Dopo le belle giornata trascorse alle Ciminiere, per il festival Etna Comics, torniamo virtualmente nel Regno Unito” con le news dal Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

John Freeman e lo staff del Lakes Festival continuano a diffondere i nomi degli ospiti che saranno presenti all’edizione 2023.

Dopo aver annunciato la commedia “Comedians on Comics”, a cura del comico e creatore di fumetti Frankie Boyle e dell’attrice comica Josie Long, per l’esclusiva e irripetibile serata di apertura del Festival a Bowness-on-Windermere (che sarà venerdì 29 settembre 2023) ed alcuni nuovi artisti, tra cui Sean Phillips, ieri è stato annunciato un nuovo gruppo di artisti pluriupemiati: Hunt Emerson, Tom Richmond, Jad (George Khoury), Fouad Mezher, Seif Eddine Nechi e Václav Šlajch.

Nelle notizie brevi scriviamo che il Lakes International Comic Art Festival ha lanciato la ricerca di un nuovo Comics Laureate, chesarà selezionato tra le nomination ricevute dalla comunità dei fumetti da una giuria di esperti che include il creatore ed editore di fumetti Yomi Ayeni, la pluripremiata giornalista Rachel Cooke e Peter Kessler, presidente del Lakes International Comic Arts Festival.

Ed ancora della mostra “Make Mine Manga”, che farà il giro del nord-ovest del Regno unito. La mostra è stata creata appositamente da Paul Gravett ed esplora le origini dei manga in Giappone, le tecniche creative alla base dell’arte e la meraviglia dei Manga-Anime. La mostra presenta opere d’arte di incredibili creatori di manga giapponesi e britannici.

Buona lettura

Mario Benenati, Presidente “Fumettomania Factory – APS”

Nota Bene: Per chi ci legge per la prima volta: Fumettomania Factory – APS, è una realtà di promozione sociale e culturale italiana con sede in Sicilia, con 32 anni di vita, che supporta il Lakes International Comic Art Festival che si svolge a Bowness-on-Windermere, nella Regione dei Laghi, proprio condividendo le varie news diffuse dallo Staff del Festival.

Altri creatori di fumetti pluripremiati si uniscono agli ospiti presenti al Lakes International Comic Art Festival di quest’anno

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Bowness-on-Windermere, Thursday 8th June 2023:

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce another fine mix of guests for its annual Festival (29th September – 1st October 2022) in Bowness-on-Windermere, including Hunt Emerson, winner of the 2018 Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art, and caricaturist, cartoonist and humorous illustrator Tom Richmond.

Hunt, Tom and Jad (George Khoury), Fouad Mezher, Seif Eddine Nechi and Václav Šlajch join previously-announced guests at the event, with more to be revealed soon.

The so-far announced all-star lineup includes Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima, Charlie Adlard, Gigi Cavenago, Gustavo Duarte, Gerhard, Lina Ghaibeh, Peter Hogan, Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland, Mai Koraiem, Michael Lark, Lucie Lomová, Dave McKean, Bill Morrison, Steve and Annie Parkhouse, Sean Phillips, Marek Rubec, Festival poster designer Mohamed Salah, Rachael Smith and “Awkward Yeti” creator Nick Sulek.

The event will open with a never-to-be repeated opening night of comedy with comedian and comic creator Frankie Boyle and comedienne Josie Long on Friday 29th September.

The event will also see the announcement of a new Comics Laureate, chosen following the recently-announced “Open Call” for applications for the honorary, unpaid, position.

“We always enjoy a laugh at the Lakes Festival, and Hunt and Tom regularly deliver,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “Along with other humour comic creators, plus our opening night with Frankie Boyle and Josie Long, we think there’s plenty for all to enjoy in our lineup.”

The Festival’s efforts to boost its offering for younger comic readers, as well as established fans, continues, with a crowdfunding campaign to support the work of its “Little LICAF” team. The organisation is determined to help grow new audiences, echoing the work of many other comic events, representatives of several of them visiting the Festival this year for an event that will provide an opportunity for an exchange of ideas.

Early backers of the Little LICAF Crowdfundr can choose to buy a Festival 2023 Weekend Ticket for just £20, but only a limited number are available.

FESTIVAL DATES: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns to Bowness-on-Windermere 29th September to 1st October 2023

• Early backers of the Little LICAF Crowdfundr can choose to buy a Festival 2023 Weekend Ticket for just £20, but only a limited number are available.

