Young people throughout Cumbria are being encouraged to unleash their artistic talents with a competition linked to a new festival in the county celebrating comic art.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, which takes place for the first time this year in Kendal from October 18 to 20, is calling on all young budding artists and comic fans to show off their creative flair and story-telling imagination for a chance to win some fantastic prizes from GAME, Dark Horse Comics and Derwent Pencils.
Anyone who attends a school or college in Cumbria is eligible to take part. There will be prizes for 13 different age categories (one for each ‘school year’), including books supplied by Dark Horse Comics and sketching and watercolour kits from Derwent Pencils, as well as games consoles, provided by GAME, festival posters and T-shirts for the best two overall artists. All category winners will also have their work displayed as part of the festival.
Julie Tait, Festival Director, said: “Comic art is becoming increasingly popular and recognised as a serious form of art and literature in its own right.
“The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is being held to both recognise and celebrate this art form and we want to give young people across the county the chance to get involved.
“Comics can really help with the development of literacy and artistic skills for young people. This competition provides a great opportunity for young Cumbrian’s to unleash their talent for drawing and storytelling, as well as the chance to win great prizes provided by GAME.”
Entries must produce an original piece of comic art which is between four and 20 panels in length. They must be submitted electronically as a jpeg to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1.
Prizes will be given out during the Lakes international Comic Art festival. Judges are the festival’s founder patrons Sean Phillips, Bryan and Mary Talbot, who recently picked up the 2012 Costa Biography Award, and Hannah Berry, author of graphic novels Adamtine and Britten and Brulightly.
Dave Howard, Stores Director at GAME said: “Gaming and comics are really closely linked, We know gamers love comics and the comic book style – and comic-book adaptations have been huge hits in the gaming world.
“Right now we’re seeing a lot of excitement for the DC release of Injustice: Gods Amongst Us and it’s clear that comic art has had a big impact in the gaming world – and we think that’s set to grow. We can’t wait to see what the talented artists of Cumbria come up with for this great competition!”
Students from Kendal College will also be creating a special poster for the festival, which businesses around the town will be able to display to show their support for the event.
Matt Burke from Kendal College said: “The College is very proud to be a founder partner of the event, and really switched on to being able to celebrate this important arts ‘sub culture’ with the local and international audiences that it will undoubtedly attract.
“Involving young people in a competition for all ages and abilities within our schools and colleges is a great starting point in making the festival community-focused, and we’re really looking forward to seeing some fantastic creative work develop from it.”
Guests at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival will include Luke Pearson, the author of the Hilda series of books, Posy Simmonds and Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.
More details about the new event are available at http://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.