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Get set for a celebration of comic art from across the world

A5 2sided promo leaflet2B.indd[T]he Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns for its fourth year to Kendal, Cumbria, from 14 to 16 October 2016. Celebrating the amazing world of comic artists, creators and writers, the weekend festival takes over the scenic town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District.

Featuring live comic drawing, films, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performance, master-classes, a free family zone and independent publishers – the events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world.

Festival Director, Julie Tait said:  “I’m blown away by the festival line-up for this year. We have comic artists joining us from Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland, as well as European comic creators. This is also an amazing showcase for UK comic art which is really thriving. Festival goers this year will be able to witness the best of global comic art across exhibitions, live draws, performance and workshops. There really is something for everyone, whether you are super hero fan, mad about Manga or just love seeing incredibly talented artists at work.”

The fourth Lakes International Comic Art Festival is bringing the biggest names in comic art to Cumbria. There will be over 70 special guests from across the comic world. Already confirmed as part of the festival are:

Charlie Adlard, best known as the artist behind The Walking Dead, now a major TV series as well as an incredibly popular comic. He’s also worked on many other projects including Mars Attacks, the X-Files, Judge Dredd and X-Men.

Bryan Lee O’Malley is a Canadian cartoonist. He created the Scott Pilgrim series, which inspired the cult classic film Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. His most recent book is the Eisner-nominated, New York Times-bestselling Seconds. He’s currently writing comic book series Snotgirl while working on his next major graphic novel.

Joe Kelly is the creator of the lauded graphic novel I Kill Giants (currently in pre-production as a feature film) and winner of the 2012 International Manga Award, a rare feat for an American. His original graphic novel. Four Eyes, was a YALSA ‘Great Graphic Novel for Teens’ selection. Kelly is credited with writing ‘The best Superman story of all time’ in Action Comics #775, which he adapted to a feature animation home video for Warner Brothers, released to great reviews in 2012. His run on Deadpool remains the industry standard. Kelly also teaches Writing for Animation at his alma mater, NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing.

Mick McMahon started as a regular contributor to 2000AD from issue two and drew several characters for the comic, most notably Judge Dredd, Slaine, and the ABC Warriors. He also drew the much praised two-part Junkyard Demon strip for what was then known as Doctor Who Monthly in 1981. Mick has also designed for films and video games and is currently working on Kestrels an upcoming series of graphic novels.

The festival will also see a performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean. Dave McKean, an iconic figure in the comic art world, has worked on seminal works including Batman Arkham Asylum one of the biggest selling graphic novels of all time.

Duncan Fegredo is best known for his collaborations with Mike Mignola on Mignola’s Hellboy. Books include Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, The Storm & The Fury and The Midnight Circus, all published by Dark Horse Comics.

Ken Niimura is winner of the Golden Prize in the 5th International Manga Award and nominated to the Eisner and Eagle Award for his work in I Kill Giants (2009). Niimura is also the author of the illustration book Zero (2010), the short story collection Traveling (2014) and Henshin (2014), published by Shogakukan in Japan.

He currently lives and works in Tokyo. The festival artwork for this year has kindly been created by Ken Niimura.

More information are tickets are available via the festival website at or via the Brewery Arts Centre box office 01539 725133.

The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Boulet, Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli, and Stephen L. Holland, owner of the award-winning independent comic shop Page 45 in Nottingham.

The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is supported by South Lakeland District Council, Kendal BID and Kendal Town Council

Our main sponsors are ComiXology, Westmorland Shopping Centre, Choose South Cumbria and the University of Cumbria. Our founder partners are the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College.

We are also supported by Cumbria County Council, Fanfare UK, the Finnish Institute in London, GB Sasakawa Foundation, Institut français du Royaume-Uni, Knockabout, Lancaster University, the National Cartoonists Society, Premier Inn, Santander, Wacom and the Wallonie Bruxelles International.

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