Tickets for the first Lakes International Comic Art Festival have gone on sale.
The festival will run from 18-20 October 2013 in Kendal, Cumbria, with an exciting line up of more than 50 writers and artists including some of the biggest names in comic art from the United States, Europe, South America and the UK.
The range of guests highlights the diversity of comics, including biography, political cartoons, comics journalism, satire, superhero comics, comedy, adaptations of historical novels and innovative new story-telling. The eclectic guest list includes festival patrons Bryan and Mary Talbot, Steve Bell, Jo Sacco, Charlie Adlard, David Lloyd, Gilbert Shelton, Hunt Emerson, Carlos Ezquerra, Posy Simmonds, Simon Thorp and Graham Dury. There will be more than 35 events including panel discussions, interviews, live drawing events, films and workshops. As well as the ticketed events, there will be a number of free exhibitions and activities in a special Family Zone.
The Comics Clock Tower will be the festival’s version of the marketplace. Based in Kendal Town Hall, it will champion breaking talent from all styles and genres. Many of the big name writers and artists visiting the festival will also be appearing in the Comics Clock Tower over the weekend.
The organisers also aim to make the whole of Kendal part of the event, like the popular festivals on the continent in places such as Angouleme, so people can expect to find comic art around every corner!
More details about the new event are available at www.comicartfestival.com. It is also possible to keep up to date with plans for the festival by following @comicartfest on Twitter or by liking the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Facebook page.
The Art of Illustration
Chris Beetles Gallery - 18 May until 22 June 2013. Monday - Saturday, 10.00am - 5.30pm.
As a result of the success and popularity of their long-standing annual winter exhibition, ‘The Illustrators: The British Art of Illustration’ from November to January, the Chris Beetles Gallery will now mount an additional summer show of similar range and quality.
Already known as the most significant event worldwide for this area of interest, the new biannual exhibition will continue to present a wealth of British cartoons and illustrations, both classic and contemporary.
Alongside such favourite artists as William Heath Robinson, Ernest Howard Shepard, Ronald Searle, and Mabel Lucie Attwell , the exhibition will include major examples from the golden age of illustration, including a beautiful Richard Doyle, the first great artist in the fairy genre, and a quintessential watercolour by Arthur Rackham of the Rhinemaidens and Siegfried, produced for his masterly edition of Richard Wagner’s The Ring. The tradition continues with an exquisite group of Margaret Tarrant's fairyland.
The exhibition will also provide a further opportunity to view the crisp draughtsmanship of Eric Fraser, following the gallery's significant retrospective of the artist who defined the look of Radio Times.
In addition, there will be a showcase of the rich variety of contemporary illustrators, from such household names as Quentin Blake, John Burningham (who will open the show), Helen Oxenbury and Michael Foreman to the more newly established talents of Amanda Hall, Jane Pinkney and Gillian Tyler. They will be matched by some of the finest living cartoonists and caricaturists, including Peter Brookes, Barry Fantoni and Matt.
The exhibition is not accompanied by a catalogue; however, biographies can be read on the individual artist pages and literature can be bought directly from the gallery's publications page.
Artists in the exhibition include:
Edward Ardizzone • Mabel Lucie Attwell • H M Bateman Quentin Blake • John Burningham • Peter Brookes • Richard Doyle • Barry Fantoni • Michael Foreman • Eric Fraser • Kate Greenaway • Amanda Hall • Florence Harrison • William Hewison • Helen Oxenbury • Matt • Jane Pinkney • Arthur Rackham • William Heath Robinson • Willie Rushton • Ronald Searlehttp • E H Shepard • Ed Sorel • Margaret Tarrant • Gillian Tyler • Lawson Wood
Ralph Steadman is recognised as one of the most important British graphic artists of the last fifty years. He had a long collaboration with the writer Hunter S.Thompson, with whom he worked on numerous illustration projects - most notably providing the illustrations for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - and continued to create beautiful and detailed work after Thompson's death. He also helped to create what has since become known as gonzo journalism.
To celebrate his illustratious career (and his 77th birthday!) the Cartoon Museum is mounting a major exhibition featuring over 100 of his original works. The exhibition explores the full range of his talents, including his earlier published work from 1956, material from Rolling Stone, Punch, Private Eye, the New Statesman and the Observer, as well as his illustrated books Sigmund Freud, Alice In Wonderland Through The Looking Glass, I, Leonardo, The Bid I Am, and Animal Farm. There are atmospheric wine drawings, savage political cartoons, humanitarian pictures, and some of his funny and charming illustrations for children's books. The show also includes examples of the imaginary boids he created for his book Extinct Boids (2012).
The Cartoon Museum is at 35 Little Russell Street, Holborn, London WC1A 2HH, and the exhibition runs from May 1 to July 21, 2013. Prices Ł5, Ł4 (concessions) and Ł3 (students).
A coalition of nearly 1,000 U.S. mayors who support a range of gun-control reforms, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has released a touching animated short that repeats the group's demands for Congress to enact gun-control legislation.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns recruited dozens of the nation's best cartoonists for the short film, which encourages citizens and law-makers to take action to end gun violence in the U.S. The film opens with moving sketches of frightened children and adults, as narrators Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore question how much more violence will occur before politicians take action.
The film is voiced by Philip Seymour-Hoffman and Julianne Moore and features cartoons by Lalo Alcaraz - Bill Amend - Ruben Bolling - Jim Borgman - Steve Brodner - Roz Chast - Jeff Keane - Rick Kirkman - Peter Kuper - Mike Luckovich - David Mazzucchelli - Stephan Pastis - Mike Peters - Lincoln Pierce - Dan Piraro - Ted Rall - Dave Roman - Jerry Scott - Art Spiegelman - Raina Telgemeier - Tom Tomorrow - Garry Trudeau - and Mo Willems.