This weekend's Thought Bubble Festival Comic Con in Harrogate was attended by all three holders of the title of UK Comics Laureate. Dave Gibbons, Charlie Adlard and current holder Hannah Berry. Well, it looks like they will be all attending the Lakes International Comics Festival in Kendle as well.
But in between the two, they will all be appearing tomorrow night at London's Cartoon Museum for a Comics Laureate Round table tomorrow.
In a talk hosted by Orbital Comics' Jason Atomic, they will answer questions such as what does a Laureate do? Is it an honour to be asked? What is it like to wear a cape?
The ticket includes a chance to look round the gallery and check out the in focus display on the three Laureates, which includes the final five pages of The Walking Dead drawn by Charlie Adlard.
You'll also get a look at Charlie Adlard's recently released LIFE, a new hardcover collection of art from Charlie attending life art evenings at Hive Shrewsbury using various techniques, published by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and available from Festival partner Page 45.
Sponsored by Lancaster University, the Comics Laureate is an ambassadorial and educational role for the comic genre and aims to raise awareness of the impact comics can have in terms of increasing literacy and creativity. The Comics Laureate appointment is made biennially to a distinguished comics creator, writer or artist in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the genre.
Working closely with the Lakes International Comics Art Festival, the Comics Laureate champions the role of comics in improving literacy through a programme of educational visits, workshop events, guest appearances and conferences. A key focus will be working to increase the acceptance of comics as a creative art form in schools, libraries and throughout the education system.