A Caledonian Flavour To This Year’s LICAF
♦ Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival has played host to creators of many nations – and this year, the Scots will be among the nations in the spotlight over the Festival weekend in October…
The weekend-long Festival will give visitors the chance to meet and greet some of Scotland’s best-known comic creators (including those of proud Scottish ancestry), such as Superman artist Frank Quitely, Judge Dredd and Star Wars artist Cam Kennedy, veteran Commando and Eagle artist Ian Kennedy, 2000AD writers Alan Grant and John Wagner – as well as meet newcomers and rising stars such as John Ferguson, creator of Scottish superhero Saltire, Monty Nero and the Festival’s youngest guest, Drew Marr.
Also at the event will be Phillip Vaughn, Senior Lecturer in Comic Studies at the University of Dundee and accomplished game designer, comic artist and consultant on this project, He will discuss the rise of Saltire and the politics of national identity with its creator and author, John Ferguson.
Author and comics expert John McShane will also be on hand, on stage interviewing many of the Festival’s international line-up of guests – and the Comics Clock Tower will play host to many talents from north of Hadrian’s Wall.
At the CCT Xtra in the Shakespeare Centre, midway between the Brewery Arts Centre and the Comics Clock Tower, supported by the University of Dundee, the “Scottish Bothy” will be dedicated to bonnie old Scotland and the bothy of creators, established and new, who have made such an impact on the world of comics. These include Gary Erskine, John Ferguson, Ian Kennedy, Cam Kennedy, Frank Quitely, Drew Marr, Robbie Morrison, Monty Nero and comics editor Deborah Tate.
Look out, too, for a Scottish-themed food concession – and some terribly cliched activity!
“Sadly, no bagpipes,” says Festival director Julie Tait, “but at least one well known guest will be wearing a kilt!
“Joking aside, our guests reflect the huge range of talent Scotland has working in the comics industry,” she continues. “We’re honoured to play host to such amazing talents, from ‘old hands’ to so many rising stars.”
• Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, running Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October 2018 in Kendal at various venues across the town, are on sale now from the event’s web site.
• Web: www.comicartfestival.com