Lakes International Comic Arts Festival Breakthrough Project Highlights Marginalised Voices in Comics

Breakthrough Projects

The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival (LICAF) and Soaring Penguin Press are pleased to announce the launch of Breakthrough: Our Time, the graphic novel anthology culmination of an 18-month initiative. Instigated by LICAF in October 2018 and supported by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust Fellowship, the mentoring program was facilitated by Tim Pilcher and Julie and Carole Tait…

Breakthrough: Our Time showcases some of the newest and most exciting talents emerging in British comics today, a collection of diverse and disparate comic creators revealing the myriad of voices and experiences across contemporary Britain. The included strips deal with prejudices around disabilities; offer fantastical takes on climate change activism; explore mental health issues in a multicultural society; and romance in a post-Brexit world.

Each story not only provides a unique perspective, but is illustrated with distinctive and accomplished artwork, giving a fascinating insight to four very different points of view. Heart-breaking, enraging, illuminating, amusing, and impassioned, Breakthrough: Our Time thoroughly entertains while challenging perceived beliefs.

The first story, Assumptions, by up-and-coming poet Hannah Hodgson (and illustrated by Michael Lightfoot) deals with her issues with the general population’s ignorance around disability, in sometimes shocking ways.

This is followed up with Worri & Vort by Abbigayle Birchman, a fantasy allegory of the Extinction Rebellion movement, drawn in an animation style.

Danny Christie’s deeply personal Black Window explores racism in Britain over the past 40 years, touching on themes recently discussed in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe films.

Finally, Looking for Love in Brexit Britain is part-subversion of classic Romance comics tropes and part-political and social satire, “But ultimately, it’s a heartfelt plea that we respect diversity of thought and freedom of speech,” explained creator Michael Lightfoot.

“Having never worked professionally with an editor before, and in some cases, never even produced comics, I was incredibly impressed with the tenacity and dedication of Hannah, Abbi, Danny and Michael and, perhaps even more importantly, the quality of their work. These are comic creators with futures ahead of them.” said Editor/Co-Publisher Tim Pilcher.

Soaring Penguin Press Co-Publisher, John Anderson, concurred, “Breakthrough: Our Time continues and reinforces our mandate to publish voices that should be heard, and stories that should be read. We’re delighted to introduce these four powerful storytellers to the world, and look forward to seeing what they do next.”

“It was a privilege to work with four talented creators and Soaring Penguin Press, and to see such an impressive and thought-provoking outcome,” said Julie Tait, LICAF’s Artistic Director.

Breakthrough: Our Time features a cover by John McCrea (HitmanThe Boys: Herogasm), and a foreword by Dave Gibbons (WatchmenThe Originals), who also guest-mentored the creators.

AVAILABLE IN PRINT

• Breakthrough: Our Time is available to purchase online at:

www.soaringpenguinpress.com/product/breakthrough-initiative-our-time and at all good comic and bookshops

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY

Breakthrough: Our Time is also available on Comixology: www.comixology.co.uk/Breakthrough-Our-Time-Vol-1/digital-comic/906210 and on the Nintendo Switch at Inky Pen: https://inky-pen.com

Breakthrough: Our Time

Creators: Hannah Hodgson, Abbigayle Bircham, Danny Christie, Michael Lightfoot
Format: 136pp, Full colour hardback
RRP: £18.99 /$49.95
ISBN: 978-1-908030-38-2

Abbigayle Bircham, creator of Worri & Vort
Worri & Vort by Abbigayle Birchman

Hannah Hodgson, creator of Assumptions, illustrated by Michael Lightfoot
Black Window by Danny Christie
Danny Christie, creator of Black Window

Michael Lightfoot, creator of Looking for Love in Brexit Britain

More about the Breakthrough Initiative at: https://www.comicartfestival.com/project/breakthrough

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Breakthrough Projects The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival (LICAF) and Soaring Penguin Press are pleased to announce the launch of Breakthrough: Our Time, the graphic novel anthology culmination of an 18-month initiative. Instigated by LICAF in October 2018 and supported by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust Fellowship, the mentoring program was facilitated by Tim Pilcher and Julie and Carole Tait… Breakthrough: Our
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