Buy your “Frankie Boyle and Josie Long Talk Comics” Festival Opening Night tickets here


Read our news story here

• Please send your nominations for Comics Laureate to Carole Tait by email at, to be received no later than Friday 30th June 2023. Let us know who you want to nominate, why, and include some links to their work if you can

 • Find out more about the role of the Comics Laureate here:

• Check out the Comics Laureate Recommended Reading Section on the Festival web site:

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Latest Festival Guests Biographies

Hunt Emerson

Hunt Emerson has been drawing comics since the mid-1970s, and has published over 30 comic books, mostly with One of Hunt’s specialities has been hilarious adaptations of classic literature – his versions of Dante’s Inferno and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner are highly regarded. He is a longtime contributor to Fortean Times magazine, and to The Beano, has worked with The Ruskin Foundation in Brantwood, Coniston, and with Dove Cottage in Grasmere, and he’s taught and run workshops all over Britain and overseas.

Hunt’s work is funny, lively, and usually highly improbable. His latest publications are Lives of the Great Occultists, Phenomenomix (a 240-page collection) and a children’s book called Moby Duck.

You can buy his books (the ones still in print) on his website,, along with original artwork pages and cartoons.

George Khoury (JAD)

George Khoury (JAD) has been a journalist, comics artist and animator since the 1980s. He’s also a comics critic, independent lecturer, and researcher in the fields of comics and animation, and has had a long teaching career, at the Lebanese American University in digital media (1999-2017), and as head of the Animation Department at Future Television since its launch (1993-2019).

His artworks and movies have featured in many local events and international festivals, and his comic, Shahrazad, was acquired by The National Museum of Comics (France/Angoulême).

The co-founder of the Lebanese Syndicate of Professional Graphic Designers, Illustrators and Animators, he has earned several awards for his artwork and filmography.

JAD is also author of the History of Arabic Comics, in addition to several essays and articles related to art, comics, and animation.    

Fouad Mezher

Fouad Mezher is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Lebanon whose comic work includes The Fifth Column, winning a Mahmoud Kahil Award in 2016; “The Mezzotint” from Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, an adaptation of a story by MR James; as well as various entries in the anthology magazine, Samandal.

He has also taught comics and illustration at the American University of Beirut, where he encouraged students to draw mutant chickens and murder, sometimes in the same drawing.

He now spends most of his time working on Suraya, a graphic novel due for publication in 2025. Set in Beirut a year after the port explosion, the story revolves around the titular 16-year-old physics prodigy and YouTuber who hopes to leave the country to study rocket science, only for her plans to be interrupted when one of her experiments goes terribly and publicly wrong.

Seif Eddine Nechi

Born in Tunis in June 1974, Seif Eddine Nechi, who holds a Masters degree in psychology, worked for years in advertising as an art director.

He launched a satirical blog in 2009 that was censored in 2010, and was co-founder of the comics magazine Lab 619; then co-founded, with Aymen Mbarek, the blog, BD

In 2016, Seif made became a graphic comics journalist and was awarded the Best Electronic Comic Award at Cairocomix 2, and was finalist at the Mahmoud Kahil Award the same year, for Tawahoch. In 2017, he won the prize for Best Digital Graphic Novel at Cairocomix3, for Bombyx Mori, in collaboration with Aymen Mbarek, and won the best graphic novel in the Mahmoud Kahil Award. In 2018, he participated in the exhibition, “New Generation of Arab comics Artists at the Angoulême Festival in France. The same year, he founded Soubia, a publisher specialising in comics and illustrated content.

He held the position of Art Director at the Salon International de la Bande Dessinée de Tazarka in both 2018 and 2019.

Soubia co-published a comic book about fear and folklore in both Tunisia and Egypt, and, in 2020, a project created with Mazg, funded by Al Mawred thaqafi. He also worked on De plomb et de sang, a graphic novel, and an application about terrorism in 2020.

Last year saw publication of another graphic novel, Une révolte Tunisienne, la légende de Chbayah, published in both French and Arabic versions.

