Lakes International Comic Arts Festival


Each year during the festival, our town comes alive with creativity that all ages can enjoy, in venues throughout the town. The festival features international comic artists and creators, as well as live drawing events, film, exhibitions, comic trails, performances, workshops, masterclasses and family zone activities. Visitors have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s best known comic artists and writers – seeing them create, hearing them speak and being inspired by an enthusiastic crowd.

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.