Comics Workshops announced for Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce its comic creator workshops taking place over the Festival weekend (15th -17th October) in Kendal, Cumbria, hosted by comic creators that include artist and writer Matt Smith, Instagram comic star Clarice Tudor and others.

“We’re thrilled to present this programme of workshops,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “Supporting the development of comic creators is integral to the Festival’s ethos, which we work on all year round through international partnerships and by supporting the work of the Comics Laureate, in schools and other learning environments.”

All of the workshops are aimed at comic creators aged 12 and up, with a limited number of places – so it’s advisable to book your place as soon as possible through the Festival web site.

Animator Stephen Brown and comic creators Matt Smith, Lucy Sullivan and Clarice Tudor will be leading this year’s workshops, offering guidance on a variety of subjects, from comedy timing to drawing time in comics, and tips on stop motion animation too.

The Festival is also pleased to confirm the addition of award-winning Italian artist Manuele Fior to this year’s international line up of comics talent, whose graphic novels include Celestia, released in English by Fantagraphics to huge acclaim. Manuele joins a large line-up of international talent that includes Yomi Ayeni, Charlie Adlard, Kate Charlesworth, Greg Rucka and many, many more.

• Check out the Festival’s workshops programme here

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Meet Manuele Fior

Born in Cesena, Italy, in 1975, after getting a degree in architecture, Manuele Fior moved to Berlin, where he worked until 2005 as a cartoonist, illustrator and architect. In 1994 he won the first prize at Bienal do Juvenes Criadores do Mediteraneo, Lisbon for his comics work. His collaboration with the German publisher Avant-Verlag began in 2001 with the magazine Plaque, which brings together a wide range of Italian authors, among them Mattotti, Igort, and Giandelli. Since then, he began an intense work on comic short stories written by his brother Daniele, which appeared in BlackBile NoireStripburgerForresten and Osmosa.

His graphic novels include Celestia, first published by Oblomov / Atrabile last year, and in English by Fantagraphics later this month, who have also published some of his many other longform works, including The Interview and Red Ultramarine.

Based in Paris, Manuele collaborates with his illustrations for a huge range of titles, which include The New YorkerLe MondeVanity FairFeltrinelliEinaudiLa Repubblica, and Rolling Stone Magazine.