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2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Art by Ken Niimura Revealed
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2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Art by Ken Niimura Revealed

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Poster by and © Ken Niimura
Lakes International Comic Art Festival art by and © Ken Niimura

Kendal, 1st April 2016: Not an April Fool's hoax! Not a dream! The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to reveal this year's Festival art by top artist Ken Niimura - who is also one of the lead guests at the event (14th-16th October).

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), Ken 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 and recent work includes a strip for DC's Gotham Academy #16, "Boring Sundays".

"It's my first time there, so I'm already crossing my fingers to have good weather and go to see the Lakes," says Ken.

"If it rains though, I hope I'll manage to get a cosy and warm table with nice views inside a pub.

"Feel free to come and say hi - we can draw something together! Or talk about comics! Or even just chill and enjoy the views."

In addition to his appearance at the Festival, there will be an exhibition of Ken's work, alongside an exhibition of the work of five rising stars from Japan which he is curating.

"He'll be doing lots at the Festival to exploit his diverse talents," enthuses director Julie Tait.

Ken will be joining previously announced guests Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Deadpool), Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds), 2000AD's Mick McMahon and Benoit Peeters - Britain's first Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art, at Lancaster University - for this year's prestigious event.

Many more international and British comic creators will be announced over the coming weeks, joining a host of writers, artists, publishers and retailers for a long weekend in the Lakes crammed with panels, exhibitions, children's events and other activities. The town will be entirely given over to comics, with business owners lining up to support the Festival's famous "Windows Trail", giving over store front space to display comics art created by artists and local groups and school children.

The October weekend is just one of a number of comics projects from the Festival on its way this year, with the world premiere performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean already announced, taking place at Kendal Town Hall on 28th May.

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• For more information on the Lakes InternationalComic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: julie@kendalartsinternational.com

Web: www.comicartfestival.com

• Ken Niimura's official site: www.niimuraweb.com | Find Ken on Facebook | Follow Ken on Twitter @ken_niimura | Tumblr | Instagram | Behance | Pixiv

Supporting Images

Ken Niimura. Photo by and © Paula Fujiwara
Ken Niimura. Photo by and © Paula Fujiwara
An alternate cover for Marvel's new series Weirdworld, released last August
An alternate cover for Marvel's new series Weirdworld, released last August
Pencils and inks for the Gotham Academy story "Boring Sundays". Photo: Ken Niimura
Pencils and inks for the Gotham Academy story "Boring Sundays". Photo: Ken Niimura
 Forgiveness 4 You, an illustration made for Slate's 2015 April Book Review by and © Ken Niimura
 Forgiveness 4 You, an illustration made for Slate's 2015 April Book Review by and © Ken Niimura

About the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Lakes International Comics Art Festival Logo

The fourth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 14-16 October 2016 in Kendal, Cumbria, celebrating great comic art from across the world. It is the only one of its kind in the UK taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend. 

Guests revealed so far are Joe Kelly, Bryan Lee O'MalleyMick McMahon, Ken Niimura and Benoit Peeters, - with more announcements to come soon.

The festival features comic artists from around the world, as well as performance, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, master classes, live drawing and independent retailers and 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 – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life.

A free Family Zone provides drop-in activities for all ages, alongside a series of fantastic workshops for kids and teenagers. The Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings the town together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art.


Exhibitors in the Comics Clock Tower "marketplace" for 2016 include - to name but a few! - the Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain, Italian illustrator and cartoonist Silvia Carrus, Buzzfeed illustrator James Chapman, Disconnected Press, Forbidden Planet, the writer and artist on Rick and Morty Sarah Graley, Gareth A. Hopkins, creator of the increasingly experimental comic The Intercorstal, Page 45, graphic designer and illustrator Simon Russell, Soaring Penguin and independent publisher and writer Tom Ward.
Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash

Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash

Co-commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary and On a Marche sur la Bulle, Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash is a multimedia performance and new graphic novel by illustrator, comic artist, filmmaker and musician Dave McKean, one of the iconic figures of the UK comic art world.

Black Dog explores the work of Paul Nash, one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century, whose First World War experiences inspired him to create paintings of disturbing, lasting power. 

The graphic novel will be released in two editions – a limited edition in May and a full publication in October at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (14-16 October 2016).

• Tickets for the world premiere in Kendal on 28th May 2016 are available through the Brewery Arts Centre box office (tel: 01539 725 133) or website. Additional performances will be held in France over the summer before the performance returns to Cumbria for the graphic novel launch in October.

• For more about 14-18 NOW visit: www.1418now.org.uk

Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash  is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The commission is also supported by Kendal College, Kendal Business Improvement District and South Lakeland District Council.

Festival Sponsors and Benefactors

 CArts 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. It is supported by South Lakeland District Council, Kendal BID and Kendal Town Council

Our main sponsors are ComixologyWestmorland 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 the Finnish Institute in London, Wallonie Bruxelles International, Institut français du Royaume-Uni, Santander, Knockabout Press, Fanfare UK, GB Sasakawa Foundation, National Cartoonists Society, Premier Inn and Wacom.

Lakes Festival: Some Past Releases

• Bryan Lee O'Malley Confirmed For Exclusive 2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Appearance

• Art from Dave McKean's new graphic novel "Black Dog" revealed

• Mick McMahon Announced as first British guest for Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016

• Joe Kelly Announced as first US guest for Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016

• Lakes Festival art auction hosted by Jonathan Ross raises £15,000 for future projects

• Lancaster University Appoints Tintin Scholar Benoit Peeters As UK’s First Professor Of Graphic Fiction And Comic Art
• Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016 Dates Announced

• Lakes Festival Brings Comic Art to the High Street with "Windows Trail"

• 24 Hours to Make Comics: The Marathon is Back!

• "Wish You Were Here" – comic artists re-imagine the Lake District – ahead of Comic Art Festival

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival announces Specsavers partnership


• Lakes International Comic Art Festival Takes Manga to the Max!

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival run 14th - 16th October 2016. Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here

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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