Last weekend saw the second annual Lakes International Comic Art Festival take place in Kendal. From Friday to Sunday this beautiful little part of the Lake District is laid siege by comic artists and writers from around the world, giving talks and putting on workshops across the town. Unlike your typical comic convention, The Lakes has more in common with a European comic festival and feels all the more wonderful for it.
Hosted by Soaring Penguin’s John Anderson, To End All Wars editors Jonathan Clode and John Stuart Clark presented a talk on the editing process they went through during the development and completion of the book. Il Gatto’s Stuart Richards and Selina Lock, writer of Go Home and Sit Still also took part, discussing their experiences being part of the book. It was a fantastic day that saw TEAW contributors come together for a group signing, many of whom received great compliments from such comic book luminaries as Dave Gibbons, Bryan Talbot and Eddie Campbell. Word on the street was that TEAW was the best selling hardback at the festival, testament to the fine work put in by it’s contributors.
Thanks to Alex Fitch who recorded us for broadcast on Resonance FM and it can be streamed over the coming days from the link below.
The opening night of the festival saw the unveiling of the new comic book charity CLAW (Comics Literacy Awareness) and the unveiling of Dave Gibbons as Britain’s first comics laureate. This is a great move for British comics and is something TEAW will be actively looking to get involved with. Co-editor Jonathan Clode noted his high point of the festival was a young boy who bought a copy of To End All Wars, eagerly getting it signed by everyone and walking off beaming. Just the kind of response books like these need to hopefully inspire future generations of comic creators.
We’ll be taking part in further talks in recent weeks, and in November the exhibition that was running in Machynlleth will be moving up to the Barbican in London. We’ll keep you posted!