The festival events programme is now online and tickets for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival are now on sale. More guests have been announced, joining an already star-studded line-up for the in-person weekend long celebration of comics in Kendal, Cumbria, running 15th – 17th October 2021.

The full festival events programme can be seen here

Guests just announced, appearing either in person or by livestream, include Roger Beley Alonzo, Director of the Congolese Comic Strip Center and President of the National Comic Strip Union of Congo, French artist Boulet, Italian comic creators Manuele Fior and LeomacsMegg & Mogg creator Simon Hanselmann, American editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich, French writer and artist Jul Maroh, the author and illustrator of a dozen graphic novels Vojtěch Mašek, self-described “potty humour specialist” Kate Prior, and Canadian/British cartoonist, comics educator and podcaster Matt Smith, Pulitzer-prize winning American editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes, the VIZ comic team, and TV producer, director, writer Miles Ross, the man who brought VIZ to the small screen.

Also on the guest list is illustrator, public artist and lecturer Oliver East, who will be launching his new comic, You Can’t Draw the Same Tree Twice, a commission by LICAF, The Finnish Institute and Helsinki Comic Festival. Oliver will also be presenting Blocks, a collection of architecture comics made during the nationally mandated daily exercise throughout lockdown, and Ill Architecture, a collection of independent public art.

Also joining the Festival from Beijing will be leading Chinese comic creator Wang Ning, for the worldwide launch of his anthology My Only Child, a co-commission by LICAF and Fanfare UK – the first global publication of a beautiful yet harrowing set of real-life stories exposing the human impact of the world’s most extreme programme of population control.

These guests and more join the truly international line-up that also includes Charlie Adlard, Steven Appleby, Maria Björklund, Neill Cameron, Kate Charlesworth, Darryl Cunningham, Marc Jackson, Ziki Nelson, Jacob Phillips, David Roach, Greg Rucka, Lucy Sullivan and Clarice Tudor.

The Festival offers a diverse, international line-up of guests, complementing its international and research projects work as part of the Comic Art Europe project, among others.

Image: Comic Jeff Lemire

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