The Lakes In­ter­na­tional Comic Art Fes­ti­val

17- 19 Oc­to­ber 2014, Ken­dal Joel Mead­ows jour­neys to the Lake Dis­trict

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It’s just the sec­ond year that this in­ter­na­tional comic art fes­ti­val has run, lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of the Lake Dis­trict, but it has al­ready built on its strengths at this year’s event.

Con­tin­u­ing to at­tract a num­ber of US guests, this year saw Scott McCloud ( Un­der­stand­ing Comics), ac­claimed Bone cre­ator Jeff Smith, Batgirl writer Gail Si­mone and Becky Cloo­nan ( Co­nan, Demo) host­ing pan­els as well as award- win­ning Dutch car­toon­ist Joost Swarte. Bri­tish comics were rep­re­sented too, with Watch­men artist Dave Gib­bons – an­nounced as the first Comics Lau­re­ate at the fes­ti­val – Crim­i­nal co- cre­ator Sean Phillips and Bryan Tal­bot ( Grandville, Luther Ark­wright) all in attendance. Gary North­field and Neill Cameron from The Phoenix and Viz cre­ators Gra­ham Dury and Si­mon Thorp made ap­pear­ances too.

The show took place at a num­ber of venues around Ken­dal in­clud­ing the Brew­ery Arts Cen­tre, the Li­brary and the Clock­tower, al­low­ing comics cre­ators and pub­lish­ers like Self Made Hero, Knock­about and Cine­book to sell their prod­ucts to vis­i­tors.

The Lakes Fes­ti­val is a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to some­thing like NYCC. Fans get the op­por­tu­nity to mix with cre­ators like Bryan Tal­bot and Jeff Smith in the bar at the show. There is no bar­rier be­tween fan and cre­ator. And with the sec­ond show just fin­ished, there are al­ready plans afoot for a third Lakes Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber 2015 with a num­ber of US and Cana­dian guests on the slate. www.comi­cart­fes­ti­val.com

Dave Gib­bons: a man who folds arms with pur­pose.

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