2017 Festival

Sergio Aragonés

Sergio Aragonés

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, the only event of its kind in the UK taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend. On his visit in 2013 internationally-renowned comic artist Joe Sacco said it was an “important moment in British comics”.

The fifth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 13th-15th October 2017 in Kendal, Cumbria, celebrating great comic art from across the world. It is the only one of its kind in the UK taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend.

Our first announced guest for 2017 is MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragonés and the Festival’s plans for 2017 include special tributes to Will Eisner, creator of “The Spirit” and Tove Jansson, creator of “The Moomins”.

Guests in 2016 included: Charlie Adlard, Edmond Baudoin, Roberto BartualJordi Bernet, Dan Berry, Adam BrockbankKate Charlesworth, Dave Crane, Joe Decie, Oliver EastThe Etherington BrothersDuncan Fegredo, Robin FurthTom GauldIsabel Greenberg, Ben HeggartyIlyaJoe Kelly, Sally KindbergPaula KnightAidan Koch, Olivier Kugler, Bryan Lee O’Malley, John Martz,Luke McGarry and Steve McGarryDave McKeanMick McMahonLeah Moore and John Reppion.  Ken Niimura, Benoît Peeters, Sean Phillips, Paco Roca, Martin Rowson, Frank Santoro, Jade Sarson, Gilbert Shelton, Nicola Streeten, Bryan Talbot, Mary M. Talbot, Paul Thomas, Craig Thompson, UnaEmma Vieceli, the VIZ team, Tillie Walden, Ian Williams and Connor Willumsen.

Joining this growing list of top international and British comics guests, in partnership with The Finnish Institute of London, were artists Hanneriina Moisseinen , Virpi Oinonen , Ville RantaJohanna Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen , along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta , the latter part of the Comics in Concert project.

• You can view and download the 2016 Programme on Issuu

The festival features comic artists from around the world, as well as performance, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, master classes, live drawing and independent retailers and 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 – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life.

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Festival History

2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

Read the independent Red Research Evaluation Report on the 2015 Festival, which note the weekend-long event attracted almost 14,000 people to Kendal and generated an estimated £1.7 million for the host town

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