Festival Overview

Here's a quick overview of this year's extravaganza of comic art events & activities!

From 12 – 14 October 2018 we celebrated the amazing world of comic artists, creators and writers - it was awesome!

The events programme for 2018 was 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.



The 2018 festival showcased comic art from across the world!

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


Scottish Comics Bothy

The festival had special guests at the Scottish Comics Bothy - there were no bagpipes, but there was 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

2018 saw a fantastic collection of workshops, shows and activities aimed at all levels and ages, from pre-school to teens, from absolute beginners to experienced comics makers... at Kendal Library and the Westmorland Shopping Centre


A Comic Art Trail in Kendal

And once again there was the unmissable Comic Art Trail inviting you to view multiple comic art adorned windows as you wandered around Kendal. All the artists involved, whether from local community groups or schools right through to professional artists, took their own approach to their individual shop and business windows.


Comics Clock Tower + CCT XTRA

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

New for 2018 was the CCT Xtra space featuring a wonderful range of exhibitors from around the world. Located in the Shakespeare Centre, CCT Xtra was just a few minutes walk from the main Comics Clock Tower at Kendal Town Hall!

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


Out of Hours @ RUSKINS

And if that wasn't enough, 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... certainly provided some unforgettable festival entertainment!

Phew…. and that’s just a taster of 2018!

So watch this space... the Lakes International Comic Art Festival will be returning from 11-13 October 2019!

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