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More British Comic Creators Wander Lakes-wards in October!

Hunt Emerson
Artwork from Wicked + Divine, written by Festival guest Kieron Gillen, art by James McElvie

Friday 24th April 2015: 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.

It's Nice Out by Jonathan Edwards 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.

• Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival go  on sale from 3rd June 2015.

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visit: www.comicartfestival.com

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Alan C. Martin

Tank Girl creators Hewlett & Martin (circa 1994).
Alan C. Martin is a comics writer best known as author of the comic strip Tank Girl, who began his comics career in 1986 after meeting Jamie Hewlett at Worthing Art College where they collaborated on the comic/fanzine Atomtan.
 
Tank Girl first appeared in the debut issue of Deadline in 1988, a British magazine intended as a forum for new comic talent, or as its publishers Brett Ewins and Tom Astor put it, "a forum for the wild, wacky and hitherto unpublishable," and it continued until the end of the magazine in 1995. The character made the leap to the big screen and has a huge cult following across the globe, with a new collection now in the works from Titan Comics.
 
Martin has produced a comprehensive Tank Girl website which has information, exclusive art, blogs and exclusive sneak previews, as well as links to all Tank Girl material in print.
 
• Alan C. Martin on tumblr: http://alancmartin.tumblr.com
 
• The Official Tank Girl web site:
http://www.tank-girl.com

Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen
Cutting his teeth in journalism, largely about gaming for which he won several awards, Kieron Gillen moved into writing comics. He describes his efforts in the medium as "divided between arty credible ones which will make girls nod sagely and find him more attractive and things with zombies and machine-guns".

His work which he’s most closely associated with is Phonogram, which he produced with Jamie McKelvie and was received with the correct mixture of rapture and bemusement and has, along with his work for Marvel Comics and other publishers, made him one of the hottest writers in the industry.

Since Phonogram, he has continued to work with McKlevie, with a celebrated run on Young Avengers and their current sale hit published by Image Comics, The Wicked + Divine, which has just been nominated for an Eisner Award.

His other credits include Thor, Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man and, in 2015, the new Star Wars title for Marvel, Darth Vader.

At Avatar Press, he is writing the World War Two  superhero book Uber and Mercury Heat.

• Kieron Gillen's WorkBlog: http://gillen.cream.org

Photo by Luigi Novi (Creative Commons)

Jock

Jock
Jock is an award-winning, British artist renowned for his edgy, dynamic style and gritty design aesthetic. He is best known for co-creating New York Times bestselling graphic novel series The Losers with Andy Diggle. His previous work includes the original graphic novel, Hellblazer: Pandemonium for DC Comics and stunning covers for numerous titles such as X-Men, Daredevil and Scalped, which led to his nomination as Best Cover Artist at the Eisner Awards.

He has recently completed writing and drawing his first mini series for Marvel Comics, Savage Wolverine, and is currently drawing a major new creator owned ongoing series, Wytches, with writer Scott Snyder.

Official Site: www.4twenty.co.uk

Si Spencer

Si Spencer
Si Spencer is a writer for comics and television. As a TV scriptwriter, he has written for  Grange Hill, EastEnders and The Bill. His comic work includes strips for Judge Dredd Megazine and Deadline and the longer works Books of Magick (with Neil Gaiman), Hellblazer: City Of Demons, The Vinyl Underground, and the award-winning 2014 cult hit series Bodies, all published by DC/Vertigo. 

His latest graphic novel is a mould-breaking horror story, Klaxon, illustrated by DIX and published by SelfMadeHero in October 2015.

• Follow Si Spencer on Twitter @/sispencer
Artwork from Klaxon by Si Spencer and DIX, which will be published by SelfMadeHero in October and available at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

DIX

Boulet
DIX is a freelance illustrator, designer and comic book artist whose output includes regular strips for The Guardian. His work has featured in It's Dark in London, the classic anthology edited by Oscar Zarate (SelfMadeHero), Crisis magazine, and many more publications.

He is the co-founder of Purr magazine and has written and designed several children's books. Most recently, he collaborated with Si Spencer to create Klaxon, a mould-breaking horror story to be published by SelfMadeHero in October 2015.

• Official Site: http://grimreality.org

About the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2015

Lakes International Comics Art Festival LogoA huge line up of both British and globe-spanning international comics talent is being lined up for this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival, taking place 16th – 18th October 2015.
 
International guests announced so far are award-winning Canadian artist Darwyn Cooke, Simpsons Comics artist Bill Morrison (thanks to the National Cartoonists Society in the US), Boulet, Winsluss, Benoit Peeters and Antoine Cossé - with many more to come.

Announced British guests include Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell, 24 Hour Marathon organiser and artist 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 is working on another project with the Festival following the success of The Homesick Truant's Cumbrian Yarn; internationally-acclaimed cartoonist Hunt Emerson, creator of Calculus Cat;  author David Gaffney, who has recently been working with Dan Berry on a new graphic novel, The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head; and UK-based stitcher and prolific tea drinker Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evanswho has created a range of one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards, including Poblin, the Festival's mascot.
 
The hugely successful 2014 Festival in Kendal 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.

Festival-connected events in the run up to the 2015 weekend include a partnership with the Friends of Lancaster Library for Lancaster Comics Day (Sunday 14th June), which will see the announcement of the winners, and the publication of the “Lost in Space” digital anthology June, which is being produced in partnership with Titan Comics and will include a cover by Festival patron Sean Phillips. Announced guests at that event include comic writer Andy Diggle, Eddie Robson and Tim Quinn, artist Dave Taylor and editor John Freeman, 

Festival Sponsors and Benefactors

Arts Council LogoThe 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, with funding from South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council working in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College.
 
Commercial sponsors include KendalBID, Specsavers the Westmorland Shopping Centre.

Lakes Festival: Some Past Releases

• Doing the Elephant Walk - Oliver East Steps Out for Lakes Festival Project

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French creators set to storm Lakes International Comic Art Festival

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Lakes International Comic Art Festival announces new patrons

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Find out more about our international guest, Darwyn Cooke

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You can view the full 2014 Festival programme here
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival run 16th - 18th October 2015. Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news on its plans for 2015!

Web: www.comicartfestival.com

For further information contact: Julie Tait - julie@comicartfestival.com

Images of most announced guests, Festival poster and mascot images can be found here:

Web Resolution: www.flickr.com/photos/116459003@N07

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