Quattordicesimo appuntamento con le news da Kendal (UK), del Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

John Freeman, responsabile stampa delLakes festival e autore di un blog ricco di articoli, ha annunciato qualche giorno fa che Il Lakes International Comic Art Festival e la National Cartoonists Society uniscono le forze per uno spettacolo combinato, virtuale e reale, durante il fine settimana dal 15 al 17 ottobre 2021.

Nota bene: Quali supporter del LICAF 2021, questa preview la condividiamo direttamente in inglese.

Mario Benenati, curatore del sito: Fumettomania Web Magazine

Lakes International Comic Art Festival, National Cartoonists Society join forces for combined virtual and real world spectacular in October

(Il Lakes Festival e la National Cartoonists Society uniscono le forze per uno spettacolo combinato, virtuale e reale, in ottobre)


If the physical Lakes International Comic Art Festival coming to Kendal in October isn’t enough excitement for you already, then you’ll be delighted to hear that the organisation has partnered with the US-based National Cartoonists Society to bring you another virtual NCSFest, complementing real world events over the weekend.

NCSFest will take place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2021, with LICAF running from 14th – 17th October in the Cumbrian town, which will, as usual, be awash with comics creators from around the globe.

The team behind NCSFest are putting together a fantastic schedule of virtual events alongside the awarding of the 2020 Divisional Reuben Awards, which includes taking part in LICAF’s opening event “Battle of the Toons” on Friday 14th October.

Eight comic book characters are floating high over the Lake District in a hot air balloon. All is tranquil until… LICAF, we have a problem! The balloon is sinking and all excess weight must be lost to stay in the air!

This gala event is a classic balloon debate featuring eight guests, each taking on the role of their own chosen comic character. At the end of the night, only one will survive, and that depends on how well they make their case to you, our audience.
In an intercontinental twist, some of the contestants will be joining in live from NCSFest in America. And the whole thing will be lampooned live by master guest cartoonists Steve McGarryLuke McGarry and friends.

As if that weren’t enough, the opening night will also feature the awarding of this year’s Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art and some other exciting announcements.

So – mark your calendars and stay tuned to the NCS blog and LICAF web site, and social media for further updates on and unmissable schedule with a very special international twist – our friends at the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival will be sharing in the fun and programming live from across the pond!

NCSFest is the brainchild of Steve McGarry, the syndicated cartoonist and story artist who serves as President of the NCS Foundation, the charitable and educational arm of the National Cartoonists Society. 

To help fulfill his vision of putting the NCS at the heart of a free cartoon arts festival to rival the great European events, he enlisted the aid of Julie Tait, Director of the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival. 

With the aid of an incredibly strong team and an army of volunteers – as well as the expertise of Mathieu Diez, then Director of French festival Lyon BD – and the full support of the city of Huntington Beach, NCSFest was born in 2019.

Formed in 1947, the National Cartoonists Society is regarded as the most prestigious organisation of professional cartoonists in the world, with such legends as Peanuts creator Charles M Schulz, Walt Disney, Rube Goldberg and Milton Caniff among its alumni.

Today’s membership numbers more than 400 eminent cartoonists and many of these world famous creators are appearing at NCSFest. The NCS will also stage its annual Reuben Awards – the comics and cartoons equivalent of the Oscars – during the Festival.

A busy Comics Clock Tower at LICAF, back in 2019
A busy Comics Clock Tower at LICAF, back in 2019

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival celebrates great comic art from across the world, and strongly believes Comics Can Change The World, developing and offering a wide range of outreach projects local, national and international, working with key partners and other Festivals across the globe, funded by the Arts Council.

Its annual Festival event is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District and bringing the town together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art.

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.

• Check out details of the Battle of the Toons event here on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site

 Tickets are on sale now for this physical event from the Festival web site

  • The Lakes International Comic Art Festival – back 15th to 17th October 2021 – 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

• Want to receive news about the Lakes International Comic Art Festival? Then sign up for their newsletter now

• Check out their LITTLE LICAF Facebook Page here and the dedicated LITTLE LICAF Instagram here

• For more about NCSFest visit NCSFest.com

• Don’t forget, you can re-visit the 2020 sessions of the virtual NCSFest at https://ncsfest.com/2020/

Note per gli editori

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2021 : 15-17 ottobre 2021 : www.comicartfestival.com

I seguenti elementi sono informazioni di base sul Festival Internazionale del Fumetto dei Laghi che potresti trovare utili per altri articoli per il tuo punto vendita di notizie sulla nostra organizzazione.

