[size=200]Zut Alors! The French are back for the 2015 Lakes International Comic Art Festival[/size]

Kendal, 3rd March, 2015: Following up on the popularity of several Continental guests in 2014, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is pleased to announce the appearance of its first four French artists coming to this year’s weekend-long event in Kendal.
[size=90]“Winshluss (Vincent Paronnaud) is the successful author of “Pinocchio”, which won the Fauve d’Or prize in Angouleme in 2009, and the recently-released “In God We Trust”, both published in the UK by Knockabout Comics. He also works as an award-winning director in France with such films as “Persepolis” (2007 Cannes Jury Prize) and “Chicken with Plums”.[/size]
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Academic, writer, thinker and biographer of Herge and Derrida Benoît Peeters is the author of the experimental Obscure Cities series (Les Cités Obscures) and Tokyo is My Garden (Tôkyo est Mon Jardin). Since 2003, he has been head of Bang! magazine with Fabrice Bousteau.

Published in the UK by Breakdown Press, Antoine Cossé grew up in the Paris suburbs but, aged 20, moved to London to study at Camberwell College of Art. Mutiny Bay – also published in French – is his most ambitious and substantial work to date.

Top French artist Boulet – recently announced as a new patron for the Festival along with Stephen L. Holland, owner of the Page 45 comic ship in Nottingham – has over 25 graphic novels in print in his native country including the Raghnarok and Chez La boîte à bulles series for Glenat. Two books in the Donjon (Dungeon) series, created with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, are available in English.

These four French creators, each at varying stages in their careers, are just some of the international guests heading to Kendal this year alongside British creators such as Bryan Talbot and Sean Phillips, and the award-winning Canadian comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator Darwyn Cooke.

This year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival (16th – 18th October 2015) will feature a huge number of international comic creators – possibly more than any other comics event of its kind in the UK – and also 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.

[size=120]• The Festival is grateful the support of the Institut Francais the Wallonie Brussels International in bringing these four guests to Kendal in 2015[/size]

[size=120]• Tickets for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival go on sale from the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, from 1st June 2015[/size]

[size=200]Winshluss[/size]

Winshluss (Vincent Paronnaud) is the successful author of Pinocchio (2011), published in the UK by Knockabout Comics, which won the Fauve d’Or prize in Angouleme (2009). He also works as an award-winning director in France with such films as Persepolis (2007 Cannes Jury Prize) and Chicken with Plums.

Five years after the magnificent Pinocchio, Knockabout recently released his hilarious new book, In God We Trust, his multi-levelled retelling of The Bible which revises the founding myths of the holy book. An absurd epic with a startling range of drawing styles on display, it includes some surprise guest appearances from a muscle-bound Conan and Gotham city’s own protector!

Web Links

[size=120]• Knockabout: www.knockabout.com[/size]

[size=200]Benoît Peeters[/size]

Benoît Peeters published his first novel, Omnibus in 1976, followed by his second, La Bibliothèque de Villers, in 1980. Since then, he has published over sixty works on a wide variety of subjects.

An expert on Hergé, he brought out Tintin and the World of Hergé and Hergé‚ Son of Tintin (Johns Hopkins University Press), he has also written essays on Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Valéry, Rodolphe Töpffer, Jirô Taniguchi, Chris Ware

He recently published the first biography of Jacques Derrida. The book has been translated into English (Polity Press) and six other languages.

Web Links

[size=120]• Official Site: www.benoitpeeters.net[/size]

[size=120]• AltaPlana: www.altaplana.be[/size]

[size=200]Antoine Cossé[/size]

Antoine Cossé grew up in the Paris suburbs but, aged 20, moved to London to study at Camberwell College of Art.

After graduation, he published and distributed his own comics and has previously published two short graphic novels with Records Records Records as well as J.1137 with Breakdown Press, which received great critical acclaim on its launch at Comic Arts Brooklyn in 2013.

Mutiny Bay – also published in French – is his most ambitious and substantial work to date.

Web Links

[size=120]• Tumblr: antoinecosse.tumblr.com[/size]

[size=120]• Breakdown Press: www.breakdownpress.com[/size]

[size=200]Boulet[/size]
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Top French artist Boulet has over 25 graphic novels in print in his native country including the Raghnarok and Chez La boîte à bulles series for Glenat.

Two books in the Donjon (Dungeon) series, created with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, are available in English. The 39-year-old creator is a fan of TV, science books, whisky (Single Malt Islay) and French fries, but can’t abide astrology, homeopathy or people who say “In my humble opinion”.

His Motto: “Heavy is the cinderblock of reality on the strawberry pie of our illusions“.

• LICAF appreciates the support of the Institut Francais and the appointment of Boulet as a patron further seals their developing partnership

• For more information on his work available in French visit his French site at http://www.bouletcorp.com/

• For details of his work in English and to read his latest web comic, The Gaeneviad, in English, visit http://english.bouletcorp.com

[size=200]Praise for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2014: Phillip Buchan[/size]
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the most family-friendly comic convention that I’ve ever visited,” enthuses author and comics writer Phillip Buchan. “After exhibiting at the show for the first time in 2013, I brought my six-year-old son along with me in 2014, his first time exhibiting at a convention. For weeks beforehand he worked on his first comic, drawing a page every day after school, and together we photocopied and stapled those pages into something that he could sell at the show.

I was overwhelmed by how supportive everybody at LICAF was. Unlike some of the more corporate comic conventions across the UK, everything at LICAF has the personal touch. Volunteers visited our tablet bring us drinks, a lot of young families came to our table to buy comics, and we snuck out at one point to attend a Phoenix comic workshop where my son learnt how to create awesome comic characters.

My son sold out of comics at the show and gleefully likes to remind me that he sold more comics in a weekend than I did. Artists traded comics with him and he came away with armfuls of stickers, badges and posters, on top of the pile of comics that he bought with the money he made. Afterwards he told me that it had been one of the best days of his life, and that we had to come back again in 2015.

As a father and a comic creator, being able to combine my family and my art means a lot to me, and LICAF was the perfect place for us to start. I’d be nervous about taking my son to a big convention centre, where we’d have to queue for toilets and queue to buy drinks, but because LICAF is situated in the heart of Kendal, the atmosphere is completely different and ideal for families. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend LICAF to parents and children, either as visitors or exhibitors. Now I just can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough to come with us.

Darwyn is one of several Canadian creators (the rest yet to be announced) who will attend this year’s Comic Art Festival 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 “Lakes 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.

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 District town.

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 the announcement of the winners, and the publication of the “Lost in Space” digital anthology in June, which is being produced in partnership with Titan Comics and will include a cover by Festival patron Sean Phillips.

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