The Lakes International Comic Art Festival: a fantastic new partnership

OCD Action is hugely excited to announce that we are partnering with the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival as their official charity.

Taking place on the 14th-16th October, the Festival is an absolutely huge event which brings some of the biggest comic artists and writers from all over the world to the Lake District town of Kendal. On the weekend the entire town will be taken over by this joyful celebration of comics and comic art in all their forms.

Featuring live drawing, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performance, master classes, free Family Zone and independent publishers, it’s the only event of its kind in the UK, and this year’s Festival promises to be absolutely incredible. Check out the programme here!

The part of the weekend we’re most excited for, however, is the 24 Hour Comic Marathon. In this incredible event, 12 high-profile and very talented artists will each be given two hours to do two pages of a comic over a 24 hour period, which will then be produced and go on sale.

And the subject of the comic will be nothing other than Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!

There’s an amazing lineup of artists for this project. Written by the incredible Alex Paknadel and Dan Watters (with a person with OCD close to the project acting as consultant), the artists include Dan Berry (editor), Craig Thompson (creator of Eisner-winning Blankets), Charlie Adlard (main artist for The Walking Dead), Emma Vieceli, Petteri Tikannen, Bruce Mutard, Nick Brokenshire, Bryan Talbot, Ken Niimura, Joe Decie, Mike Medaglia and Jake Phillips.

Together, these two writers and twelve artists will produce a hard-hitting, incredibly powerful tale of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We believe that comics are the perfect medium to capture the complex nature of the disorder and hope that it will speak to as many people as possible. Considering how many comic book fans all over the world are suffering in silence with this often invisible condition, a project as big as this could do a huge amount for helping to increase awareness and help people to feel less alone and seek help.

As one of the artists, Mike Medaglia, wrote:
This project is so important and I am very happy to be involved. Comics have a unique way of engaging new readers and re-engaging past readers with important subjects. It can bring information on a range of subjects to readers who don't normally read up on such topics, and perhaps they even find information to help them in their lives. Then, for readers who do read on specific topics regularly, like OCD, comics is a new way for them to approach the subject. I think the depth that comics can reach in terms of having a positive effect on people's is yet to even begin to be discovered. This project is certainly a big step in that direction.

As if this wasn’t enough, the proceeds from the sales of the comic, as well as a percentage of merchandise sales in general, will go towards OCD Action and will directly help people living with the debilitating condition.

OCD Action will be at the event ourselves, running a stand at the entrance to the Comics Clock Tower where we will supply information on the condition and the work the charity does. If you’re free that weekend then come join us, as we’d love to have more people get involved and help spread the word! If interested, then get in touch with Charlie at charlie@ocdaction.org.uk.

So we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, in particular the artists and writers responsible for the comic, the volunteers who have worked their socks off to organise such an amazing event, and the Director, Julie Tait, who gave us the honour of being the official charity.

Don’t miss out! Go book a ticket from the Brewery web site or by calling Kendal's Brewery Box Office on 0153972513. We’d love to see some of you there, and, OCD aside, it promises to be a really, really awesome weekend!