Next year our festival will be on the 17-19 October, 2014.
Free events and activity for all the family (even if they’re not all in to comics!) in the Comics Family Zone at The Westmorland Shopping Centre and Kendal Library.
Free events and activity for all the family (even if they’re not all in to comics!) in the Comics Family Zone at the Westmorland Shopping Centre and Kendal Library. From cartoon strips to superhero comics, manga to graphic novels – come and find your favourites or discover new ones!
Kendal Library, Stricklandgate, Kendal
THE WINDOWS ON COMÍC ART TRAIL
Is a special trail in our inaugural year to welcome comic art visitors to Kendal and to celebrate our brand new festival.
When we announced the festival earlier this year one of our aims was to turn Kendal into a “comic art town” for the weekend.
We have teamed up local businesses, shop and organisations who have volunteered to work in partnership with an artist, group, school, college, nursery or charity to decorate their window and make it a comic art window.
You can find these comic art windows in various areas of the town including Kirkland, Highgate, Stricklandgate, Stramongate, and Wildman Street areas.
Here is our map to help you find the windows:
We are proud to reveal our two centre-piece exhibitions at the inaugural festival
Brewery Arts Centre – Sugar Store Gallery
6 October- 10 November 2013
“Sean Phillips’ pencil and pen reveals a world of stained, neglected architecture and stained, neglected dreams; old, road-dusty cars and old, road-dusty men; women with soft flesh and hard eyes; dudes with hard knuckles and soft eyes; beasties with impeccable suits and too many eyes. The Art of Sean Phillips is a crazed flickershow of jolting pulp imagery and an astonishing document of his journey from a daydreaming kid to a four-color legend. It also, along the way, stands as further proof of the fierce vitality of modern comics”.
Follow Sean’s remarkable “career”, from British girls’ comics, 2000AD and Vertigo to his superhero work for Marvel, DC and Wildstorm to his many creator-owned series with long-time collaborator Ed Brubaker. This exhibition ties in with the launch of Sean’s new artbook and offers an insight into the career and processes of one of the most acclaimed artists in comics today.
The exhibition is designed and curated by Janette and Sean Phillips
Open normal Brewery opening hours
Wildman Studios, Wildman Street
4 October – 10 November
Described as “a dazzling and tireless exponent of the comic art form” Bryan Talbot has been one of the driving forces in the comics industry since the late 70s, when he created the Brainstorm Comix series for Alchemy Press. Since then he has produced work in almost every genre and pushed boundaries in many ways ranging from sci-fi Victoriana (The Adventures of Luther Arkwright) credited as being the first graphic novels in the UK, to a moving tale about surviving child abuse (The Tale of One Bad Rat) to Alice in Sunderland covering the history and culture of Sunderland . Most recently his highly-acclaimed steampunk detective series Grandville which follows the life of Detective Inspector Lebrock employs anthropomorphism and satire to startling effect.
This exhibition not only reveals the life, work of a great creator but also an energy and passion which have made him one of the mostinfluential comic art figures to this day. From covers to comics, illustrations from his psychedelic beginnings to a rock star and offbeat paraphernalia, Bryan Talbot presents his outstanding body of work.
Fri 4 Oct 6.30-9pm, Sat 5 Oct 2-5pm, Sun 6 Oct 10-1pm
Thurs 10 Oct 4.30-7.30, Fri 11 Oct 4.30-7.30, Sat 12 Oct 10-1pm
Tues-Thurs 15-17 Oct 4.30-7.30pm
Fri 18 Oct noon-6pm Sat 19 Oct – 10am-6pm, Sun 20 Oct 10am-5pm
The exhibition is designed and curated by Sharon Tait
Bryan is one of the festival’s founder patrons together with
Sean Phillips and Mary Talbot.
Brewery Arts Centre – Intro Bar
The Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize– The Shortlist 2013
16 October-10 November 2013 (open normal Brewery opening hours)
We are delighted to be revealing and celebrating the shortlist for this prestigious prize. The judges are Joe Dunthorne (author of Submarine and Wild Abandon), Stephen Collins (author of The Gigantic Beard that Was Evil), Rachel Cooke (The Observer), Dan Franklin (Publisher, Jonathan Cape), Paul Gravett (Director, Comica Festival) and Suzanne Dean (Random House Creative Director). The first prize is £1,000 and the publication of the
4-page story in The Observer New Review. The runner-up will receive £250 and their work will appear in The Guardian.
Open normal Brewery opening hours
Brewery Arts Centre – Warehouse Café
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Young People’s Comic Art Competition winners
16 October-10 November 2013
See the results of some incredible imaginations and talent from young people aged 5-18 studying in Lancashire and Cumbria, England who have created original comic art for the festival’s inaugural year. The inaugural competition judges are Hannah Berry, Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot and Mary Talbot.
