Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017

I’ll be at LICAF again this coming weekend. Most of the time, you’ll find me at the Town Hall a.k.a. Comics Clocktower. I’m upstairs in the middle of the main room, as “Udu Books/Lines of Enquiry”. Sadly, my friends at Udu books have shut up shop, and won’t be with us, but I’ll have a fine collection of my own books, work by other members of the Lines of Enquiry collective, and a few other friends. And the best selection of fresh veg on offer at the comics marketplace too – you’ll have to come along to see why!

I’ll also be touting Panelalia, my digital begging bowl, which is available to download for free here, and accepts donations to Refugee Action here. I’ll have a couple of ash-can comics samplers available too, on a donation to charity basis.

As usual, I’m exhibiting at the Foyer Cafe, with a completely new window display this year, composed of life-sized human(oid) figures, and a few moomintrolls. For the weekend of the festival, I’ll also have some figures up around the Brewery Arts Centre area (by the Youth Hostel), in the Clocktower, and possibly elsewhere. Watch these spaces!

The Foyer Cafe is also a business resource centre, and provides accommodation for young homeless people. The People’s Cafe have set up shop there in the last year too, and will be running a Moomintroll Cafe throughout the festival. They’re a great organisation (and great cooks!) – in their own words:

we started back in April, collecting surplus food from restaurants and cafes in town to create free meals for people in need, then as it became so popular we opened every Saturday cooking a full menu using rescued ingredients from supermarkets and allotments. People can eat for free or pay a donation to help us pay the rent. Every week there is plenty of food, great company and free hugs.

The Foyer is very close to the Westmorland Shopping Centre (the Kids Zone), but a little tucked away. Luckily, a passing philanthropist knocked up a comic-strip set of directions here (which will also be in one of the ashcans, if you prefer printed directions…)

I’ll also have my ipad with me, if anyone wants a quick portrait painted!

So come along and say “hi” – look forward to seeing you.

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