Lakes International Comic Art Festival is a weekend-long event which takes place each October here in Kendal and this year’s line-up is looking fantastic.

  • The Festival will host the launch of several new graphic novels, including Barking by Lucy Sullivan from Unbound, commissioned by the organisation.Festival patrons Bryan and Mary Talbot’s latest graphic novel, Rain, published by Jonathan Cape, also gets its official launch.
  • There will be a celebration of Myriad Editions first Graphic Novel Competition.
  • There will be appearances from Rob Davis, illustrator and comic book designer Emma Price, Lucy Sullivan and Edward Taylor, the latter set to bring a wonderful Godzilla parody to Kendal in a new publication.
  • Showcasing at the Festival will be SelfMadeHero, a publisher world-renowned for the range and quality of their European titles.
  • As part of its celebration of Belgian comics, this year’s Festival sees the launch of Joris Vermassen’s work, Mad with Joy, for the first time in English in partnership with the Flemish Literature Fundand published by Fanfare UK.
  • Also being launched at the Festival is an English language edition of Wij twee samen (“Us Two Together”) by Belgian artist Ephameron, a moving autobiographical story to be published by from Penn State University Press about her father’s struggle with dementia and the impact of the disease on the family.
  • The forthcoming 100th anniversary of the birth of Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen), the world’s best loved queer artist, comics creator and gay icon will be celebrated with a special exhibition.
  • New works will be released by numerous Comics Clock Tower creators.

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns to Kendal at various venues across the town 11th – 13th October 2019

• Tickets for the 2019 Festival are on sale now at

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