It might be a festival weekend but we are busy all year round celebrating the wonderful world of comics.

The research element of this Comic Art Europe project was led by The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival (LICAF), in partnership with The Phoenix, the British weekly story comic for children aged 6 –12 published by David Fickling Comics Ltd, and Manchester City of Literature, one of UNESCO ’s network of 39 Cities of Literature. Both of these stakeholders share a mission to entice young people into reading.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce comic writer, artist, tutor and editor Bobby Joseph as the new Comics Laureate for 2023 - 2025.

VIP Brands Ltd. is delighted to announce the 2024 Sophie Castille Award – English. This year’s award will again be presented in partnership with Comica and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival at their annual event in Bowness-on-Windermere this autumn, taking place Saturday 28th September – Sunday 29th September.

The Sophie Castille Awards for Comics in Translation are for the best translation of graphic novels into a variety of languages around the world.

Comic Art Europe is an international pilot project bringing together four European organisations promoting and championing the power of Comics and Graphic Novels.

LICAF is delighted to announce its new competition for unpublished comic strip creations - with a top prize of £500.

LICAF has become a regular and well-respected commissioner and co-commissioner of new work and even publishes its own titles.

An 18-month mentoring initiative aiming to give under-represented individuals a chance to express themselves through the medium of comics and to hopefully open up a career pathway within the publishing industry.

‘Playing for a Draw’ is a new exhibition showcasing the history and creativity of football comics and illustration across the world.

Hero(ine)s features work from over twenty artists including Steven Appleby, Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, Finnish artist Kaisa Leka, Swiss artist Hélène Becquelin and Belgian comic artist Brecht Vandenbroucke.

Traces of the Great War is an ambitious anthology of new illustrated short stories featuring over twenty internationally acclaimed comic book artists, graphic novelists and writers.