Lakes Festival choose not one, but two 24 Hour Comic Marathon artists

LICAF 24 Hour Marathon 2014 - Joe Decie


LICAF 24 Hour Marathon 2014 - Warwick Johnson Cadwell

After a huge amount of deliberation, grinding of teeth, frustrated wails, and budget-nudging the Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced that not one but two artists will be joining its  first 24 Hour Comics Marathon – Joe Decie and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell.

Joe Decie is the author of The Listening Agent and The Accidental Salad from Blank Slate Books and Pocket Full of Coffee from Retrofit Comics.
"Heed this Warning" by  and © Joe Decie

“Heed this Warning” by and © Joe Decie

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell has worked with Blank Slate Books, Self Made Hero, The Dandy, The Phoenix and most recently with Titan Comics on Solid State Tank Girl (check out our competition to win copies!). He is the co-creator of Dangeritis from Great Beast Comics.
Solid State Tank Girl promo by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Solid State Tank Girl promo by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Joe and Warwick will join the previously-announced artistsDan Berry, Kristyna BaczynskiSarah McIntyre, Fumio Obata and Jack Teagle – in the marathon to create a comic in 24 hours – which the Festival also hopes to print during its Festival weekend (17th – 19th October).The Marathon will start on Thursday 16th October, as part of the Festival.The 24 Hour Comics challenge was devised by Scott McCloud in 1990 and thousands of artists have risen to this challenge since.

The usual format for a 24 hour comic is to disallow planning and preparation beforehand. Some variations include constraints announced at the commencement of the 24 hours to make planing ahead futile.

The Festival intends to do things a little differently. Planning and preparation is not only allowed, but encouraged because they want to be able to tell the very best stories with the short time the creators have.

“The quality and quantity of the applications was very high, making choosing a significantly difficult task,” say Festival Director Julie Tait and Marathon Co-ordinator Dan Berry in a joint statement on their final choice.  “While there was some very stiff competition from some incredibly talented and supremely capable artists, we felt that Joe and Warwick would not only rise to the challenge of the 24 hour comic, but would excel at it. Each of their distinctive styles and approaches to storytelling stood out from the applicants and we are thrilled to welcome them aboard.

“We would like to thank everyone who made an application and look forward to developing the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 24 Hour Comics Marathon further in 2015.”
“We had a very difficult time choosing,” added Dan separately on Twitter. “Thanks everyone that made an application, there’s some talented b***** artists out there y’know!”
• Full details on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2014 24 Hour Marathon here:
• Joe Decie Official Site:
• Warwick Johnson-Cadwell Official Site:

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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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