The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Anthony Johnston at LICAF 2015 Darwyn Cooke at LICAF 2015 Tank Girl by Alan Martin, at LICAF 2015 Darwyn Cooke at LICAF 2015 Charlie Adlard at LICAF 2015 Bryan Talbot at LICAF 2015 'It's all Hunky-Dory in Cumbria' by Bill Morrison Illustration by Yukiko Kai Illustration by Akiko Hatsu Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2015

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal is the only one of its kind in the UK. A three day celebration of the comic art form in all its diversity, from 16 – 18 October 2015 – with renowned creators, writers and artists from across the world.

The festival takes place in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District in the North West of the country and throughout the market town of Kendal.

Modelled on European-style festivals, it takes over the scenic Lake District town of Kendal for an entire weekend with events, talks, cinema, live draws, exhibitions, a family zone, the marketplace and the opportunity to see leading comic creators at work.

The festival celebrates the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic fans and generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.

This year the festival will incorporate four themes…

// Meet the Superleague

The best superhero writers and artists draw live and talk about their work and what inspires them.

// Konnichiwa Japan

Find out more about anime and manga with events and workshops, and enjoy Studio Ghibli film screenings or hang out in the Manga café. Includes special guests from Tokyo and Kyoto.

// Gaming and parallel worlds

Comic artists and writers play games with our imagination; creating parallel worlds, giant robots, flying machines and awesome monsters.

// Satire and comedy

A pertinent theme for this year, Satire is alive and kicking, giving comics that extra punch and commentating on our society at large. Enjoy a series of live draws, interviews and more from those at the top of their game.

Now in its third year The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF) features a stellar cast of creative talent including…

Bill Morrison – Co-Creator of The Simpsons
Dave McKean – Batman: Arkham Asylum, Mirrormask, Luna
Steve Bell – The Guardian, political cartoonist
Graham Dury & Simon Thorp – Creators of Viz
Ian McQue – Grand Theft Auto, Flying Ships

And many, many more…

Ian McQue at LICAF 2015
Ian McQue at LICAF 2015

The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with funding from South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council working in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College. Commercial sponsors include KendalBID, Specsavers and the Westmorland Shopping Centre.

All events and films are just £8 and entrance to the festival is free.

Lakes International Comic Art Festival takes place in Kendal from 16 – 18 October 2015

View the LICAF Programme 2015

To enjoy this Lakes cultural event and much more, book your break in the Lake District here