Student Competition

For this year’s competition the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is celebrating the incredible creative comic art legacy of Will Eisner and his iconic vigilante – The Spirit.

Lakes International Comic Art Festival competition 2017

Revealing ‘The Spirit’ of the Lake District

2017 is one hundred years since the birth of American cartoonist Will Eisner. An innovative tour de force in the comic art form, Eisner is noted for his experimental and cutting edge approach, including his legendary comic strip ‘The Spirit’ – a 16 page comics supplement that ran for 12 years from 1940 - 1952. To mark this special centenary year for Will Eisner we would like to welcome some crime-stopping creativity to the Lake District in comic art style!


This is a great opportunity to showcase your comic art talents and you could end up being part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival tribute exhibition to Will Eisner. Plus – there are some cool prizes!


We would like you to imagine a vigilante hero or heroine for the Lake District! This may be a comic strip, a single illustration or a series of illustrations reflecting Eisner’s comic style in The Spirit. Your interpretation could illustrate crime drama, adventure, mystery, horror, comedy or be a creative reinterpretation of an original artwork from The Spirit with a Lake District comic art twist. Deadline for entries is 1 September 2017.

Please download the full student brief below

Revealing ‘The Spirit’ of the Lake District

The fifth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 13-15 October 2017 in Kendal, Cumbria, celebrating great comic art from across the world.

This year's festival competition is supported by University of Cumbria.