The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019 has announced a number of European comic creators who will be heading to Kendal in October for this year’s weekend-long Festival.
Joining the recently-announced Belgian and Belgium-based creators Serge Baeken, Ephameron, Loic Gaume, Ben Gijsemans, Valentine Laffitte, Pascal Lemaitre, Marine Schneider,Judith Vanistendael.and Joris Vermassen will be Jibé, Pierre van Hove, Benoît Peeters, Arthur de Pins, Fabien Toulmé, Alessandro Tota and Nicolas Wild.
Among these latest guests to be announced, Arthur de Pins may be the best known to many, an animator turned comics creator whose works included Zombillénium, which he brought to screen in 2017.
Fabien Toulmé broke into the world of graphic novels in 2014, with his first graphic novel Ce n’est pas toi que j’attendais in which he told the story of the birth of his daughter, who has Down’s syndrome, and Nicolas Wild is the author of the critically acclaimed Kabul Disco: How I Wasn’t Kidnapped in Afghanistan.
Benoît Peeters, who was appointed the UK’s first ever comics professor, at Lancaster University back in 2015, also makes a welcome return to the Festival.
“We’re delighted to welcome a range of European comic creators to this year’s Festival in October,” says Festival Director Julie Tait, “both old faces and new will add to what’s going to be a terrific mix of talent.”
Claudine Ripert-Landler, director of the Institut français du Royaume-Unicommented: “The Institut français has been supporting LICAF since the beginning, bringing French artists and programmers to the Festival every year, and we are delighted to have such a good French line-up for 2019.”
These newly-announced creators add to an international line-up that also includes Charlie Adlard, Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, Doug Braithwaite, Laurence Campbell, Kate Charlesworth, Becky Cloonan, Garth Ennis, Ephameron, Duncan Fegredo, Staz Johnson, Michael Lark, John McCrea, Junko Mizuno, Marine Schneider, Declan Shalvey, Simon Spurrier, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, Judith Vanistendael, Joris Vermassen and Rob Williams – with more international and British guests to be announced.
In addition to its main guests, the Festival also recently announced its Comics Clock Tower creator line up, which will include a number of creators attending thanks to support from Festival patron Sean Phillips: artists Mack Chater, Paul Harrison Davies, Emma G, Emmainky, Michael Kennedy,Roger Langridge, Joe Latham, Angela Pan, writer John Harris Dunning and the team behind the graphic novel Square Eyes, Anna Mills and Luke Jones.
In other news, the Festival has confirmed that it will host the presentation of this year’s Sergio Aragonés International Award For Excellence In Comic Art to Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard. His win was announced at the Reubens Awards, held recently at the inaugural NCSFest in Huntington Beach, California. The Lakes Festival is a partner of NCSFest, with Lyon BD.
• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns to Kendal at various venues across the town 11th – 13th October 2019
• Tickets for the 2019 Festival are on Sale Now at www.comicartfestival.com/buy-tickets