The Lakes (LICAF)
I have have to do this blog in several parts as there is so much to say! I cannot believe that this was the first Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, the whole event felt so established and organised, it really was an extraordinary weekend and highly recommended. It was jam packed with talks and screenings, workshops and signings all celebrating the medium of.....comics!
There really was something for everyone at this festival, The Brewery Arts Centre was one of the main places I frequented with a huge array of speakers, but there were other things happening all over this town!
There was a Comics Family Zone in the shopping centre with drop-in sessions and workshops with the artists from The Phoenix Comic and a pop up shop and activities from The Beano.
There were lots of creators to be found inside the comics Clock Tower. It was a great chance to meet artists and get a few sketches.
Corinne Pearlman, creative director at Myriad Editions and Nicola Streeten, co-creator of Laydeez do Comics and author of Billy, Me and You on Saturday morning.
Gareth Brookes with his brilliantly disturbing book The Black Project he was also selling prints.
I finally got to meet Kristyna Baczynski, I've been seeing her artwork everywhere and love it!
Shane Chebsey, publisher at Scar Comics.
Last but not least, Tony Bennett the legend, from Knockabout Comics.
Stay tuned for part 2, where Steve Bell discusses Margaret Thatcher's mad eyes.