Charlie Adlard
EMBARGOED UNTIL 8.30pm Friday 14th October 2016

Kendal 14 October 2016: Charlie Adlard, best known as the comic artist behind The Walking Dead series, has been appointed as the UK’s Comics Laureate. The Comics Laureate is an ambassadorial and educational role for the comic genre and aims to raise awareness of the impact comics can have in terms of increasing literacy and creativity. The Comics Laureate appointment is made biennially to a distinguished comics creator, writer or artist in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the genre.

The announcement was made at the opening of the Lakes International Comic Art Festivaltaking place from 14 – 16 October in Kendal, Cumbria.

The appointment is the result of a rigorous nomination and voting process. The Comics Laureate works with schools, educators and the comic community to unlock the potential of comics as a tool for learning and creativity. A key focus will be working to increase the acceptance of comics as a creative artform in schools, libraries and througout the education system.

Charlie Adlard, UK Comics Laureate said: “I’m delighted and deeply honoured to be appointed as the Comics Laureate. The power of comics to encourage learning and develop literacy shouldn’t be underestimated. Comics can connect with people who may never pick up a normal book and really help encourage a love of reading. I see this as a great opportunity to bring the wonder of comics to a wider audience.”

Charlie Adlard is the artist behind the highly successful The Walking Dead comic series, now a popular TV series and video game. He’s also worked on many other comic projects including2000AD, Mars Attacks, The X-Files, Judge Dredd and X-Men.

Charlie Adlard picks up the baton from Dave Gibbons, the first Comics Laureate appointed in February 2015. Comic artist Dave Gibbons is best known for his artwork on Watchmen as well as numerous creative projects for Marvel, DC Comics and 2000AD. Dave Gibbons attended the Lakes International Comic Art Festival opening event in Kendal, Cumbria to hand over the title and welcome the appointment of Charlie.

Dave Gibbons, the UK’s first Comics Laureate said: “It’s been a great honour to fill the post of Comics Laureate for the past two years. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to talk about my love of the medium, and its role in education and literacy. Most importantly, there has been an increasingly positive response from teachers and school librarians to the use of comics in schools. However, there is still work to be done and I look forward to supporting the new Laureate from behind the scenes.”

Working closely with the Lakes International Comics Art Festival, the Comics Laureate will champion the role of comics in improving literacy through a programme of educational visits, workshop events, guest appearances and conferences.

Julie Tait, Director, The Lakes International Comic Art Festival said: “This is a really vital role for the comics artform. The Comics Laureate isn’t just a title; we already have a programme of events taking shape that will ensure we reach out to new audiences and raise the profile and the understanding of the importance of comics for education, inspiration and literacy. We are delighted that the Lakes International Comics Art Festival can play a role in co-ordinating the Comics Laureate programme.”

Charlie Adlard’s appointment takes effect from February 2017. Guest appearances include an event targeted at school librarians, literacy co-ordinators and those involved in literacy in schools in Birmingham; an event at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May, and a guest appearance at the Amiens Comic Festival in June. Additional dates and appearances will be added throughout the year.

The Comics Laurate is kindly supported by Peters, the UK’s leading supplier of books and furniture for nurseries, schools, academies, and public libraries. Peters is passionate about inspiring children to read, whatever their age.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns for its fourth year to Kendal, Cumbria, from 14 to 16 October 2016. Celebrating the amazing world of comic artists, creators and writers, the weekend festival takes over the scenic town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District. The festival brings the biggest names in comic art to Cumbria. There will be over 70 special guests from across the comic world.

Featuring live comic drawing, films, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performance, master-classes, a free family zone and independent 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.

The announcement of the second UK Comics Laureate for 2017 will take place at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival opening event – Asterix vs Tintin: Clash of the Toon Titans, at Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, on Friday 14 October 7 – 8:15pm.

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Web Links
• The 2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Programme is available to view and download here
• In a hurry? Here’s the Festival in a Flash!

• Buy your Festival tickets now from The Brewery, Kendal – www.breweryarts.co.uk(Social media short link – http://bit.ly/LICAF16-Tickets) | Box Office 01539 725133 | Email

Festival-related imagery for publicity purposes is available from the Festival Flickr page
• For all events information visit the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site:www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest
• For more information on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: julie@kendalartsinternational.com

Comics Laureate: Associated Imagery

Walking Dead Cover art by Charlie Adlard
Professor Elemental album art by Charlie Adlard
Professor Elemental album art by Charlie Adlard
Five Bridges Exhibition Art
The Lake District – For Comics and Quiet Imaginings by Charlie Adlard
Walking Dead art by Charlie Adlard
Cosmic Rays album art by Charlie Adlard
Cosmic Rays album art by Charlie Adlard

Festival in a Flash!

