This year’s Festival offers an absolutely packed programme this year, including guest talks, film screenings, workshops (sign up fast, because places are going quickly!), the ever popular Comics Clock Tower, exhibitions, pop up events, unexpected comic mural drawing (including one by last year’s mural champ, Joe Decie – in Morrisons!)
Guests this year include: Charlie Adlard, Edmond Baudoin, Roberto Bartual, Jordi Bernet, Dan Berry, Adam Brockbank, Kate Charlesworth, Dave Crane, Rufus Dayglo, Joe Decie, Oliver East, The Etherington Brothers, Duncan Fegredo, Robin Furth, Tom Gauld, Isabel Greenberg, Ben Heggarty, Ilya, Joe Kelly, Sally Kindberg, Paula Knight, Aidan Koch, Olivier Kugler, Bryan Lee O’Malley, John Martz, Luke McGarry and Steve McGarry, Dave McKean, Mick McMahon, Leah Moore and John Reppion, Ken Niimura, Benoît Peeters, Sean Phillips, Paco Roca, Martin Rowson, Frank Santoro, Jade Sarson, Gilbert Shelton, Nicola Streeten, Bryan Talbot, Mary M. Talbot, Paul Thomas, Craig Thompson, Una, Emma Vieceli, the VIZ team, Tillie Walden, Ian Williams and Connor Willumsen.
Joining this growing list of top international and British comics guests, in partnership with The Finnish Institute of London , will be artists Hanneriina Moisseinen , Virpi Oinonen , Ville Ranta, Johanna Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen , along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta , the latter part of the Comics in Concert project.
The festival features comic artists from around the world, as well as performance, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, master classes, live drawing and independent retailers and publishers. The events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life.
A free Family Zone provides drop-in activities for all ages, alongside a series of fantastic workshops for kids and teenagers. The Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings the town together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art. Among others, you’ll find Bunny and Chip, Orson and Geoffrey (ZEEL) Coupland, Robert Deas, Paul Harrison-Davies, Marc Jackson, Lancaster Guardian cartoonist Jack Knight, Joe Matthews of Funny Monster Comics, Graham Pearce (creator of Sgt Mike Battle), Sloth Comics, Aidan Saunders, Jordan Vigay and Tim Perkins.
Exhibitors in the Comics Clock Tower “marketplace” and the Brewery Malt Room for 2016 include All Things Thom, Joe Bailey Sculpture & Design, Kathryn Briggs, Keith Burns, Silvia Carrus, James Chapman, The Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain, Clockwork Watch Films, Zu Dominiak, EdieOP, Gary Erskine, Fungii, Get Well Gamers, Sarah Graley, Happy Space Sloth, Daisy Hillyard, Hitsville UK, Ink Splattery, the Jeff Hawke Club, Daisy Hillyard, Luke Hyde, Tom Kindley, Roger Langridge, Joe Latham, David Leach, Lines of Enquiry, Aimee Lockwood, Aurora Melchor, Midnight Milk, Adam Murphy, Never Ever After, Stray Lines, Richard Swan, This Man, This Pete!, Tiny Pencil, Amanda Eleanor Tribble, Myfanwy Tristram, University of Cumbria Comic Book Collective, Tom Ward, Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard, Chris Welch, Andrew Wildman, Jennifer Winetrobe and Aneurin Wright.
Retailers in the Clock Tower this year are First Age Comics, Forbidden Planet International, Imagination Station, Knot Like That, Orbital Comics and Page 45
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• You can also book tickets by phone by calling Kendal’s Brewery Box Office on 01539 725133