Get Set for Comic Art Kerpow! at Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016

Lakes International Comic Art Festival - Kendal, 14 - 16 October 2016 Hellboy artwork by Duncan Fegredo - one of the special guests at LICAF 2016 Artwork by Ken Niimuua - one of the special guests at LICAF 2016 Artwork by Charlie Adlard - one of the special guests at LICAF 2016

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns for its fourth year to Kendal, Cumbria, from 14 to 16 October.

Celebrating the amazing world of comic artists, creators and writers, the weekend festival takes over the scenic town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District

Featuring live drawing, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performance, master-classes, a free family zone and independent publishers, the events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world.

Get set for a celebration of comic art from across the world at Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal from 14 – 16 October 2016


The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking place in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District, in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, it takes over the whole town for a weekend of comic art.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival aims to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators

You can view the The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016 programme here


The fourth Lakes International Comic Art Festival is bringing the biggest names in comic art to Cumbria. There will be over 70 special guests from across the comic world – already confirmed as part of the festival are:

// Charlie Adlard

Best known as the artist for The Walking Dead, now a major TV series as well as an incredibly popular comic. He’s also worked on many other projects including Mars Attacks, the X-Files, Judge Dredd and X-Men.

// Bryan Lee O’Malley 

A Canadian cartoonist. He created the Scott Pilgrim series, which inspired the cult classic film Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. His most recent book is the Eisner-nominated, New York Times-bestselling Seconds. He’s currently writing comic book series Snotgirl while working on his next major graphic novel.

// Joe Kelly

The creator of the lauded graphic novel I Kill Giants (currently in pre-production as a feature film) and winner of the 2012 International Manga Award, a rare feat for an American. His original graphic novel. Four Eyes, was a YALSA ‘Great Graphic Novel for Teens’ selection. Kelly is credited with writing ‘The best Superman story of all time’ in Action Comics #775, which he adapted to a feature animation home video for Warner Brothers, released to great reviews in 2012. His run on Deadpool remains the industry standard. Kelly also teaches Writing for Animation at his alma mater, NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing.

// Mick McMahon

Started as a regular contributor to 2000AD from issue two and drew several characters for the comic, most notably Judge Dredd, Slaine, and the ABC Warriors. He also drew the much praised two-part Junkyard Demon strip for what was then known as Doctor Who Monthly in 1981. Mick has also designed for films and video games and is currently working on Kestrels an upcoming series of graphic novels.

// Duncan Fegredo

Best known for his collaborations with Mike Mignola on Mignola’s Hellboy. Books include Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, The Storm & The Fury and The Midnight Circus, all published by Dark Horse Comics.

// Ken Niimura

Winner of the Golden Prize in the 5th International Manga Award and nominated to the Eisner and Eagle Award for his work in I Kill Giants (2009). Niimura is also the author of the illustration book Zero (2010), the short story collection Traveling (2014) and Henshin (2014), published by Shogakukan in Japan. He currently lives and works in Tokyo. The festival artwork for this year has kindly been created by Ken Niimura.

// Dave McKean: Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash, at Brewery Arts Centre, Sunday 16 October, 1.30 – 2.30 pm

The world-premiere performance by Dave McKean and international musical collaborators took place at Kendal Town Hall in May. The performance featuring projections, animated illustrations, live music and narration is now set to return to Kendal on Sunday 16 October.

I’d like to explore Paul Nash’s role in the birth of modernism and surrealism, and how those movements were actually witnessed by Nash in the dream-nightmare-like battlefields of the war – Dave McKean

For more information and tickets please visit the Lakes International Comic Art Festival page at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal here

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