The first Lakes Comic Art Festival ran “like a well oiled machine”. Reviews

“One day all comic book shows will be like this”.
Comics Clock TowerHere are some post-festival articles welling with enthusiasm for the weekend, though Dan Smith, writing for Huffington Post, laments the lack of a female “underground legend”. He evidently wasn’t in the packed library audience for the talk by Trina Robbins.

North-West Evening Mail

Garry Gray at Bleeding Cool

Dan Smith at Huffington Post

Jeremy Briggs at downthetubes.net

Jean-Paul Malone at The Slow Bullet (Added on 27th October)

Laura Sneddon at The Beat (Added on 29th October)

Will Trina write about it in her blog when she’s back home in San Francisco? I hope so!

And the next festival is in preparation! The splendid Julie Tait and her heroic team have already started organising, with the dates set for 17th – 19th October 2014.

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Photographs courtesy of Kate Charlesworth and Dianne Barry.

A weekend at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Lakes fest 1What an amazing weekend it was over in Kendal! Not even the rain could dampen our spirits. What were the high points for me? It’s hard to say. It was wonderful to catch up with Trina Robbins and Steve Leialoha. It was a great pleasure to spend time with Joe Sacco and Amalie. Great getting to know José Muñoz and Fiorella, who we even got to take home with us afterwards! There were so many stimulating talks and presentations – I just wish I could have attended more of them, but there were so many lovely people to talk to as well.

Lakes fest 2I particularly enjoyed doing the Sally Heathcote, Suffragette presentation with Bryan and Kate. The audience in the library did too, I think! It’s the first time we’ve talked about Sally Lakes fest 3publicly, as a creative team.

Overall, just hanging out with so many comics creators and enthusiasts for a weekend was a delight. Thanks to the people of Kendal! Hurrah for the organisers of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and all its sponsors!

DSC00108Here’s some pre-festival coverage in The Guardian. Laura Sneddon gives women writers and artists more-than-equal billing, which is, to say the least, unusual! The BBC news website for England also gave the festival some great coverage on the day it began.

Photographs by courtesy of Kate Charlesworth and Dianne Barry.

Dan Franklin and Posy Simmonds seemed to enjoy the desserts

Dan Franklin and Posy Simmonds seemed to enjoy the desserts

Kate Charlesworth finally met Dan Franklin, our publisher for Sally Heathcote, Suffragette

Kate Charlesworth finally met Dan Franklin, our publisher for Sally Heathcote, Suffragette

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