Last week’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival Auction raised a staggering £15,000 towards next year’s Festival (14-16 October 2016) with the expert help of TV presenter, comics writer and expert Jonathan Ross and Kendal’s local MP Tim Farron.
Organised by Peter Kessler and hosted by Orbital Comics in London on Tuesday 24th November and online, Walking Dead art by Charlie Adlard raised £3500 alone and the cover of Fatale Book 3 by Festival patron Sean Phillips £1700. Darrick Robertson’s cover for Transmetropolitan Volume 2 sold for £1400 and an original Gemma Bovery sketch by Posy Simmonds went for £550. (You can view the full results here on Proxibid)
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival Grand Auction of Original Comic Art also featured works donated by Ian Churchill, Hunt Emerson, Dave Gibbons, Jamie Hewlett, Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, the team from VIZ and many more.
Superman and Zatana art by star 2015 guest Darwyn Cooke raised £410 towards Kendal College‘s culinary team’s educational trip next year. The college provided the food all with a Cumbrian twist for the auction which also showcased Kendal Mintcake Liquor in the metropolis.
“Kendal College’s culinary were very proud to be asked to support the Comic Arts Festival this year,” says Richard Ashford, head chef. “A dinner was held at the Kendal Museum and the team cooked a superb meal. They also provided the ‘Cumbrian canapés’ for the highly successful auction. Two very innovative and inspiring events which will also help 12 young people towards a life changing trip to San Francisco next summer.”
“It was great to take the Lakes Festival to London and to make some new friends,” Festival director Julie Tait told downthetubes. “We also achieved our fundraising target for the evening, selling some incredible artwork generously donated by previous guests.
“We wanted to make the point that LICAF is an international festival which wants to be judged alongside the very best cultural activity in the UK – hence the trip to the metropolis whilst maintaining a unique ‘Cumbrian twist’!”
It was a busy week for the Lakes Festival team in the capital. On Wednesday, as we previously reported, they announced a new partnership with Lancaster University with whom they have appointed the UK’s first Professor of Graphic Fiction, Benoit Peeters from France, taking up his post in Summer 2016.
“He is, amongst other things, one of the world’s leading experts on Tintin and will be at LICAF next year,” says Julie. “All the broadsheets picked up on it, including The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and The Independent, the Daily Mail and media from across France and further afield.”
• A huge line up of both British and globe-spanning international comics talent is being lined up for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, taking place 14th – 16th October 2016. Visit the web site at www.comicartfestival.com
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.