Hello from Kendal!

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival this year!

Kendal is now offering a warm welcome to visitors and there are links to information about our amazing town on this page...

Please enjoy a minute with some of the LICAF team below!

... And remember you can still check out the online events from LICAF Live 2020!

Carole Tait: Festival Manager

I’ve made many valued friends from the cohort of guests, volunteers and audience who come to LICAF. Many return year after year. I’m really going to miss the contact in 2020 but I’m also excited by the challenge of producing an innovative and varied on-line festival. I’m especially looking forward to ‘Desert Island Comics’ and ‘Through the Comics Keyhole’ strands.

Jamie Barnes: Freelance Curator

LICAF is one of the big cultural highlights in Kendal. It represents a weekend which is radically different to the rest of year, where we can feed our comic geekiness with abandon. I will miss being able to show comic artists around our special town and demonstrate how the whole of Kendal gets involved in the madness.

Peter Kessler: Chair, LICAF Board

Every October it's amazing to see the shops, town hall, Brewery Arts Centre and even Tim Farron MP transformed by the magic of comics. That's not going to happen in 2020. Instead, it's a one-off chance to experiment with new ways of bringing comics fans to the Lakes. Every part of LICAF Live sounds exciting, but just now I'm working on our Big Comics Quiz, and it's going to be fun. See you for real in 2021!

Phil Welch: Volunteer

While I will miss getting to meet up with friends, team members and guests old and new in Kendal this October, I'm so glad we get to share the fabulous atmosphere of LICAF across the world this year with LICAF Live!

Simon Thomas: Bartender, Bon Viveur & LICAF Board Member

I’m looking forward to the potential for lunacy and impromptu happenstance inherent in the first LICAF Live, especially QVC as only the VIZ chaps could render it! Can’t wait to see you in 2021 or maybe before. If you’re in the neighbourhood, you know where the doorbell is...

Marianne Lusby: Windows Trail/ Volunteer Coordinator

I’ll really miss the friendly, buzzing atmosphere that sweeps Kendal each October on LICAF weekend. I love walking around, talking with different people of all ages about a shared passion. But the virtual nature of LICAF Live! makes it far more accessible. People anywhere in the world can now join us for the wonderfully warm, creative, inspiring and delightfully daft weekend that is LICAF!


The Visit Kendal website is a great online resource to find out more about what the area has to offer, you could also visit Explore South Lakeland and Go Lakes.

Kendal is situtated in the beautiful South Lakeland in Cumbria