COMIC ART FESTIVAL COMES TO KENDAL
COMIC ART FESTIVAL COMES TO KENDAL
Posted: October 18, 2013
Comics and characters from The Beano to Peppa Pig are all under the spotlight in Kendal this weekend.
The inaugural Lakes International Comic Art Festival is being held at the town’s library for the next three days.
The Elephant Yard and the Westmorland Shopping Centres will also be hosting comic-related events over that weekend.
To help you find out what’s on when and where, an app’ is available, designed by Hut8 Media. The fully interactive app has heaps of ideas for things to do and see throughout the festival and can be downloaded from the App Store for iPhones or Google Play for Android platforms.
Tom Davies said: “Hut8 Media has a passion for presenting business and educational information in a highly interactive and graphical format. By using cartoons and illustration, complex meaning can be portrayed with fewer words. So it has been fabulous to have the opportunity to provide the flagship app for such a high profile event which is close to our hearts.”
The festival has lined up more than 70 writers and artists including some of the biggest names in the international comic art scene:
•American writer Ed Brubaker – Captain America, Criminal and Fatale. •Charlie Adlard the artist on The Walking Dead. •Simon Thorp and Graham Dury the creators of Viz. •American comic journalist Joe Sacco. •Cartoonist Posy Simmonds. •Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. •Doug Braithwaite – Storm Dogs and X-Men. •Fegredo creator of Hellboy. •Kurt Busiek – Spider-Man, Marvels and Astro City. •Gilbert Shelton – The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. •Dante’s Inferno creator Hunt Emerson. •Festival patron Bryan Talbot – Grandville and the Anthropomorphic Tradition.
Cumbria County Council’s Kendal Library is hosting the following events:
Trina’s Adventures Underground and What She Saw There: 7pm on Friday, 18 October. Trina Robbins, known as the first lady of comics, flies in from San Francisco to discuss her almost 50-year career in comics as both a cartoonist, feminist writer and historian. (Rated for aged 12+)
Making History, Sally Heathcote: Suffragette – Mary Talbot, Bryan Talbot and Kate Charlesworth: 4.30pm Saturday, 19 October. Winners of the 2013 Costa Awards’ Biography Prize, Bryan and Mary Talbot outline their latest collaboration, with Kate Charlesworth, which charts the fortunes of a maid who gets swept up by Edwardian feminist activism. (Rated 12+)
Everyone We Know Loves The Beano: 10.30am Sunday, 20 October. The Beano historian Morris Heggie takes a trip through 75 years of Britain’s favourite comic, from the first pencil sketches in 1937, to today’s digital production. Artist Stephen White will also produce a real-time classic cartoon. The event also includes a Q&A session. (All ages)
The Magic of Peppa Pig: Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 October. Discover how a Peppa Pig comic page is created and set out. Jenny O’Connor, editorial director of Redan publishing, who has also worked on Marvel, Dr Who Magazine, and Star Wars, will give an exclusive look at comic production. (All ages)
For adults Ruskins Bar in Kendal will be turning into the ‘Fnarr Bar’ to celebrate all things Viz, kitted out with original Viz artwork and some classic memorabilia. The town will also play host a comic art trail for the duration of the festival, with local shop windows brimming with comic related artwork for everyone to enjoy. A key feature of the festival will be the special live ‘watch them draw’ events. Artists featured over the weekend will include Charlie Adlard (Walking Dead), Glyn Dillon (Nao of Brown), Spanish artist Pau and Hunt Emerson. The Comics Clock Tower in Kendal Town Hall will champion breaking talent from all styles and genres. Many of the big name writers and artists visiting the festival will also be appearing in the Comics Clock Tower over the weekend.
To book places on these events and others in the library during the festival contact email@example.com or 01539 713523 or pop in to the library during opening hours.
More information on the Comics Family Zone events and the rest of the festival can be found at www.comicartfestival.com
You can also keep up to date with the festival by following @comicartfest on Twitter or by liking the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Facebook page.