Man Who Laughs competition

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is offering two people the chance to win a copy of The Man Who Laughs which was published by Selfmadehero in April.

TMWL CoverThe book was written by Victor Hugo and has been adapted by festival guest David Hine, with artwork by Mark Stafford. It follows the story of Gwynplaine, the two-year-old heir of a rebel lord.

The child is abducted upon the orders of a vindictive monarch, who instructs that he is to be mutilated (to produce a permanent, grisly smile), and then abandoned.

Hugo’s novel is described as ‘impassioned, outrageous and bizarre’.

As David Hine writes in his afterword to the adaptation, it is also the inspiration behind The Joker in Batman, and has ‘left an indelible mark upon modern popular culture’.

The Man Who Laughs_MEDIA_89Hine says: ‘When Heath Ledger’s Joker says “Let’s put a smile on that face” in the movie The Dark Knight it’s a twisted version of Victor Hugo’s Gwynplaine who is speaking.

‘In 1940, when Jerry Robinson, Bob Kane and Bill Finger were working on the first issue of the Batman comic, they saw a poster featuring Conrad Veidt in the 1928 movie of The Man Who Laughs and the image inspired them to create the Joker as Batman’s nemesis.’

Mark Stafford’s artwork is stunning. In his afterward to the book, Hine writes: ‘There aren’t many artists who could capture the grotesque aspects of the story and also convey the humanity of the characters and the black humour and irony of Hugo’s prose.’

To win one of the books simply tell us the name of the actor who played The Joker in the 1989 Batman film directed by Tim Burton. The closing date is 12.00 on Friday 10 May.

Send your answers together with your name, email address, phone number and postal address to Please also put MAN WHO LAUGHS COMPETITION in the subject box of the email.

The winner will be drawn at random after the closing date.

Please note that we may send you information about The Lakes International Comic Art Festival by email but otherwise your contact details will not be used for any other purpose.

Terms and conditions

1. Introduction

1.1 Entry and participation in any draw shall be deemed an unconditional acceptance by you of these Terms. All entry instructions and any other specific details relating to the draw or the prizes form part of these Terms.

1.2 These Terms shall be governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

2. Eligibility

2.1 You must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Organisers of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival or any other persons directly or indirectly connected with the draw are not eligible to enter.

2.2 You must provide personal details as reasonably requested to do so. Refusal to comply will result in disqualification from the contest.

2.3 All decisions of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will be final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.

3. Prizes

3.1 Two graphic novels.

3.2 The winners will be drawn at random by The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

3.3 The winners will be notified by email or phone within 7 days of the closing date. If a selected winner does not respond to contact made by the Promoter within 14 days of the initial notification date, that person’s claim to the prize will be forfeited and the Promoter reserves the right to award the prize to a substitute winner.

3.4 Where a winner chooses not to accept a prize, they forfeit any and all claims to that prize, which will be dealt with at the absolute discretion of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

3.5 Prizes are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.

4. Publicity

4.1 The Lakes International Comic Art Festival may promote or advertise that a winner has won a contest.


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