Kendal Church celebrates the power of comics during Festival

At One with the Cartoon Universe

Just like many European festivals, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is doing its best not just to attract comic fans to Kendal next weekend (18th – 20th October), but also to involve the local community in the event. So far, along with longer-running exhibitions of comic art, this has also included shops featuring comic art in their window displays and the town’s knitting community preparing some ‘guerilla knitting’ antics to brighten up the streets with comic-inspired woollen promotions.

Now, a local church has announced it is to join in the inaugural event with a special Sunday Service on Sunday October 20th at Kendal Unitarian Chapel that will celebrate the power of comics during first

Join cartoonist John Pickering, working with writer Mike Oram, as he opens his cosmic comic to look at the power of humour and that the pen is always mightier than the sword.

Whether it’s The Gospel According to Peanuts or The Zen of Ben, cartoons have been, and are, affirmations of human creative freedom that have crossed faith and cultural boundaries. John will be joining the dots and drawing some lines of thought to the Far Side of spirituality and the omnipresent Cartooniverse that surrounds us.

The Chapel says all are most welcome to join in this unique exploration into creative space! If you have a comic, cartoon or annual that you like, do take it along – if not, just bring yourself.

• For the full Festival programme visit

Check out John and Mike’s comic Ben’s World at

• Mike has a site for his UFO experiences  at and his songs can be heard at:

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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