Brewery Arts Centre

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival


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This year there are themes and different styles of events. The workshops have designated age criteria - the later speak for themselves but we thought useful to briefly explain the themes and styles.


Konnichiwa Japan = This is the beginning (hence Konnichiwa which means welcome or hello) of a long term strand to the festival celebrating and exploring Japanese culture in comics and related art forms. It will take an all round approach so will feature Japanese creators working in the UK, Japanese creators working in other parts of the world including Japan of course and UK creators drawing on Japanese culture.
Therefore it will feature manga but will go much further and wider and it will feature across the range of festival elements including exhibitions, film etc.

The Great War in Comics = To commemorate the centenary of WW1 and likely to have some presence in the festival over coming years although not yet confirmed.

Just for laughs = Looking at all things humour in comics from political satire to the absurd and down-right daft.

Vive la France = Like the Japanese strand this is a long term focus recognising France as the leading producing comic nation in Europe and second in the world to Japan. Celebrating both the creators and the publishers.

Lost in Space = It is the main theme for the family zone but features in other parts of the festival with specific focus on the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in comics but going to infinity and  beyond (ho! Ho!)

Style of Events: There will be signings and sketching after each event as appropriate.

Watch them Draw = 1 hour long, with one or more creators drawing live projected onto a large screen so the audience can see the detail and technique of each individual artist. Drawing is approx 40 mins with, where appropriate, gentle questioning by a presenter and/or gentle background music with questions and answers at the end

Meet the Creators = In-depth interview with images (sometimes a little bit of live draw but not in screen one) followed by Q & A. A chance to find out about the life and work, inspiration and influences and current and future projects.

Presentation = Event led by the creator with special pre-prepared presentation and an opportunity for Q & A.

Film + artist = Film introduced by the comic book creator discussing transfer from page to screen or by an expert of the genre (e.g. Ilya and The Wind Rises).

Panel Discussion = Not an unstructured panel event! But a pre structured panel event enabling each member to be featured before a debate or discussion is initiated and accompanied by examples of work. Followed by Q & A and on a subject/genre.

Workshops = are participatory

Masterclasses = more presentational but with interactivity.