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Gli Ospiti del Festival nel 2021

Announced guests for October 2021 in Kendal so far, in alphabetical order, are (Gli ospiti annunciati per ottobre 2021 a Kendal finora, in ordine alfabetico, sono): Charlie Adlard, Roger Beley Alonzo, Steven Appleby, Yomi Ayeni, Sayra Begum, Maria Björklund, Boulet, Neill Cameron, Kate Charlesworth, Chris Condon, Darren Cullen, Darryl Cunningham, Hugleikur Dagsson, Oliver East, Manuele Fior, Simon Hanselmann, Marc Jackson, Nicola Jennings, Olivier Kugler, Michael Lark, Jeff Lemire (now making a virtual appearance due to COVID-shifted work schedules), Leomacs, Mike Luckovich, Jul Maroh, Vojtěch Mašek, Dave McKean, Lou McKeever (aka BlueLou), Luke McGarry, Steve McGarry, Ziki Nelson, Wam Ning, Albert Luba Ntolila, Jacob Phillips, Sean Phillips, Kate Prior, David A. Roach, Miles Ross, Martin Rowson, Greg Rucka, Matt Smith, Rachael Smith, Glen Southern, Lucy Sullivan, Jack Teagle, Ann Telnaes, Clarice Tudor, the VIZ team and Steve Yeowell

• I profili di tutti gli ospiti di LICAF LIVE sono presenti qui sul sito web ufficiale del Festival

Comics Clock Tower Exhibitors 2021

Visit the Virtual Comics Clock Tower via the Festival web site for more information on Comics Clock Tower exhbitors

Exhibitors include:

1826 Comic, Art-Bubble, B7 Media, Big Brown Eyes Collective, Bruno Stahl, Cast Iron Books, Catfood Comics, Cathy Brett, The Cartoonists Club of Great Britain, Centrala, Chris Askham, CoCo Comics, Colleen Douglas, Conundrum Press, Cutaway Comics, E Merlin Murray, the Etherington Brothers,

Gold Lion Comics, Gustaffo Vargas, Hocus Pocus, Ian Sharman, Joe Latham, Kate Mia White, Kev F Sutherland, Knockabout, Lancaster University, Lewis Campbell, Madzines, Martin Simpson, Matt Simmons, Matt Smith! (Smith vs Smith), Mereida, Metaphrog, Mister Hope, Moonsquid Ink, Myriad Editions, Nona Gallery, Norm Konyu, Olivia Sullivan, Peter Morey, Pitteville Press, Roger Langridge, Ronny Worsey and Brian Gorman, Schnumn, SelfMadeHero, Soaring Penguin Press, Turnaround and Woodland Creatures

About Us

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, centred on events and comics projects brought to you from one of the country’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District, in the market town of Kendal.

Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, the annual Festival usually takes over the whole town for a weekend of comic art every October.

The Festival’s aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.

The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Yomi Ayeni, Kate Charlesworth, Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland, Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Zoom Rockman.

The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is supported by Choose CumbriaCumbria County Council, South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council

Our main sponsors are LenovoWestmorland Shopping CentreLancaster University and Southern GFX.

Our founder partners are the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College, and we are also supported by the Australia Council for the ArtsThe British CouncilThe Finnish Institute in LondonFlanders HouseFlanders LiteratureInstitut Français du Royaume-Uni, the Italian Cultural Institute, the National Cartoonists Society and Wallonie Bruxelles International.

We also receive support from publishers David Fickling Comics, publishers of The Phoenix comic, Fanfare Press and Knockabout Press.

Thanks also to our generous donors: Charlie Adlard, Lynette Adlard, Graham Dury, Peter Kessler, Bryan Talbot, Sean Phillips and Simon Thorp.


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