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Monday, 21 July 2014

Lakes Festival's "Family Zone" Events - Great Fun for all Ages!

Lakes Festival's "Family Zone" Events - Great Fun for all Ages!

The Phoenix are hosting a series of workshops at The Brewery Art Centre as part of the International Comic Art Festival. You can book tickets now! Image courtesy The Phoenix Comic
The Phoenix are hosting a series of workshops at The Brewery Art Centre as part of the International Comic Art Festival. You can book tickets now!
Image courtesy The Phoenix Comic
Kendal, UK, 21st July 2014: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is pleased to announce the line-up for the Comics Family Zone, one of its most popular events last year.

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 them too!

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 The Phoenix 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 masterpiece!

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 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 to ensure your place)

Free Events

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!

• For full details of the Comics Family Zone events, visit:

• All events at the Westmorland Shopping Centre are free of charge

Tickets 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:

• Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news! Web:

The Phoenix Comic Creators

The Phoenix Comic - Covers
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 weekend...
Adam Murphy

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 Northfield

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

Pirates of PangaeaNeill Cameron

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 Anderson

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.

Watch a video of Kev at work on YouTube

Creator Profile: Metaphrog

Metaphrog: John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs
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

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. 
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 BraithwaiteFables and Sandman artist Mark Buckingham; The Mire and Wolves creator Becky Cloonan; Alec and From Hell artist Eddie Campbell; veteran publisher Dez SkinnWatchmen 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 Bone Jeff 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.

• Visit the Festival web site for the full guest list announced so far
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.

24 Hour Comic Marathon

The 24 Hour Comic Marathon creative team is: Dan Berry, Marathon curator and producer; 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 graphic novel Just So Happens) and Jack Teagle.

• For more information about the 24 Hour Comic Marathon visit:

Festival Sponsors and Benefactors

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.

Commercial sponsors include the Westmorland Shopping Centre, SEQUENTIAL and Knockabout.

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Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October 2014) are on sale now. Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news! 
For further information contact: Julie Tait -
Images of most announced guests, Festival poster and mascot images can be found here:
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