In partnership with Game, Dark Horse, Derwent Pencils, Kendal College and Lakeland Radio
Open normal Warehouse Café opening hours
The Castle Dairy, Wildman Street
16 September to 10 November 2013
Celebrating the new, the innovative, the quirky and more……and the wonders of tea!
A J Poyiadgi is a comics creator and filmmaker. He likes the solitary nature of one and the collaborative needs of the other.His comic, Teapot Therapy, was shortlisted for the Graphic Short Story Prize and was coloured with genuine English Breakfast tea. He produces a regular strip for Shots magazine, taking an irreverent look at life in the world of advertising and film. His latest project is Teabag Theories, a micro-comic-in-a-teabag that uses the humble brew to unravel the mysteries of science. This exhibition will provide a glimpse into Andy’s world and there’ll be a Kendal-related theory all of its own unveiled here and at other locations in Town (limited edition, collector’s items!).
Berry, Britten & Brulightly
Hannah Berry is mostly a graphic novelist, but also a writer, illustrator, occasional lecturer and editorial gun-for-hire, as well as having been three-times tutor for the Arvon Foundation’s Graphic Novel Writing course and Booktrust’s seventh Online Writer in Residence.
This exhibition features artwork from, amongst others, her first graphic novel, Britten & Brulightly, which she began while studying an illustration degree at the University of Brighton, subsequently published by Jonathan Cape in 2008. It has been translated into Italian, Dutch, Serbian and French, with the French edition chosen as part of the official selection for the 2010 Angoulême International Comics Festival. She has exhibited work in solo and collective exhibitions and written for publications including the New Statesman, Dazed & Confused and Huffington Post UK.
Drawings from The Gigantic Beard that was Evil
Stephen Collins has been hailed as one of comic art’s leading new lights. began cartooning for The Times in 2003, and has since won several awards, including the Jonathan Cape/Observer Graphic Short Story Prize 2010. He contributes regular comics to the Guardian Weekend and Prospect magazine. His first graphic novel The Gigantic Beard that was Evil was published in May 2013 to great acclaim. It is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl about life, death and the meaning of beards. Stephen will be appearing in a special live draw event as part of the Festival and is also a judge on the Graphic Short Story Prize 2013. Includes prints for sale.
Getting yourself a girlfriend is easy
Getting yourself a girlfriend is easy, according to Richard. All you need is papier mache, string, soft material, a balloon, some old fashioned bellows, and a good pair of scissors. And his creator, Gareth Brookes, will show you how (if he can manage to shove ‘Jessica’ up to the Lakes from West Byfleet). Winner of the 2012 First Graphic Novel Competition, Brookes will exhibit the life-size girlfriend of Richard’s dreams, and examples of the embroidery and lino-cuts from which he has created his artwork for The Black Project (Myriad Editions, 12 September 2013). Gareth will have hand-made prints for sale.
Castle Dairy opening times
16 September – 17 October & 21 October-10 November normal Castle Dairy opening hours Tuesday-Saturday only
Fri 18 October 10am-11pm, Sat 19 October 10am-11pm, Sun 20 October 10am-5pm
Ruskins Café and Bar, Stricklandgate
V for Viz
18-10 November 2013
Popular local haunt Ruskins transforms itself into a Fnarr Bar for the weekend paying homage to Britain’s 3rd or 4th * funniest magazine . Rammed full of Viz gear, original artwork and offering an exclusive peek at some classic memorabilia this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to delve deep (ish) into the annals of one of the icons of British humour (and comics too).
* possibly 5th.
This random collection of junk is curated by Sharon Tait
Normal Ruskin’s opening hours.
The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
4 October-3 November 2013
Hunt Emerson : Original works from the Ancient Mariner and Frankenstein
Hunt Emerson’s association with the Wordsworth Trust dates back to 1997, when his original drawings for Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” featured in an exhibition at the Wordsworth Museum on the poem and its illustrators. These drawings (61 in total) were subsequently acquired by the Wordsworth Trust and form part of a superb collection of artistic responses to Coleridge’s poem spanning 150 years.
Hunt Emerson’s version of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (with artwork by Hunt Emerson and colour by Carol Bennett) was published by Knockabout Comics in 1989. In his comic treatment, Hunt preserves the full seriousness of the text of the poem (not a line is missed), and at the same time skilfully blends the poem’s pace and rhythm with the separate demands of a comic strip.
In 2011 the Wordsworth Trust commissioned from Hunt Emerson a large cartoon strip, telling the story of Mary Shelley’s famous novel Frankenstein (published anonymously in 1818) The strip accompanied a major exhibition on Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley at the Wordsworth Museum. Published originally in three volumes, Hunt skilfully manages to distil the full story into 52 frames!
More information on opening times and how to get to Wordsworth Trust at www.wordsworthtrust.org.uk
Additional exhibition material will feature in Kendal Library including a celebration of Tripwire’s 25th Anniversary.
Access : Please note that the Wildman Studios now has an access ramp and, unfortunately, Ruskins Bar is not accessible to wheelchair users