Tom Richmond

Caricaturist, cartoonist and humorous illustrator Tom Richmond began his career at age 18 as a caricaturist, at a theme park in 1985 while going to art school. He has spent the last nearly four decades as a freelance illustrator, doing art for comics, magazines, books, newspapers, advertising, products, animation, TV and film for a great variety of clients including Scholastic, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic World, Time Digital, Penthouse, GQ, Marvel Comics, NOW Comics, DC Entertainment, The Cartoon Network, CNN, Warner Bros Animation, Simon and Schuster Publishing, Jeff Dunham Enterprises, Quentin Tarantino’s “Magnum Opus Productions” and many more.

He’s best known as one of the “Usual Gang of Idiots” at MAD Magazine, where his caricatures and illustrations have been featured in MAD’s trademark film and TV parodies and other articles regularly since 2000. He is the author of the best-selling caricature instruction book The Mad Art of Caricature, which has become the standard in the industry.

Tom’s work has been recognised with many awards include being twice honoured as “Caricaturist of the Year” from the International Society of Caricature Artists, and with the Reuben award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” from the National Cartoonists Society.

He works from a studio in his home in Burnsville, in the United States.

Václav Šlajch is a comic book artist and illustrator. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, and subsequently studied illustration at the Institute of Art and Design in Pilsen (currently, the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art).

As an artist, he belongs to what has come to be called “Generation 0” of Czech comics, together with artists such as Jiří Grus, ToyBox and Vladimír 518). In 2010, and again in 2022, he received the prestigious Muriel comic book award in Czech Republic. Also in 2022, he received, along with some of his students, the Japan International Manga Award for the comic book IOGI which has been hugely successful and was published both in the Czech Republic and in Japan. The publisher Centrala is planning to produce an English version. He also collaborated with director Jan Svěrák on several projects: for example, he is the author of the graphic version of the film Three Brothers.

In addition to creating comics and book illustrations, Václav Šlajch also teaches illustration and is head of the Media and Didactic Illustration Atelier at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.


Bowness-on-Windermere, giovedì 1 giugno 2023:

Il Lakes Festival ha lanciato la ricerca del nuovo Comics Laureate!

Il prossimo incumbent sarà selezionato tra le nomination ricevute dalla comunità dei fumetti da una giuria di esperti che include il creatore ed editore di fumetti Yomi Ayeni, la pluripremiata giornalista Rachel Cooke e Peter Kessler, presidente del Lakes International Comic Arts Festival.

La scadenza per le candidature è venerdì 30 giugno 2023. Il vincitore prescelto assumerà il ruolo nel gennaio 2024.

Introdotto nel 2014, i precedenti titolari del ruolo erano i creatori di fumetti Dave Gibbons, Charlie Adlard e Hannah Berry.

L’attuale Comics Laureate, artista, rivenditore specializzato e provocatore di fumetti Stephen L. Holland (nella foto di sopra, NdR) è stato estremamente attivo nel ruolo e le sue scarpe saranno difficili da ricoprire. Durante il suo mandato, ha tenuto 22 presentazioni, workshop o discorsi, è stato guest editor per LoveReading4Kids ed è stato confermato Patron of Refuge in Literacy UK.

Riflettendo la sua determinazione a raggiungere un pubblico nuovo e diversificato e incoraggiare i giovani a creare fumetti, Stephen ha fatto numerose apparizioni nelle scuole, ottenendo un meritato successo.

Volevo entrare direttamente nelle scuole e iniziare a spargere la voce per generare un rinnovato amore per la lettura per piacere”, ha ribadito di recente, “e dare alle giovani menti la consapevolezza che possono creare da sole.

“Ovunque vada, nelle scuole e altrove, volevo sorprendere, mentre esploriamo insieme cos’è effettivamente il fumetto; dove è apparso, cosa può fare e come può farlo, sottolineando l’ampiezza illimitata di argomenti che i fumetti possono coprire. Per mostrare a tutti in questo paese che guarderanno e ascolteranno la vera diversità di questo mezzo che tutti amiamo e per promuovere le sue voci più individualistiche!

I fumetti sono un mezzo visivo“, sottolinea. “Non puoi dire al pubblico che deve iniziare a leggere i fumetti! Devi mostrare loro le glorie piene, diverse e affascinanti di questo mezzo – che non si aspetteranno – e quindi stuzzicarli nell’esplorare i romanzi grafici da soli!”

“Make Mine Manga” exhibition_banner-cover

La mostra “Make Mine Manga” farà il giro del nord-ovest del Regno unito!

Prossimamente nel nord-ovest c’è Make Mine Manga, una mostra itinerante gratuita per chiunque sia curioso di manga, così come per i fan accaniti.

