Lakes International Comic Art Festival wins two culture awards

LICAF team member Carole Tait with the award for Festival of the Year

LICAF team member Carole Tait with the award for Festival of the Year

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival won two awards at the Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017 this weekend.

Core team members Aileen McEoy and Carole Tait were among those on hand to collect the awards for Festival of the Year and another award, Event of the Year, for the world premiere performance of artist Dave McKean‘s Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash.

In all, there were 75 finalists for the second Cumbria Life Culture Awards announced at an event. Compered by radio personality Stuart Maconie at Theatre by the Lake, chosen to represent the best of Cumbrian culture.

“LICAF was up against some amazing events and festivals in the categories,” commented Carole Tait, “so we really are (as you might be able to tell)  both giddy and proud to be part of key cultural events taking place in Cumbria.

“In the style of all good award ceremonies, we would like to thank our incredible team at Festival HQ (we may be few in number but everyone works with such dedication and passion for the medium that is Comic Arts), to our volunteers, the Red T Squadron – without them we couldn’t run the festival.

“Plus,  our amazing Patrons – Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, Sean Phillips, Emma Vieceli, Boulet, Stephen Holland of Page 45 fame – our funders, local partnerships… so many others and all of those who come and visit the festival.”

• The full guest list for the 2017 Festival weekend – which includes an appearance by Sergio Aragones – will be announced shortly. Web:

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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