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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.

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) oggi tornano gli annunci di nuovi artisti, tra cui Sean Phillips.

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Mario Benenati, Presidente “Fumettomania Factory – APS”

Award-winning comic creators Mai Koraiem and Sean Phillips join Lakes International Comic Art Festival guest line-up for 2023

vignetta disegnata da Sean Phillips

Bowness-on-Windermere, Thursday 18th May 2023:

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce award-winning comic creators Mai Koraiem and Sean Phillips as guests at this year’s annual weekend long gathering in Bowness-on-Windermere, returning Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October 2023.

Tickets are on sale now for the event with Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland,  DC Comics and Marvel artist Gustavo Duarte, Rawand IssaMai Koraiem and Sean Phillips joining previously-announced guests: Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima, Charlie AdlardGigi CavenagoGerhardLina GhaibehPeter HoganMichael LarkLucie LomováDave McKeanBill MorrisonSteve and Annie Parkhouse, Marek Rubec, Festival poster designer Mohamed SalahRachael Smith and “Awkward Yeti” creator Nick Sulek.

The weekend-long 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 – 1st October 2023.

More internationally acclaimed creators are still to be announced over the next month.
The Lakes Festival has always featured a great range of internationally-acclaimed creators in our line-up, and this year is no exception,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “International voices bring fresh perspectives to comics and comic creation for our audiences, and it’s fascinating to learn more about how the form has a voice elsewhere in the world.”

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.

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

• Head to the Festival’s official web site now and book your weekend tickets at a special “Early Bird” price, an offer that ends 31st May 2023

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Latest Festival Guests Biographies

Gustavo Duarte is a Brazilian cartoonist, comic creator and graphic designer, born in São Paulo in 1977. He graduated in Graphic Design from Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp – Bauru) in 1999 and started his cartoonist and illustrator career publishing his works at the newspaper Diário de Bauru, between 1997 and 1999. 

Returning to São Paulo in 2000, he began to collaborate with the major magazines and newspapers in Brazil, among them Lance! and Folha de S. Paulo, where he published regularly for over ten years. 

Since 2009, he has worked in comics as writer and artist with books like Có!, Taxi, Birds and Monsters. His books have been published in Brazil, the United States, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. 

He also works for US publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse, among others, on titles such as DC’s Silent TalesBizarroDear Justice League, and Marvel’s Spider-Verse – UnlimitedGuardians of the GalaxyMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and many more.

Rawand Issa is a comic artist and writer from Lebanon. Her work is political, and focuses on documenting real life stories. She is now doing her MA in cultural studies at Istanbul Bilgi University, and publishes cartoons and comics in different magazines. 

Her latest work is a graphic novel, Inside the Giant Fish, published in Arabic with Al Mahrousa in Egypt and in English with Maamoul press in the US.

• Follow Rawand Issa on Instagram

Born in Alexandria in 1980, award-winning comic creator Mai Koraiem graduated from the faculty of fine arts painting department in 2003, but didn’t start her comics career until 2013. Her first graphic novel, When the Gods gave up on Kavafis, was published in 2015, it was selected as one of the best three graphic novels at the Cairo Comics Festival.

Mai would go on to win the prize for best short story (by a woman) at the same Festival in 2017, and published her first children’s book with Aphorisma publishing house in Berlin the following year.

Her second graphic novel, Case 43 labban, was published in 2020 by Kotobna, winning the award for best graphic novel in the Mahmoud Kahil Awards in 2022. She has since published new two comics, West Bank, and The City’s Key.

• Follow Mai Koraiem on Facebook:

Stephen L. Holland - photo

Stephen L. Holland – owner of the independent comics shop Page 45, and a fervent comics advocate, freelance artist, tutor and more, is the current Comics Laureate.

When young, Stephen, who took over the Laureate role from graphic novelist Hannah Berry, was a very reluctant reader – to which his mum successfully applied the then-inspired solution of comics.

The proof of the pudding: he now has a degree in English Literature and History of Art, which is certainly pretty handy when preaching and teaching comics.

Stephen’s tenure as Comics Laureate is drawing to a close, but his will be difficult shoes to fill. During his tenure, he has given 22 presentations, workshops or talks, been guest editor for LoveReading4Kids and been confirmed as a Patron of Refuge in Literacy UK. 

Reflecting his determination to reach new, diverse audiences and encourage young people to create comics, Stephen has made numerous appearances in schools, to plenty of deserved acclaim.

“I wanted to get straight into schools and start spreading the word in order to generate a renewed love of reading for pleasure,” he reiterated recently, “and empower young minds with the knowledge that they can create for themselves.

“Wherever I roam – in schools and elsewhere – I want to surprise, as we explore together what the comics medium actually is, where it has appeared, what it can do and how it can do it, while emphasising the limitless breadth of subject matter that comics can cover.

“This is the most massive honour of my lifetime – one entirely unexpected – and I’m so very, very charged up about it,” he said of taking on the role of Comics Laureate. “If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t be worried, but I’ve been given this golden opportunity to replicate everything I’ve done for 30 years at Page 45 in Nottingham nationwide! To show everyone in this country who’ll look and listen the true diversity of this medium we all love, and promote its most individualistic voices!

“Because here’s the thing: comics is a visual medium. You can’t tell the public that they must start reading comics! You have to show them this medium’s full, diverse and fascinating glories – which they won’t be expecting – and so tantalise them into exploring graphic novels for themselves!”

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

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

Drawing comics professionally since the age of fifteen, Eisner Award winning Sean Phillips has worked for all the major publishers. Destroy all Monsters, created with Ed Brubaker, was recently nominated for an Eisner Award.

Since drawing Sleeper, Hellblazer, Batman, X-Men, Marvel Zombies, and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Sean has concentrated on creator-owned books including Criminal, Incognito, Seven Psychopaths and Fatale

He lives in the Lake District in the UK with his wife and three sons.

• Sean Phillips is online at: | Twitter: @seanpphillips | 
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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 by Jenika Ioffreda
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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, Gerhard, Lina Ghaibeh, Peter Hogan, Michael Lark, Lucie Lomová, Josie Long, Dave McKean, Bill Morrison and Steve and Annie Parkhouse, Marek Rubec, Mohamed Salah, Rachael Smith and “Awkward Yeti” creator 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

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.

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival – dal 29 settembre all’1O ottobre 2023 – è online su:
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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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