Continuing our spotlights of the guests attending the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October 2015, we’re profiling Brighton-based Shojo artist Inko.
Inko is Brighton-based Japanese manga artist actively producing manga cartoons, illustrations, and picture books.
She grew up in Kyoto, a very traditional and arty area of Japan loving reading tons of manga, graduating at Kyoto Zokei university of Art and Design in Japan and the Central Saint Martin’s college of Art and Design in England.
Her manga appears on “Manga Quake”, “War”, “Howl!”, “Tempo Lush Tales”, and more comic anthologies.
“Ketsueki” story by Richmond Clements, “Rachel Moves To Brighton” story by Morag Ramsay, and “Rosie and Jacinda” story by Richy K. Chandler are also available at websites or conventions. Her artwork is heavily influenced by both Japanese traditional and pop art, yet pursuing her original style, which often have a feeling of dark or mystique.
Inko teaches how to draw, gives a talk about manga for both children and adults at schools, museums, galleries and libraries all across UK including British Museum and V&A Museum. She is also actively joining art projects such as short film animations, comic strip posters for Art On The Underground, and collaborated with a contemporary artist David Blandy, and the Inktober online project. Her first illustration book Uniform Girls will be published in May 2015, with more publications and projects to come.
Official Site: http://dokoteiinko.wix.com/
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International guests announced so far are award-winning Canadian artist Darwyn Cooke, Simpsons Comics artist Bill Morrison (thanks to the National Cartoonists Society in the US), Boulet, Winsluss, Benoit Peeters and Antoine Cossé – with many more to come.
Announced British guests include Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell, 24 Hour Marathon organiser and artist Dan Berry; graphic novelist Joe Decie, who is working on a longform project thanks to funding from the Lakes Festival; Oliver East, author of titles such as Trains Are Mint, who is working on another project with the Festival following the success of The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn; internationally-acclaimed cartoonist Hunt Emerson, creator of Calculus Cat; author David Gaffney, who has recently been working with Dan Berry on a new graphic novel, The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head; award winning comics writer Kieron Gillen; and UK-based stitcher and prolific tea drinker Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evans, who has created a range of one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards, including Poblin, the Festival’s mascot; and the internationally-acclaimed illustrator and graphic novelist Dave McKean.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking place in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District in the North West of the country and in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, it takes over a whole town for a weekend with comic art. Its aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.
The hugely successful 2014 Festival in Kendal featured a stellar cast of both British and international creators and a number of special exhibitions, and attracted thousands of fans young and old to the Lake District town.
The Festival’s dedicated organisers are determined to build on last year’s visitors numbers still further, reflecting their aim to deliver a truly European-style comics festival involving the whole of the local community and visitors in a truly unique comics experience.
Festival-connected events in the run up to the 2015 weekend include a partnership with the Friends of Lancaster Library for Lancaster Comics Day (Sunday 14th June), which will see the announcement of the winners, and the publication of the “Lost in Space” digital anthology June, which is being produced in partnership with Titan Comics and will include a cover by Festival patron Sean Phillips. Announced guests at that event include comic writer Andy Diggle, Eddie Robson and Tim Quinn, artist Dave Taylor and editor John Freeman.