The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

This month sees the opening of the Lakes Comic Art Festival – a three-day celebration of all things comic-based, in Kendal.

Felt Mistress's Lakes Gang characters in the shop window
Felt Mistress’s Lakes Gang characters in the shop window

The materials used to promote the festival have been created by Jonathan Edwards, who drew eight characters he says “hopefully represent all the different facets of a modern comic convention”.

Felt Mistress's Lakes Gang characters
Felt Mistress’s Lakes Gang characters

Four of these little guys have been realised in cuddly 3D by Edwards’ partner, Felt Mistress, and appeared in the window of Beales department store to promote the event, where they appeared with hundred of comics form the last four decades.

Felt Mistress's Lakes Gang characters in the shop window
Felt Mistress’s Lakes Gang characters in the shop window

This year’s festival boasts appearances from comic luminaries including Junko Mizuno, Joost Swarte, Boulet, Rob Davis, Becky Cloonan, Dave Gibbons, Rian Hughes, Audrey Niffenegger, Fumio Obata, Woodrow Phoenix, Kristyna Baczynski, Jeff Smith, Oliver East and Darryl Cunningham.

Really and Truly postcard by Rian Hughes
Really and Truly postcard by Rian Hughes

More than 50 events will be taking place over the festival’s three-day run, and highlights include an appearance by Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons on the opening night.

Joost Swarte, The New Yorker
Joost Swarte, The New Yorker

We’re also particulatlry excited by the sound of the How a Viz Comic is Made project – which organiser describe as “a fully animatronic, interactive museum” created by the people behind Viz magazine.

There’s something of an international feel to the themes running through the weekend, with a “Konnichiwa Japan” strand and the “Here Come the Frogs” examination of French comic art.

Elsewhere visitors can enjoy a family zone for younger comic-fans; and a comic art trail of Kendal will see more than 40 shop and business windows across the town displaying comic-based work.

Lakes Gang merchandise range
Lakes Gang merchandise range

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival takes place from 17 – 19 October at various venues across Kendal. For more information visit http://www.comicartfestival.com

Poster illustrated by Jonathan Edwards
Poster illustrated by Jonathan Edwards

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