Based in Kendal Library, Westmorland Shopping Centre and the Shakespeare Centre off Highgate, this year's Comics Family Zone
will feature workshops and free activities, plus face-painting, screen
printing and ace competitions. You can make your own comics, create your
own characters, and even get a crack professional comics artist to draw
you a picture of anything you want – so long as you draw a picture for
The Comics Family Zone Line-Up includes...
• Join The Phoenix Comic artists Adam Murphy, Gary Northfield, Neill Cameron and Laura Anderson, as they guide you through the amazing world of comics in ThePhoenix Lakes Workshops!
You’ll learn how to: Draw awesomely! Create characters! Tell stories!
And then bring all those things together in your very own comic
You're invited to voyage through deepest darkest space in a giant space
ship… that’s also a cat! Battle with pirates… on the back of gargantuan
prehistoric monsters! Meet the DEAD famous… for a quick interview!
Hang on! These aren’t delirious dreams, but a small sample of the adventures waiting inside The Phoenix weekly
story comic! Learn some of the title's top-secret, comic-creating tips
from the professionals – whilst producing a comic strip of your own!
• All workshops suitable for 6-12 years except Teen Workshops
aimed at 12-16 years. Price: All £3.00 (tickets pre-bookable, visit the
events pages on www.comicartfestival.com/tag/family-zone to ensure your place)
• Artist Kev F Sutherland (The Beano, 2000AD and Doctor Who)
who'll be giving a drawing masterclass and helping kids create their
very own comics in the library. Suitable for 7-12 years old. No
experience necessary. Price: £3.00 (tickets pre-bookable, visit the
events pages on www.comicartfestival.com/tag/family-zone to ensure your place)
• Metaphrog Workshops and Exhibition - Create your own comics with the award-nominated Metaphrog duo! Suitable for 7-12 years old - and free!
• Art Heroes: Join Art Heroes to get comic-making tips,
pick up some of their comic books and enter their Create-A-Character
competition for the chance to win a great prize! Whether you’re into
superheroes, comedy, fantasy, sci-ﬁ , ninjas or anything else, Daniel
and Lee will help you turn your ideas into great characters and comic
strips. Suitable for all ages - and free!
• We Draw, You Draw - Sharpen your pencils and choose your colours for the epic drawing event! This event features: Manga Mistress Chie Kutsuwada: creative cartoonist Paul Harrison-Davies (Astrodog): Phoenix regular Robert Deas (Troy Trailblazer): and the illustrious, industrious ILYA (Kid Savage, from the people that brought you Ben10).
This core team of crack professional comics artists will draw you
pictures to take away of Whatever You Want – so long as You draw a
picture for them too! All paper and materials provided. Suitable for all
ages - and free!
• Follow the Family Trail and visit each part of the Festival - and collect a free little gift on completion of your special, fully stamped card!
Oh, and look out for Poblin and his gang - the Festival's larger-than-life mascots, created by Jonathan Edwards and the Felt Mistress... they'll certainly be looking out for you!
• All events at the Westmorland Shopping Centre are free of charge
for all the events at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th -
19th October) are on sale now. For the full guest list, details of
events and exhibitions and bookings visit: www.comicartfestival.com
The Phoenix is a weekly comic for
children aged 8-12 (and everyone else who loves stories) featuring
thrilling adventures, rib-cracking comedies, boggling true stories and
deviously difficult puzzles - and no ads! The comic is available on
subscription and from Waitrose supermarkets, or digitally on iTunes.
Four creators from the comic will be running workshops over the Festival
Comics artist, Illustrator, Husband and "Idiot savant", Adam says he's "Desperately trying to make sense of it all.
"I'm slowly feeling like I’m getting the hang of it," he says. He's been
working as a full-time comics artist since 2011 and is currently based
in Glasgow. His strips include "Corpse Talk" for The Phoenix.
Gary draws popular comic strips for many top notch publications including National Geographic Kids and The Phoenix. Lately he’s been knocking out weekly nonsense in the form of "Gary's Garden" for The Phoenix and he has a brand new children’s graphic novel called The Terrible Tales of the TeenyTinySaurs out from Walker books. He lives in the UK
Neill Cameron started drawing with robots and dinosaurs. Then he did
some other stuff for a bit. Then he decided that drawing robots and
dinosaurs was way more fun, so went back to that. His strips include "Pirates of Pangaea" for The Phoenix (written by Daniel Hartwell). He lives in Oxford.
Laura's debut children's picture book Snowflakes written by CBBC presenter Cerrie Burnell, was published in September 2013. Her new and upcoming picture books include Princess Sleepyhead and the Night-Night Bear, out this October, She's also the creator of the comic strip 'Evil Emperor Penguin' for The Phoenix, about a tyrannical seabird of tiny proportions whose main aim is to take over the world!
"I think I'd quite like to live on the Moon when humans finally make it
possible," says Laura. "I'm going to assume that'll be in my lifetime.
But for now I live in London."
Creator Profile: Kev F. Sutherland
Kev F Sutherland writes and draws for comics as diverse as The Beano, Marvel comics and Doctor Who.
He's currently writing "Bananaman" and drawing "Pansy Potter". He was
the man who gave us "The Bash Street Zombies" and Roger The Dodger’s
"Reservoir Dodge". For Marvel, he drew Doctor Strange and Star Trek and has worked everywhere from Doctor Who Adventures and Match to Red Dwarf Smegazine and Viz comic.
He also teaches comic art in his Comic Art Masterclass which visits
schools, libraries and art centres all around the country and the world –
he’s taught comic art from Ireland to Abu Dhabi and from Norway to
Toulouse! In 2014,
Kev brings his Comic Art Masterclass back to the Lake District to teach the next generation of comic artists their craft.
Metaphrog are writer and
illustrator duo John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs. Their Louis graphic
novels have been nominated for several prestigious awards, including the
Eisner and Ignatz Awards, and Louis – Night Salad was Highly Commended for the Scottish Children’s Book Award. Their work has been praised in The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, The Comics Journal, The Herald, The School Librarian, to name but a few.
They both love to share the secrets of making comics and are always
travelling to deliver talks and workshops in and outside of the UK.
Recently they have been working on several graphic novel commissions,
and are currently working on new stories. Their next graphic novel will
be published by Papercutz in early 2015.
About the 2014 Lakes International Comic Art Festival
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.
The huge line up of guests at this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival include the acclaimed comics creator and newspaper strip artist Nick Abadzis (author of Laika); Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard; Storm Dogs and UNITY artist Doug Braithwaite; Fables and Sandman artist Mark Buckingham; The Mire and Wolves creator Becky Cloonan; Alec and From Hell artist Eddie Campbell; veteran publisher Dez Skinn; Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons; digital comics pioneer Scott McCloud; Japanese artist Junko Mizuno; Drowntown co-creator Robbie Morrison; leading US comics writer Gail Simone; the creator of the multi-award winning BoneJeff Smith; and Grandville and Luther Arkwright author Bryan Talbot, one of the Festival's patrons alongside Sean Phillips and Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli, will also join other comic creators for Kendal's second comics extravaganza.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival regrets to announce that due to other commitments, 2000AD
artist Jock has had to withdraw from this year's event. Anyone who
already purchased tickets for his event has been informed of the
cancellation of his events.
The Patrons of the Festival are comic
creators Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli.
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.