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Comic Art Festival:
Three Weeks To Go, 24 Hour Comic project to highlight OCD


Just three weeks to go until this year’s three day-long Lakes International Comic Art Festival weekend (14th – 16th October) in Kendal! This week, we have news on this year’s special 24 Hour Marathon Comic project featuring a stellar line up of talent, which we hope will raise awareness of the medical condition OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Written by Alex Paknadel and Dan Watters, the artists are Dan Berry (editor), Craig ThompsonCharlie AdlardEmma VieceliPetteri TikannenBruce MutardNick BrokenshireBryan TalbotKen NiimuraJoe DecieMike Medaglia and Jake Phillips, offering an exciting mix of styles of art for this challenging charity project.

Between them, they’ll produce the comic on 13-14th October and it will be printed by 3.00pm on the 15th and launched in the Comic Clock Tower where charity OCD Action will also be based.

All profits from the sale of this special comic will go to OCD Action alongside a percentage from other merchandise.

“I’m excited to participate in the OCD Comic,” says US guest Craig Thompson, creator of the award-winning graphic novel Blankets, “because it sidesteps the sleep deprivation and isolation of the 24 hour comic, for something social and collaborative and much more energetically manageable — a sprint and passing of the baton, rather than a grueling, joint-destroying marathon. I’m very much looking forward to it!”

“As a notion in itself the collaborative process of this project excited me, so I said yes; absolutely,” says Festival patron Emma Vieceli of this daunting marathon draw and concept, whose work includes the critically acclaimed independent web series, BREAKS created with Malin Ryden.

“Having now seen the amazing list of co-creators, I’m double-excited about it.”

“This will be the first 24 hour comic I’ve ever contributed to,” says award-wining artist Bryan Talbot, creator of the Luther Arkrwright and Grandville graphic novel sagas. “Two pages in two hours? I must be mad!”

“People always say how fast I am,” enthuses Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard of the challenge. “Well, this is where I prove them right. The race is on!”

“I am very excited by the challenge of having to produce pages in such a short space of time!” says Nick Brokenshire, the artist on IDW’s Amelia Cole fantasy series. “And for a great cause – Fun!”

“‘This project is so important and I am very happy to be involved,” says Mike Medaglia, whose critically-acclaimed work will also feature in the “Five Bridges” exhibition at the Festival.

“Comics have a unique way of engaging new readers and re-engaging past readers with important subjects,” he continues. “They can bring information on a range of subjects to readers who don’t normally read up on such topics, and perhaps they even find information to help them in their lives. Then, for readers who do read on specific topics regularly, like OCD, comics is a new way for them to approach the subject.

“I think the depth that comics can reach in terms of having a positive effect on people’s lives is yet to even begin to be discovered. This project is certainly a big step in that direction.”

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is proud to be supporting the work of OCD Action. As the UK’s largest and most comprehensive OCD charity, OCD Action is able to provide accurate and up-to-date information on OCD and related conditions. The charity runs a helpline, advocacy service, support group network and forum to help people with the disorder, and also works to raise awareness in the media and campaigns to improve access to quality treatment for OCD.

The Charity also has access to a wide range of case studies from individuals willing to share their own story about struggling with OCD.

“We’re thrilled and honoured to be given the opportunity of working with this amazing festival,” says Charlie Loveday, Lead Fundraiser of OCD Action.

“OCD is an often invisible condition that affects two per cent of the population,” he notes. “Many people in the comics community will have the disorder themselves. There are likely to be attendees of this festival itself who are living with the condition, either too afraid to seek help or unaware that the distressing thoughts and compulsions they are subject to have an explanation. So we hope that our presence at this Festival, and the comic being produced on OCD, will help these people realise that OCD is a treatable condition and that the help is out there.”

• For more information about OCD Action visit www.ocdaction.org.uk

• The 2016 Festival Programme is available to view and download now!

• Tickets are on sale now from the Brewery web site here and you can view and download the 2016 Programme on Issuu

• In a hurry? Here’s the Festival in a Flash!

• You can also book tickets by phone by calling Kendal’s Brewery Box Office on 01539 725133

In Just Three Weeks… Have YOU booked your tickets?


We have an absolutely packed programme for you this year, including guest talks, exhibitions, film screenings, workshops (sign up fast, because places are going quickly!), our ever popular Comics Clock Tower, exhibitions, pop up events, unexpected comic mural drawing (including one by last year’s mural champ, Joe Decie – in Morrisons!)

Guests this year include:

 Charlie Adlard, Edmond Baudoin, Roberto Bartual, Jordi Bernet, Dan Berry, Adam Brockbank, Kate Charlesworth, Dave Crane, Rufus Dayglo, Joe Decie, Oliver East, The Etherington Brothers, Duncan Fegredo, Robin Furth, Tom Gauld, Isabel Greenberg, Ben Heggarty, Ilya, Joe Kelly, Sally Kindberg, Paula Knight, Aidan Koch, Olivier Kugler, Bryan Lee O’Malley, John Martz,Luke McGarry and Steve McGarry, Dave McKean. Mick McMahon, Leah Moore and John Reppion, Ken Niimura, Benoît Peeters, Sean Phillips, Paco Roca, Martin Rowson, Frank Santoro, Jade Sarson, Gilbert Shelton, Nicola Streeten, Bryan Talbot, Mary M. Talbot, Paul Thomas, Craig Thompson, Una, Emma Vieceli, the VIZ team, Tillie Walden, Ian Williams and Connor Willumsen.

