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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Beano character finalists revealed

ALMOST 350 entries came flooding in for a Lakes International Comic Art Festival competition which gave young artists the chance to design a new character for The Beano.

Today we reveal the top 10 budding cartoonists whose designs have made it through to the final.

The winner will now be picked by the editor of The Beano and turned into a new character by the Dundee-based publishers.

The North-West Evening Mail, along with our CN Group sister entertainments website Cumbria Live, were media partners for the competition in the build-up to, and during, the first ever Lakes International Comic Art Festival, held in Kendal last month.

Judges who picked the top 10 were amazed by the level of talent on show from across the county and beyond.

Rory Black of Designworks, Kendal said: “It’s good to see the imagination of the children and good to see such a broad age range represented.”

Steve Kerner, of Curious Road design agency, said: “There was some fantastic imagination on display across the age ranges. It was a really difficult decision to pick the top 10.”

Frances Taylor, from Kendal Library. said: “I was hugely impressed with the standard of the artwork.

“It was a great insight into the imagination of young people who created these characters.”

Jonathan Lee, editor and publisher of North-West Evening Mail said: “The standard of art was amazing. Well done to everyone who entered and congratulations to those who have made it to the final.

“We have got some really talented young people in our community and I hope the competition, along with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, has inspired them to keep developing their skills and their artwork.”

Julie Tait, organiser of the festival, said: “The Comic Art Festival was an overwhelming success and the number of quality of entries we received for the Beano competition was staggering.

“The imagination of many entrants, and the characters they created, hugely impressed the judges. We now have a strong field of 10 finalists and it will be a tough job to pick a winner.”

Next year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, takes place between October 17-19.

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