New Supporters Added To The Lakes
Ahead of its first guest announcement including both British and international guests, and the reveal of this year’s Festival artwork by Dave McKean, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce two new patrons have joined its team…
Award-winning Transmedia creator, producer, filmmaker, and storyteller Yomi Ayeni and comic creator Kate Charlesworth, author of the widely-acclaimed and award-nominated graphic memoir and history of LGBT comics, Sensible Footwear, are both longtime supporters of the Festival.
They join existing patrons, comic artist Charlie Adlard, incoming Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland, comic artist Sean Phillips, cartoonist Zoom Rockman and comic writer and artist Bryan Talbot and comic writer Mary Talbot, the latter integral to the founding of the project back in 2013.
Festival patrons provide valued advice and support to the Festival’s organising team, alongside the Festival Board, whose line-up includes Lancaster University lecturer, marketing expert and councillor Helen Chaffey, artistic director Patric Gilchrist, academic and TV producer Peter Kessler (author of The Complete Guide to Asterix), barrister and president of Magdalen College at Oxford University Dinah Rose, librarian and literacy expert Gemma Sosonowsky, and comics academic Maheen Murtaza, who is also the programmer of LICAF’s new anime festival which will now launch in 2021.
“I am humbled by this amazing opportunity,” says Yomi Ayeni of his new role, a comic creator perhaps best known for the award-winning Clockwork Watch project, a retro-futurist story told across graphic novels, interactive theatre, online, and film. “It’s an honour to join such an esteemed group.”
“I was thrilled to be invited to join the fabulous band of LICAF patrons,” says Kate Charlesworth. “What an honour!
“As a kid I loved comics,” she continues. “Dudley D Watkins, the Bash Street Kids, Giles, St Trinian’s, Curt Swan’s Superman, and the rest, seemingly hard-wired into my brain on first contact. A happy underpinning for an unplanned career of illustrating, cartooning, and comics.
“The Lakes hit the ground running in 2013, never failing to surprise with its breadth of content, invention and rollcall of guests. A wonderfully inclusive gathering of the clan – creators, publishers, booksellers – and readers. And new things to see and hear at every turn; new people to meet and learn from.
“Quite something for those of us who, basically, spend their lives in their room… Thank you, LICAF. I love it!”
“We’re delighted to have Kate and Yomi join our existing patrons, who are vital to the Festival and its expanding year-round comic creator-focused projects,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “All our patrons provide welcome input and advice on our advance planning, be it our October Festival program, international partnerships or new ways to nurture diverse young comics talent.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is currently preparing for its eagerly anticipated return to a physical event in Kendal over the weekend of 15th – 17th October, with an international guest line up planned.
Award-winning artist Dave McKean is providing this year’s Festival art, which will be revealed soon.
• Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2021: 15th – 17th October 2021
• Kate Charlesworth is online at www.katecharlesworth.com
• For more about the LICAF Board visit comicartfestival.com/licaf-board
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