Friday 14th Oct 7.00pm – 8.15pm
Artists/Guests: Dr Benoît Peeters, Peter Kessler, Leah Moore, Stuart Medley, Graham Dury
Also Featuring: Luke and Steve McGarry Presenter: Hannah Berry Live Draw Beatles or Stones? DC or Marvel? Connery or Moore? Strictly or X Factor?
There are some questions that divide the nation. You cannot sit on the fence. You have to choose.
This is the biggie. In the second half of the twentieth century, Francophone comics culture was dominated by two nerdy little characters: a cub reporter from Belgium with an unlikely quiff, and a pint-sized ancient Gaul with an improbable moustache. Between them they have spawned 60 books, 24 movies, dozens of scholarly works, at least one theme park and an entire art style, ligne claire. Their creators have been deified with honours like the Legion d’Honneur and demonised by being banned from libraries over the years. But the weird thing is: few people like both of them. You’re either an Asterix or a Tintin fan.
For the opening event of LICAF 2016, we’re going to settle this thing for good. We’re bringing together two top teams to slug it out on stage – without the help of a magic potion – and establish which character most deserves that cherished place on your oversized bookshelf.
Putting the case for Tintin is Dr Benoît Peeters, novelist, philosopher, Professor of Comics at Lancaster University, and author of two books on Tintin’s creator, Herge. Holding out gallantly against the oppressors is Peter Kessler, BAFTA award-winning producer and author of ‘The Complete Guide to Asterix’. Joining them live on stage will be Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, comic book writer Leah Moore, Australian comics scholar and creator Stuart Medley and Viz creator Graham Dury. On screen will be a host of comics artists, authors and readers with the ever-popular Hannah Berry acting as referee. To top it all our special festival guests, all the way from Los Angeles, Luke and Steve McGarry, will be bringing their fast-draw cartooning talents to the table illustrating the entire event as it happens.
This opening event is courtesy of Lancaster University to inaugurate and celebrate the appointment of Benoît Peeters as their first Professor of Comics.
And, as if all this wasn’t enough, at the end of the evening we will be revealing who will be the second UK Comics Laureate for 2017 with its first incumbent Dave Gibbons handing over the baton.
Presented by Lancaster University & Supported by Wallonie-Bruxelles International
• For more information about the Lakes International Comic Art Festival – including information on its guests free events, Comics Clock Tower, Family Zone and exhibitions – visit www.comicartfestival.com
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