Festival Overview

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival guide will be available to download from September 2017... so here's a quick overview of this year's extravaganza of comic art events & activities!

Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai and Rogan Gosh by Brendan McCarthy

Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour and LICAF 2017 artwork by Michael Cho

Artworks by Christian Ward and Emma Vieceli

From 13 – 15 October 2017 we’ll be celebrating the amazing world of comic artists, creators and writers - it’s going to be awesome!


This year the events programme will be bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world. Featuring live drawing, exhibitions, films, workshops, performance, masterclasses, a free family zone, a comic trail and independent publishers.

Check out the incredible line-up of events for 2017


The festival this year will be showcasing comic art from across the world!

We have comic artists joining us from Japan, the US, Canada, Australia, Finland, as well as European comic creators. There really is something for everyone, whether you are super hero fan, mad about manga or just love seeing incredibly talented artists at work.

See who will be joining us this year on our 2017 guests page

And make sure you make a beeline for the Canadian Comics Lodge and Finnish Village - both hosting events throughout the day during the festival weekend

Free Family Zone

Enjoy oodles of fabulous free festival family fun! We have workshops, shows and activities aimed at all levels and ages, from pre-school to teens, from absolute beginners to experienced comics makers. Just bring energy and imagination!

We are excited to announce that there will be three brand new elements to our Free Family Zone this year...

A Day Trip to Moomin Valley – an opportunity for families to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of the Moomins

Cartoon-A-Room – designed for 7-12 age range this is your chance to cartoon alongside the very best in the world

Mini Zone de Bande Dessinée – introducing budding young artists (aged 4- 6) to the wonderful world of comics!

A Comic Art Trail in Kendal

Don’t miss the wonderful windows on the Comic Art Trail as you wander around Kendal. All the artists involved, whether from local community groups or schools right through to professional artists, take their own approach to their individual shop and business windows.

Comics Clock Tower

The legendary Comics Clock Tower is open on Saturday and Sunday all day and full of independent creators, publishers and retailers, representing a wide range of comics from around the world.

Sponsored by comiXology, the Comics Clock Tower is FREE to enter for the whole weekend.

View the awesome line-up of exhibitors!


And if that’s not enough, make sure you seek refreshment in our Nu Earth styled bar at Ruskins with our festival beer, sporting a label designed by the one and only Dave Gibbons. Open throughout the festival weekend and featuring two fantastic bands on Saturday, 14 October.

Don't miss the Nu Earth Bar @ Ruskins festival experience!

Phew…. and that’s just a taster!

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