Sergio Aragonés To Announce Inaugural Winner of International Award for Excellence in Comic Art At LICAF

Sergio Aragonés To Announce Inaugural Winner of International Award for Excellence in Comic Art At LICAF

World’s Fastest Cartoonist To Make An Appearance At The Lakes Comics Festival In October

Sergio Aragonés, the world’s fastest cartoonist, will be making a rare appearance as part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (13th – 15th October in Kendal, Cumbria)…

One of the most famous and influential living cartoonists, Sergio, perhaps best known for his work on MAD Magazine, is world renowned for his fast and witty cartooning style. He has won every major award in the field, including the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award, and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award.

Sergio will be announcing the first ever recipient of The Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art as part of the festival opening night on Friday 13th October. The new award has been established by The National Cartoonists Society, in partnership with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. This honour will be presented annually at the festival to an exceptional comic artist, animator, or cartoonist.

Julie Tait, Director of the Lakes Festival said: “It is an incredible honour to welcome Sergio Aragonés to the UK and to be creating a new international award in his name.

“Sergio is an icon and inspiration to cartoonists across the world. Our festival aims to be truly international, to celebrate all genres of comic art and to encourage people to recognise comics as representing great art for everyone. This new award is a major new step towards our goal and we are extremely honoured and grateful to the National Cartoonist Society for this opportunity”.

Sergio Aragonés said: “As a US based cartoonist for MAD Magazine and also my own comic books I have had the opportunity to travel to many countries and to meet so many wonderful cartoonists and comic artists. I am very pleased and proud that this new award will recognise the accomplishments of the best cartoonists in our profession, not only from North America but from the entire world.”

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns for its fifth year to Kendal, Cumbria, from 13th to 15th October 2017. Celebrating comic art from across the world, the weekend festival takes over the town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District.

The festival brings the biggest names in comic art to Cumbria with over 70 special guests from across the comic world. This year, artists, creators and writers from Japan, the US, Canada, Australia, Finland, as well as European comic creators will take part in the festival.

Sergio will also be showcasing his speed and cartooning talent as part of the opening night event ‘Quick on the draw’ (Friday, 13 October, 7:30pm) – an evening of spectacular live drawing featuring some of the world’s fastest and funniest cartoonists. The evening will feature superstars from the USA’s cartooning scene – Luke McGarry, Rick Stromoski and Tom Richmond, with the evening MC’ed by Steve McGarry.

• The full programme of events is now live on the Festival web site, along with details about its new Weekend Pass.

Buy your tickets for the fifth Lakes International Comic Art Festival here


About Sergio Aragones

Born in 1937 in Castellon, Spain, Sergio now lives and works in Ojai, California. His professional career started in Mexico at the age of 17 but he is most famous for his work on Mad Magazineafter he arrived in New York. Sergio’s first contribution, “A Mad Look at the US Space Effort”, appeared in Mad #76. His work has since appeared in every issue of Mad except for one, due to a post office error.

In the early 1980s, Sergio teamed with wordsmith Mark Evanier to bring forth the adventures of Groo the Wanderer. Sergio and Mark have also produced many other comics, including Fanboy, Sergio Aragonés Massacres Marvel, Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC, and Sergio Aragonés Stomps Star Wars. For their comic book work, they have received multiple Eisner awards.

His artwork has appeared on hundreds of adverts and editorial features and his animation has been featured on numerous TV shows.


About The Lakes International Comics Arts Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking place in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District in the North West of the country, 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.

This year, the Lakes Festival is moving to a pass system for the festival. The main events programme will be exclusive to pass-holders, there will be exclusive guest-related goodies and a fancy wristband identifying you as a festival supporter.


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