2014 Lakes Comics Festival guest list expands again with Nick Abadzis, Stephen Colllins and other great creators
Kendal, UK, 19th March 2014: Britain has a long tradition of humour comics such as The Beano, Dandy and VIZ – so it should come as no surprise that the cheeky gang at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival
have lined up a number of comic creators well known for delivering a
chuckle or two thanks to their work (as well as, on occasion, a more
The latest guests announced to join a stellar line up of comics talent in Kendal in October are Guardian cartoonist Stephen Collins, Nick Abadzis (creator of the critically-acclaimed Hugo Tate and the incredible Cora's Breakfast, pictured above), Beano and VIZ artist Lew Stringer, Cornwall’s Donya Todd (creator of Death & The Girls), Lizz Lunney (creator of many a surrealist animal!) and Flemish cartoonist Peter van Heirseele, the brains behind the absurdist comic Cowboy Henk.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th – 19th
October 2014) is a new kind of comic art event in the UK. Modelled on a
European-style festival it aims to take over the market town of Kendal,
on the edge of the Lake District, with comic art presenting the widest
range of genres. Events include a 24 Hour Comic Marathon, children’s
comic workshops, talks, signings, Great War in Comics art exhibition and
a Comics Fair.
Previously announced guests for the Festival include The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard; Fables artist Mark Buckingham; acclaimed independent comics creator Oliver East; Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons; top designer and comics creator Rian Hughes; 2000AD artist Jock; self-taught Japanese artist Junko; Dutch underground comics artist Joost Swarte; writer Robbie Morrison; artist Sean Phillips; digital comics frontiersman Scott McCloud; leading US comics writer Gail Simone; Jeff Smith; COSTA Award winner Bryan Talbot; Vampire Academy artist Emma Vieceli; and Jonathan Edwards, who has designed the event’s “Mascot Family”.
"I'm excited to be asked to attend The Lakes Comic Art Festival - it's
an honour,” enthuses Nick Abadzis. “I've heard lovely things about the
'Angouleme of the North' and in anticipation of seeing old friends and
meeting many new ones to celebrate the art and language of comics, I'm
greatly looking forward to my visit to Kendal."
"'I'm really excited to be coming to the Festival," says Donya Todd,
"joining in all the fun and drawing with a bunch of cool people.'
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Images of most announced guests, Festival poster and mascot images can be found here:
Nick Abadzis is a cartoonist, writer and graphic novelist of
international renown who has been honoured with various awards including
the prestigious Eisner in 2008 for his graphic novel Laika. To
date, there have been ten foreign editions. He also works as a visual
facilitator, corporate scribe and editorial consultant. He’s devised
various magazines and properties that have helped create lasting equity
and sales for the many publishing entities and websites that he has been
As a highly experienced author of stories for both adults and children,
Nick has been published in the US by Condé Nast, Macmillan, Marvel
Comics, DC/Vertigo Comics and Tor.com, in Japan by Kodansha and Korea by
Marubol Publications. His comics and illustrations have appeared in
various national UK newspapers including The Times, The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday and he has been published in Europe by BBC Worldwide, Dargaud, Glénat, Doctor Who Magazine, 2000AD, Punch, Titan Comics, David Fickling Comics and Atrium Verlag among others. His latest book (co-authored with David Camus) is The Cigar That Fell in Love With a Pipe from Self-Made Hero/Abrams, due out in Spring 2014. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and daughter.
A British illustrator and cartoonist, Stephen’s work has appeared in many publications worldwide, and he has a weekly comic in The Guardian’s Weekend magazine, as well as a monthly one in Prospect.
In 2013 Jonathan Cape published his debut graphic novel The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, which won the Edinburgh Ninth Art Award and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Of The Year award . Some Comics By Stephen Collins, a collection of his shorter strips, will be published by Jonathan Cape in autumn 2014.
Known better under the pseudonym Herr Seele, Peter is a renowned Flemish
cartoonist, author, actor, presenter and piano collector. He is mainly
known for the absurd comic Cowboy Henk, created with Kamagurka, which ran in the weekly magazine Humo until 2011.
Originally, the comic was intended for De Vooruit, but soon
became an exclusive item in Humo and has since gone on to be published
in several countries, including in Scandinavia and the United States.
He began acting in 1983, some shows written by his Cowboy Henk
collborator Kamagurka; and he owns one of the most renowned collections
of early historic pianos in the world, which is stored at Ostend and
contains over 200 instruments.
Lizz Lunney is an illustrator, comic artist and comedy writer. She draws
surrealist animals, household objects and items of food, all endowed
with the sometimes-questionable gift of consciousness, exploring various
concepts of life and death in a humorous setting; sometimes she draws
Lizz’s first book Ich liebe Katzen und Katzen lieben mich collected her early self published titles translated into German (Zwerchfell Verlag, 2011). Her second publication, Take Away!,
released this year, is a specially commissioned book for Blank Slate
that includes work from the last eight years, presented alongside brand
new content including two mega stories.
Lizz’s Digital comics are available from Top Shelf Productions presenting titles such as Depressed Cat: Nine Miserable Lives (Top Shelf, 2013), she also co-edited The Hic & Hoc Illustrated Journal of Humour Volume 2 and you can find her range of greetings cards in various well-known stockists in the UK!
Lizz’s favourite hobbies include documentaries, swimming and collecting
stupid things (Chewbacca figures, creepy Disney items, photos of food
faces, fake fur coats, boglins). She lives in Birmingham with her cat
Donya Todd is an illustrator, painter and comic artist who lives on a
remote farm in Cornwall, England. She specialises in narrative
illustration across a variety of mediums including graphic novels,
digital commissions, children's books and traditional methods.
Taking her inspiration from the magical, marvellous and macabre her creations include The Burger Boys and Death & The Girls, published by Blank Slate last year. She also publishes comics anthology Bimba and is one half of 'Chubby' - a new teeshirt venture with partner in crime and fellow Festival guest Jack Teagle.
About the 2014 Lakes International Comic Art Festival
GUESTS SO FAR…
Previously announced guests for the Festival include The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard; Fables artist Mark Buckingham; acclaimed independent comics creator Oliver East; artistDave Gibbons (2000AD, The Secret Service, Watchmen); top designer and comics creator Rian Hughes; 2000AD artist Jock; self-taught Japanese artist Junko; Dutch underground comics artist Joost Swarte; writer Robbie Morrison; artist Sean Phillips (Fatale),; digital comics frontiersman Scott McCloud; leading US comics writer Gail Simone; Jeff Smith (creator of the multi-award winning Bone); COSTA Award winner Bryan Talbot (Alice in Sunderland, Luther Arkwright); Vampire Academy artist Emma Vieceli; and MAD Magazine cartoonist Jonathan Edwards, who has designed the event’s “Mascot Family”.
24 HOUR COMIC MARATHON
The 24 Hour Comic Marathon creative team is: Dan Berry, Marathon curator and producer (www.thingsbydan.co.uk); Kristyna Baczynski (NME), Warwick Johnson Cadwell (Tank Girl), Joe Decie (The Accidental Salad) Sarah McIntyre (Oliver and the Seawigs, shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014), Fumio Obata (author of the recently-published graphic novel Just So Happens) and Jack Teagle. Full information: www.comicartfestival.com/competitions
FESTIVAL SPONSORS AND BENEFACTORS
The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery
through Arts Council England, with funding from South Lakeland District
Council and Kendal Town Council working in partnership with the Brewery
Arts Centre and Kendal College
Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival go on sale from 25th April 2014. Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news!