A comic art spectacular is coming to the Lakes from 11–13 October 2019 in Kendal, Cumbria!

2019 festival artwork by Junko Mizuno

2019 festival artwork by Junko Mizuno

This year's festival will be even bigger and better than ever, with the best comic artists, writers and creators heading to the Lake District for a packed comic art weekend spectacular.

A world of comic art will return to Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, 11–13 October 2019

Kick-ass superheroes, future worlds, fantastical creatures, zombies, crime fighters, politics, satire, documentary, comedy, manga and much more. The world of comic art is a diverse and spectacular place, bursting with creations that transport us to other dimensions and stories that explore the world and our place within it.

The family-friendly festival takes over the scenic town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend of wonderful events, activities and workshops for all ages.

So, whether you’re a comic art addict, new to the world of comics or just love exceptional art and storytelling – get a date in your diary for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 11-13 October 2019.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2019 includes…

  • Live drawing from some of the biggest international comic artists
  • Talks, presentations & masterclasses – come and learn from the best
  • A comic marketplace – with big names and independent publishers
  • Comic signings with artists, writers and creators
  • A family-zone packed with activities for young, budding artists and comic art fans
  • Comic art exhibitions in our gallery spaces
  • International comic book launches – be the first to get your hands on the latest releases
  • Comic-themed films – in three state-of-the-art cinema screens
  • Comic art trail throughout the town of Kendal
  • Evening entertainment, music, comedy and cabaret
  • Fantastic food with a fab selection of restaurants, cafés and pubs

... And it all takes place in the glorious English Lake District!

Festival guests announced so far for LICAF 2019 include...

Charlie Adlard, Serge Baeken, Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, Laurence Campbell, Kate Charlesworth, Becky Cloonan, Garth Ennis, Ephameron, Duncan Fegredo, Loic Gaume,  Ben Gijsemans, Staz Johnson, Valentine Laffitte, Michael Lark, Pascal Lemaitre, John McCrea, Junko Mizuno, Benoit Peeters, Julie Rocheleau, Marine Schneider, Declan Shalvey, Simon Spurrier, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, Judith Vanistendael, Joris Vermassen and Rob Williams - with many more international and British guest to be announced!

The full line-up of exhibitors joining us in the Comics Clock Tower:

Alice Davies Illustration, Angela Pan, Arctic Ring Comics, Aroha Comics, Chris Askham, B7 Media, Big Brown Eyes Collective, Brushwest, the Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain, Centrala, CFcomiX, Mack Chater, comicbooks.ie, Comics Youth CIC, Paul Harrison Davies, Demian 5, Chris Dorning - The Cunning Craftsman, John Harris Dunning, Emma G, Emmainky, Fair Spark Books, Rachel Jane Findlay Printmaker, John Freeman from downthetubes.net, Frisson Comics, Lyndsey Green Illustration, Hand Drawn Body Art, Happy Space Sloth, Jessica on Paper, Michael Kennedy, Rebecca K Jones and Peter Morey, Russell Mark Olson, The Lang Walk Hame, Roger Langridge, Joe Latham, Knockabout, Drew Marr, Mayamada, Myriad Editions, New Internationalist, Angela Pan, Nick Prolix Comix,  Zoom Rockman, SelfMadeHero, SIMO, So What Press, Soaring Penguin Press, Square Eyes (Anna Mills and Luke Jones), technobabbl, Teesside Comics Society, This Man, This Pete!, Torbentegner, Tut and Groan, Unbound, University of Cumbria CBC and Gustaffo Vargas, Robert Wells, Dan Whitehead, Katie Whittle Illustration and Steve White Art.

Join us in the Lakes from 11-13 October 2019 to celebrate the best of comic art!

The festival is held at venues throughout the Brewery Arts Centre and across the town of Kendal. Please check online for location details and guidance regarding the accessibility of our venues.