Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2015 – New Patrons Announced

[size=180]Lakes International Comic Art Festival Announces New Patrons[/size]

[size=120]Top French comic creator Boulet has created this poster for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2015 featuring their mascot characters, Poblin and Gang, created by Jonathan Edwards.[/size]

Kendal, 20th February, 2015: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is pleased to announce two new patrons – top French artist Boulet and Stephen L. Holland, co-creator, co-owner and co-manager of the award-winning independent comic shop Page 45, based in Nottingham.

The duo further complement the Festival’s patrons line-up of comic creators Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli.

The news of additional patrons for the Festival follows hot on the heels of its first major guest who will be attending its weekend-long event in Kendal, Cumbria in October – 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=180]Lakes International Comic Art Festival Patron Boulet[/size]

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 Instituut Francais and the appointment of Boulet as a patron further seals their developing partnership

[size=180]Lakes International Comic Art Festival Patron Stephen L. Holland[/size]

Stephen L. Holland is the co-creator, co-owner and co-manager of Page 45, Nottingham’s comic and graphic novel shop based on the European model which promotes quality and diversity regardless of publishing status with a warmth, honesty and informed eloquence. Every Wednesday without fail Page 45 publishes its weekly blog reviewing comics and graphic novels to help redress the stranglehold which corporate comics have over the US and UK comics industry.

Page 45 won Best Independent Business in Nottingham in 2012 and 2013, and the only ever Diamond Award for Best Retailer in the UK in 2004. Page 45 celebrated its 20th Anniversary in October 2014 at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2014 where Page 45 played host to 12 comic book creators in The Clock Tower’s Georgian Room including Scott McCloud and Glyn Dillon, while Stephen presented ‘The Art Of Selling Comics’ ticketed talk and performed free, extemporised ‘Secrets Of Graphic Novels’ and ‘Kids Comics Are Cool!’ show-and-tells for the general public. Page 45 broke its biggest weekend sales record with under five per cent its range of graphic novels and immediately announced its LICAF attendance every year, exclusively.

Stephen has a degree in English Literature and The History of Art about which he is suspiciously keen to remind people, and was the only judge on The British Comics Awards to have been invited to sit for two successive years.

[size=180]About the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2015[/size]

A huge line up of both British and globe-spanning international comics talent is being lined up for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, taking place 16th – 18th October 2015.

International guests announced so far are award-winning Canadian artist Darwyn Cooke, Boulet, with many more to come.

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.

[size=200]Comics Clock Tower 2015[/size]

To apply for tables for the Comics Clock Tower (rates start at £95 per table) please download, complete and return the application form: LICAF CCT EXHIBITOR APPLICATION FORM, available from the Festival website: www.comicartfestival.com/comics-clock-tower

The deadline for completed, returned application forms is: Friday 27th February 2015. The Festival will notify all successful applicants by Friday 20th March 2015

[size=200]Festival Sponsors and Benefactors[/size]

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.

The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with funding from South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council working in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College.

Commercial sponsors include the Westmorland Shopping Centre.

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