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Artists chosen for Lakes Festival’s first 24 Hour Comic Marathon: Jeff Smith, Gail Simone join guest list

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival’s chooses not one but two creators for its comics challenge

19th February, 2014, Kendal, Cumbria: The organisers of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival have announced that not one but two artists will be joining its first 24 Hour Comics Marathon alongside five previously-announced comic creators.
They have also announced a number of other guests for the Festival, which takes place 17th – 19th October, including Gail Simone, Dave Gibbons and Jeff Smith.
After putting a call out to the comic creator community for additional team members for its 24 Hour Comic Marathon, the Festival and Marathon Co-ordinator chose Joe Decie and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell to join the team who will aim to create a comic book in a day – which the Festival also hopes to print on the same weekend.

Joe Decie
Joe is the author of The Listening Agent and The Accidental Salad from Blank Slate Books and Pocket Full of Coffee from Retrofit Comics.

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
Warwick has worked with Blank Slate Books, Self Made Hero, The Dandy, The Phoenixand most recently with Titan Comics on Solid State Tank Girl. He is the co-creator of Dangeritis from Great Beast Comics.

Joe and Warwick join the previously-announced artists – Dan BerryKristyna BaczynskiSarah McIntyreFumio Obata and Jack Teagle – in the marathon, which will start on Thursday 16th October, as part of the Festival.
The 24 Hour Comics challenge was devised by Scott McCloud – also a guest at the Festival – in 1990 and thousands of artists have risen to this challenge since.

“The quality and quantity of the applications was very high, making choosing a significantly difficult task,” say Festival Director Julie Tait and Marathon Co-ordinator Dan Berry in a joint statement on their final choice.  ”While there was some very stiff competition from some incredibly talented and supremely capable artists, we felt that Joe and Warwick would not only rise to the challenge of the 24 hour comic, but would excel at it. Each of their distinctive styles and approaches to storytelling stood out from the applicants and we are thrilled to welcome them aboard.

“We would like to thank everyone who made an application and look forward to developing the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 24 Hour Comics Marathon further in 2015.”


In addition to announcing the final creative line-up for its Marathon, the Festival has also announced a number of top comic creators will be attending the Festival in Kendal in October, joining Scott McCloud ( and many others for an entire weekend of comic activities at various venues in the town.

Jeff Smith is the creator of the multi-award winning, multi-million selling Bone series and the more recent RASL. More info:

Gail Simone is the writer of Birds of PreySecret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, The All-New Atom, Deadpool, Red Sonja and, it was recently announced, a Savage Wolverine story. More info:

• Writer and artist Dave Gibbons numerous credits include Dan Dare  and Rogue Trooper for 2000ADDoctor Who,  Give Me Liberty, The Originals and Green Lantern Corps. He is the co-creator of Watchmen – the latter one of the best-selling graphic superhero graphic novels of all time. You can find Dave here on Twitter:

• Comic artist Jock is best known for his work on 2000AD, on strips such as Judge Dredd and Lenny Zero – and for Vertigo’s The Losers, which was written by fellow Brit Andy Diggle. He was also the main concept artist on the Dredd movie. More info:

Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival go on sale from 25th April 2014. Sign up for the Festival’s newsletter here for the latest news!

For further information contact: Julie Tait –

Images for the 24 Hour Comics Marathon can be found here: (Web resolution – for print resolution please contact Julie Tait)


The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is a new kind of comic art event in the UK. Modelled on a European-style festival it aims to take over the market town of Kendal, on the edge of the lake district, with comic art presenting the widest range of genres. Web:

The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with funding from South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council working in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College


Full information:

The  previously-announced 24 hour comic artists are:

Dan Berry is the curator and producer of the Festival’s 24 Hour Comics Marathon. He is a cartoonist, illustrator, lecturer in comics and host of the podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody. Check out his work here –

Kristyna Baczynski is an illustrator, comic book artist and designer based in Leeds who alongside publishing her own comic books has had work published by NME, Hic & Hoc and Blank Slate Books. Check out her work here –

• Sarah McIntyre is another of the resident 24 hour comic artists and will be launching Jampires (a David Fickling picture book with David O’Connell), Cakes In Space (the followup to Oliver and the Seawigs with Philip Reeve) and will also have some of the Jampires comics that inspired the picture book! Check out her website –

• Hot from the release of his new book Just So Happens published by Jonathan Cape, comic artist, animator and educator Fumio Obata is also on the team. Check out more of Fumio’s work here –

• Based in the South West of England, Jack Teagle has been published by Nobrow as well as self-publishing his own books. Check out his work here –

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