Lille Comic Festival features strong British line up in December

Lille Comic Festival 2014 Guests


Aiming to promote US and British comics in France, this year’s Lille Comic Festival  (6th – 7th December 2014) has an impressive line up of guests, with Greg Rucka headlining as Guest of Honour.

British guests include Ian Gibson, Al Ewing, Ben Willshire, Boo Cook, Leigh Gallagher, Simon Davis, Kev Hopgood and Ian Edginton and some of them have their very own ‘ident cards’ as part of the Festival’s promotional activities.

The Festival is organised by association Art Themis, created to promote Anglo-Saxon (US and UK) comics. It organizes conferences, exhibitions, special events, book signings throughout the year in partner libraries, offering master classes to promote the medium, but the main activity is the annual Festival itself, which began back in 2006.

Since 2007, the Seth Fisher Award has been awarded each year to a guest for their work in comics: past winners include Alan Davis, Simon Bisley and Frank Quitely.

• For more information on the festival visit the official web site:, but meanwhile, check out these wonderful promotional images for some of the British guests!

Lille Comic Festival: Laurence Campbell



Lille Comic Festival: Boo Cook



Lille Comic Festival: Simon-Davis



Lille Comic Festival: Al Ewing



Lille Comic Festival: Leigh Gallagher




Lille Comic Festival: Ian Gibson



Lille Comic Festival: Ben Willsher

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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