The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

LICAF will return to Bowness-on-Windermere from Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September 2024. Tickets are available here

Our events will include live draws, interviews, presentations, workshops, exhibitions, book launches, Little LICAF activities, a Comics Marketplace, our new International Comics Rights Market – and provide a chance to get up close to the best comic creators in the world!

Throughout the year, The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF) delivers a wide range of projects using comics to achieve positive change. Under the title Comics Can Change the World, LICAF is delivering projects in our local community, across our region and country and with partners internationally.

We continue to explore how comics can galvanise efforts to address the climate emergency, how they can play a significant role in education – from primary schools to higher education – and much more. Head to our dedicated website for more information

Dickie and the Quest for the Windermere Ghost!

Suitable for all ages, families, with a route accessible to wheelchair users, you can start your Dickie Geocache Adventure from Bowness Visitor Information Centre, then head to and enter the game code KIXG to start!

Sophie Castille Prize for Comics in Translation

The Sophie Castille Awards for Comics in Translation are for the best translation of graphic novels into a variety of languages. The inaugural award, created in honour of Sophie Castille, will be for the best translation of a non-English graphic novel into English.

Explore the marvellous world of manga!

For curious comic art creatives Make Mine Manga is a FREE exhibition touring North West libraries until May 2024! Exploring the origins of manga in Japan, creative techniques and the wonder of Manga-Anime.

Comic Boom Podcast - Comics in Education

Comic Boom is an education podcast by Lucy Starbuck Braidley exploring the use of comics in education. Recent podcasts include interviews with fab comic creators Emma Reynolds and Sayra Begum.


LICAF Partnerships

Today, we are a year-round organisation, supporting many ongoing programmes throughout the year and across the globe. Since 2013, LICAF has forged over 30 official international partnerships and commissioned projects with cultural institutes, festivals and comic organisations across the world.