Joining this growing list of top international and British comics guests, in partnership with The Finnish Institute of London , will be artists Hanneriina Moisseinen , Virpi Oinonen , Ville Ranta, Johanna Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen , along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta, the latter part of the Comics in Concert project.

The festival features comic artists from around the world, as well as performance, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, master classes, live drawing and independent retailers and publishers. The events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life.

This year’s presenters are Warren Bernard, Hannah Berry, Chris Butcher, Alex Fitch, John Freeman, Mel Gibson, Paul Gravett, Peter Kessler, John McShane and Chris Thompson.

A free Family Zone provides drop-in activities for all ages, alongside a series of fantastic workshops for kids and teenagers. The Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings the town together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art. Among others, you’ll find Bunny and Chip, Orson and Geoffrey (ZEEL) Coupland, Robert Deas, Paul Harrison-Davies, Marc Jackson, Lancaster Guardian cartoonist Jack Knight, Joe Matthews of Funny Monster Comics, Graham Pearce (creator of Sgt Mike Battle), Sloth Comics,  Aidan Saunders, Jordan Vigay and Wizard’s Keep!

Exhibitors in the Comics Clock Tower “marketplace” and the Brewery Malt Room for 2016 include

 All Things Thom, Joe Bailey Sculpture & Design, Kathryn Briggs, Keith Burns, Silvia Carrus, James Chapman, The Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain, Clockwork Watch Films, Zu Dominiak, EdieOP, Gary Erskine, Fungii, Get Well Gamers, Sarah Graley, Happy Space Sloth, Daisy Hillyard, Hitsville UK, Ink Splattery, the Jeff Hawke Club, Daisy Hillyard, Luke Hyde, Tom Kindley, Roger Langridge, Joe Latham, David Leach, Lines of Enquiry, Aimee Lockwood, Aurora Melchor, Midnight Milk, Adam Murphy, Never Ever After, Stray Lines, Richard Swan, This Man, This Pete!, Tiny Pencil, Amanda Eleanor Tribble, Myfanwy Tristram, University of Cumbria Comic Book Collective, Tom Ward, Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard, Chris Welch, Andrew Wildman, Jennifer Winetrobe and Aneurin Wright.

• Buy your Festival tickets now from The Brewery, Kendal – www.breweryarts.co.uk

• For all events information visit the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site: www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

Festival Guest Spotlight: Craig Thompson

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One of the most critically-acclaimed cartoonists of his generation, award-winning author Craig Thompson was born in Traverse City, Michigan in 1975 and raised outside a small town in central Wisconsin.

He is the writer and artist of the critically acclaimed graphic novels Blankets (which has been published in 20 languages), Habibi, the New York Times best-selling graphic novel Space Dumplins, launched last year, Good-bye, Chunky Rice and Carnet de Voyage.

He has been awarded three Eisner awards, three Harvey awards, two Ignatz awards, and a Grammy nomination for album cover artwork on Menomena’s Friend and Foe.

Drawn and Quarterly re-published Blankets, Thompson’s  Eisner and Harvey Award-winning story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice, in a new paperback edition last year. Thompson’s poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence.

Under an engulfing blanket of snow, Craig and Raina fall in love at winter church camp, revealing to one another their struggles with faith and their dreams of escape. Over time though, their personal demons resurface and their relationship falls apart. It’s a universal story, and Thompson’s vibrant brushstrokes and unique page designs make the familiar heartbreaking all over again.

This groundbreaking graphic novel is an eloquent portrait of adolescent yearning; first love (and first heartache); faith in crisis; and the process of moving beyond all of that. Beautifully rendered in pen and ink, Thompson has created a love story that lasts.

Beyond the world of comics, Craig is the co-creator of TRACTORBEAMS, a platform of spontaneous, collaborative animations cooked up with his  brother, Phil, which had its soft launch via launch at Instagram and tractorbeams.tv earlier this year. Together, Craig and Phil mine the memories of their childhood for snippets of animatable entertainment.

Craig Thompson lives in Los Angeles with partner Sierra Hahn and cat Momo.

Festival Charity: OCD Action


The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is proud to be supporting the work of OCD Action. As the UK’s largest and most comprehensive OCD charity, OCD Action is able to provide accurate and up-to-date information on OCD and related conditions. The charity runs a helpline, advocacy service, support group network and forum to help people with the disorder, and also works to raise awareness in the media and campaigns to improve access to quality treatment for OCD.

• For more information about OCD Action visit www.ocdaction.org.uk


Festival Sponsors and Benefactors


The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Boulet, Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli, and Stephen L. Holland, owner of the award-winning independent comic shop Page 45 in Nottingham.

The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is supported by South Lakeland District CouncilKendal BID and Kendal Town Council

Our main sponsors are comiXologyWestmorland Shopping CentreChoose Cumbria and the University of Cumbria. Our founder partners are the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College.

We are also supported by The Finnish Institute in LondonWallonie Bruxelles InternationalInstitut Français du Royaume-UniSantanderKnockabout PressFanfare PressGB Sasakawa FoundationNational Cartoonists SocietyPremier Inn and Wacom.

There's fun to come aplenty from the VIZ gang at this year's Festival!
There’s fun to come aplenty from the VIZ gang at this year’s Festival!

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