They’ve got Scott McCloud!
They’ve declared Jeff Smith!
Page 45 is honoured to announce that to celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Friday 17th October 2014, we’ll be hauling our asses oop north and contributing to an entire weekend of special guests and glorious graphic novels in Cumbria’s picturesque town of Kendal during the UK’s finest, European-style comics convention, The Lakes International Comic Art Festival!
There’ll even be a Page 45 20th Anniversary Booze Bash on Friday night itself, and you are invited. Yes, you!
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is vital to the profile of comics. It brings the medium out of the bedsit and into the open for the whole world to see! It’s our very own Angoulême, celebrating this medium in all its diversity, attracting connoisseurs and the curious alike to its exhibitions, interviews, workshops and creators merrily signing and sketching all weekend long.
This is Page 45’s first-ever road trip!
What We’ll Be Doing
On Saturday and Sunday Page 45 will have multiple tables stacked high with beautiful books and special guests in our very own designated palace, The Georgian Room in the Comics Clock Tower.
Oh, it is opulent, and the entire room is ours!
Free entry too!
Jonathan and I will be on hand to answer your questions and provide recommendations, whether you’re a regular reader or completely new to the medium. All age ranges too! We do this for a living, and love it.
In addition, Jonathan will be whipping your wallets while I provide 3 free, extended and interactive show-and-tells in that very same room just like the ones I gave at the Windsor School Library Conference and The Broadway Book Club. Times to follow!
I’ll also be giving a ticketed talk close-by on a subject close to my heart.
My liver, possibly.
“Who Are Your Guests?!”
Scott McCloud for a start!
20 years ago Scott called Mark and myself out of a meeting in London to congratulate us on our nascent shop and (inspired by the 45th page of UNDERSTANDING COMICS) our name which he described as “Style positive, content neutral”.
Now Scott McCloud has graciously nay gleefully agreed to sign with Page 45 in the Georgian Room during our 20th Anniversary! It’s all come full-circle! Exact time to be decided.
Just as thrilling, among the wandering wastrels we’ll be sheltering at greater length throughout the weekend are some more of Page 45’s all-time favourite creators! Pop ‘em in our search engine and see what we sell! These are their blogs, all linked to!
Yes, you read right! At times Page 45 will be kidnapping THE NAO OF BROWN’s Glyn Dillon from SelfMadeHero whom I hereby challenge to sell more copies than ourselves. Let’s keep a running tally on two great big blackboards as if it were a cricket match only interesting.
There will be more guests too, some of them spontaneous, and I may bust my thumbs on Twitter @pagefortyfive!
It all kicks off on Friday 17th October 2014, the exact date of our 20th Anniversary with the…
Page 45 20th Anniversary Booze Bash 2014!
The town: Kendal
The venue: The Batcave at Ruskins (I’m not even kidding you)
The date: Friday 17th October 2014
The time: 7pm then sliding down the walls until one in the morning
We’ve taken one of the two rooms at Ruskins, but everyone is welcome. You don’t need a ticket nor will there be bouncers otherwise I’d never be let in myself.
Some of our creator friends will be popping in from time to time. Keeling over too, I’d surmise. You know what comic creators are like. It’s a fabulous spectator sport.
Please introduce yourselves, we would love to meet you and I mean that!
Don’t know what we look like? Left is Jonathan, and then yeah…
“We Have To Go To Kendal For Your Anniversary?!”
We hope that you will, but only for our 20th Anniversary.
Oh, my kittykins, we have thought of this!
Page 45 duly announces the…
Page 45 21st Birthday Booze Bash 2015!
The city: Nottingham
The date: Saturday 17th October 2015
The time: Of your life!
Can you keep a secret? I mean, seriously, because if this gets out I will never pull again.
It’s my own 50th Birthday that very night, and I want to spend it with you!
Keep up to date with the Festival:
Big, big love and gratitude to The Lakes International Comic Art Festival’s killer combo: curator and publicist Julie Tait for inspiration and exhortation and Jenny Graham for assignation and implementation.
I am so stoked! Are you?
- Stephen @pagefortyfive
Page 45 credentials
Page 45 won the first ever award for Best Independent Retailer in Nottingham 2012.
Page 45 won the Best Independent Business in Nottingham 2013.
Page 45 won the only ever Diamond Comics Award for Best Retailer in the UK in 2004.
Page 45 has been shortlisted for the Bookseller’s Independent Bookshop Of The Year 2014
Stephen was a judge of the British Comics Awards in both 2012 and 2013.
Jonathan used to market biohazard suits.