Our festival will be on the 17-19 October 2014.


After a huge amount of deliberation, grinding of teeth, frustrated wails, and budget-nudging we are delighted to announce that not one but two artists will be joining the Lakes International Comic Art Festival’s first 24 Hour Comics Marathon; Joe Decie and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell!
Joe Decie is the author of The Listening Agent and The Accidental Salad from Blank Slate Books and Pocket Full of Coffee from Retrofit Comics. 
Warwick Johnson-Cadwell has worked with Blank Slate Books, Self Made Hero, The Dandy, The Phoenix and most recently with Titan Comics on Solid State Tank Girl. He is the co-creator of Dangeritis from Great Beast Comics.
The quality and quantity of the applications was very high, making choosing a significantly difficult task. While there was some very stiff competition from some incredibly talented and supremely capable artists, we felt that Joe and Warwick would not only rise to the challenge of the 24 hour comic, but would excel at it. Each of their distinctive styles and approaches to storytelling stood out from the applicants and we are thrilled to welcome them aboard.
We would like to thank everyone who made an application and look forward to developing the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 24 Hour Comics Marathon further in 2015. 

Julie Tait & Dan Berry

On Thursday the 16th October 2014, as part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, six comic artists will enter a room and draw comics non stop for 24 hours. The 24 Hour Comics challenge was devised by Scott McCloud in 1990 and thousands of artists have risen to this challenge since. The usual format for a 24 hour comic is to disallow planning and preparation beforehand. Some variations include constraints announced at the commencement of the 24 hours to make planing ahead futile. We are going to do this differently. Planning and preparation is not only allowed, but encouraged because we want to be able to tell the very best stories with the short time we have. This year’s resident 24 hour comic artists are;
Dan Berry is the curator and producer of the 24 Hour Comics Marathon. He is a cartoonist, illustrator, lecturer in comics and host of the podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody. Check out his work here -
We are delighted to announce Kristyna Baczynski as one of our resident 24 hour comic artists! Kristyna is an illustrator, comic book artist and designer based in Leeds who alongside publishing her own comic books has had work published by The NME, Hic & Hoc and Blank Slate Books. Check out her work here -
It gives us great pleasure to announce Sarah McIntyre as one of our resident 24 hour comic artists! Sarah will be launching Jampires (a David Fickling picture book with David O’Connell), Cakes In Space (the followup to Oliver and the Seawigs with Philip Reeve) and will also have some of the Jampires comics that inspired the picture book! Check out her website -
Hot from the release of his new book Just So Happens published by Jonathan Cape, we are pleased to announce Fumio Obata as one of our resident 24 hour comic artists. Check out more of Fumio’s work here -
It is with great pride that we announce Jack Teagle as one of our resident 24 hour comic artists. Based in the South West of England, Jack has been published by Nobrow as well as self-publishing his own books. Check out his work here -




The 2013 Lakes International Comic Art Festival called on all young budding artists and comic fans to show off their creative flair and story-telling imagination and each category winner won some fantastic prizes from GAME, Dark Horse Comics and Derwent Pencils.

The competition was open to anyone who attended a school or college in Cumbria or Lancashire. Prizes were awarded to each of the 13 different age categories (one for each ‘school year’), including books supplied by Dark Horse Comics and sketching and watercolour kits from Derwent Pencils, as well as games consoles, provided by GAME, festival posters and T-shirts for the best two overall artists. All category winners also had their work displayed as part of the festival.

The competition was judged by our festival’s founder patrons Sean Phillips, Bryan and Mary Talbot, who recently picked up the 2012 Costa Biography Award, and Hannah Berry, author of graphic novels Adamtine and Britten and Brulightly.

The artwork was produced by Kendal College art student Francie Martinez.

This competition was kindly sponsored by Competition sponsors small copy


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