La mostra esplora le origini dei manga in Giappone, le tecniche creative alla base dell’arte e la meraviglia dei Manga-Anime. La mostra presenta opere d’arte di incredibili creatori di manga giapponesi e britannici.

La mostra è stata creata appositamente da Paul Gravett, editore di fumetti, fan e autore di Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics, ed è stata guidata da Bolton Library Services, per conto di un consorzio di biblioteche del Nord Ovest. È stato finanziato dall’Arts Council England nell’ambito del suo programma Project Grants e il Lakes International Comic Art Festival è uno dei partner di consegna.

Art by Junko Mizuno created for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Art by Junko Mizuno created for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Il magnetismo dei manga

I manga sono diventati un fenomeno della cultura pop nel Regno Unito e, se sei stato in qualche filiale di Waterstones o nel tuo negozio di fumetti locale, probabilmente sai già che sempre più persone li stanno leggendo; e sei dei dieci romanzieri grafici più venduti in Gran Bretagna sono di autori di manga giapponesi.

In questa mostra, i visitatori potranno esplorare come questi fumetti si sono evoluti per la prima volta in Giappone e come i loro brillanti creatori continuano a espandere il mezzo, e scoprire l’odierna generazione di talenti britannici pluripremiati che trasformano i manga in un linguaggio veramente globale.

Il Lakes International Comic Art Festival è un festival annuale di arte comica e sostenitore dell’arte comica. Istituito nel 2013, il festival senza scopo di lucro si svolge ogni anno durante un fine settimana in autunno, originariamente a Kendal e, dall’anno scorso, in più sedi a Bowness-on-Windermere.

Art by Keiko Takemiya. Courtesy of Kyoto International Manga Museum
Art by Keiko Takemiya. Courtesy of Kyoto International Manga Museum

Anche seminari sui manga

Nell’ambito del Festival delle biblioteche della Manchester City of Literature, una celebrazione a livello di contea delle 133 biblioteche della Greater Manchester, che si svolgerà dal 7 all’11 giugno 2023, si terranno anche una serie di seminari sui manga.

Ispirati dalla mostra, gli artisti manga Chie Kutsuwada e Inko Ai Takita terranno diversi workshop creativi organizzati dalla Manchester City of Literature, dove i partecipanti creeranno il proprio fumetto manga a quattro vignette.

Sono stati inoltre annunciati diversi workshop, presso la Bolton Library domenica 11 giugno e domenica 11 agosto; Bury Library venerdì 9 giugno; Biblioteca di Stretford sabato 10 giugno; e Stalybridge Library sabato 10 giugno 2023.

Art by Fumio Obata
Art by Fumio Obata
Make Mine Manga: Press Assets
• THIS IS A SAMPLE OF AVAILABLE IMAGERY • All the press assets for Make Mine Manga are available at this Dropbox link: images, film, social media graphics and more:
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Make Mine Manga Exhibition Tour dates

Bolton Central Library : 7th June 2023 – 30th June 2023

Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1SE

Manchester Central Library : 10th July 2023 – 18th August 2023

St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD 


Birkenhead Central Library : 4th September 2023 – 30th September 2023
Borough Rd, Birkenhead CH41 2XB


Atkinson Public Library: 16th October 2023 – 18th November 2023

Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB


St Helens Library : 1st December 2023 – 20th December 2023

The World of Glass, Chalon Way E, Saint Helens WA10 1BX


Halton Lea Library: 15th January 2024 – 17th February 2024
Second Ave, Palacefields, Runcorn WA7 2PF


Huyton Library: 4th March 2024 – 30th March 2024

Civic Way, Huyton, Liverpool L36 9GD


Barrow-in-Furness Central Library: 15th April 2024 – 18th April 2024

Ramsden Square, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1LL


Festival artwork by Mohamed Salah
Festival artwork by Mohamed Salah

Per i redattori e i sostenitori

I seguenti testi sono informazioni di base sul Lakes International Comic Art Festival che potresti trovare utili per altri articoli per la tua testata giornalistica sulla nostra organizzazione. Li includiamo in ogni comunicato stampa a scopo informativo e per ringraziare i nostri numerosi finanziatori e principali sostenitori.

