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Glyndŵr University lecturer lights up international comic art festival

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October 26 2016

A performance comic and a 24 hour comic marathon led by a Glyndŵr University lecturer were among the highlights of an international comic art festival.

Dan Berry, programme leader for illustration, graphic novels and children’s publishing at the North Wales School of Art and Design, played a pivotal role in this success of this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal.

Curator, producer and participant in the comic marathon on Thursday October 15, Dan was one of six artists to produce a 24 page comic book in 24 hours.

The books were printed immediately following the event and went on sale for the duration of the festival.

Dan’s performance comic, The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head, was produced with writer David Gaffney and musician Sara Lowes.

It was commissioned by the festival and mixed visuals with a dramatic reading and live music. The performance had its first public showing on Saturday October 17. A tour of the performance is planned for 2016.

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Dan said: “The 24 hour comic marathon has been a feature of the event for two years and it went extraordinary well. The artists were from all over the UK and the time constraint really brought out the best of everyone’s creative talents.

“The comic art festival is a really special event for anyone involved with the industry or just a passion for the genre and it’s brilliant to be part of it.”

The festival features a mix of exhibitions, workshops, talks and films involving some of the world’s leading comic artists.

Guests included Charlie Adlard, co-creator of The Walking Dead, Steven Appleby, creator of comic strips for newspapers including The Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Telegraph.

Darwyn Cooke, who released a Batman Beyond animated short celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman in 2014, and Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell also featured at the festival.

The five other participants in the comic marathon were John Allison, Jonathan Edwards, Jade Sarson, Richard T Short and Emma Vieceli.

Images of all of the artists’ work can be viewed on the 24 hour comic marathon blog at https://24hcm.wordpress.com

For more information visit http://www.comicartfestival.com

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