In October, Darwyn Cooke – making his first UK comics event appearance – Michael DeForge, Stuart and Kathryn Immonen, Seth and Kate Beaton will head to Kendal for the third 2015 Lakes International Comics Art Festival.
TCAF's headline British guest Hunt Emerson – who will of course also be
in Kendal this year – is a titan of the underground comics scene, having
drawn cartoons and comic strips since the early 1970s. He has published
around 30 books and albums, mainly with Knockabout Comics (London),
including Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Casanova’s Last Stand, and Dante’s Inferno. His characters include Firkin the Cat, Calculus Cat, PussPuss, Max Zillion and Alto Ego, Pilgrim, Alan Rabbit, and many more.
“While TCAF has gone all over the world to promote and proselytize to
folks about the amazing work being done by Canadian cartoonists (at
events like the Kaigai Manga Festa in Japan, or the Angoulême Festival
in France), this is the first time we are engaging in an
honest-to-goodness cultural exchange,” says TCAF Co-Founder and Festival
Director: Christopher Butcher. “LICAF are setting up in a special UK
"Swing on by to meet a bunch of great artists, read some cool British comics, watch live drawings, and more! We’re so excited!”
"Well, I'm not sure I can top that!" responded LICAF Director Julie
Tait. " Suffice it to say, we hope this is the beginning of an ongoing
partnership. We'll be focussing on our commissions so the new work we
have invested in by British creators whilst also, we hope, inspiring the
Toronto audience with an injection of British culture too."
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.
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Cooke is a graphic designer and animator who turned his attention
toward cartooning in the late 1990s. He is perhaps known for his work on
the comic books such as Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier and The Spirit.
has won multiple Eisner, Harvey and Shuster awards, as well as the US
National Cartoonist Society's Best Series award. In 2008, he was
Emmy-nominated for the animated adaptation of his magnum opus, The New Frontier.
He also recently illustrated IDW's edition of Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter novel.
Darwyn is currently working on Revengance, a psychological thriller with darkly humorous overtones that will launch from Image Comics in June.
Kate Beaton is a Canadian comic artist who made a name for herself finding humour in historical subjects with her series Hark! A Vagrant, but she makes comics about anything from pop culture to literature to autobiography.
She came into the comics scene in 2007 and refuses to leave.
Seth is the cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookaville, which started in the stone age as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries.
He is also Lemony Snicket's partner for the new Young Readers series, All the Wrong Questions, and has illustrated and designed a new, deluxe edition of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.
He is the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably
collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright.
The cartoonist has exhibited throughout the world in a variety of group
and solo shows. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Art
Gallery of Ontario, which showcased the first public display of his
model city Dominion. He is now a part of the Gallery's permanent
collection. Dominion City subsequently toured Canada. He is the subject
of a 2014 National Film Board documentary entitled Seth's Dominion.
Seth lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife Tania and their two cats in an old house he has named "Inkwell's End".
Award-winning artistic chameleon and Marvel
Architect Stuart Immonen began his comics career in 1988, having worked
for most of the industry's major publishers including Marvel, DC and
Image in the quarter-century since.
During his decade-long tenure at DC, in addition to writing and pencilling Adventures of Superman, Stuart illustrated the critically acclaimed miniseries Superman: Secret Identity. For Marvel, in addition to 2011's Fear Itself event, he has drawn such high-profile series as Ultimate Spider-Man, The Mighty Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers and the cult favourite Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.
After joining forces with Mark Waid to inaugurate Marvel's digital
Infinite Comics line, in the Marvel NOW! era, Immonen launched All-New X-Men and All-New Captain America.
His creator-owned credits include collaborations with Kurt Busiek on Shockrockets and Superstar, and with Kathryn Immonen on Never As Bad As You Think, Moving Pictures and the recently-completed Russian Olive To Red King.
Kathryn Immonen has been getting paid to make things up for more than twenty years.
She has written stories for both DC and Marvel, but is best known for
Journey into Mystery with Valerio Schiti and the sleeper hit miniseries Patsy Walker: Hellcat with David Lafuente with whom she will be reuniting for the 2013 Avengers Christmas Annual. She wrote the final arc of the fan-favourite series Runaways and the X-Men miniseries Pixie Strikes Back! both drawn by Sara Pichelli, Heralds, with Tonci Zonjic and the sell-out Wolverine and Jubilee limited series with Phil Noto.
In 2011, she contributed to the canon for Captain America’s first love
interest, French Resistance fighter Peggy Carter, in the one-shot Captain America and the First Thirteen and has recently returned to Agent Carter with the Operation S.I.N. miniseries.
With her husband, artist Stuart Immonen, their creator-owned webcomic Never as Bad as You Think was published in a 2009 hardcover edition by BOOM! Studios and Moving Pictures,
a story of the theft and commoditization of both art and desire during
the Second World War, was released by Top Shelf to wide acclaim in May
2010. It has had subsequent translations by Glenat, Dolmen and Gruppo
Pesce for the European market. They recently completed their latest
project, Russian Olive to Red King.
Kathryn’s work has been supported by The Canada Council for the Arts,
The National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation and the
Institut Français in Paris. She lives in a forest with her very talented
husband and their very bad dog.
About the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2015
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 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 Evans, who 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
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 twelve-month 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,
Comics Clock Tower 2015
• Applications for for tables for
the Comics Clock Tower - the Festival's free venue where the public will
be able to mix with creators and publishers – are now closed. The Festivalwill notify all successful applicants by Friday 20th March 2015
Festival Sponsors and Benefactors
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 the Westmorland Shopping Centre.