The 2018 line-up saw a range of fantastic events held in Kendal between 12th – 14th October including

  • Over 70 comic artists, writers and creators
  • Seven live draws over the weekend including the The (Legendary) Big Zombie Comic Draw
  • Over 35 weekend comic events
  • Five unmissable comic exhibitions
  • Five comic films over the weekend
  • The launch of Traces of the Great War, an ambitious co-commissioned comic anthology
  • An an epic debate on Friday evening: Marvel v DC. Which is best?

Photo: Mikiko draws on the screen at the Warehouse cafe | Photo credit : Harry Atkinson

Each year the festival includes…

  • Live drawing from some of the biggest international comic artists
  • Talks, presentations and masterclasses
  • A comic marketplace – newly extended for 2018 with the big names and independent publishers
  • Comic signings with artists, writers and creators
  • A family-zone packed with activities for young, budding artists and comic art fans
  • Comic art exhibitions in our gallery spaces
  • International comic book launches – be the first to get your hands on the latest releases 
  • Comic-themed films – the festival has three state-of-the-art cinema screens
  • Comic art trail throughout the town of Kendal
  • The Friday Sessions with talks and debates featuring leading comic creators
  • Evening entertainment, music, comedy and cabaret
  • Fantastic selection of restaurants, cafés and pubs


The whole town takes part in the Comic Art Festival – with artistic displays in shop windows and a friendly, welcoming vibe. It’s an event not to miss!

Visit the festival website to plan your visit.