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Logo
Tickets for the main events at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival are on sale now – and a special “Clash of the Toon Titans”, pitting Tintin against Asterix, will launch this year’s weekend-long celebrations in October.
Guests include: Charlie AdlardEdmond BaudoinRoberto BartualJordi BernetDan BerryAdam BrockbankKate Charlesworth, Dave CraneRufus DaygloJoe DecieOliver EastThe Etherington BrothersDuncan FegredoRobin FurthTom GauldIsabel GreenbergBen HeggartyIlyaJoe KellySally KindbergPaula KnightAidan KochOlivier KuglerBryan Lee O’MalleyJohn MartzLuke McGarry and Steve McGarryDave McKeanMick McMahonLeah Moore and John Reppion.  Ken NiimuraBenoît PeetersSean PhillipsPaco RocaMartin RowsonFrank SantoroJade SarsonGilbert SheltonNicola StreetenBryan TalbotMary M. TalbotPaul ThomasCraig ThompsonUnaEmma Vieceli, the VIZ team, Tillie WaldenIan Williams and Connor Willumsen.
Joining this growing list of top international and British comics guests, in partnership with The Finnish Institute of London , will be artists Hanneriina Moisseinen , Virpi Oinonen , Ville Ranta, Johanna Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen , along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta , the latter part of the Comics in Concert project.
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.
This year’s presenters are Warren BernardHannah BerryChris ButcherAlex FitchJohn FreemanMel GibsonPaul GravettPeter Kessler, John McShane and Chris Thompson.
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. Among others, you’ll find Bunny and ChipOrson and Geoffrey (ZEEL) CouplandRobert DeasPaul Harrison-DaviesMarc JacksonLancaster Guardian cartoonist Jack KnightJoe Matthews of Funny Monster ComicsGraham Pearce (creator of Sgt Mike Battle), Sloth Comics,  Aidan SaundersJordan Vigay and Wizard’s Keep!
Exhibitors in the Comics Clock Tower “marketplace” and the Brewery Malt Room for 2016 include All Things ThomJoe Bailey Sculpture & DesignKathryn BriggsKeith BurnsSilvia CarrusJames ChapmanThe Cartoonists’ Club of Great BritainClockwork Watch FilmsZu DominiakEdieOPGary ErskineFungiiGet Well GamersSarah GraleyHappy Space SlothDaisy HillyardHitsville UKInk Splattery, the Jeff Hawke ClubDaisy HillyardLuke HydeTom KindleyRoger LangridgeJoe LathamDavid LeachLines of EnquiryAimee LockwoodAurora MelchorMidnight MilkAdam MurphyNever Ever AfterStray LinesRichard SwanThis Man, This Pete!Tiny PencilAmanda Eleanor TribbleMyfanwy TristramUniversity of Cumbria Comic Book CollectiveTom WardDan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard, Chris Welch, Andrew WildmanJennifer Winetrobe and Aneurin Wright.
Plus, look out for publishers Arctic Ring ComicsDisconnected Press, Fanfare/Ponent Mon, HumanoidsMyriad EditionsThe Phoenix, Self Made Hero, Soaring Penguin Press, TPub Comics and Wobbly Rock.
Retailers in the Clock Tower this year are First Age Comics, Forbidden Planet International, Imagination Station, Knot Like That, Orbital Comics and Page 45

Check out our “Festival in a Flash page for a quick run through of every ticketed event

• Buy your tickets now from The Brewery, Kendal – www.breweryarts.co.uk (Social media short link – http://bit.ly/LICAF16-Tickets) | Box Office 01539 725133 | Email
Event ident images for all tickets events are up on the Festival Flickr page

• For all events information visit the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site:www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

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

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. It is supported by South Lakeland District Council, Kendal BID and Kendal Town Council
Our main sponsors are comiXology, Westmorland Shopping Centre, Choose 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 Press, GB Sasakawa Foundation, National Cartoonists Society, Premier Inn and Wacom.

Festival Charity: OCD Action

OCD Action LogoThe Lakes International Comic Art Festival is proud to be supporting the work of OCD Action. As the UK’s largest and most comprehensive OCD charity, OCD Action is able to provide accurate and up-to-date information on OCD and related conditions. The charity runs a helpline, advocacy service, support group network and forum to help people with the disorder, and also works to raise awareness in the media and campaigns to improve access to quality treatment for OCD.
• For more information about OCD Action visit www.ocdaction.org.uk

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Art by Charlie Adlard, one of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival guests for 2016
Art by Charlie Adlard, one of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival guests for 2016
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