Home Con News LICAF 2016: Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley confirmed as Special Guest...

icon - lakes international comic art festival thumbnailThe Lakes International Comics Art Festival is into its fourth year in 2016 and it pretty much established itself as a world-class arts festival from the off, thanks to the patronage of some very influential (and local) creators. It’s that powerhouse foundation that has meant that, this October, they can bring to Kendal the likes of creator of SCOTT PILGRIM, Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Lakes will be O’Malley’s exclusive UK appearance this year and he will join previously-announced guests Joe Kelly and 2000AD‘s Mick McMahon for this year’s Festival taking place in Kendal, over the weekend of the 14th-16th October.

From the Lakes press release:

Bryan Lee O’Malley is a Canadian cartoonist who created the “Scott Pilgrim” series, which inspired the cult classic film SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD (directed by Edgar Wright). His most recent book is the Eisner-nominated, New York Times-bestselling SECONDS.

He’s currently writing comic book series SNOTGIRL, which will be published by Image Comics, while working on his next major graphic novel. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

“We’re thrilled Bryan is joining us this year,” enthuses Festival Director Julie Tait. “It’s a real coup for us and we think his appearance will excite and involve a whole new audience from both the comic art world and beyond.”

Many more international and British comic creators will be announced over the coming weeks, joining a host of writers, artists, publishers and retailers for a long weekend in the Lakes crammed with panels, exhibitions, children’s events and other activities. The town will be entirely given over to comics, with business owners lining up to support the Festival’s famous “Windows Trail”, giving over store front space to display comics art created by artists and local groups and school children.

The October weekend is just one of a number of comics projects from the Festival on its way this year, with the world premiere performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean already announced, taking place at Kendal Town Hall on 28th May.

Tickets will be on sale at some point closer to the event; don’t forget, the Festival works on a presentation-by-presentation basis so, if you’re interested, you just buy a ticket for Bryan’s panel on its own, if you’re that way inclined (read: a bit mental).

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