Kendal International Comic Art Festival Postcards Reimagine the Lake District

Artists such as Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth have been inspired by the iconic Lake District landscape producing celebrated stories, drawings and poetry. Now a group of internationally acclaimed comic illustrators has provided a modern day view of the Lake District.

Seven postcards have been produced by artists Bill Morrison, Sean Phillips, Dave Gibbons, Bryan Talbot, Jonathan Edwards, Steven Appleby, Sean Phillips and Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre for a series of work titled…

‘Wish You Were Here – postcards from the edge of reality’

My characters Roswell & Julienne Fryes come from the postwar 1940s, an era when people sent “Wish You Were Here!” postcards to their loved ones as a matter of routine whenever they went on trips. I was delighted when the festival folk asked me to participate in this reinvigoration of that vanishing tradition! – Bill Morrison

It's all Hunky-Dory in Cumbria by Bill Morrison
It’s all Hunky-Dory in Cumbria by Bill Morrison

The leading illustrators have donated all the artwork to support The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF), which is not for profit and the charity Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw).

Bring Me Sunshine by Sean Phillips
Bring Me Sunshine by Sean Phillips

The original artwork will be auctioned in London on November 24 as part of a bigger auction of comic art. The proceeds from the postcard auction will go to CLAw – whose mission is to dramatically improve the literacy of children through the medium of comics and graphic novels.

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I was delighted to take part in a project with such a great group of artists and have the opportunity to reinterpret such iconic scenery. – Jonathan Edwards

Castlerigg Day Out by Jonathan Edwards
Castlerigg Day Out by Jonathan Edwards

Steven Appleby, an absurdist creator of comic strips for newspapers including The Guardian and The Times, said that his postcard was inspired by Arthur Ransome’s much-loved book Swallows and Amazons.

My postcard is a thank you to Arthur Ransom for the pleasure and inspiration his Swallows and Amazons books gave me when I was growing up. I got lost in the books as a child and have reread them many times since. They made me aware for the first time that it’s possible to rename and reimagine the world – and then step into it. – Steven Appleby

Visit the Lakes of the Imagination by Steven Appleby
Visit the Lakes of the Imagination by Steven Appleby

The first comics laureate, Dave Gibbons, best known as artist of The Watchmen, has also contributed. Gibbons is a critically acclaimed graphic novelist who has worked on 2000AD and Doctor Who and was appointed comics laureate by CLAw.

Who, in the whole universe, wouldn’t want to spend some time in the Lake District? – Dave Gibbons

All Your Lake Are Belong To Us by Dave Gibbons
All Your Lake Are Belong To Us by Dave Gibbons

 

Many of the artists will be attending The Lakes International Comic Art Festival – the only festival of its kind in the UK. Modeled on European-style festivals, it takes over the whole town of Kendal for a weekend with events, talks, cinema, live draws, exhibitions, a family zone, marketplace and the chance to see these leading comic creators at work.

A great set of postcards by a great group of artists. An instant collectors’ item! – Bryan Talbot

The Shooting Party by Bryan Talbot
The Shooting Party by Bryan Talbot

The festival celebrates the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic fans and generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.

The Festival brings together internationally renowned comic artists in a world class landscape hoping to inspire future generations of creators and readers. The postcard project, in a snapshot, aims to show the versatility and accessibility of comic art. – Director of LICAF, Julie Tait

Traditional Pug-Bathing at Friar's Crag by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
Traditional Pug-Bathing at Friar’s Crag by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival takes place in Kendal from 16 – 18 October 2015

View the LICAF Programme 2015

To enjoy this Lakes cultural event and much more, book your break in the Lake District here