Kendal, 11th August 2016: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (14th -16th October 2016) is delighted to announce details of its Family Zone events, most of them free for comic fans – of all ages!
Plus there’s the chance to enjoy free workshops with the likes of Sally Kindberg and, on an exclusive visit from the United States,Steve and Luke McGarry.
Create your own comic adventure with friends and family! Walk the plank with playful pirates; master your despicable drawing skills and learn how to draw magnificent Minions; explore the universe and beyond in your very own space adventure story; let your imagination run wild to create the wildest mash-up creatures you can think of!
On offer are workshops, shows and activities aimed at all levels and ages, from pre-school to teens, from absolute beginners to experienced comics makers who want to develop key skills. There’s everything from learning how to draw basic characters using simple shapes to more advanced character clinics where you’ll learn how to match features to character types.
And for storytellers who want to make comics but don’t want to draw, there is plenty to choose from. Create digital comics using pictures made out of cloth, paper, toys, junk, costumes, mannequins – and each other! Or you can learn how to build worlds and bring your characters to life by working with an artist.
Most events are free, although workshops on Sunday at The Brewery have a nominal charge. Kendal Library workshops are ticketed – bookings must be made through The Brewery Box Office – but free.
Festival Exclusive: The Carrot to the Stars Book launch
The Family Zone will also be host to the official global English language launch of The Carrot to the Stars (La carotte aux étoiles), a very special book that’s created a storm in France, which the Lakes Festival team have been working hard to translate and produce in English in time for this year’s event.
“Not only have we managed to pull it off, but we are also proud to announce that its artist Riff Reb’s is joining us especially to launch the new edition with its publishing Director, Pascal Meriaux, who also organises the Amiens Comics Festival,” says festival Director Julie Tait.
“It’s a funny, moral tale for eight to 14 year-olds, with a unique graphic style.”
Hosted by Dr Mel Gibson, be introduced to a very special rabbit scientist and the art of making comics from one of France’s most acclaimed creators.
Festival Finale: The Etherington Brothers
The Festival also rounds off this year with a family-friendly appearance by the anarchicEtherington Brothers, the creative team behind “Long Gone Don” and “The Dangerous Adventures of Von Doogan” for The Phoenix but whose credits include Transformers and Star Wars for Titan Comics.
Many international and British comic creators – writers, artists, publishers and retailers – are heading to Kendal, in Cumbria, for a packed weekend of comic celebration in October, 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“, providing store front space to display comics art created by artists and local groups and school children.
While panel events and film screenings are ticketed, the Comics Clock Tower offers plenty of free access to many comic creators and their work, and there’s an exciting line up of free events lined up for children, too, in assorted venues across Kendal.
Sally recently drew comic strips for a four-book Bloomsbury series, including the Comic Strip History of Space. As her childhood ambition to be an astronaut has not (yet) been realised, she explored the outer galaxies by drawing them.
Sally is currently writing/illustrating another book series for Bloomsbury called Draw It!, including Draw It! London all about one hundred wonders to discover and draw in the capital.
Sally is also working on a collection of short stories in comic strip form, has investigated and drawn the story of gold for the Bank of England Museum, has been inspired by London’s Wellcome Collection to run a reliquary workshop there, and is assembling a Dust Museum, which includes samples from the Great Wall of China and Doctor Who’s TARDIS.
Family Zone Creator Spotlight: The Etherington Brothers
Robin and Lawrence (“Lorenzo”) Etherington are British comics creators who work together as The Etherington Brothers, Robin writing and Lorenzo illustrating. They self-published Malcolm Magic in about 2005, and created “Monkey Nuts” in The DFC (2008-2009), which was published as a collected edition in 2010, the Baggage graphic novel for David Fickling Books, and “Yore!” in The Dandy (2011).
Their credits also include art and stories for Titan Comics Transformers and Star Wars comics.
Currently they are working on “Long Gone Don” and “The Dangerous Adventures of Von Doogan” for The Phoenix.
With his dynamic graphics, Riff Reb’s has established himself as one of the founding fathers of a new school of comic artists.Riff Reb’s, real name Dominique Duprez, was born in Algeria, but moved to France during his childhood. In 1983, he collaborated on a collective album,Neuvième Cauchemar and started an education in Decorative Arts in the same year. One year later, he founded the Asylum studios, where he was soon joined by fellow artists like Édith, Kisler, Cromwell, Ralph, Gonnort, Joe Ruffner and Karim.
Together, these artists worked on the animated series Les Mondes Engloutis, which was adapted into comics at the same time for Casterman.
Together with Cromwell, Édith and Ralph, Riff Reb’s created two books of Sergeï Wladi in 1987. Later on, he started his first series, Myrtil Fauvette, for which he did both art and script, from 1990 to 2005.
He also did work for publisher Rackham with books like Dis Bonjour à la Dame and Le Kid et Bergson. From 1993 to 1996, he illustrated several small humorous books for La Sirene, featuring themes such as basketball, football, rock music and horses.
For Albin Michel, he created the series Glam et Comet in 2005 with Abuli, who was replaced by Corcal for the second book in 2007. New creations include the adaptation of Pierre Mac Orlan’s satirical pirate book À bord de l’Étoile Matutine for Soleil in 2009, which was followed by more stories from the sea in his series ‘Le Loup des Mers’ from 2012.
He created the fairy tale La Carotte aux Étoiles with Régis Lejonc for Éditions de la Gouttiére in 2010, which is being re-released in a new format at the Lakes International Family Zone at a special free Family Zone event. Find out more about that event here
Family Zone Creator Spotlight: Marc Jackson
Marc Jackson is a cartoonist, living and working in Macclesfield in Cheshire. His comics have appeared in Aces Weekly (Duckless/ Goons of the Galaxy) The Beano (Lenny the Lettuce and Dawgtective) The Brooklyn Red-Hook star revue, his local paper Macclesfield Today, Moose Kid Comics (Mr Pooch/Wonderkid) and Comic Heroes Magazine (Ka-Punch!)
Marc also runs cartoon workshops in and around the Macclesfield, Cheshire and founded the Macc-Pow comic art event as part of the Barnaby Festival in 2016.
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 include Charlie Adlard, Hannah Berry, Rufus Dayglo, the Etherington Brothers, Duncan Fegredo,Ilya, Joe Kelly, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Aidan Koch, Luke and Steve McGarry, Mick McMahon, Stuart Medley, Leah Moore, Ken Niimura, Benoit Peeters, John Reppion, Frank Santoro, Craig Thompson and Connor Willumsen – and many more.
Also on the guest list, in partnership with The Finnish Institute in London, are comic creators Hanneriina Moisseinen, Virpi Oinonen, Ville Ranta, Johanna “Roju” Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen, along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta – whose visit is part of an extension to the Lakes Festival’s rapidly-expanding Comic Creator Exchange Program with other major comics events around the globe.
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, Page 45, graphic designer and illustrator Simon Russell, Soaring Penguin and independent publisher and writer Tom Ward.
Festival Sponsors and Benefactors
The 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.