Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Here’s something I’m looking forward to later this year.  A different type of comic art festival to be held in Kendal.


Tickets for the first Lakes International Comic Art Festival Have gone on sale

The festival will run from 18-20 October 2013 in Kendal, Cumbria with an exciting line up of more than 50 writers and artists including some of the biggest names in comic art from the United States, Europe, South America and the UK. 

The range of guests show the diversity of comics, including biography, political cartoons, comics journalism, satire, superhero comics, comedy, adaptations of historical novels and innovative new story-telling. The eclectic guest list includes festival patrons Bryan and Mary Talbot, Steve Bell, Jo Sacco, Charlie Adlard, David Lloyd, Gilbert Shelton, Hunt Emerson, Carlos Ezquerra, Posy Simmonds, Simon Thorp and Graham Dury.

There will be more than 35 events including panel discussions, interviews, live drawing events, films and workshops. As well as the ticketed events, there will be a number of free exhibitions and activities in a special Family Zone.

The Comics Clock Tower will be the festival’s version of the marketplace.  Based in Kendal Town Hall it will champion breaking talent from all styles and genres. Many of the big name writers and artists visiting the festival will also be appearing in the Comics Clock Tower over the weekend.

The organisers also aim to make the whole of Kendal part of the event, like the popular festivals on the continent in places such as Angouleme, so people can expect to find comic art around every corner.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phoning 01539 725133.

More details about the new event are available at  It is also possible to keep up to date with plans for the festival by following @comicartfest on Twitter or by liking the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Facebook page.

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