Sunday, August 20, 2017

Full programme revealed for The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival takes place in Kendal over the weekend of 13th to 15th October, and the full programme booklet is now available to read online...
https://issuu.com/johnfsfreeman/docs/licaf-2017-programme-web-links

...or download as a PDF...
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6OAfjYkhjTkZWI4TW9aT2U5cTQ/view

I'll be doing a panel on Sunday 15th October on the history and evolution of British comics. Hope you can attend!

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is 100% devoted to a wide variety of comics. Here's the impressive guest list for this year...


To find out more, and to book tickets, see the festival website:
https://www.comicartfestival.com

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dan Cornwell makes his 2000AD debut

Having built up a fanbase with readers who admired his artwork on football/SF comic Rok of the Reds, Dan Cornwell joins 2000AD next week by illustrating a new five-part Judge Dredd serial.

The story, War Buds, sees Dan working again with his Rok of the Reds collaborators, writer John Wagner and colourist Abigail Bulmer. It's an impressive mainstream debut, as can be seen from the preview page above. 

As readers of this blog will know, I was one of the many people who enjoyed Dan's artwork on Rok of the Reds and I'm very pleased to see him in 2000AD, a natural home for his work. Let's hope this five parter is the first of many contributions to the comic.

Here's the info for 2000AD Prog 2045, on sale Wednesday 23rd August.

UK & DIGITAL: 23rd August 2017 £2.65
NORTH AMERICA: 23rd September 2017 $7.99
DIAMOND CODE: JUN171887
COVER: CLIFF ROBINSON

In this issue:
Judge Dredd: War Bugs by John Wagner (w) Dan Cornwall (a) Abigail Bulmer (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
The Alienist: Inhuman Natures by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beebie (w) Eoin Coveney (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Greysuit: Foul Play by Pat Mills (w) John Higgins (a) Sally Hurst (c) Ellie De Ville (l)
Hope: ... For The Future by Guy Adams (w) Jimmy Broxton (a) (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Tharg's 3rillers: Mechastopheles by Gordon Rennie, Lawrence Rennie (w) Karl Richardson (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)


Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond 

Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop2000 AD iPad app, 2000 AD Android app, 2000 AD Windows 10 app


COVER: CLIFF ROBINSON

Friday, August 18, 2017

Combat Colin goes to second printing

Combat Colin No.1 has sold well since its launch at Macc-Pow! on 1st July. Stocks were running low so I've had a second printing done. The boxes have just turned up, and Stuart Gould at http://www.ukcomicscreative.co.uk has done another excellent job printing them. 

If you haven't ordered a copy yet and you'd like to, you can buy issue 1 directly from me at my online shop:
http://lewstringer.com/page7.htm

UK orders only at present. I'll work out international rates soon.

Egmont launch new comic for girls

Egmont UK have recently launched DC Superhero Girls, a new monthly magazine based on the cartoon series of the same name. It includes a comic strip illustrated by Spanish artist Ferran Rodriguez and you can find out more about his work here:
http://www.ferranrodriguez.com/new-licenses-work/


DC Superhero Girls No.1 comes with cover-mounted gifts and a price of £4.99 (although subsequent issues will sometimes be £3.99 depending on cover mount). It also includes activity pages and posters of the characters. 

It's good to see a publishers wising up to the fact that superheroes appeal to girls as well as boys. "DC Super Hero Girls centres on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of DC as they explore their teen years and discover their Super Hero potential. DC Super Hero Girls taps into today’s zeitgeist moment of girl empowerment to deliver storytelling that promotes character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their own true potential", says Egmont.

For more info, and to see the video ad for the comic, visit the Egmont website:
http://dcsuperherogirls.egmont.co.uk




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Convention update

I can now reveal another date for my convention calendar as Preston Comic Con have just announced me as a guest for their event. It takes place on Saturday 23rd September at the Guild Hall, Preston, and you can find out more info here:
http://www.prestoncomiccon.co.uk

I have to point out that I did not draw the Beano cover shown on the advert. (It's by Nigel Parkinson.) I can only guess they used a Beano cover to grab people's attention. 

Here's the updated list of the rest of my convention appearances for this year...




INTERNATIONAL COMIC EXPO (ICE) - BIRMINGHAM
9th September 2017
Holiday Inn,
Birmingham
https://internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com




PRESTON COMIC CON
23rd September 2017
The Guild Hall,
Preston
http://www.prestoncomiccon.co.uk




COVENTRY COMIC CON
1st October 2017
Sports Connexion,
Leamington Road,
Ryton On Dunsmore,
Coventry
CV8 3FL.
http://www.coventrycomiccon.uk




LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL
13th to 15th October 2017
Kendal,
Cumbria
https://www.comicartfestival.com




LOUGHBOROUGH COMIC-CON
22nd October 2017
Loughborough Leisure Centre,
Loughborough.
https://en-gb.facebook.com/loughboroughcomiccon2017/


To be announced. 
10th to 12th November 2017
More info soon.


READING COMIC CON
25th/26th November 2017
Rivermead Leisure Complex
https://www.facebook.com/readingcomiccon/


I've also been booked for two events for 2018 but I'll reveal those after the organisers have announced them. 

I hope to see you at some of these shows. I'll be there sketching and selling copies of my comics so drop by my table!

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