Guests

Sergio Aragonés

Sergio Aragonés

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 AdlardEdmond BaudoinRoberto BartualJordi Bernet, Dan BerryAdam BrockbankKate Charlesworth, Dave CraneJoe DecieOliver EastThe Etherington BrothersDuncan FegredoRobin FurthTom GauldIsabel Greenberg, Ben HeggartyIlyaJoe KellySally KindbergPaula KnightAidan KochOlivier KuglerBryan Lee O’MalleyJohn Martz,Luke McGarry and Steve McGarryDave McKeanMick McMahonLeah Moore and John Reppion.  Ken NiimuraBenoît PeetersSean PhillipsPaco RocaMartin RowsonFrank SantoroJade SarsonGilbert SheltonNicola StreetenBryan TalbotMary M. TalbotPaul ThomasCraig ThompsonUnaEmma Vieceli, the VIZ team, Tillie WaldenIan 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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