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Beatrix Potter artwork reimagined by award-winning comic artists for 150th anniversary

Captain Peter Rabbit of The Lakes International Rescue by Duncan Fegredo
Captain Peter Rabbit of The Lakes International Rescue by Duncan Fegredo

To mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter, award-winning comic artists have given their time and talents to reimagine the characters and artwork of Beatrix Potter, with stunning results.

Contributors include: Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead artist, more akin to zombie art than fluffy bunnies; Duncan Fegredo of Hellboy fame; illustrator, cartoonist and animator Luke McGarry; and comics creator, writer, illustrator and podcaster, Hannah Berry.

The Lake District - For Comics and Quiet Imaginings by Charlie Adlard
The Lake District – For Comics and Quiet Imaginings by Charlie Adlard

The award-winning artists have contributed their artwork to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in support of the Beatrix Potter Reimagined student art competition. The international competition encouraged students to give Beatrix Potter a modern or unusual twist and create new work in a comic art style.

The competition is part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016, which will run from 14-16 October in Kendal, Cumbria. The festival takes over the town of Kendal on the edge of Lake District for a weekend to celebrate great comic art from across the world. An exhibition of the top Beatrix Potter Reimagined entries will be on display as part of the festival with the winning entries announced over the festival weekend.

Beatrixpotting by Luke McGarry
Beatrixpotting by Luke McGarry

Julie Tait, Festival Director said: “The artistic entries for Beatrix Potter Reimagined are simply stunning. The creativity, skill and humour of the student artwork is just astonishing and to top it all we now have contributions from some of the most talented comic artists on the planet! Our festival is not only a celebration of the best of comic art, it’s also about encouraging the next generation of artists to explore their creative talents. Beatrix Potter Reimagined is a fantastic project to celebrate a Lake District icon and to encourage and inspire the comic storytellers of the future.”

Duncan Fegredo, comic artist explained his approach to the artwork: “I was more than happy to be part of the Beatrix Potter Reimagined project. The idea of depicting Peter Rabbit as a spaceman emerged almost immediately and fully formed ­– Lakes International Comic Art Festival blending with International Rescue from Thunderbirds. My aim was to retain the innocence and appeal of Potter’s Peter Rabbit, setting him against a dramatic landscape and secret launching pad inspired by The Lakes.”

The project is for students aged 16 and over and is supported by the University of Cumbria with prizes generously provided by Wacom and Penguin Books. Beatrix Potter Reimagined is an educational, artistic project organised on a not-for-profit basis as a tribute to the talents of Beatrix Potter.

By Hannah Berry
By Hannah Berry

Several talented comic artists will be selecting the prize winning entries – Bryan Talbot, Sean Phillips, Emma Vieceli and Mary Talbot – alongside festival patron Stephen Holland, owner of the award-winning Page 45 comic shop in Nottingham.

Our top three prizes have kindly been provided with support from Wacom. Wacom is the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays. Their tools have been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world. A stunning selection of Designer Edition Beatrix Potter books have also been provided as prizes by Penguin Books.

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