Quinto appuntamento con le news dell’edizione 2022 del Festival dei laghi, che quest’anno si terrà a Bowness-on-Windermere, location a soli 20 minuti viaggio in treno dalla stazione principale di Oxenholme Lake District.

Oggi lo staff del LICAF ci informa che la Lancaster University e il Lakes International Comic Art Festival uniscono le forze per organizzare un evento volto a sostenere la salute mentale degli studenti dal titolo Things & The Mind” .

Il benessere dei giovani si è deteriorato a una velocità senza precedenti. Questo evento online gratuito, che si terrà martedì 28 giugno, è pensato per tutti i colleghi delle scuole che desiderano essere meglio attrezzati con risorse e metodi creativi che possono aiutare il benessere degli studenti e offre un modo per coinvolgere i giovani in questo importante aspetto della le loro vite.

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Vi ricordiamo che anche quest’anno “Fumettomania Factory – APS” è supporter del Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

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Nota bene: Aggiungo solo una cosa , rispetto, a quanto 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!”

Lancaster University, Lakes International Comic Art Festival announces “Things & The Mind” project launch

Monday 20th June 2022: 

Lancaster University and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival are joining forces to organise an event directed towards supporting learners’ mental health.

Young people’s wellbeing has been deteriorating at an unprecedented speed. This free online event, taking place Tuesday 28th June, is tailored for all colleagues at schools who would like to be better equipped with creative resources and methods that can help learners’ wellbeing, and offers one way of engaging young people with this important aspect of their lives.

The event is inspired by the publication of Lancaster University’s graphic novel “Things & the Mind“, co-created by Dr Nataša Lacković from the Department of Educational Research, Andi Setiawan and Lancaster University students. It offers nine different stories told by the students about their mental health experiences. The stories explore the ways in which students experience their wellbeing in relation to the environment and objects that surround them.

The associated interactive and digital tool “Things & the Mind”, co-created by Dr Lacković and Dr Brewster (Lancaster University) with a team of web developers, will be also available for browsing and application.”This is, we believe, the first graphic novel in English that is co-developed with a group of students about their mental health,” says Nataša. “It will speak volumes to many readers through the nuances of visual communication, comments, reflections, and memories.

“Nine students who have had prior and/or have ongoing struggles with wellbeing and mental health provided scenarios for the novel. They shared their subjective accounts of how everyday ‘matter’ – personal or indoor items, food, body, built or natural environments – affected or affect their wellbeing.

Dr Lacković and the project team appreciate all the support by the SMaRteN network. The UK Research and Innovation grant ES/S00324X/1 as well as Lancaster University’s ESRC Impact Accelerator Account funding are gratefully acknowledged.

The project started during the COVID-19 pandemic, she reveals.

“Although most narratives focus on students’ experience before the outbreak announcement, they are also relevant to the intensified relationship with indoor and outdoor things and spaces during the lockdown,” Natasa explains.

“While the stories consider the link between physical or spatial materiality and student mental health, they revitalise and emphasise the primary importance of human relationships and connections for one’s wellbeing.”

The launch event will introduce teachers to the online and printable resources designed to offer possibilities for learners’ interactions with the graphic novel. It will also act as an opportunity for teacher feedback and conversation in terms of how the resource could be used with secondary school learners. Practical advice on how comics and visual communication can support student wellbeing will also be included.

The event will introduce teachers to the online and printable resources designed to offer possibilities for learners’ interactions with the graphic novel. It will also act as an opportunity for teacher feedback and conversation in terms of how the resource could be used with secondary school learners. Practical advice on how comics and visual communication can support student wellbeing will also be included.

The resources aim to support secondary school teachers; specifically, PD subject leads, Citizenship leads, HODs, Sixth Form leaders, Pastoral roles, School counsellors in charge of learners’ wellbeing and mental health.

Presenters will include: Dr. Nataša Lacković from the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, Things & the Mind co-creator; Hester Harrington, Co-Producer of Little LICAF, the year round and in-festival programme for young people, families and educators at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival; and Richard Foster, Associate Director, Lakes International Comic Art Festival whose role includes liaison with universities to support research in comics and education.

• “Things & The Mind” |
Online Launch 4.00pm – 4.30pm Tuesday 28th June 2022 via Zoom |
Free – to receive your link to the online Zoom launch please email carole@comicartfestival.com

• Find out more about Comics & Wellbeing here on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site. This page includes links to a bundle of resources offering teachers practical help as to how comics and visual communication can support the wellbeing of 6th Form and higher/further education students

• You can download a high resolution version of the Things and the Mind comic on this Google Drive link as a PDF (275MB)

This project is supported
by Lancaster University, Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Kendal College

“Things & The Mind” Project Images

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Festival Guests in 2022

LICAF 2022 guests include:

Charlie Adlard, Bianca Bagnarelli, Dimitris Anastasiou, Mehdi Annassi, Lucie Arnoux, Alison Bechdel, Fred Campoy, Ulla Donner, Matthew Dooley, Oliver East, Lina Ghabeih, Dave Gibbons, Kalle Hakkola, Jaime Hernandez, Eva Hilhorst, Bryan Hitch, Rian Hughes, Andrew Humphreys, Marc Jackson, JAD (George Khoury), Olivier Kugler, Michael Lark, Leomacs, Joe McGarry, Luke McGarry, Steve McGarry, Mick McMahon, Bill Morrison, Bex Ollerton, Dean Ormston, Mike Perkins, Sean Phillips, Tim Pilcher, Ram V, Mollie Ray, Tom Richmond, Greg Rucka, Andrea Settimo, Katie Skelly, Vaclav Slajch, Posy Simmonds, Fiona Stephenson, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Petteri Tikkanen, Jorg Tittel, Twins Cartoon, Judith Vanistendael, Asya Voitenko, Andi Watson and Reece Irvin Williams

Profiles of all LICAF LIVE guests feature here on the official Festival web site

Comics Clock Tower Exhibitors 2022

Exhibitors in the Lakeview Market place include:

A&A Co., Amber Hsu, Art-Bubble, B7 Comics (Pilgrim, written by me will be launched, I’m hoping we might get X-Men artist Neil Edwards, whose drawn it, along too, but that isn’t definite), Beatrice Mossman, Benjamin Dickson, Bryan Talbot, Bungaroosh, Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain, Catfood Comics, Clarice Tudor, Clark Bint, Comics Youth CIC, Coming Home – Re-Live (this is an amazing project about PTSD in war veterans, expect quite a few creators along to that), Drew Marr of Gold Lion Comics, Fanfare Presents, Gustaffo Vargas, ILYA GRAPHIC, J Webster Sharp, James Chapman, Joe Latham, Kate Mia White, Kev F Sutherland, Knockabout Comics, Lyndon White, Markosia Enterprises (Ian Sharman back again, lovely chap!), Martin Geraghty, Matt Smith! (Smith vs Smith), Myriad Editions, NCS Fest, Nick Brokenshire, Olivia Sullivan (ZEB.KO), Peter Morey Comics, Rachael Smith, Roger Langridge, Schnumn, SelfMadeHero, Sula Hancock, Teesside University, The 77 Publications (I think that Andrw Sawyer is going to be on their table, and other artists), The Cartoon Museum (hopefully Steve Marchant will be along?), Tom Ward, Twins Cartoons, and Una

Art by and © Charlie Adlard
Art by and © Charlie Adlard

About Us

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 and Zoom Rockman.

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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