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The Lakes International Comic Art Festival hosts big names

The cream of the current comic book crop will descend on Kendal this weekend for The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
 

The cream of the current comic book crop will descend on Kendal this weekend for The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

The festival, taking place over three days from Friday until teatime on Sunday, promises to be a fascinating and fun few days.

It is based on the European festival model of the whole town becoming the venue as opposed to the convention of everything under one roof.

Events will be spread out across Kendal, with the Brewery Arts Centre, Abbot Hall Gallery and Kendal Town Hall being just a few of the venues. Even local shops are getting in on the act with comic-themed window displays.

There will be plenty to see and do with signings and workshops giving visitors the chance to meet their favourite artist or writer.

There’s a guest list of more than 40 creators ensuring something for everyone.

Notable attendees include Brian and Mary Talbot, Charlie Adlard (Walking Dead), Stephen Collins (The Times,The Gigantic Beard that was Evil ) and Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Criminal, Fatale).

These names alone would be enough to pull a fair attendance but add to it the numerous others and you have a winning guest list.

Talks are a major part of the programme, providing a great chance to hear creators speak about their careers and respond to questions.

The Comics Clock Tower will be open throughout the festival acting as both marketplace and artist alley.

Here you will be able to buy the latest offerings from your favourite publishers and also watch artists draw.

There will be gallery exhibitions from Cumbrian local Sean Phillips and the North East’s own Brian Talbot, plus more.

A festival film programme will include Dredd, Sin City and other comic book-related offerings.

There will also be plenty of events for younger comic fans, many of them in the Comic Family Zones situated around the town centre.

A likely highlight for tiny comic fans will be a look behind the scenes at the Peppa Pig comic.

It all promises to be a very busy and fascinating weekend for comic fans of all ages.

Weekend and day passes are available from the box office. You can find more details at www.comicartfestival.com

Sean Collins

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