Lakes Festival’s “Family Zone” Events – Great Fun for all Ages!

The Phoenix are hosting a series of workshops at The Brewery Art Centre as part of the International Comic Art Festival. Kendal, UK, 21st July 2014: The Lakes International Comic...


The Phoenix are hosting a series of workshops at The Brewery Art Centre as part of the International Comic Art Festival.

Kendal, UK, 21st July 2014: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is pleased to announce the line-up for the Comics Family Zone, one of its most popular events last year.

Based in Kendal Library, Westmorland Shopping Centre and the Shakespeare Centre off Highgate, this year’s Comics Family Zone will feature workshops and free activities, plus face-painting, screen printing and ace competitions. You can make your own comics, create your own characters, and even get a crack professional comics artist to draw you a picture of anything you want – so long as you draw a picture for them too!

The Comics Family Zone Line-Up includes…

•  Join The Phoenix Comic artists Adam Murphy, Gary Northfield, Neill Cameron and Laura Anderson, as they guide you through the amazing world of comics in The Phoenix Lakes Workshops! You’ll learn how to: Draw awesomely! Create characters! Tell stories! And then bring all those things together in your very own comic masterpiece!

You’re invited to voyage through deepest darkest space in a giant space ship… that’s also a cat! Battle with pirates… on the back of gargantuan prehistoric monsters! Meet the DEAD famous… for a quick interview!

Hang on! These aren’t delirious dreams, but a small sample of the adventures waiting inside The Phoenix weekly story comic! Learn some of the title’s top-secret, comic-creating tips from the professionals – whilst producing a comic strip of your own!

• All workshops suitable for 6-12 years except Teen Workshops aimed at 12-16 years. Price: All £3.00 (tickets pre-bookable, visit the events pages on to ensure your place)

• Artist Kev F Sutherland (The Beano, 2000AD and Doctor Who) who’ll be giving a drawing masterclass and helping kids create their very own comics in the library. Suitable for 7-12 years old. No experience necessary. Price: £3.00 (tickets pre-bookable, visit the events pages on to ensure your place)

Free Events


Metaphrog Workshops and Exhibition  – Create your own comics with the award-nominated Metaphrog duo! Suitable for 7-12 years old – and free!

Art Heroes: Join Art Heroes to get comic-making tips, pick up some of their comic books and enter their Create-A-Character competition for the chance to win a great prize! Whether you’re into superheroes, comedy, fantasy, sci-? , ninjas or anything else, Daniel and Lee will help you turn your ideas into great characters and comic strips. Suitable for all ages – and free!

We Draw, You Draw – Sharpen your pencils and choose your colours for the epic drawing event! This event features: Manga Mistress Chie Kutsuwada: creative cartoonist Paul Harrison-Davies (Astrodog): Phoenix regular Robert Deas (Troy Trailblazer): and the illustrious, industrious ILYA (Kid Savage, from the people that brought you Ben10). This core team of crack professional comics artists will draw you pictures to take away of Whatever You Want – so long as You draw a picture for them too! All paper and materials provided. Suitable for all ages – and free!

• Follow the Family Trail and visit each part of the Festival – and collect a free little gift on completion of your special, fully stamped card!

Oh, and look out for Poblin and his gang – the Festival’s larger-than-life mascots, created by Jonathan Edwards and the Felt Mistress… they’ll certainly be looking out for you!• For full details of the Comics Family Zone events, visit:

• All events at the Westmorland Shopping Centre are free of charge

Tickets for all the events at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th – 19th October) are on sale now. For the full guest list, details of events and exhibitions and bookings visit:

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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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