Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2014 - Tickets
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is pleased to announce that tickets will go on sale for its massive
weekend of comic events in Kendal, Cumbria in October (17th – 19th
October 2014) after Midnight on the 25th April.
In just its second year the Festival features an increasingly stellar
line up of comics creators and designers encompassing a wide range of
genres, including international guests such as artist Becky Cloonan (who, along with her many independently-created works, was the first female artist to draw the main Batman title for DC Comics), digital comics guru Scott McCloud, top comics writer Gail Simone, Junko Mizuno, the award-winning Wilfried Lupano and Jeremie Moreau (creators of the acclaimed graphic novel The Hartlepool Monkey), Bone creator Jeff Smith and Dutch cartoonist Joost Swarte – plus a host of home-grown British artists, writers and illustrators.
Just a few of the many creators in this year’s line-up are the legendary Watchmen co-creator, artist Dave Gibbons, Sunday Times-featured artist Nick Abadzis, Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, Doctor Who artists Mark Buckingham and Mike Collins, 2014 Eisner award nominee creator Rob Davis, Marvel Comics artist Gary Erskine, top designer Rian Hughes, 2000AD and Batman artist Jock, leading independent artist Sean Phlllips, The Beano and VIZ artist Lew Stringer and many top independent comic creators, such as Luther Arkwright and Grandville creator Bryan Talbot and Vampire Academy artist Emma Vieceli.
The Festival features more than 50 carefully-produced events with often
unusual combinations of guests, unusual presentations and new formats.
It includes films and live draws alongside workshops and master classes
including a whole programme dedicated to children and teenagers. Themes
and strands include Konichewa Japan, Vive la France!, Lost in Space, The
Great War in Comics and Just for Laughs?
Plus, the Festival offers a huge, free, Comic Marketplace
in Kendal’s Clock Tower, crammed with publisher stands, creators
offering art and sketches – and, of course, there will be plenty of
comics for sale. (Full details of the family zone and Comics Clock Tower
plus full exhibitions programme and more will be released in May and
June, but look out for creators such as Isabel Greenberg, writer Ian
Edginton, Great Beast publisher Adam Cadwell among many others).
There’ll also be a pop-up Forbidden Planet for the weekend.
With a firm eye on developing new comic talent there are also plenty of workshops for aspiring comic creators to sign up for.
“The first festival ran like a well-oiled machine, with many people
stating that it seemed like a long-established event,” enthuses Festival
guest and founding patron Bryan Talbot. “If you only go to one comic
event this year, this is the one that's unmissable.”
“The organisers are building on last year's resounding success to make
this year's festival outstanding,” added fellow patron Mary Talbot.
“There's another stunning array of guests and exhibitions, events and
competitions - so there's sure to be something for everyone. Like last
year, only even better!”
"One of the most popular questions after our first festival in 2013 was
how would we be able to match its breadth, scale and quality,” says
Festival Director Julie Tait. “We hope this year's programme (with a few
surprises still to come) will answer that question.
“We are delighted to have an increased number of international creators
and to have broadened the genres too. Meanwhile we have listened to
feedback and have extended the range of the family zone and have made
the Comics Clocktower free to the public. And we can assure you that
Kendal will be even more of a comic art town for the weekend"
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 Marketplace.
Guests So Far...
Peter Van Heirseele
Felt Mistress (Louise Evans)
Kev F. Sutherland
2014 Comics Marathon Team
Stephen L Holland