SelfMadeHero creators head for The Lakes (Comic Festival, that is)

SelfMadeHero is attending the first Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, Cumbria, 18 -20 October with six of its writers and artists, including Oscar Zarate.

Rob Davis

Rob Davis

Four of SelfMadeHero’s creators join forces for a Re-imagining the Classics panel discussion with Resonance FM’s Alex Fitch (Saturday 19th October, 12.15pm,  Brewery Arts Centre). The panel consists of Rob Davis (who adapted Don Quixote and edited the award-winning Nelson anthology); I.N. Culbard (artist on many of SelfMadeHero’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptations), David Hine (acclaimed writer on Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs), and Ilya (illustrator on the Manga Shakespeare version of King Lear) .  Re-imagining The Classics –

David Hine and I.N. Culbard come together again for Rocking With Horror discussion the same day (8.20pm, Brewery Arts Centre) that focusses on the darker gothic tales of graphic novels. They are joined by fellow creators Hannah Berry and Ravi Thornton.

Ilya explores his passion for Manga in more depth in a Make Mine Manga talk on Sunday 20th October (11.00pm, Brewery Arts Centre), where he offers an overview of this global phenomenon. Having edited three volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, he will also be introducing a screening of the anime classic, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Ilya’s latest book, Room For Love, will be published by SelfMadeHero in November.

Oscar Zarate

Oscar Zarate

Oscar Zarate is also at the Festival, presenting a special two-day masterclass workshop where he tutors eight people on how to create their own story.  He has collaborated with Alan Moore on A Small Killing, and with Alexei Sayle on The Fat Comedian and edited the anthology title, It’s Dark in London, for SelfMadeHero. His new book, The Park, a beautifully drawn, original story about the dramatic consequences of a chance encounter, will be available for the first time at the festival.
• Oscar Zarate Masterclass – Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October, 100am, Brewery Arts Centre

Throughout the festival, there are opportunities to see artists in action. Glyn Dillon (creator of the internationally acclaimed The Nao of Brown) and Oscar Zarate are taking part in the Watch Them Draw sessions at the Box.

SelfMadeHero’s creators will also be signing and sketching on the publisher’s stand in the festival’s marketplace, ‘The Comics Clocktower’.

• For further information about the festival:  www.comicartfestival.com

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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