Lakes Comic Art Festival moves to Bowness from Kendal

A POPULAR comic book festival gets cities moving for its tenth anniversary.

Lakes Arts Festivals has announced that it will hold its annual comic festival in Bowness next year, instead of its usual base in Kendal.

The heart of the festival will occupy several venues in Bowness on the east side of Windermere, with some activities still taking place in Kendal.

The festival will take place from October 14-16 and organizers said the move was an attempt to “re-energize” the festival, which attracts artists, writers and fans from around the world.

Festival Director Julie Tait said: “Holding a comic art festival in Bowness presents an incredible opportunity to bring the wonder of comics to new audiences in an iconic landscape of World Heritage.

“It’s not about moving the existing festival from Kendal to Bowness, it’s about reinventing the festival for a new era.

“The world of comics is constantly changing, and we want to reflect that in a new festival that unleashes the power of comics to change the world.

“We are already looking forward to welcoming our regular festival visitors and new audiences to LICAF 2022.”

Festival visitors can expect live cartoons, creative workshops, a comics market, debates, cartoonists, satire, exhibitions, exclusive signings and comic artists from around the world .

And the festival features a diverse and international lineup of guests from the UK, Europe, the US, Africa, China, the Philippines and more.

Award-winning comic artist and festival patron Charlie Adlard said he was “excited” to see the festival move to the lakes.

“I have been a supporter, patron and guest artist of the festival for many years,” he said.

“I’m super excited to see the festival in its tenth year move even deeper into the lakes.

“In 2022 we will be on the shores of Windermere, an iconic location for what has become an iconic comic festival. Can’t wait to see you around the lakes in 2022, for my favorite show in the UK!

The Lakes Arts Festivals will continue to hold comic book activities in many other towns and cities across the UK, as well as an extensive international programme.

Daniel K. Denny