Have you ever been to a Cartoon Festival?

That’s ‘cartoon’ as in the art of drawing comic and satirical images and ‘festival’ as in a whole load of activities and fun.

It’s not ‘Cartoon Fair’ as in a group of collectors and dealers buying and selling old cartoons and prints, although there would be a section allocated to this.

There have been many cartoon festivals around the world over the years and they all vary in terms of qualifying for the true title of ‘festival’. France seems to be the leader in the field for putting on good cartoon festivals with St Just-le-Martel, every September, being a great example. I go to Louviers in Normandy every April for their splendid two-day affair full of bonhomie, fun and amazing crowds of people flooding into this tiny medieval village near Rouen.

A cartoon festival presents the art of cartooning to the public. It does this with the help of a group of invited cartoonists (hopefully from around the world) who demonstrate their crafts, give talks and workshops. Prizes are awarded in various categories at the end of day two and long meals are enjoyed by cartoonists and their families and friends.

The presence of a celebrity or two from, or interested in, the world of cartooning is always a good crowd draw (ho, ho).

And with the support of other entertainers such as clowns, jugglers and other cartoony icons, a cartoon festival can really be great fun for all to enjoy.

Cartoon Festival Logo

This is what LICfest (The London International Cartoon Festival) aims to be. And, as it will be the first ever International Cartoon Festival in London, it will be quite an event. And if we can get it established by 2010, London will have an additional string to its bow by the time the 2012 Olympics come around.

All your thoughts and ideas on this exciting venture are welcomed. So please start here!

The London International Cartoon Festival Ecademy Club
The London Cartoon Festival Support and Social Group.

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