The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is pleased to announce that award-winning Canadian comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator Darwyn Cooke will be among the many international and British guests attending its weekend-long event in Kendal, Cumbria in October (16th – 18th October 2015), making his first-ever UK appearance.

Darwyn 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.

Cooke 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. When Joe Malarky is faced with a criminal tragedy, he sets out to make things right on his own. What follows is Joe’s odyssey through the underside of the city and the madness that seems to drive his crazy world. Revengance takes place in Toronto in the mid-1980s and is part crime story, part psychotronic melodrama, and a wholly fond look back at the author’s hometown.

Darwyn is the first of several Canadian creators (the rest yet to be announced) who will attend this year’s Comic Art Festival in the Kendal as part of a partnership with the Toronto Comic Art Festival that will send a number of British guests across the pond for its first “British Pavilion” event. Among the British guests attending TCAF will be 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; 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.

This year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival will feature over a huge number of international comic creators – possibly more than any other comics event of its kind in the UK – and will include numerous programming strands. These include appearances by top shoujo manga creators from Japan, Canadian creators, British comic writers and artists, along with the return of many popular events including the children-friendly Family Zone and eye-catching Windows Trail involving over 50 local businesses keen to support the Festival’s aim to be the “Angouleme of the North”.

In addition, the Festival is supporting a number of major commissioning initiatives, working in partnership with organisations across the UK and beyond, more on which will be announced shortly.

Tickets for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival go on sale from the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, from 1st June 2015




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