Back after a long weekend at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival which, I have to say, was a whole heap of fun. I’m exhausted, but it was such a lovely event held up in the town of Kendal and run by an incredible team of volunteers. I managed to take a few photos here and there…
Things kicked off on the Friday with a little confusion, I feel like this event is still finding its footing with it’s organisation, but after a few trips between the different locations I managed to get all of my passes and info. After that I went to the brilliant and inspiring talk by Scott McCloud, and had a brief chat with him afterwards. He’s so lovely and supportive! Can’t wait to get some pages of Marie! finished so I can actually show him what I was talking about haha.
After that it was off to the delightful Page 45 party! They’ve been going for 20 years now, whoa! Many congrats to Stephen and the gang. Now I have to admit, I always try to spend time at these parties during events but usually chicken out and go to bed - I’m notorious for it at Thoughtbubble. But I managed to stick around at this one to hang out with lots of amazing people, including; Stephen himself who gave me so many hugs over the weekend, Paul Duffield and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Dan Berry and his tiny bottles of whiskey, Emma Vieceli and her lovely husband Andrew (we ended up playing many “Just who IS that?” games over the night and discussing the differences between Dragon Age and Mass Effect… SHUT UP IT WAS FUN), Jessica Martin and Mark Buckingham (and his super chill wife Irma) both of whom looked after me and keep reminding me that yes, I really DID win that competition back in May… oh yeah and lastly before I left John Aggs, who has always been a super supportive friend :) Thank you all for putting up with my late night awkwardness! It was loads of fun.
Somehow I got up the next day to do my workshop first thing in the morning on Crafting a Story (snapped a few pics above) and it went great. Really enjoyed helping the kids and their mums get to grips with generating ideas and applying those ideas to comic scripts specifically. It was hilarious seeing their inventive scripts (and even more so their faces when I told them they’d be drawing each others stories, not their own bwahaha!). One in particular was my favourite, by a boy called Jordan (if I remember correctly), who started with the phrase “A black/white figure is in whiteness? I dunno…”
Kid’s gonna be the next Tite Kubo!
The rest of the weekend whizzed by in a bit of an exciting haze - I went to some more talks and in the afternoons I sold a few copies of Cafe Suada in the Page 45 room - it was a lovely room to be in as during the quiet times I got to chat to awesome table buddies Donya Todd, Jack Teagle, Joe List, Lizz Lunney and Fumio Obata, along with the rest of the 24 Hour Comics team. Gosh, you’re all amazing and nice and talented and I felt super welcome ;u; I also by happy accident ended up having dinner with most of the Myriad gang on Saturday - I now feel like a really am part of the gang too haha. Can’t wait to have my book alongside all of yours!
I guess I’ve rambled on long enough, but suffice to say even though it wasn’t a hugely profitable weekend, it was still fucking incredible. The atmosphere of the whole town was so creative and friendly, the volunteers all worked so hard to keep us all informed (and hydrated!). And it was my first event as an official guest, so I want to say a big thank you to the LICAF team, it was an honour and you took great care of me!
I also want to say thanks to Woodrow Phoenix and Scott McCloud because you two and your talks have really inspired me to push the boat out just that little further on Marie! to make it the best it can be.
*Rolls up sleeves* Let’s get to work!
P.s. Shoutout to Sammy Borras and Sarah Fogg - I should have warned you guys that if either of you mentioned sports anime I was going to be gushing about them for the entire 3 hour train ride ahaha.
See you all next weekend, when I’ll be getting exhausted all over again at MCM London Comic Con!
EDIT: This is the problem with lists, there’s always a name or two you forget to mention. Kate Holden it was so nice hanging out with you for longer than a few minutes for once, and laughing about the weird changes in shonen manga over the years lol…
Anyone else I forgot hehe?