On the 19th and 20th October, Great Beast will be exhibiting at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in picturesque Kendal, Yorkshire. We will have ALL our titles for sale and Adam Cadwell and Marc Ellerby will be in attendance to sign and doodle in/all over their comics. Great Beast’s latest members Isabel Greenberg and Dan Berry will also be there doing events on the Sunday, Dan is running a storytelling workshop at 11am and Isabel will be drawing live with Hannah Berry at 12:30.
We were very happy to be among those invited to attend the first year of The Lakes as their emphasis is on “writers, artists and publishers who are pioneers of a new wave of innovators in the field of comics and graphic storytelling.” Which is nice.
The Lakes is organised like a European comic festival (specifically Angoulême) in that it will take over the town of Kendal for the weekend. The emphasis is not solely on the comic show but on all the talks, workshops, live drawing events, films and exhibitions happening all over the town.
The comic show element, which is where we’ll be, is called Comics Clock Tower named after the prominent feature of Kendal Town Hall where the event is held. It is open 10:30am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sunday. Tickets are £3.50 for a day or entry is FREE if you by a weekend pass for either £15 or £25, which will also get you entry to 2 or 4 daytime events (excluding workshops) respectively. Tickets can be bought in advance online via the Brewery Arts Centre or by phone on 01539 725133.
We’ll be joined in the Comics Clock Tower by such names as Kristyna Baczynski, Emma Vieceli, Kate Ashwin, Garen Ewing, Andrew Tunney, Mark D Penman, Andy Poyiadgi and Terry Wiley and publishers like Self Made Hero, NoBrow, Cinebook and Knockabout and loads more.
Good friend of Great Beast John Allison will also be there AND he’s holding a Portfolio Review in Comics Clock Tower on the Saturday from 3-5pm. It’s 15 minutes of supreme wisdom per person and you can book a place by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is more than 50 events going on over the weekend with names like Sean Phillips, Ed Brubaker (“his first ever appearance at a UK comic art event”), Bryan and Mary Talbot, Posy Simmonds, Joe Sacco, Hunt Emerson, Duncan Fegredo, John Wagner, Charlie Adlard, Kurt Busiek, Andy Diggle, Glyn Dillon, Stephen Collins, Rob Davis, Ian Culbard, Luke Pearson, Jon McNaught, Karrie Fransman, Hannah Berry and more.
Many of the featured guests like Brubaker, Phillips, Wagner, Fegredo, Adlard and the Talbots will be signing their work in the Comics Clock Tower as well. Check here for the schedule.
There’s film screenings of Dredd 3D (and short fan film Judge Minty) with John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra, A History of Violence with John Wagner, Tamara Drew with Posy Simmonds, V for Vendetta with David Lloyd, plus Oldboy, Sin City, The Crow and many more. Most of the events take place at the Brewery Arts Centre and The Box at Kendal College. Check the programme for the full line up.
Basically, it sounds like an amazing place to spend the weekend if you a fan of, or intrigued by, comics. We’re kind of sad we’ll be behind a table all weekend to be honest, although we’ll certainly make it to the evening events (free boozy-booze!). We hope to see you there.