Anche quest’anno Fumettomania Factory – APS, realtà di promozione sociale e culturale italiana con sede in Sicilia, è supporter del Lakes International Comic Art Festival che si svolge a Bowness-on-Windermere (location a soli 20 minuti viaggio in treno dalla stazione principale di Oxenholme Lake District).

Da qualche giorno John Freeman e lo staff del Lakes Festival stanno diffondendo i primi nomi degli ospiti che saranno presenti all’edizione 2023, ma il protagonista di oggi è il Manifesto del Festival a cura dell’autore egiziano Mohamed Salah.

Buona lettura

Mario Benenati, Presidente “Fumettomania Factory – APS”

Nota bene: Aggiungo solo una cosa , rispetto, alle informazioni che troverete nel sito del LICAF: la location dove si terrà il festival “è un posto meraviglioso, andateci sia per il festival, sia per visitare i laghi e la Regione, non ve ne pentirete!”

Festival artwork by Mohamed Salah

Festival artwork by Mohamed Salah revealed for Lakes International Comic Art 2023

Bowness-on-Windermere, 23rd March 2023:

The Lakes International Comic Art Festivalis delighted to reveal its first guests for their annual gathering this autumn (Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October) – and this year’s stunning Festival art by Egyptian comic creator, Mohamed Salah.

The first announced guests for this year’s Festival, taking place in Bowness-on-Windermere from Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October will be Dave McKean, Lucie Lomová, and “Awkward Yeti” creator Nick Sulek, and, of course, Mohamed Salah.

Mohamed Salah is a comic book artist and a visual narrator with a knack for social commentary and science fiction. He’s moved across a multitude of visual communication disciplines since 2002; starting out with comic strips and visual arts, then finding his way to other areas such as animation, editorial cartoons, illustration and advertising.

“I thought of the Festival’s poster as a celebration of stories,” he says of his art. “Stories, I believe, are the closest thing we have to a collective memory, a bridge connecting our past and future.

“I wanted to capture the ‘sense of wonder’ that makes them just that.

“And to have a good looking lake, of course!”

This first guest announcement follows on the heels of the Festival’s announcement for its Lakeview Comics Marketplace lineup, which includes a bigger, wider range of comic creators, publishers and other creatives than at any previous Festival.

Alongside creators such as Chris Askham, Yomi Ayeni, Tim Bird, Jenika Ioffreda, Drew Marr, Nigel Parkinson, Mollie Ray, Cam Smith, Rachael Smith, Lucy Sullivan, and Andrew Wildman, publishers including Centrala, Knockabout Comics and SelfMadeHero will also be at this year’s three-day event.

“We’ve got a host of surprises lined up for this year’s Festival,” teases the event Director, Julie Tait. “Not just a great, diverse, world-spanning comic creator lineup, but exhibitions, kids stuff to stir imaginations, and much more.

“We’re focusing more on fewer locations across the town, this year, too,” she adds, “building on last year’s experience, our first year in a new location.

“As for our opening night… well, like last year, expect it to be spectacular!”

Mohamed Salah Ismail, who created this year’s Festival art, was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1983. He’s a comic book artist and a visual narrator with a knack for social commentary and science fiction, who has moved across a multitude of visual communication disciplines since 2002. He started out with comic strips and visual arts, then found his way to other areas such as animation, editorial cartoons, illustration and advertising.

His work is published in magazines such as Samir, Bassem, and Toktok, and in newspapers such as Al-Masry Alyoum and Al-Shorouk.

He has won the Mahmoud Kahil award, and the Cairocomix festival grand prix. He has also taken part in exhibitions, workshops, and art residencies in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Denmark, France, and Switzerland.

• Follow Mohamed Salah Ismail on Instagram:@_abusalah_

Italian Version:
Mohamed Salah è un disegnatore di fumetti e un narratore visivo con un talento per i commenti sociali e la fantascienza. Dal 2002 ha attraversato una moltitudine di discipline della comunicazione visiva; esordendo con il fumetto e le arti visive, approdando poi ad altri ambiti come l’animazione, le vignette editoriali, l’illustrazione e la pubblicità.

“Ho pensato al poster del Festival come una celebrazione delle storie”, dice della sua arte. “Le storie, credo, sono quanto di più vicino abbiamo a una memoria collettiva, un ponte che collega il nostro passato e il nostro futuro.

“Volevo catturare il ‘senso di meraviglia’ che li rende proprio questo.

“E per avere un bel lago, ovviamente!”

Dave McKean - photo

Dave McKean is an illustrator, photographer, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician.

He is also one of the UK most acclaimed comic artists. His work incorporates drawing, painting, photography, collage, found objects, digital art and sculpture. McKean’s projects include illustrating comics by authors such as Neil Gaiman (Violent Cases,The Sandmanseries,The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr Punch) and Grant Morrison (Batman – Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth).

He has directed three feature films and created innovative performances for the stage incorporating graphic art, music and spoken word, includingBlack Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash, commissioned to commemorate the 100th centenary of World War One and performed on the Somme, in Kendal and at Tate Britain. His latest comic,Raptor, was published in 2021.

Dave McKean is online at

Lucie Lomová - photo

Lucie Lomová is an award-winning Czech comics artist and illustrator, whose books have been translated into French, German, and Polish. Her latest graphic novel,Každý den je nový(“Every Day Is New”) won the 2022 Muriel Award for the best Czech graphic novel. The English translation of her graphic novelDivoši(“Savages”) is due out from Centrala Publishing in spring 2023.

The book, constructed around the memoirs of the Czech adventurer Alberto Vojtěch Frič, tells a story based on real events about how the famous explorer brought back a Chamacoco Indian named Cherwuish from his travels around South America to Prague in 1908.

Lucie Lomová is online at|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|YouTube

Nick Seluk - photo

The Awkward Yeti and all of its work are authored and illustrated by cartoonist Nick Seluk. It was his dream since he was a kid to be funny, and someday he hopes to be. His New York Times best selling series,Heart and Brain, has brought popularity to the Awkward Yeti on social media, and he now copes with the pressure of trying to entertain millions of fans online.

In 2018, his first children’s book was published by Scholastic, titled The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal, the first in a three-book series. You can find them in bookstores and Scholastic fairs in schools.

Nick lives in Michigan, which has super big lakes surrounding it. He enjoys thinking about running, not actually running, and mostly doing nothing.

• The Awkward|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|Tumblr

The Awkward Yeti

Per i redattori e i sostenitori

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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 Lucié Lomova, Dave McKean, Mohamed Salah e Nick Sulek – 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

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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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