When: 13th – 15th October 2017
Where: Kendal, Cumbria
£: A weekend pass costs £35 (£25 for concessions). Day passes, gala, and film tickets are also available. Admission to the Comics Clock Tower and Family Zone are free
What is it?
Celebrating the amazing world of comic artists, creators and writers, the biggest names in comic art are heading to Kendal this month for The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
The festival will be returning to Kendal in Cumbria for the fifth year, from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October, with more than 70 special guests from across the comic world.
Celebrating comic art from across the world, the festival takes over the historic market town – which lies on the edge of the Lake District – for the whole weekend. This year, artists, creators and writers from Japan, the US, Canada, Australia, Finland, as well as other European comic creators will take part in the festival.
The festival features live comic drawing, films, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, a free family zone and a comic marketplace featuring independent publishers. The events programme will offer visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world.
This year there will be a festival pass system, allowing visitors access to the main events and an exclusive, guest-related comic art goody bag on arrival.
Highlights of the weekend will include the Ultimate Comics Master Class with top MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond; an in-depth interview event with Spider Gwen artist Jason LaTour; the launch of new work by creators such as Mal Earl and Kermit Leveridge, and the chance to meet the ‘insanely imaginative’ 2000AD writer Peter Milligan.
Discover how comics can shine an uncomfortable light on our modern world with Hannah Berry, Darryl Cunningham and Fumio Obata, and find out more about the art of top illustrator Michael Cho. Meet Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai and experience Finnish comics – and the Moomins – as you’ve never experienced them before.
One of the more quirky highlights is the Archipelagogo exhibition by artists Jonathan Edwards and Lousie Evens (aka Felt Mistress). One of several exhibitions at this year’s festival, the colourful Archipelagogo is on at the Wildman Gallery in Kendal until 4th November 2017.
On the Friday, the festival’s Gala Opening Night will be ‘Quick on the Draw‘ with a spectacular evening of live drawing, featuring some of the fastest, funniest and most talented cartoonists on the planet. The legendary Sergio Aragonés (who has only made occasional visits to the UK in the past) will demonstrate his quick-fire genius together with superstars from the United States’ cartooning scene. Aragonés is considered to be the fastest comic artist on the planet!
The free Family Zone will offer workshops, shows and activities aimed at all levels and ages, from pre-school to teens, from absolute beginners to experienced comics makers. Visitors of all ages can also enjoy wandering around the town on the Comic Art Trail. The trail features shop windows that have been specially decorated by local community groups, schools and professional artists, for the festival.
The Cartoon Cafe at the Brewery Arts Centre will feature some of the world’s leading comic creators including Charlie Adlard of Walking Dead fame, Duncan Fegredo, the Hellboy artist and Eisner Award winning artist Sean Phillips. The cafe is an opportunity to try out the latest digital art tools from Wacom.
The legendary Comics Clock Tower will be open on the Saturday and Sunday, with independent creators, publishers and retailers, representing a wide range of comics from around the world. And finally, the Canadian Comics Lodge and Finnish Village will both be hosting events throughout the day during the festival.
More info: www.comicartfestival.com