Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2014 – Tickets On Sale Now


I heard so much good stuff about the festival when it first opened its doors last year. It was an ambitious idea to take over  the market town of Kendal and it was obvious that things were going only to become bigger and bolder for year two. Reading the press release announcing the tickets for the 2014 event going on sale you can see that the ambition of the organisers to put on one hell of a festival has not diminished.  Given that it is pay day for some of us today I guess it’s time to dig into our pockets as the tickets for this bad boy are on sale now on sale. To find out where and how you can get your tickets head here.

The event itself takes place in Kendal, Cumbria in October (17th –19th October 2014).

In just its second year the Festival features an increasingly stellar line up of comics creators and designers encompassing a wide range of genres, including international guests such as artist Becky Cloonan (who, along with her many independently-created works, was the first female artist to draw the main Batman title for DC Comics), digital comics guru Scott McCloud, top comics writer Gail SimoneJunko Mizuno, the award-winning Wilfried Lupano and Jeremie Moreau (creators of the acclaimed graphic novel The Hartlepool Monkey), Bone creator Jeff Smith and Dutch cartoonistJoost Swarte – plus a host of home-grown British artists, writers and illustrators.

Just a few of the many creators in this year’s line-up are the legendary Watchmen co-creator, artist Dave GibbonsSunday Times-featured artist Nick AbadzisWalking Dead artist Charlie AdlardDoctor Who artists Mark Buckingham and Mike Collins, 2014 Eisner award nominee creator Rob Davis, Marvel Comics artist Gary Erskine, top designer Rian Hughes2000AD and Batman artist Jock, leading independent artistSean PhlllipsThe Beano and VIZ artist Lew Stringer and many top independent comic creators, such as Luther Arkwright and Grandville creator Bryan Talbot andVampire Academy artist Emma Vieceli.

(For further information on creator’s works, visit the Festival’s web site –

The Festival features more than 50 carefully-produced events with often unusual combinations of guests, unusual presentations and new formats. It includes films and live draws alongside workshops and master classes including a whole programme dedicated to children and teenagers. Themes and strands include Konichewa Japan, Vive la France!, Lost in Space, The Great War in Comics and Just for Laughs?

Plus, the Festival offers a huge, free, Comic Marketplace in Kendal’s Clock Tower, crammed with publisher stands, creators offering art and sketches – and, of course, there will be plenty of comics for sale. (Full details of the family zone and Comics Clock Tower plus full exhibitions programme and more will be released in May and June, but look out for creators such as Isabel Greenberg, writer Ian Edginton, Great Beast publisher Adam Cadwell among many others). There’ll also be a pop-up Forbidden Planet for the weekend.

With a firm eye on developing new comic talent there are also plenty of workshops for aspiring comic creators to sign up for.

“The first festival ran like a well-oiled machine, with many people stating that it seemed like a long-established event,” enthuses Festival guest and founding patron Bryan Talbot. “If you only go to one comic event this year, this is the one that’s unmissable.”

“The organisers are building on last year’s resounding success to make this year’s festival outstanding,” added fellow patron Mary Talbot. “There’s another stunning array of guests and exhibitions, events and competitions – so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Like last year, only even better!”

“One of the most popular questions after our first festival in 2013 was how would we be able to match its breadth, scale and quality,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “We hope this year’s programme (with a few surprises still to come) will answer that question.

“We are delighted to have an increased number of international creators and to have broadened the genres too. Meanwhile we have listened to feedback and have extended the range of the family zone and have made the Comics Clocktower free to the public. And we can assure you that Kendal will be even more of a comic art town for the weekend”

Reporter: Nuge

Source: Lakes International Comic Art Festival

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