Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns to Bowness in September 2023

After the success of this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Bowness-on-Windermere the dates for next year’s event have been announced as 29th September – 1st October 2023.

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2022 -  “Wander More with Welsby” trail
Photo: Chris Payne

Putting the Lake into the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, the weekend-long event will be just part of a dynamic, year-round programme of international comic art activity, based in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

With its continuing mission of using comics to change the world, the Festival’s work, which includes an academic conference in February at the University of Manchester, is supported by major partners that include Arts Council England, the Lake District National Park AuthoritySouth Lakeland District Council, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and Lancaster University.

Since its inception in 2013, the annual Festival has been held in Kendal, but for its tenth year, the core of the Festival took over multiple venues within Bowness-on-Windermere, on the east banks of Lake Windermere. The move was met with delight by locals and comic fans alike, and plans for next year will incorporate feedback from this year’s attendees to make the very most of the new location.

Guests have yet to be announced, and exhibitor applications will open in January.

Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland gives his talk, “The Secret History, Medium & Mechanics of Comics”, in the Jetty Museum's Boat House.
Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland gives his talk, “The Secret History, Medium & Mechanics of Comics”, in the Jetty Museum’s Boat House.
Award-winning comic creator Alison Bechdel on stage with Hannah Berry at LICAF 2022. Photo: Chris Payne
Award-winning comic creator Alison Bechdel on stage with Hannah Berry at LICAF 2022. Photo: Chris Payne
Twins Cartoons - brothers Haitham and Mohamed El-seht - share the challenges of creating comics in the Middle East, at the Old Laundry Theatre. Photo: Chris Payne
Twins Cartoons – brothers Haitham and Mohamed El-seht – share the challenges of creating comics in the Middle East, at the Old Laundry Theatre. Photo: Chris Payne

Julie Tait, Festival Director said: “We’ve been blown away by the response to the move to Bowness-on-Windermere, which we always knew would present an incredible opportunity to bring the wonder of comics to new audiences, within an iconic, world-heritage landscape. “The move was always about re-imagining the Festival for a new era, and the feedback we’ve had will really help shape our offer next September.“We are looking forward to welcoming our regular Festival visitors and new audiences to LICAF 2023.”

Lakes Arts Festivals, who run LICAF, is also planning to run comic art activity in many other cities and towns throughout the UK, including Kendal, along with an extensive international programme.

Bill Morrison’s “Yellow Submarine” exhibition continues at Windermere Jetty Museum until 2nd January 2023

• The “Wander More with Welsby” trail, featuring unique creations by world-renowned duo Jonathan Edwards and Louise Evans aka Feltmistress, continues around Bowness into the Winter months. The Trail was created with funding from the Lake District National Park Authority

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival – back 29th September to 1st October 2023 – is online at: www.comicartfestival.com | Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast: www.comicartpodcast.uk | Twitter: @comicartfestpod | Facebook: @ComicArtPodcast | Instagram: @ComicArtPodcast | Virtual Comics Clock Tower: licafclocktower.com

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.



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