a new sponsor for 2016 in comiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform. ComiXology will be supporting several activities at this year’s Festival (14th-16th October).
Festivalgoers will be treated to free digital comics downloads featuring the work of some of the event’s guests. Full details will be announced nearer to the event. ComiXology will also be the main named sponsor of the “Discovery Zone”.
“We’re delighted by the support comiXology has given,” said Festival Director Julie Tait. “The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has always seen digital comics as yet another way to expand the medium. In fact, working with leading British publisher Titan Comics, last year we made Lost in Space, available via comiXology, a free anthology of work featuring several talented creators with a science fiction theme, which has proven very popular on the platform.”
“The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has built up an excellent reputation in a short time and we look forward to supporting this great show in 2016,” said Chip Mosher, comiXology’s Senior Director of Communications. “We’re excited to engage with the fans that come from all over the world to experience this unique and fantastic festival.”
Announced guests for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016 include artist Jordi Bernet (Torpedo and Jonah Hex); writer Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Deadpool), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds), top US cartoonists Luke and Steve McGarry; 2000AD artist Mick McMahon; artist Ken Niimura, who has designed this year’s Festival art; Benoit Peeters, Britain’s first Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art, at Lancaster University; and Paco Roca, best known for his award-winning graphic novel Wrinkles.
Also at the Festival will be a number of Finnish comic creators: Hanneriina Moisseinen, Virpi Oinonen, Ville Ranta, Johanna “Roju” Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen, along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta. They are part of the Lakes Festival’s rapidly expanding Comic Creator Exchange Program with other major comics events around the globe, brought to this event in partnership with The Finnish Institute in London.
Many more international and British comic creators will be announced over the coming weeks, joining a host of writers, artists, publishers and retailers for a long weekend in the Lakes crammed with panels, exhibitions, children’s events and other activities. The town will be entirely given over to comics, with business owners lining up to support the Festival’s famous “Windows Trail”, giving over store front space to display comic art created by artists and local groups and school children.
The October weekend is just one of a number of comics projects from the Festival on its way this year, which has included the world premiere performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean that took place in May and will return to Kendal for the Festival.
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary, is a revolutionary, cloud-based digital comics platform. With content from over 125 publishers as well as thousands of independent creators from around the world, comiXology provides an unrivalled library of comic books, graphic novels, manga and bandes dessinées.
The company’s first in class innovations include the exclusive Guided View technology which provides an immersive and cinematic reading experience and a new monthly subscription service. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle, Los Angeles and Paris.
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.