Lakes International Comic Art Festival

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LICAF 2019 Festival artwork by Junko Mizuno

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival at Brewery Arts Centre, Cumbria, 15–17 October 2021, from £14.00 - Book now

An annual festival of comic books and comic art, Lakes International Comics Art Festival covers the entire spectrum of comics from the better-known superheroes and science fiction classics through to satire, politics, and documentary graphic narratives.

Featured artists include Bill Morrison, known for his work with The Simpsons and Futurama as Creative Director, writer, and artist at Matt Groening’s Bongo Comics. Then there’s the up and coming British Manga artist Chie Kutsuwada. Charlie Adlard, the artist behind the terrifying black and white imagery of the Walking Dead comic books and a former Comic Laureate has dropped by too, as well as two important Daves: Dave McKean, the artist responsible for bringing the Sandman series to life, and Dave Gibbons of Watchmen and Rogue Trooper fame.

Visitors can meet amazing comic artists from Europe and abroad and learn how they create their work in a series of interactive workshops and activities. This includes unique events such as live drawing from some of the biggest international comic artists.

Lakes International Comics Art Festival covers the entire spectrum of comics from the better-known superheroes and science fiction classics through to satire, politics, and documentary graphic narratives

This is also a great event to get a first-hand look at new releases and browse extensive merchants for new and second-hand comics. Many publishers choose the Comic Art Festival as the place to launch their latest works so this is a place to get ahead of the crowd, when it comes to the visual arts.

There are exhibitions of comic art in gallery venues and screenings of documentary films about the art of comics. Children’s activities are also represented with activities based around drawing and writing, such as Inko Ai Takita’s workshop on drawing Chibi animals and Tanya Roberts on how to draw goodies and baddies. Food and drink are provided on site.

Ticket prices vary - a standard weekend pass is £35. Check the LICAF website for prices, venues, dates and times.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival at Brewery Arts Centre, Cumbria

15–17 October 2021
From £14.00