Lakes International Comic Art Festival Seeks Final Artist for 24 Hour Comic Marathon

Last year saw the birth of another new convention (I can hardly keep track these days!) the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. I did not get the chance to attend the con last but after talking to a number of people it seemed I really missed out on something special. I have no idea what I’m up to this year but would really love to poke my nose round the door of this convention to see what it has to offer.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is a new kind of comic art event in the UK. Modelled on a European-style festival it aims to take over the market town of Kendal, on the edge of the lake district, with comic art presenting the widest range of genres.

The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with funding from South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council working in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College

One of the cool things they are doing for the festival is a 24 hour comic challenge which is the brain child of Scott McCloud (who I’m guessing is no relation to this McCloud). The premise behind this sounds like something out of a Mad Max film.

*Pause to allow gravelly voiced America movie trailer guy to take over*

On 16th October six brave comics souls will enter a room and draw comics non stop for 24 hours. As they draw the room will fill with sand, poison gas and deadly cobras will…ok that last bit may have been made up but it’s an idea I hope the organisers will keep in mind if they need to spice things up for the 2015 show.

At the moment the tally of artists currently stands at five with one more to find by 14th Feb.

“Not just any old comic artist, we are looking for an artist with a bunch of comics under their belt already, a proven track record that they can draw pictures into little boxes with the best of them,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “Not only that, but an artist that wants to rise to the challenge of the 24 hour Comics Marathon.”

If you believe you could be the sixth artist, who hence forth shall be known as the Golden Child, then email the Festival at [email protected] to throw your pen into the ring with a little bit of background blurb  about yourself and examples of your work.

If selected you will join the 24 hour Comics Marathon team and the artist will be put up for three nights in Kendal, their travel will be paid for (for residents of the UK only), all food and they’ll be a guest of the festival for the weekend whilst they recover!

The cut off point for applications via email is 14th February 2014 so there’s not a lot of time left. All the info you can shake a stick at can be found at

Good luck and the odds be in your favour always. Hopefully I’ve changed enough in the previous sentence to avoid getting sued by team Hunger Games.

10th February, 2014, Kendal, Cumbria: Five of the six creators for the 2014 Lakes International Comic Art Festival’s 24 Hour Comic Challenge have now been revealed – with one more to find by 14th February.

On Thursday 16th October, as part of the Festival, six comic artists will enter a room and draw comics non stop for 24 hours.

The 24 Hour Comics challenge was devised by comics innovator Scott McCloud – who is also a guest at this year’s Festival in Kendal, Cumbria –  in 1990. Thousands of artists have risen to this challenge since.

The usual format for a 24 hour comic is to disallow planning and preparation beforehand. Some variations include constraints announced at the commencement of the 24 hours to make planing ahead futile.

The Festival intends to do things a little differently. Planning and preparation is not only allowed, but encouraged because they want to be able to tell the very best stories with the short time the creators have.

This year’s resident 24 hour comic artists are:


• Dan Berry is the curator and producer of the Festival’s 24 Hour Comics Marathon. He is a cartoonist, illustrator, lecturer in comics and host of the podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody. Check out his work here –


• Kristyna Baczynski is an illustrator, comic book artist and designer based in Leeds who alongside publishing her own comic books has had work published by NME, Hic & Hoc and Blank Slate Books. Check out her work here –


• Sarah McIntyre is another of the resident 24 hour comic artists and will be launchingJampires (a David Fickling picture book with David O’Connell), Cakes In Space (the followup to Oliver and the Seawigs with Philip Reeve) and will also have some of the Jampires comics that inspired the picture book! Check out her website –


• Hot from the release of his new book Just So Happens published by Jonathan Cape, comic artist, animator and educator Fumio Obata is also on the team. Check out more of Fumio’s work here –


• Based in the South West of England, Jack Teagle has been published by Nobrow as well as self-publishing his own books. Check out his work here –

Reporter: Nuge

Source: Lakes International Comic Festival


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