Festival Overview

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018 will be available to download soon... in the meantime here's a quick overview of this year's extravaganza of comic art events & activities!

From 12 – 14 October 2018 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 2018



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 2018 guests page


Scottish Comics Bothy

And make sure you make a wee-beeline for the Scottish Comics Bothy - there are no bagpipes, but there will be Scottish-themed food and a team of Scottish comic artists raring to give you a warm welcome at the CCT XTRA space in the Shakespeare Centre, 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!

During the festival weekend bring your young ones/young self to the Westmorland Shopping Centre for Family Fun In The Mall and full-on creative fun!

On Saturday at Kendal Library, throughout the day there are various participatory workshops – join author and comic artist Ottilie Hainsworth to Invent Your Own Mythical Pet, Create your own Sonic the Comic Character with Deborah Tate and join Japanese children's picture book author and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura for some comic art creativity at All the Way from Japan all workshops are free, but numbers are limited so first come, first served.


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 + CCT XTRA

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.

And new for 2018 we have the CCT Xtra space featuring a wonderful range of exhibitors from around the world. Located in the Shakespeare Centre, CCT Xtra is just a few minutes walk from the main Comics Clock Tower at Kendal Town Hall, so don’t miss out!

The Comics Clock Tower and CCT XTRA are FREE to enter for the whole weekend.

View the awesome line-up of exhibitors!


Out of Hours @ RUSKINS

And if that’s not enough, make sure you seek refreshments at our Out of Hours events at Ruskins with unusual films, dodgy stand-up comedy, nerdy DJ Sessions, yep of course some karaoke and our festival beer... prepare for some unforgettable festival entertainment!

Don't miss the Out of Hours @ Ruskins festival experience!

Phew…. and that’s just a taster!

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