Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Category: Events Posted: October 21st, 2013
Spent a very enjoyable Saturday in Kendal for what was the very first International Comic Art Festival, with lots of comics from established artists as well as new people on the scene for sale and to admire. As I was nursing a mother of a hangover I very regretfully missed the first event I had booked to see- Guardian political cartoonist Steve Bell. From all accounts he gave a very funny and informative account of the absurd behaviour he’s witnessed within British political parties. Did get to see a Sean Phillips talking about how he started and his working practices, followed by the highlight of the day for me, seeing two of my favourite cartoonists, Gilbert Shelton and Hunt Emerson discussing their work and influences. I couldn’t resist asking Hunt a question about the influence of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat on his style and got a very detailed response with even Gilbert piping in on how he saw Herriman’s work in the New York Metropolitan Art Museum and was amazed this was regarded as art! Then waited for over an hour to get books signed by both- they drew cartoons for everyone who waited which was a nice touch. . .I hope they manage to hold it again next year and get appearances from other big names. Who knows, Robert Crumb? Chris Ware? Also picked up a beautifully drawn comic in the vein of the classic Tintins called The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing- a ripping yarn with detailed, historically researched artwork, really something else!