Early Bird Tickets available now for October’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Early Bird Tickets for this year’s weekend-long Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Bowness-on-Windermere (14th – 16th October 2022) are available now.

The Early Bird Ticket discount is available until 20th April 2022 and gets buyers 20% off prices. Simply use the discount code LICAF20 at checkout, which is valid for day passes and weekend passes.

Head to the Festival web site now for further information about ticket options, or go straight to EventBrite and grab your tickets now.

Along with the full list of LakeView Comics Marketplace exhibitors, including B7 Comics, The 77 Publications, Myriad Editions, Nick Brokenshire, Benjamin Dickson, Martin Geraghty, Amber Hsu, ILYA, Olivia Sullivan, Rachael Smith, Bryan Talbot, Clarice Tudor and many more, the Festival has also announced three further panel guests to its international line-up of Festival stars.

Matthew Dooley, winner of the Observer Graphic Short Story Prize, illustrator, public artist and lecturer Oliver East, and font designer, illustrator and writer Rian Hughes join an international line up of comic stars that includes Alison BechdelDave GibbonsJaime HernandezBryan HitchMick McMahonBex OllertonSean PhillipsGreg RuckaPosy SimmondsFiona Stephenson and more, with more guests to be announced.

The new Lakeview Comics Marketplace will also play host to a huge range of comic creators, publishers and others, complementing the guest list. Exhibitors will be revealed this week on the Festival web site.

• Head to the Festival web site now for further information about ticket options, or go straight to EventBrite and grab your tickets now

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October 2022 – and is online at: www.comicartfestival.com | Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast: www.comicartpodcast.uk| Twitter: @comicartfestpod | Facebook: @ComicArtPodcast | Instagram: @ComicArtPodcast

Matthew Dooley
Matthew Dooley

Matthew Dooley won the Observer Graphic Short Story Prize and his debut Flake, published by Cape in 2020, went on to win the Wodehouse Bollinger Prize, the first time for a graphic novel. It was also a GuardianBook of the Year.

In the small seaside town of Dobbiston, Howard sells ice creams from his van, just like his father before him. But when he notices a downturn in trade, he soon realises its cause: Tony Augustus, Howard’s half-brother, whose ice-cream empire is expanding all over the North-West…

Flake, Matthew Dooley’s debut graphic novel, tells of how this epic battle turns out, a tale of a skirmish in the ice-cream wars that is worthy of Alan Bennett; and how Howard, helped by the Dobbiston Mountain Rescue team, overcomes every obstacle and triumphs in the end.

Oliver East
Oliver East

As a dyslexic with attention deficit disorder, Oliver East is forever looking for ways to better myself outside of a classroom or library setting, and quickly. He’s created many long walks with arbitrarily imposed restrictions for himself to set out on whilst he figures this out. “These walks have acted as research for my practice for many years,” he says.

“Frustrated at a lack of opportunities to exhibit, Oliver put his ideas down into self-published books and began life as an illustrator.

“I’m interested in exploring walking as a creative act and how one might create knowledge from this. I seek out situations that might put myself or a project at risk of total failure and then create work telling you how badly that went. This has mainly been in comic books and illustrations but has expanded over the years to include animation, sculpture and architecture.”

Rayguns and Rocketships by Rian Hughes
Rian Hughes

Rian Hughes is a graphic designer, illustrator, comic artist, writer and typographer who has worked extensively for the British and American advertising, music and comic book industries. 

He has written and drawn comics for 2000AD, Vertigo CMYK and Batman: Black and White, and designed hundreds of logos for DC Comics, Marvel and other companies, including Batman, the X-Men, Superman, James Bond and The Avengers. He has produced Hawaiian shirts, ranges for Swatch, record sleeves for Ultravox, and designed many typefaces which are available through his foundry, Device Fonts.

His illustrations have appeared in magazines in the UK, US and Japan, and a retrospective monograph collecting his work, Art, Commercial, was published in 2001. 

Rian recently published his first novel, XX, which he describes as a “novel, graphic”, which was quickly followed by The Black Locomotive. Other publications include Lifestyle Illustration of the ’50s and Custom Lettering of the ’20s and ’30s, while his comic strips have been collected in Yesterday’s Tomorrows and Tales from Beyond Science, and his burlesque portraits in Soho Dives, Soho DivasLogo a Gogo collects all his logo designs for the comic-book world and beyond.

Bowness, Windermere
Bowness, Windermere

Announced guests for 2022 so far, in alphabetical order, are: Dimitris Anastasiou, Lucie Arnoux, Alison Bechdel, Matthew Dooley, Oliver East, Lina Ghabeih, Dave Gibbons, Jaime Hernandez, Bryan Hitch, Rian Hughes, Andrew Humphreys, Olivier Kugler, Mick McMahon, Bill Morrison, Bex Ollerton, Sean Phillips, Mike Perkins, Tim Pilcher, Greg Rucka, Posy Simmonds, Fiona Stephenson, Jorg Tittel, Twin Cartoons, and Andi Watson

Exhibitors in the Lakeview Comics Marketplace will be: A&A Co., Amber Hsu, Art-Bubble, B7 Comics, Beatrice Mossman, Benjamin Dickson, Bryan Talbot, Bungaroosh, Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain, Catfood Comics, Clarice Tudor, Clark Bint, Comics Youth CIC, Coming Home – Re-Live, Drew Marr of Gold Lion Comics, Fanfare Presents, Gustaffo Vargas, ILYA GRAPHIC, J Webster Sharp, James Chapman, Joe Latham, Kate Mia White, Kev F Sutherland, Knockabout Comics, Lyndon White, Markosia Enterprises, Martin Geraghty, Matt Smith! (Smith vs Smith), Myriad Editions, NCS Fest, Nick Brokenshire, Olivia Sullivan (ZEB.KO), Peter Morey Comics, Rachael Smith, Roger Langridge, Schnumn, SelfMadeHero, Sula Hancock, Teesside University, The 77 Publications, The Cartoon Museum, Tom Ward, Twins Cartoons, and Una

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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