The Lakes international Comic Art Festival has a new mascot, born from Lakes legend, designed by the ever wonderful Luke McGarry.
Complementing the Festival’s move to Bowness-on-Windermere for this year’s weekend-long annual event in October, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival as just revealed their new mascot, Tizzie-Whizie, brought to life by Luke – one of the event’s returning guests, along with his father, cartoonist Steve McGarry.
There is a most fascinating folklore tale around Windermere that, alongside being the Lake District’s largest lake, it is also home to the tiny, elusive and utterly adorable Tizzie-Whizie! The Festival has adopted this adorable mythical marvel – or, perhaps, Tizzie-Whizie has adopted the Festival – and you can expect to see a lot more of this shy, water-loving, creature, that is said to be rather fond of ginger biscuits! You can find out more about Tizzie-Whizie here on the LICAF web site
Luke McGarry, perhaps best known for his Star Wars-inspired creation “Sad Chewie”, has created a version of Tizzie-Whizie for LICAF, ahead of joining the huge line-up of comic creators at this year’s Festival (14th – 16th October 2022), taking place in Bowness-on-Windermere for the first time.
Originally from Manchester, illustrator, cartoonist, animator and designer Luke McGarry is one of the most sought-after young cartoonists in Los Angeles, with work that spans from Kanye West Valentine cards to his “Sad Chewie” series. His comic, Palaver, is out now, and Petabytes recently launched his first NFT art collection.
Also joining Luke at the Festival is his father, Steve McGarry, whose recent credits, in addition to his long career in comics, includes work on movies such as Despicable Me 2, The Minions, and The Secret Life of Pets. He was also a story artist on the recent Minions Paradise game from EA Games.
Steve is one of the most prolific and widely-published cartoonists and illustrators that Britain has ever produced. In the UK alone, his daily strips include “Badlands,” which ran for a dozen years in The Sun, and over his four-decade career his work regularly graced the pages of soccer magazines Match, Match of the Day and Shoot!. His comics work included Romeo in the 1970s and Look-In in the 1980s, through to Toxic!.
His sports features have been syndicated worldwide since 1982 and his two current features – “Biographic” and “Kid Town” – are syndicated to over 200 newspapers.
“We’re delighted to have a new mascot,” says LICAF Festival Director Julie Tait, “and with our move to Bowness-on-Windermere, what better time to recruit a legend of the Lakes to the cause of creating and promoting comics?”
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Announced guests for 2022 so far, in alphabetical order, are: Dimitris Anastasiou, Lucie Arnoux, Alison Bechdel, Matthew Dooley, Oliver East, Lina Ghabeih, Dave Gibbons, Jaime Hernandez, Bryan Hitch, Rian Hughes, Andrew Humphreys, Olivier Kugler, Luke McGarry, Steve McGarry, Mick McMahon, Bill Morrison, Bex Ollerton, Jacob Phillips, Sean Phillips, Mike Perkins, Tim Pilcher, Greg Rucka, Posy Simmonds, Fiona Stephenson, Jorg Tittel, Twin Cartoons, and Andi Watson | Guest Profiles Here
Exhibitors at the Lakeview Comics Marketplace are: A&A Co., Amber Hsu, Art-Bubble, B7 Comics, Beatrice Mossman, Benjamin Dickson, Bryan Talbot, Bungaroosh, Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain, Catfood Comics, Clarice Tudor, Clark Bint, Comics Youth CIC, Coming Home – Re-Live, Drew Marr of Gold Lion Comics, Fanfare Presents, Gustaffo Vargas, ILYA GRAPHIC, J Webster Sharp, James Chapman, Joe Latham, Kate Mia White, Kev F Sutherland, Knockabout Comics, Lyndon White, Markosia Enterprises, Martin Geraghty, Matt Smith! (Smith vs Smith), Myriad Editions, NCS Fest, Nick Brokenshire, Olivia Sullivan (ZEB.KO), Peter Morey Comics, Rachael Smith, Roger Langridge, Schnumn, SelfMadeHero, Sula Hancock, Teesside University, The 77 Publications, The Cartoon Museum, Tom Ward, Twins Cartoons, and Una | More information here
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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.