Ian Rankin And John Wagner In First Round Of Guests For LICAF
♦ The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has just announced the first of its guests for its Festival weekend taking place in Kendal up in Cumbria (12th – 14th October 2018).
First to be announced are British guests Yomi Ayeni, Ottilie Hainsworth, Kripa Joshi (who originally hails from Nepal), Rian Hughes, Ian Rankin and John Wagner; Kaisa Leka (from Finland) Victoria Lomasko (from Russia), Mikiko, Orijit Sen (from India); and Guy Delisle and Seth (from Canada).
Two US guests have also been announced so far – writer Joe Kelly and colourist Elizabeth Breitweiser.
Many more guests will be announced in the coming months from the UK and abroad, with an increase in the number of comic creators exhibiting in the Comics Clock Tower and other venues around the Lake District market town of Kendal.
The Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking place in one of the the country’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District, in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, it takes over the whole town for a weekend of comic art. Its aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.
“We’re delighted to announce this first tranche of guests for this year’s Festival,” commented Festival Director Julie Tait.
“With Early Bird tickets on sale, the team here in Kendal, working with our funding partners, both local and national, are gearing up for one of the best weekends of comic happenings in Kendal yet. Not only are we bringing a wide range of both British and international guests to the Lake District, but we’re making huge changes and additions to the programming, with lots happening in our Comics Clock Tower, new venues and much more.”
Yomi Ayeni is an award winning Transmedia creator, producer, filmmaker, and storyteller. His current project, Clockwork Watch, is a retro-futurist Steampunk / Victoriana story told across graphic novels, interactive theatre, online, and film which has, so far, spawned three tangential threads, immersive live events, exhibitions at the Royal Observatory, Scottsdale Civic Library (Arizona), National Maritime Museum, The Asylum in Lincoln, and a fictional online newspaper.
He is one of a few writers engaged in bringing a multicultural slant to the steampunk genre, by exploring Victoriana outside Great Britain.
Elizabeth Breitweiser is a painter and former art teacher turned Eisner and Harvey Award nominated colour artist. She began her funny book career in 2008 working exclusively for Marvel Comics, where she gained recognition for her colours on The Hulk, Captain America and Winter Soldier.
She later joined Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips on their hit series Fatale for Image Comics, and has since gone on to colour many critically acclaimed titles at Image, including: Velvet, The Fade Out, Kill or be Killed and Outcast.
She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her illustrator husband, Mitch Breitweiser, with whom she operates an illustration and creative services business.
Born in Québec City, Canada, in 1966, Guy Delisle now lives in the south of France with his wife and two children. Delisle spent ten years working in animation, which allowed him to learn about movement and drawing. He is best known for his travelogues about life in faraway countries, Burma Chronicles, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Pyongyang, and Shenzhen.
In 2012, Guy Delisle was awarded the Prize for Best Album for the French edition of Jerusalem at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.
Ottilie Hainsworth is an artist and educator living in Brighton, where she runs a course called “Graphic Novels and Real Life Stories”. She studied illustration at Glasgow School of Art, and at the Royal College of Art.
She contributed as artist and writer to Brighton: The Graphic Novel, and draws a full-colour diary of her everyday life. Her first graphic novel, Talking to Gina, was published by Myriad in September 2017.
Rian Hughes studied at the LCP in London before working for an advertising agency, Smash Hits, i-D magazine and a series of record sleeve design companies. Under the name Device he now provides design, custom type and illustration for advertising campaigns, record sleeves, book jackets, graphic novels and television. His first graphic novel was The Science Service for Belgian publisher Magic Strip, published in five languages. This was followed by “Dare” for IPC’s short-lived Revolver, an “iconoclastic revamp of the ’50s comic hero Dan Dare”, written by Grant Morrison.
His strips for 2000AD have been collected in Yesterday’s Tomorrows (“Dare”, “Really and Truly” plus others) and “Tales from Beyond Science” (written by Mark Millar, John Smith and AlanMcKenzie). More recently he wrote and drew a Batman: Black and White tale, contributed to Vertigo: Magenta, designed the map of the DC Multiverse and was reunited with Morrison for two stories in the SF Special issue of Heavy Metal.
From his studio, Device, he has also worked extensively for the British and American comic, publishing, advertising and music industries as designer, typographer and illustrator. Work includes title sequences for “The Box”, poster designs for Tokyo fashion company Jun Co.’s Yellow Boots chain and he has designed many logos for DC, Marvel, Valiant, Image and other comic book companies for titles such as Batman, X-Men, James Bond, Spider-Man and many others. He is the author of numerous books on design and typography, including Logo-a-Gogo, which will be published soon. Other books include Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s and he sets out his memetics manifesto in Cult-ure: Ideas Can Be Dangerous.
Kripa Joshi is the creator of Miss Moti, a plump character who blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Originally from Nepal, she studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts, New York, with a Fulbright scholarship.
