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Your guide to The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Published on: Friday 30th September 2016

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns to Kendal on October 14 – 16. During the world-famous event, international comic artists and creators, films, exhibitions and performances will take over the town.

Keep an eye out for these events and exhibitions celebrating comic art from around the world.

Asterix vs Tintin: Clash of the Toon Titans
Saturday, October 14, 7pm – 8.15pm, Brewery Arts Centre Theatre

Toon titans Asterix and Tintin will face off at the launch of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Two top teams will slug it out on stage to establish which character most deserves that cherished place on your bookshelf.

Meanwhile, special festival guests Luke and Steve McGarry from Los Angeles will be bringing their fast-draw cartooning talents to the table illustrating the entire event as it happens.

Virpi Oinonen (Finland):  Five Surprising Things I Discovered Through Cartooning
Saturday, October 15, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Brewery Arts Centre Art Room 2

What do you do when you need to explain something that is boring but important? You turn it into comics, of course. Virpi Oinonen has been drawing comics and cartoons on business topics for several years. If the topic is unsexy, then comics can bring it to life in a way that the written word or video cannot.

Virpi’s session will show you how comics have been used in the business world and how you, too, can communicate a boring business concept with a quick sketch.

In partnership with The Finnish Institute in London and Choose Cumbria

Beatrix Potter Reimagined
October 7 – 28, Kendal Library

To celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday, students have been invited to reimagine the literary icon’s much-loved stories and classic characters.

View the leading student entries, as well as Beatrix Potter-inspired artwork from acclaimed comic artists Charlie Adlard, Duncan Fegredo, Hannah Barry and Luke McGarry.

The project has been supported by the University of Cumbria, a partner of Choose Cumbria.

24 Hour Marathon Comic
Launched Saturday, October 16, 3pm, Comic Clock Tower, Kendal Town Hall

A team of talented writers and artists will work around the clock to raise awareness of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Between them, they'll produce the comic on October 13-14, with it printed and launched in the Comic Clock Tower on Saturday, October 15.

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

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

Family Zone 
October 15 – 16, Westmorland Shopping Centre

Kids can create their own comic adventure at the Festival’s Family Zone.

With everything from magnificent Minions to playful pirates, the Family Zone has activities, shows and workshops to entertain storytellers and artists of all ages.

Take a look at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival Programme 2016.