We’re not going to say it again – if you’re a long time reader of this site, you know exactly how big fans we are of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. If you’re intending to go, you will most certainly see us there and now’s your chance to get your hands on the tickets for the event. I’d sign up sooner rather than later, mind; the speed in which LICAF is growing, don’t be too surprised if they sell out rather quickly. (2015 is only the third year the event has been running, not that you could tell by the pedigree of the guest list – it’s phenomenal.)
Damn, I’m enthusing again. Honestly, it’s like I can’t control myself with this event…!
From the LICAF Press Release:
Lakes International Comic Art Festival: Tickets On Sale Now: Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Festival from the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.
The Festival, taking place 16th – 18th October, has also detailed three more top names joining this year’s programme: Guardian cartoonists Steven Appleby and Steve Bell, and top concept artist and illustrator Ian McQue, perhaps best known for his work on the chart-topping game Grand Theft Auto.
Multi-award-winning political cartoonist Steve Bell, who started his career as a comics artist, is the Festival’s opening night guest, the event generously sponsored by Specsavers.
For a third of a century Steve’s IF strip has been redefining the boundaries of political satire. In his cartoons our leaders have become grotesque monsters. At this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, you can join Steve on a roller-coaster ride satirising the last five years of coalition government, right through to today’s political landscape. Savage, funny, rude, transgressing all the rules of good taste and beautifully drawn, don’t make this evening IF but when!
Steve Bell and Steven Appleby both pack a punch in a different way with their work for The Guardian – one through his scurrilous satire of modern politics, the other through his uniquely unsettling but irresistible guide to life. On the Sunday afternoon of the Festival they will get together on stage for the first time to draw live and, hopefully, give away some trade secrets.
These world-renowned creators join a host of already-announced international and British guests including Canadian creators Darwyn Cooke, Stuart and Kathryn Immonen and Seth, top Japanese Shojo manga artist Akiko Hatsu (making her first ever UK appearance), Dave McKean and Kieron Gillen.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking place in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas: the English Lake District in the North West of the country, in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulame in France, it takes over the whole town for a weekend of 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.
This year’s Festival will have four over-arching themes to help visitors navigate through the all-ages, family-friendly event: Konnichiwa Japan featuring Shojo, Manga workshops, Studio Ghibli films, Bartkira, Akira, Akiko Hatsu, Inko and much more; Meet the Superleague, which includes the work of Stuart Immonen, Darwyn Cooke, Dave McKean, Jock, Kathryn Immonen and Stuart Immonen introducing one of his films; Parallel Worldsfeaturing Mattias Adolfsson, Antony Johnston, Kieron Gillen, Ian McQue, Boulet, Alan Martin, Jonathan Edwrds, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell and more; and Satire & Comedy in Comics whose guests include Steve Bell, Steven Appleby, Seth, the team behind Viz, Kate Beaton and Bill Morrison.
• For the latest news on the 2015 Lakes International Comic Art Festival, visit here.
IMPORTANT TICKET INFORMATION! This year’s Comic Art Festival offer for the daytime tickets is as follows.
- Buy your 3 tickets at £8 each and this qualifies you to receive your 4th ticket for free.
- Buy 6 or more tickets in the same order and qualify for 2 tickets for free.
To claim your free ticket follow the instructions below:
- Confirm your booking for your 3 £8 events and once you have received your confirmation email, log back in to book your 4th ticket for free, (you won’t be charged a booking fee on baskets that are zero value).
- Follow the same process when booking 6 or more tickets.
- This does not include Workshops, Gala Events or any other offers.