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Art from Bardic Illustration
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Festival Guests in 2023

LICAF 2023 – l’elenco degli ospiti include:

Gli ospiti annunciati per il 2023 in ordine alfabetico sono:

Charlie Adlard, Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima, Frankie Boyle, Gigi Cavenago, Gustavo Duarte, Hunt Emerson, Gerhard, Lina Ghaibeh, Peter Hogan, Stephen L. Holland, Jad (George Khoury), Mai Koraiem, Michael Lark, Lucie Lomová, Josie Long, Dave McKean, Fouad Mezher, Bill Morrison, Seif Eddine Nechi, Steve and Annie Parkhouse, Sean Phillips, Tom Richmond, Marek Rubec, Mohamed Salah, Václav Šlajch, Rachael Smith e Nick Sulek creatore di “Awkward Yeti” 

– con molti altri da annunciare.

Lakeview Comics Marketplace Exhibitors 2023

Gli espositori nella Lakeview Market place sono:

Quest’anno abbiamo oltre 90 creatori, editori e illustratori di fumetti nel nostro Lakeview Comics Marketplace.

Creators include: Chris Askham, Yomi Ayeni, Sayra Begum, Clark Bint, Tim Bird, Lewis Campbell, Jon Davis, Pete Doree, Phil Elliott, Emma Evans, Ed Firth, Simon Furman, Steven Fraser, Warwick Fraser-Coombe, Jessika Green, Lyndsey Green, Katie Handley, Isabel Hatherall, Jack Harvey, Luke Hyde, Jenika Ioffreda, Owen Michael Johnson, Roger Langridge, Joe Latham, Russell Mark Olson, Shaun Martland, Drew Marr,

Chris Mole, Alex Moore, Beatrice Mossman, Nigel Parkinson, Markus Pattern, Mollie Ray, Reabault, Emma Reynolds, Schnumn, Paul Shinn, Martin Simpson, Matt Simmons, Zara Slattery, Cam Smith, Matt Smith, Rachael Smith, Lucy Sullivan, Kev F Sutherland, David Taylor, Tom Ward, Kevin Wells, Lyndon White, Kate-Mia White, Steve White, Dan Whitehead, Andrew Wildman, Manon Wright & Tal Brosh

Independent Publishers, and other Exhibitors include: 1826, 77 Publishing, After the Robot Apocalypse, Art-Bubble, B7 Comics, The Cartoon Museum, Catfood Comics, Centrala, CoCo Comics, Colossive Press, Comics Youth CIC, Conundrum Press, Doctor Geof, Drawn Strip, Fanfare UK, First Graphic Novel Competition, Foxhat, Galaxia Prince, I&M Illustration, Indie Novella, Iqbal A. Comics, Kaarinart, Kannter Art,

Knockabout Comics, LDComics, Meraki Comics, MoonSquid INK, Nevercity Creations, Nona Gallery, Parable Games, Peak Hare Collective, The Pig Patch, Power Comics Studios, RAWHEAD, Scratch Comics, Sector 13 Comics, SelfMadeHero and Sloth Comics

immagine promozionale del LICAF Bowness-on-Windermere

About The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, centred on events and comics projects brought to you from one of the country’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District, in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, the annual Festival usually takes over the whole town for a weekend of comic art every October.

The Festival’s aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.

The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Yomi Ayeni, Kate Charlesworth, Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland, Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, Zoom Rockman and Michael e Keli Lark.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is supported by Cumbria County Council, Lake District National Park Authority, South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council

Our main sponsor is Lancaster University and main partners are Kendal College, the Windermere Jetty Museum, the Old Laundry Theatre, NCS, Lakeview Bar and Grill and Baha

We are also supported by The British Council, The Czech Literary Centre, The Finnish Institute in London, Institut Francais, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the National Cartoonists Society, and other international partnerships

We also receive support from publishers David Fickling Comics, publishers of The Phoenix comic, Fanfare Press and Knockabout Press

Thanks also to our generous donors: Charlie Adlard, Lynette Adlard, Graham Dury, Peter Kessler, Bryan Talbot, Sean Phillips and Simon Thorp.

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Per saperne di più sul LICAF,

vi consigliamo di leggere questo articolo scritto da Damiano Gallinaro, Cesare Giombetti e William Ceraolo, i tre soci di Fumettomania che hanno partecipato l’anno scorso alla decima edizione del LICAF, che ci hanno raccontato in un’unico articolo le cose belle avvenute nei tre giorni del festival inglese.


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