Just ahead of tickets going on sale on Friday 1st July, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced the upcoming appearances by a number of top British comic creators, all looking forward to a weekend of comics fun 14th – 16th October 2016.
Joining the already-impressive guest list that includes Bryan Lee O’Malley, Jordi Bernet and 2000AD‘s Mick McMahon will be artists Charlie Adlard, Rufus Dayglo and Duncan Fegredo; writer, artist and editor Ilya; and writers Leah Moore and John Reppion.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing a whole town decked out with love for comics,” says Leah Moore, of late busy with the exciting Electricomics project, offering an app that allows you to read four stories by some of the industry’s top talents, as well as read and collect stories created using the Electricomics Generator.
“Comics are immediate and the most accessible media there is, so hiding them away in convention halls is a huge shame.
“We are bringing all the kids along so we will be really getting involved with the children’s programme, and showing them what it is mummy and daddy actually do for work which is cool. I’m away teaching a graphic novel course at an Arvon Centre this week and have found out my co-tutor Kate Charlesworth and the guest speaker Isabel Greenberg are both going to be at the Lakes, so it will be fantastic to see them again too.”
“Added to that it’s in one of the most beautiful places in the world, what not to love?”
“I’m really looking forward to the Lakes again this year,” says Festival regular, Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard. “I’ve attended every year so far and I truly believe that the organisers are trying something different to make it the most exciting convention of the season. It’s certainly my favourite show!
“This year I’m teaming up with my friend Dan Berry to do a very special life drawing class for any interested festival attendees who wish to pursue a career in this crazy industry or who simply want to improve their drawing skills.”
These creators join the other already-announced guests (and many others) for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016: artist Jordi Bernet (Torpedo and Jonah Hex); writer Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Deadpool), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds), top US cartoonists Luke and Steve McGarry; 2000AD artist Mick McMahon; artist Ken Niimura, who has designed this year’s Festival art; Benoit Peeters, Britain’s first Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art, at Lancaster University; and Paco Roca, best known for his award-winning graphic novel Wrinkles.
Also on the guest list in partnership with The Finnish Institute in London are comic creators Hanneriina Moisseinen, Virpi Oinonen, Ville Ranta, Johanna “Roju” Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen, along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta – whose visit is part of an extension to the Lakes Festival’s rapidly-expanding Comic Creator Exchange Program with other major comics events around the globe.
Many more international and British comic creators will be announced over the coming weeks, joining a host of writers, artists, publishers and retailers for a long weekend in the Lakes crammed with panels, exhibitions, children’s events and other activities. The town will be entirely given over to comics, with business owners lining up to support the Festival’s famous “Windows Trail“, giving over store front space to display comics art created by artists and local groups and school children.
The October weekend is just one of a number of comics projects from the Festival on its way this year, which has included the world premiere performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean that took place in May and will return to Kendal for the Festival.
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The New Guests for Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016
Charlie Adlard has been a “veteran” of the comic industry for over 20 years. He’s spent the majority of his time since 2004 working on The Walking Dead for which he has received many industry awards.
In his time as a cartoonist he has worked on many other projects as far reaching as Mars Attacks, The X-Files, Judge Dredd, Savage, Batman, X-Men, Superman etc and creator-owned projects closer to his heart like Astronauts In Trouble, Codeflesh, Rock Bottom, and White Death.
Charlie Adlard Online
- Web: http://charlieadlard.com
- Twitter: @charlieadlard
- Facebook: facebook.com/Charlie-Adlard-294491250606774
Dan Berry is an illustrator, designer, cartoonist and lecturer based in the town of Shrewsbury. He is the Programme Leader for the BA/MDESIllustration, Graphic Novels and Children’s Publishing degree courses at the School of Creative Arts, Wrexham Glyndwr University.
A previous guest of the Festival, he co-ordinated the 2014 Comic Marathon that led to the publication of the Eisner Award-nominated collection of stories from that project, 24 by 7, featuring strips by Dan, Kristyna Baczynski, Joe Decie, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Sarah McIntyre, Fumio Obata and Jack Teagle.
Since 2012 he has produced the podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody in which he has spoken to over a hundred other artists about what they do and how they do it. He also records a comedy podcast with Hannah Berry (no relation) entitled No YOU Hang Up. He has produced illustration work for The NME, Michael Rosen, The National Union of Teachers and more.
