The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
17- 19 October 2014, Kendal Joel Meadows journeys to the Lake District
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.