Now, this is exciting stuff – the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, held in the lovely little city of Kendal on the weekend of 16th-18th October 2015 – has continued to grow its portfolio of amazing comic creative talent by adding a few more names to the bill: Tank Girl co-creator Alan C. Martin; the artist behind one of the big hits of 2015, Wytches (and oh gods much, much more), Jock; acclaimed 2000AD writer Si Spencer; and, somebody who just might arrive into Kendal clutching an Eisner for his work on The Wicked + The Divine, fresh from San Diego, Kieron Gillen.
These are amazing names to attract, especially considering the fact that the event is only in its third year in 2015 – however, this is what happens when you have already featured headliners in previous years, the likes of Becky Cloonan, Charlie Adlard, Dougie Braithwaite, Gail Simone, Oscar Zarate and many more. Also, the landscape helps: Kendal is an especially pretty place, even when it’s pissing it down. (Yes, I got soaked last year!)
Downpours be damned, safe to say, we’re massive fans of the Lakes Festival here at AEISD and we’re determined to be not only visiting the event for just the one day in 2015, but also staying on town for the entire duration. While we’re there, we’ll do our best to grab a number of these guests and chat – stay tuned for more info as we get closer to October. Tickets go on sale as of 1st June, with the line-up of panels and ticketed events going up on the Lakes website, mid-May…
From the LICAF press release:
Friday 24th April 2015: As the Lakes International Comics Art Festival team gets set to fly out to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival with one group of talented British creators, it’s also announced more UK guests for its upcoming October weekend (16th-18th October 2015).
Joining an already impressive line up of both British and international guests that includes Darwyn Cooke, Steve Bell, Boulet, Kathryn and Stuart Immonen, Bill Morrison and Dave McKean will be Tank Girl co-creator Alan C. Martin, Marvel Comics writer and Eisner Award-nominated Kieron Gillen, 2000AD writer Si Spencer and comic artists Jock and DIX.
This latest announcement comes as the Lakes team prepare to head to TCAF with several British guests for its first ‘Lakes Pavilion’ event, including comics creator Hunt Emerson; comics creator, educator and 24 Hour Comic Marathon co-ordinator Dan Berry; graphic novelist Joe Decie, who is working on a longform project thanks to funding from the Lakes Festival; Oliver East, author of titles such as Trains Are Mint, who has just completed his Elephant Walk from Edinburgh to Manchester in preparation for a new graphic novel funded by LICAF; UK-based stitcher and prolific tea drinker Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evans; illustrator Jonathan Edwards, co-creator of the Festivals much-loved Poblin mascot with Louise; and Manchester-based author David Gaffney.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulme in France, it takes over a whole town for a weekend with comic art. Its aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.
The festival takes place in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas: the English Lake District in the North West of the country and in the market town of Kendal.
The hugely successful 2014 Festival featured a stellar cast of both British and international creators and a number of special exhibitions, and attracted thousands of fans young and old to the Lake District town.
The Festival’s dedicated organisers are determined to build on last year;s visitors numbers still further, reflecting their aim to deliver a truly European-style comics festival involving the whole of the local community and visitors in a truly unique comics experience.
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