In 2016 she started the Miss Moti-vation series, a weekly illustration of Miss Moti with a motivational quote. Miss Moti has been featured in BBC Women’s Hour, BBC Asian Network, the Guardian and other international publications.
Her work has also been exhibited at the House of Illustration, London as part of the Comics Creatrix exhibition, which showcased 100 women in comics.
Besides creating comics and illustrations, Kripa has co-edited the Strumpet, a women’s comic anthology, and conducted workshops for children.
A writer and producer, penciller and editor, Joe Kelly is the creator of the lauded graphic novel I Kill Giants, published by the Man of Action imprint on Image Comics, now a feature film, and whose run on Marvel’s Deadpool is considered an industry standard.
His credits also include Four Eyes, Bad Dog, BANG!TANGO and Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men and DC’s Action Comics and JLA.
As part of Man of Action Entertainment, he’s also is one of the creators of the hit long-running animated series, Ben 10 and one of the creators/executive producers and head writers of the series, as well as the Mega Man series.
Kaisa Leka is a Finnish comics artist and adventurer. Together with her partner Christoffer Leka she publishes autobiographical books about the nature of being. When she’s not drawing she’s usually exploring the world on a bike, but the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
She has been awarded the Finnish Comics Society’s prestigious Puupäähattu prize and several of Kaisa and Christoffer’s books have received design prizes such as Grafia’s Gold Award.
She also regularly contribute comics to several different Finnish magazines, covering topics such as feminism, disability and animal rights.
Victoria Lomasko graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts in 2003, with a degree in graphic art and book design. She now works as a graphic artist with a focus on graphic reportage. Drawing on Russian traditions of documentary graphic art (as practiced during the Siege of Leningrad, in the Gulag, and within the military), Lomasko explores contemporary Russian society, especially the inner workings of the country’s diverse subcultures, such as Russian Orthodox believers, LGBT activists, migrant workers, sex workers, and collective farm workers in the provinces.
Her work has appeared in mainstream print publications in Russia and abroad, and exhibitions in Russia and throughout Europe. Her book Other Russias, a collection of graphic reportages on social themes, was published in the United States. by n+1 and the UK by Penguin.
Lomasko has collaborated extensively with various non-profit human rights organisations on creating materials for publication and has taught workshops in places of incarceration.
She is the co-curator of two long-term art and activism projects: Drawing the Court (with Zlata Ponirovska) and The Feminist Pencil (with Nadia Plungian).
Mikiko is a London based German-Japanese artist working in Comics, Manga, Game Art, TV, teaching and illustration. She began her career in Germany, where she went into publishing straight out of school.
Since 2011 she has been working with Tokyopop Germany, releasing five books in total. Her most well known manga, Crash ‘n’ Burn, has won the prestigious Max und Moritz Preis award in 2016.
Over the years she’s been featured on various TV shows, such as J-mag (as a presenter) and Tigerentenclub, a German children’s show, which runs on national television.
Today, she’s mainly known for her work online, especially her slice-of-life webcomic, Miki’s Mini Comics, which has gained her a huge online following and attracted 3.6 million clicks on her online gallery over the years.
In 2017, she kickstarted the project as a printed book, with huge success.
Ian Rankin writes the bestselling Inspector Rebus novels. He also wrote a Hellblazer stand-alone for Vertigo (Dark Entries) and a script for one issue of Mark Millar’s comic CLINT.
Most recently, he has been working with artist Sean Phillips on a story for the 14-18 NOW Traces of the Great War international comic anthology, announced recently.
Orijit Sen is a graphic artist, cartoonist and designer based in New Delhi, India. He studied graphic design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.
He is a co-founder of People Tree – a collaborative studio and store for artists, designers and craftspeople that has grown, since its inception in 1990, into a widely regarded name associated with the promotion of artisanal innovation, creative community building and social advocacy.
Along with his wife and fellow designer Gurpreet Sidhu, he leads People Tree’s in-house design studios in New Delhi and Goa.
Seth is a Canadian cartoonist who has been producing comic art for over twenty years. His books include It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken; Wimbledon Green; George Sprott, and his ongoing series, Palookaville.
Apart from comics, he is the illustrator for Lemony Snicket’s All the Wrong Questions series. He is the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright.
Seth has exhibited throughout the world in a variety of group and solo shows, including a touring show of his model city of Dominion.
From his home in Guelph, Ontario, he does illustrations for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker. Palookaville 23 is in stores now.
John Wagner is best known for his work for 2000AD, having co-created Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Robo-Hunter and many other memorable characters. His Paradox Press graphic novel A History of Violence is now a major film.
His latest project (with co-writer Alan Grant and artist Dan Cornwell) is Rok of the Reds, the strange and wonderful tale of the world’s first alien footballer, an homage to the comics of their youth.