Lakes Festival to Celebrate Will Eisner Centennial

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival recently announced that this years festival will mark the centennial of Will Eisner’s birth with three exciting projects to celebrate the work and impact he had on the comic industry.

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Eisner started supplying strips to comic publishers in 1936, encouraged by his school friend and future Batman creator Bob Kane. He set up a studio with former editor Jerry Iger, employing a staff of comic artists to draw strips for a range of early comic book publishers. The Spirit, Eisner’s most famous and lasting creation premiered in a weekly syndicated Sunday newspaper supplement in June, 1940. Eisner was able to deliver stories to his more mature audience using innovative storytelling techniques, drawing inspiration from cinema and film noir in particular.

After, a stint in the Army during World War II, Eisner continued The Spirit and set up a company producing educational comics, particularly used for training purposes. He produced a number of autobiographical long form comics, helping to popularise the term ‘graphic novel’. He created one of the first major works on comics theory with the publication of ‘Comics & Sequential Art’ in 1985. He continued to produce comics right up to his death in 2005.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is commemorating 100 years since Will Eisner’s birth in the following ways:

A broad sheet sized centennial comic, with contributions from contemporary comic greats such as Sean Philips, Ed Brubaker, Jason Latour and many more.

An exhibition at the Brewery Arts Centre of Eisner’s comic artwork from throughout his long career with rare pages and several complete Spirit stories.

A competition for students to illustrate ‘The Spirit of the Lake District’

Full details of these great events are on

Keep listening to the Podcast, where we will be examining Will Eisner’s life and  his astounding contribution to comic art in future episodes.


Festival 2017 Guests Announced

The line up for the 2017 Lakes International Comic Art Festival has been announced. Find the full line-up at The Festival will open with a “Quick on The Draw” Gala Night, as talents such as Sergio Aragonés and Tom Richmond compete (in a friendly way) to deliver a fully interactive feast of fast-paced cartooning – and will include the awarding of the first ever Sergio Aragonés Award for International Excellence in Comic Art. We both can not wait to watch how this unfolds on the night.


The festival website has also had a make over and ticket’s are also now on sale. The ticket’s are now purchased in a pass format with one day or weekend passes available. These allow access to all the events held during the day at the event.

Find out more about the full line up at

Book tickets and see the brand new website at and don’t forget not long until this very podcast launches on March 1st.

Festival Wins Two Awards

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has won two awards at the Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017 held on Friday 3rd January 2017. The festival itself won Best Festival fighting off many superb events held during 2017. All in all there were 75 finalists at the awards.

They also won Event of the Year for the premier of Dave McKean’s Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash.


The graphic novel, which pulls together the work of Paul Nash who created pieces of art from his experiences in World War 1, was launched at the 2016 festival.

It’s a well deserved set of awards and we give huge congratulations to everyone involved in the festival. Here’s to 2017.