The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016


  • The Lakes Kendal Town Hall Kendal, England, LA9 4DL United Kingdom

The fourth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 14-16 October 2016 in Kendal, Cumbria, celebrating great comic art from across the world. It is the only one of its kind in the UK taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend.

• Tickets are on sale now from the Brewery web site here and you can view and download the 2016 Programme on Issuu

• In a hurry? Here’s the Festival in a Flash!

You can also book tickets by phone by calling Kendal’s Brewery Box Office on 01539 725133.

Guests include: Charlie Adlard, Edmond Baudoin, Roberto BartualJordi Bernet, Dan Berry, Adam BrockbankKate Charlesworth, Dave CraneRufus Dayglo, Joe Decie, Oliver EastThe Etherington BrothersDuncan Fegredo, Robin FurthTom GauldIsabel Greenberg, Ben HeggartyIlyaJoe Kelly, Sally KindbergPaula KnightAidan Koch, Olivier Kugler, Bryan Lee O’Malley, John Martz,Luke McGarry and Steve McGarryDave McKeanMick McMahonLeah Moore and John Reppion.  Ken Niimura, Benoît Peeters, Sean Phillips, Paco Roca, Martin Rowson, Frank Santoro, Jade Sarson, Gilbert Shelton, Nicola Streeten, Bryan Talbot, Mary M. Talbot, Paul Thomas, Craig Thompson, UnaEmma Vieceli, the VIZ team, Tillie Walden, Ian Williams and Connor Willumsen.

Joining this growing list of top international and British comics guests, in partnership with The Finnish Institute of London , will be artists Hanneriina Moisseinen , Virpi Oinonen , Ville RantaJohanna Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen , along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta , the latter part of the Comics in Concert project.

The festival features comic artists from around the world, as well as performance, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, master classes, live drawing and independent retailers and publishers. The events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life.

This year’s presenters are Warren Bernard, Hannah Berry, Chris Butcher, Alex Fitch, John Freeman, Mel Gibson, Paul Gravett, Peter Kessler, John McShane and Chris Thompson.

A free Family Zone provides drop-in activities for all ages, alongside a series of fantastic workshops for kids and teenagers. The Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings the town together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art. Among others, you’ll find Bunny and ChipOrson and Geoffrey (ZEEL) Coupland, Robert Deas, Paul Harrison-DaviesMarc JacksonLancaster Guardian cartoonist Jack Knight, Joe Matthews of Funny Monster Comics, Graham Pearce (creator of Sgt Mike Battle), Sloth Comics,  Aidan SaundersJordan Vigay and Wizard’s Keep!

Exhibitors in the Comics Clock Tower “marketplace” and the Brewery Malt Room for 2016 include All Things ThomJoe Bailey Sculpture & DesignKathryn BriggsKeith BurnsSilvia CarrusJames ChapmanThe Cartoonists’ Club of Great BritainClockwork Watch FilmsZu Dominiak, EdieOPGary ErskineFungiiGet Well GamersSarah GraleyHappy Space SlothDaisy HillyardHitsville UKInk Splattery, the Jeff Hawke ClubDaisy HillyardLuke HydeTom KindleyRoger LangridgeJoe LathamDavid LeachLines of EnquiryAimee LockwoodAurora MelchorMidnight MilkAdam MurphyNever Ever AfterStray LinesRichard SwanThis Man, This Pete!Tiny PencilAmanda Eleanor TribbleMyfanwy TristramUniversity of Cumbria Comic Book CollectiveTom WardDan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard, Chris WelchAndrew WildmanJennifer Winetrobe and Aneurin Wright.

Plus, look out for publishers Arctic Ring ComicsDisconnected PressFanfare/Ponent MonHumanoidsMyriad EditionsThe Phoenix, Self Made Hero, Soaring Penguin Press, TPub Comics and Wobbly Rock.

Retailers in the Clock Tower this year are First Age Comics, Forbidden Planet International, Imagination Station, Knot Like That, Orbital Comics and Page 45