He has produced the following books (in a roughly chronological order): The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head with David Gaffney & Sara Lowes (2016); Sent/Not Sent (2016) 24 by 7 (2015, with Kristyna Baczynski, Joe Decie, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Sarah McIntyre, Fumio Obata & Jack Teagle, published by Fanfare Presents in partnership with the Lakes International Comic Festival, nominated for Best Anthology, Eisner Awards 2016); Bear Canyon (2015); Hourly Comics 2015 Nicholas & Edith (2014); The End (2014); Carry Me (2013); Throw Your Keys Away (2013); The Suitcase (2013, by Blank Slate Books); Hey You! (2013); After We Shot The Grizzly (2012, with The Handsome Family); Cat Island (2012); Lasagne (2011); Silky Wilson (2010); Onion Soup (2010); Oxford Clay (2009-10); and a bunch of mini comics and stuff too profoundly embarrassing to share before that.
He also makes, modifies and enthuses about pens and custom typefaces.
Dan Berry Online
Rufus Dayglo is a comic book artist currently living and working in Berlin for 2000AD, IDW and DC Comics. He relaunched Tank Girl with writer Alan Martin (and Ashley Wood), and drew six series of the comic book, “The Gifting“, “Visions of Booga“, “Skidmarks“, “The Royal Escape“, “We Hate Tank Girl“, and “Bad Wind Rising“. He has also worked extensively with Britain’s weekly 2000AD and the 2000AD-published Judge Dredd Megazine. He has also worked with Image Comics, IDW Comics, DC Vertigo, etc.
Rufus has just completed drawing “Bad Company: First Casualties” for 2000AD, (with Pete Milligan, and Jim McCarthy, out now as a collection), and is now working on Last Gang in Town, published by DC Vertigo monthly.
Rufus is also reuniting with writer Peter Milligan for two new projects later this year, as well as working on his own projects, Solid Gold Death Mask and Big Time Charlie (with Al Ewing).
Rufus currently lives in Berlin, with a collection of dusty toy Gundam robots, lots of pencils, and more Lewis leathers jackets than he could ever hope to wear. He likes Kit Kats and coffee.
Rufus Dayglo Online
Duncan Fegredo has been drawing comics since (noncommittal grunt), his most well known works being his collaborations with Mike Mignola on Mignola’s Hellboy.
Books include Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, The Storm & The Fury and The Midnight Circus, all published by Dark Horse Comics. Earlier significant works include Enigma with writer Peter Milligan (Vertigo), Jay & Silent Bob with writer/director Kevin Smith and more recently MPH with writer and iconoclast Mark Millar (Image books).
A step outside comics saw Fegredo work as lead storyboard artist on Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH movie, – he’d like to do more.
Fegredo is currently working on a new Hellboy volume but as of writing is unsure if he’s allowed to give the name away. Suffice to say at some stage things will go BOOM!
Duncan Fegredo Online
- Web: www.duncanfegredo.co.uk
- Twitter: @hduncanfegredo
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKVtUhspW2kZ22aCu8i2KhQ
ILYA has more than 30 years experience as a comic book writer, artist and editor, published internationally by Marvel, DC and Dark Horse in the US, Kodansha in Japan, and numerous independent companies worldwide.
Book titles include award-winning graphic novel series The End of the Century Club, Manga Shakespeare’s King Lear, and Room for Love: as editor, Mammoth Books of Skulls, Cult Comics and Best New Manga, plus, Colour Me Bad.
A designer and tutor of workshops on the art of comics and manga for prisons, colleges, galleries, museums, libraries and schools across the UK as well as abroad, his How to Draw Comics is a new title for 2016. Also, Kid Savage from Image, in collaboration with co-creator of Ben 10 and Deadpool magister, Joe Kelly.
Leah Moore and John Reppion
Leah Moore is a Liverpool based writer. Together with her husband, John Reppion, she has co-written series such as The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, Damsels and most recently, for 2000AD‘s “Black Shuck”.
Her Irene Adler / Dejah Thoris mini series formed part of Gail Simone’s Swords of Sorrow crossover event for Dynamite Entertainment.
She is project manager on Electricomics, and contributing editor on its flagship anthology.
John Reppion is a Liverpool-based writer. Working with his wife, Leah Moore, he has co-written series such as 2000AD‘s “Black Shuck”, Judge Dredd Megazine‘s “Storm Warning”, and two Sherlock Holmes series for Dynamite Entertainment.
A love of Victoriana, horror, weirdness, and passion for research has led to his working on comic adaptations of Lovecraft’s Shadow Over Innsmouth, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and even Lewis Carroll’s Alice books.
Leah Moore & John Reppion Online
- Web: www.moorereppion.com
- Leah Moore on Twitter: @leahmoore
- John Reppion on Twitter: @johnreppion
- Moore & Reppion on Facebook: facebook.com/moorereppion
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.