Con il Festival Internazione della Comic Art dei Laghi, che ogni anno si tiene a metà ottobre in Kendal (Cumbria – UK), ho un rapporto particolare visto che tra i padrini ci sono Mary e Bryan Talbot. Io e Fumettomania lo abbiamo seguito nel 2013, l’anno della sua nascita, e continuiamo a  farlo cercando, nel nostro piccolo, di dargli visibilità anche da noi in Italia; magari incuriosiamo qualche appassionato di fumetti per farsi una bella gita in quel periodo ed essere presente a questo bel Festival.
Inotre, da qualche anno, c’è il nostro amico e collaboratore di Fumettomania, ora socio: Cesare Giombetti, che abita e lavora a Preston (UK) che in quei giorni è presente (almeno un giorno) al Festival.

Ancora una volta, dunque, ricevo e pubblico la news più recente ricevuta da LICAF, dal responsabile dei rapporti con la stampa, John Freeman. Vi invito, infine,   a seguire pure la pagina social su FB (, che viene aggiornata giornalmente con tante notizie interessanti.

Buona lettura
mario b.

Lakes International Comic Art Festival:
Two Months To Go, Full Programme Online!

ichael Cho's art for this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival Programme and Poster
Michael Cho’s art for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival Programme and Poster

The countdown to this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival has begun! Get set for a celebration of comic art from across the world now by checking out our full, final programme, available, to read online or download as a PDF.

The weekend-long festival (running Friday 13th – Sunday 15th October 2017), celebrating the amazing world of comics, takes over the scenic town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District.

Featuring live comic drawing, films, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performances, masterclasses, a free family zone and independent 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.

The Festival brings the biggest names in comic art to Cumbria with over 70 special guests from across the comic world.

There really is something for everyone, whether you’re a comic veteran, new to comics or just love seeing amazing artists at work.

• Read the Festival Programme online (Issuu) | Download the Lakes Internationals Comic Art Festival Programme (PDF)

Book Your Tickets Now!

Uno dei poster del LICAF 2013

Book your tickets for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival here. This year’s events programme includes live draws, masterclasses, interactive talks and a chance to get up close to the best comic creators in the world!

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Kendal Calling Comic Creator Interviews!

banner promozionale del LICAF per l'autrice di fumetti Aimee De Jongh

If you want to know more about just some of our 70 plus guests (and that’s not including the creators set to take over the Comics Clock Tower), then head over to downthetubes, where the site is running a series of “Kendal Calling” interviews.

So far, these include Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard, Festival poster artist Michael Cho, Bad Company artist Rufus Dayglo, Duncan Fegredo, Aimée de Jongh, John Martz, award-wining creators METAPHROG, comics writer Peter Milligan, 2000AD artist Mark Sexton, ace Beano cartoonist Lew Stringer, Finnish comics legend and rock god Petteri Tikkanen – and many more!

• Read the “Kendal Calling” interviews with comic creators now!

Just who is coming to this year’s Festival?

foto di Charlie Adlard

A huge line up of both British and globe-spanning international comics talent is being lined up for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, taking place 13th – 15th October 2017.

From AustraliaRachel Ang, Leonie Brialey, Sarah Firth, Chris Gooch, Stuart Medley. Bruce Mutard and Mark Sexton

From the United States: Sergio Aragones, Jason Latour, Luke McGarry, Steve McGarry, Tom Richmond , Stan Sakai, and Rick Stromoski.

From Canada: Michael Cho, Claudia Davila, John Martz, Ryan North, Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki, and Chip Zdarsky (above).

From the UK and Ireland: Comics Laureate and Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard; John Allison, Dan Berry, Hannah Berry, Gareth Brookes, Darryl Cunningham, Joe Decie, Graham Dury and Simon Thorp, Jonathan Edwards and FeltMistress (aka Louise Evans), the Etherington Brothers, Duncan Fegredo, Fumio Obata, Sean Phillips, Tony Husband, Marc Jackson, Tim Quinn,  Paula Knight, Kermit Leveridge and Mal Earl, team Metaphrog, Emmeline Pidgen, Lew Stringer, Bryan Talbot, Mary M. Talbot, Emma Vieceli and Christian Ward.

Celebrating 40 years of the SF weekly comic 2000AD we have Peter Milligan and Steve MacManus.

From Europe: Ivan Petrus, Benoit Peeters, Miguel Dominguez, Jason and Aimée de Jongh. The Festival will also have a special delegation of creative talent from Finland, in partnership with the Finnish Institute, along with many Moomin-themed celebrations. The line-up we can reveal so far includes Johanna Rojola, the equivalent of our Comics Laureate in Finland – and one of Finland’s leading comic artists; and comics art rock star, Petteri Tikkanen

The Comics Clock Tower will also be packed with comic creators from across the UK and beyond, detailed on our web site.

The Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking place in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District in the North West of the country, in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, it takes over the whole town for a weekend of comic art. Its 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 Festival’s dedicated organisers are determined to build on last year’s growing visitor numbers still further in 2017, reflecting their aim to deliver a truly European-style comics festival involving the whole of the local community and visitors in a truly unique comics experience.

• For all events information visit the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site: | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

Festival Charity: OCD Action

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is proud to be supporting the work of OCD Action. As the UK’s largest and most comprehensive OCD charity, OCD Action is able to provide accurate and up-to-date information on OCD and related conditions. The charity runs a helpline, advocacy service, support group network and forum to help people with the disorder, and also works to raise awareness in the media and campaigns to improve access to quality treatment for OCD.

• For more information about OCD Action visit

Festival Sponsors and Benefactors

The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Boulet, Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli, and Stephen L. Holland, owner of the award-winning independent comic shop Page 45 in Nottingham.

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

Our main sponsors are comiXology, Westmorland Shopping Centre, Lancaster University, the University of Cumbria and Wacom.

Our founder partners are the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College.

We are also supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, The Finnish Institute in London, Wallonie Bruxelles International, Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, Knockabout Press, Fanfare Press, and the National Cartoonists Society.

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

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival welcomes donations to our work. Find out more about making a donation on our web site

Thanks for reading! See you soon!

• Book your tickets for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival here. This year’s events programme includes live draws, masterclasses, interactive talks and a chance to get up close to the best comic creators in the world!

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