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 Festival’s 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 Angoulême 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.
For the latest news on the 2015 Lakes International Comic Art Festival visit: www.comicartfestival.com