Young fans, unfazed by bad weather, at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Photo: LICAF

From The Trenches and In Pictures: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018

This year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival – the weekend-long event in Kendal, Cumbria, now in its sixth year – saw dedicated comics fans brave Storm Callum in their hundreds to enjoy a weekend of creator events, exhibitions (some still on), steampunk, book launches and more this weekend. For me, it was a bit ofContinue reading From The Trenches and In Pictures: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018

Lakes International Comic Art Festival - September 2018 Banner

The 2018 Lakes International Comic Art Festival: A Quick Primer

A world of comic art will be arriving in Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, 12–14th October, 2018. downthetubes readers know this already of course, especially if you’ve been following our “Festival Focus” interviews with comic artists and writers, but what can you expect from this year’s Cumbria comics extravaganza? Well, here’s aContinue reading The 2018 Lakes International Comic Art Festival: A Quick Primer

The Drunken Bakers by Barney Farmer and Lee Healey

Comics and comedy collide in May at Kendal’s Freerange Comedy Festival

Comics will be mashing with some top comedy in Kendal in May, coming together for this year’s Freerange Comedy Festival. Barney Farmer of VIZ fame, co-creator of the darkly hilarious “Drunken Bakers”, will be rubbing shoulders with top touring comics such as Arthur Smith, Nick Revell and Mark Steel, thanks to support from the LakesContinue reading Comics and comedy collide in May at Kendal’s Freerange Comedy Festival

Traces of the Great War - Without a Trace by Robbie Morrison & Charlie Adlard SNIP

14-18 NOW “Traces of the Great War” international comic anthology announced

Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced Traces of the Great War, a new and ambitious anthology publication exploring the traces and impact of the World War One on our lives today. Featuring over 20 internationally acclaimed comic artists and writers, the project has been jointly commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme forContinue reading 14-18 NOW “Traces of the Great War” international comic anthology announced

"Five Bridges" Exhibition Poster by Mike Medaglia

2015 Winter Flood Stories inspire powerful new Lakes Festival Comics Exhibition, “Five Bridges”

Ahead of Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival this weekend (14th – 16th October), some of the event’s Exhibitions are now open, with others to follow on 12th October. Beatrix Potter Reimagined, which runs until 28th October 2016 is open now at Kendal Library, as are Making a Scene at the Brewery Arts Centre featuring the work of world renowned artist Ken Niimura (whoContinue reading 2015 Winter Flood Stories inspire powerful new Lakes Festival Comics Exhibition, “Five Bridges”