Windows on Comic Art Trail – winners announced!

People's Choice Winners: Market Place Books by Dean Barwick School

People’s Choice Winners: Market Place Books by Dean Barwick School

The winners of this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival’s Windows on Comic Art Trail have been announced, a project that has made an incredible impact across Kendal.

This year’s Trail involved local business, clubs and schools, as well as local and national artists. The collaboration created a unique art trail displayed in windows across the town.

And the Winners in 2016 are….

  • The People’s Vote: Dean Barwick School in Market Place Books
  • Best School or Community Group: Buzz Club in Kendal Leisure Centre
  • Best Artist Window: Sean Collins in Iridium


Windows Trail 2016: Kendal Leisure Centre by Buzz Club

Kendal Leisure Centre by Buzz Club

“The Trail provided a unique way to explore the town and tell story of Kendal, comics and our participants,” enthuses Trail organiser Sandra Wood.

“We were lucky enough to have comics artist and writer Bryan Talbot involved this year,” she continues. “Bryan has his work published in over twenty countries and is the winner of many comic awards – including an Eisner award, the Prix SNCF and several Eagles. He has produced underground and alternative comics for over thirty years an as one of our patrons, he’s an integral part on of the Festival.”

Windows Trail 2016: Sean Collins - Iridium

Sean Collins display in Iridium

Bryan selected Sean Collins window in Iridium as the Best Artist Window, commenting,

“The overall standard of drawing was excellent and it was very hard choosing a winner. It is, after all, a matter of personal taste, though I tried to be objective. The family McGarry’s window was fun, as was Nick Brokenshire’s, the designs by Jennifer Winetrobe in Room, and Michi Mathias, whose design is in Youdells window were both attractive, and clever in the use of their spaces. But, for me, it had to be Sean Collins’s World War One piece, which was not only a beautifully-rendered series of sequential panels, but also had a real depth.”

"Home by Christmas" by Sean Collins

“Home by Christmas” by Sean Collins

The Windows on Comic Art Trail is funded by Kendal BID businesses, supported by North Country Leisure and Iridium have generously donated a prize for the Best Window.

“The Windows Art Trail is one of the ways that Kendal Business Improvement District has ensured that Businesses get the most out of the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival. People are encouraged to move around the town following the trail, which in turn encourages them to explore areas and discover businesses in Kendal that they may not have realised existed. The Trail has grown year on year, which is testament to how effective it is and how much participating businesses value it as a way of involving the business community in this important event.” said Sarah Williams from Kendal BID who fund the Trail.

Plans are already in the works for the fifth Lakes International Comic Art Festival, which will run from 13th-15th October 2017, celebrating great comic art from across the world. The first announced guest for 2017 is MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragonés and the Festival’s plans for 2017 include special tributes to Will Eisner, creator of “The Spirit” and Tove Jansson, creator of “The Moomins”.

For images of this year’s Windows Trail visit our Flickr

Kendal The Windows Trail by Roger Baker

In and out, up and down, you can easy get lost in Kendal town

The road drives me the wrong way round.

On foot with map I covered some ground
Check out the Windows….here’s what I found :

Heroes and Villains both in the swim,
the pool refilled after things looked grim Costa coffee lovers in more ways than one
There’s a scandalous cast, Am Dram going on

Super persons and Villains at the Ring o’Bells in funny/frightening detail

Huge pets at the vets looking very well, recovered and extremely dangerous

Hit by lightning, extra high tension a minibus trip to the 4th Dimension

In the Photo shop, persons unseen
Creative success over what might have been
Animal Morphs! Cattain America, Thoraffe, EleHulk, Liron Man
Fun transformations, catch them if you can
Apocalyptic IT at CGL, Deadpool dead cool
Further Furness features at Oxfam Books too
Supernatural Bookmarks leave their books to roam

Rescues from the floods, lovely “ligne claire” drawings, life pictured close to home
Bookish super heroes spread the word…
Scary Librarians should be seen and not heard
Bookworm prevails, reluctant reader sees the light
While superfood characters party all night
Gorgeous gorging sheep with a tasteful eye

On Finkle St pause near the top of the hill

Nursery drawings, each one unique,

Puppets from oddments, life breathed into socks,
seemingly simple, some friendly some wild
from measureless depths in the mind of the child
Lovely thoughtful letters a la Beatrix Potter
Vivid Pop Art transparencies with sounds as proper
Music to the eyes of an old Doo Wopper
Disney dreams made real (maybe pigs can fly!) The Scouts collage campsite relieves the chill

Thanks to all RogB October 2016

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