Lakes International Comic Art Festival set to bring comic art wonder, wow and a little bit of weird to Bowness-on-Windermere

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will be held in Bowness-on-Windermere, within the heart of the Lake District National Park, for its tenth anniversary year from October 14 – 16th 2022. The best comic artists, writers and creators from over 25 countries are heading to the Lake District for a packed comic art weekend extravaganza.

Tizzie-Whizie, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival mascot, at the Jetty Museum, Bowness-on-Windermere
Tizzie-Whizie, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival mascot, at the Jetty Museum, Bowness-on-Windermere

For the 10th anniversary year, the Festival brings a re-energised format, in a new location and promoting a new mission – that “Comics can Change the World”. The family-friendly festival will take place across a number of venues in Bowness-on-Windermere, all within close walking distance and accessible by train, bus and bike.

Guests at the Festival include Guardian cartoonists Martin Rowson and Posy Simmonds, Eisner Award–winning Alison Bechdel, author of The Secret to Superhuman StrengthThe Simpsons artist Bill Morrison, plus Steve McGarry, one of the film artists from the Minions movie, plus Charlie Adlard, artist on The Walking Dead comics – and some awesome superhero comic artists who certainly know their Spider-Man from their Catwoman!

The Festival will open with a very special, sold out “Comics on Comics” event, combining comedians with comic artists, with special guests Charlie Higson (who writes comics as well as TV shows, books and more), Adele Cliff, a panellist of Battle of the Superheroes at the Edinburgh Fringe, and Lucy Porter, a comedian who, apparently, needs convincing comics are really good!

Festival venues include The Old Laundry Theatre, Windermere Jetty Museum and The Lakeview Comic Marketplace at Lake View – a lakeside bar and restaurant with spectacular views.

As usual, the Festival also offers plenty of family-friendly activities, and promises a weekend of wonderful events for all ages, and not one, but three venues will play host to after-hours social gatherings, including the Lake District Boat Club and Wheelhouse Nightclub.

There are loads of things to see and do for free – or you can buy a pass to access all premium events. 

“We are putting the lake into the Lakes International Comic Art Festival for our tenth year,” enthuses Festival Director Julie Tait. “Many of the venues overlook the stunning waters of Windermere and we are delighted that over 100 guests and exhibitors will be with us to celebrate the amazing world of comics and comic art.

“Comics play a vital role in boosting literacy, telling new stories and tackling the biggest issues of our time. I’d urge all lovers of art, literature and culture to come down and find out how comics really can change the world.

“The Festival programme includes live drawing, creative workshops, talks, presentations, a comics market place, debates, cartoonists, satire, exhibitions and some of the most amazing comic artists from across the globe. The Festival also brings a comic art trail around Bowness and a reinvigorated crazy golf course full of cartoon characters! You can even enjoy the warmth of our Finnish sauna by Windermere which includes some fast and hot events.”

• Tickets available here: www.comicartfestival.com/festival-tickets

• Download the full Festival programme as a PDF

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2022 highlights

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2022 Art by Sean Phillips

– The Lakeview Comics Marketplace – a free to enter comic art hub for a host of exhibitors including independent comic creators and publishers. It’s the perfect place to explore, buy and relax with your new comic books at the Lakeview Bar & Grill overlooking Windermere

– Windermere Jetty Museum is the place to go for free family events for children, brought to you by Little LICAF

– A boat trip event on Windermere with comics legend, Guardian cartoonist Posy Simmonds 

– A virtual reality showcase at the Old Fire Station at Windermere Jetty Museum exploring the connections between comics and technology

– Yellow Submarine – Bill Morrison’s Odyssey Through Pepperland exhibition at Windermere Jetty Museum – weekend ticket passes include free access to the rest of this amazing museum

– The Laundrama is the place to head for special guest signings and the Festival comic art book shop

• Tickets available here: www.comicartfestival.com/festival-tickets

• Download the full Festival programme as a PDF

Festival Guests in 2022

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2022 Guest Montage

Announced panel guests for 2022 are, in alphabetical order: Charlie Adlard, Dimitris Anastasiou, Mehdi Annassi, Lucie Arnoux, Bianca Bagnarelli, Alison Bechdel, Matthew Dooley, Ulla Donner, Oliver East, Karrie Fransman, Dave Gibbons, Paul Gravett, Kalle Hakkola, Jaime Hernandez, Eva Hilhorst, Bryan Hitch, Stephen L. Holland, Rian Hughes, Marc Jackson, Leomacs, Marine des Mazery, Vojtěch Mašek, Joe McGarry, Luke McGarry, Steve McGarry, Mick McMahon, Bill Morrison, Bex Ollerton, Dean Ormston, Jacob Phillips, Sean Phillips, Mike Perkins, Tim Pilcher, Ram V, Mollie Ray, Tom Richmond, Martin Rowson, Greg Rucka, Andrea Settimo, Katie Skelly, Posy Simmonds, Václav Šlajch, Fiona Stephenson, Maria Surducan, Bryan Talbot, Petteri Tikkanen, Jörg Tittel, Twin Cartoons, Judith Vanistandel, Asya Voitenko, and Andi Watson

• Profiles of all LICAF LIVE guests feature here on the official Festival web site

Lakeview Comics Marketplace Exhibitors 2022

Exhibitors at the Lakeview Comics Marketplace are: A&A Co., Art-Bubble, B7 Comics, Beatrice Mossman, Benjamin Dickson, Bryan Talbot, Bungaroosh, Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain, Catfood Comics, Clarice Tudor, Clark Bint, CoCo Comics, Comics Youth CIC, Coming Home – Re-Live, Drew Marr of Gold Lion Comics, Fanfare Presents, Gustaffo Vargas, ILYA GRAPHIC, J Webster Sharp, James Chapman, Joe Latham, Kate Mia White, Komiket, Kev F Sutherland, Lyndon White, Markosia Enterprises, Martin Geraghty, Matt Smith! (Smith vs Smith), Myriad Editions, Nick Brokenshire, Olivia Sullivan (ZEB.KO), Peter Morey Comics, Rachael Smith, Roger Langridge, Schnumn, SelfMadeHero, Story Forest, Teesside University, The 77 Publications, The Cartoon Museum, Tom Ward, Twins Cartoons, and Una

For full profiles visit this page on the Festival web site

• Tickets available here: www.comicartfestival.com/festival-tickets

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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