Domani 15 ottobre inizia il fine settimana fumettistico a Kendal, concentrato tra il Brewery Arts Centre ed ilComics Clock Tower, fino a domenica 17 ottobre 2021, con tanti ospiti, mostre, lo spazio mercato (nella Torre con l’Orologio-Palazzo del Municipio), lo spazio per le famiglie e quello per i bimbi.

Per il Diciottesimo appuntamento con le news del Lakes International Comic Art Festival (**), rigorosamente in lingua inglese, ecco una panoramica finale di tutto quello che sarà questa edizione del Festival dei Laghi.

Noi di Fumettomania non potremo esserci, se non con Cesare Giombetti (che speriamo potrà andarci sabato 16) ma non abbiamo fatto mancare il nostro sostegno con le varie news del LICAF pubblicate in tutti questi mesi.

Buon divertimento ai visitatori e buon lavoro allo staff organizzativo

Mario Benenati, curatore del sito web Fumettomania Magazine

Join us in Kendal this weekend!

Comic fans, artists, writers and creators from across the world are gathering in Kendal for The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal from 15th – 17th October 2021

If you’ve been following our social media and web site, you’ve probably already signed aboard for our 2021 comic art weekend spectacular this weekend, back as a real world event. Thank you!

But, just in case you haven’t yet been persuaded, then be assured, we’re all set to showcase the very best that the comic world offers, from big names to emerging talent! On offer is a festival that we hope brings a diverse mix of comic art styles, storytelling and outstanding creativity to Kendal…

Our family-friendly festival programme includes live drawingcreative workshops, a comic market place in our Comics Clock Towerdebates, cartoonists, satire, exhibitionsexclusive signings and some of the most amazing comic artists from across the globe.

Yes, you guessed it, we are so excited to be back in Kendal to celebrate the wonderful world of comic art, supported by the local community, fans, volunteers, funding partners, international partners, and more. On offer is a diverse, international line-up of guests from the UK, Europe, the US, Africa, China, the Philippines and more in our lovely town her in the Lakes. The majority of guests will be joining us in Kendal with some guests, due to travel restrictions, joining us via live streaming.

This year, the festival is looking at how comics can change the world by tackling some of the biggest issues of our time. The festival will showcase comics responding to climate change, the role of comics in improving educational attainment, how comics can be used to promote health messages and the power of political cartooning.

Do come along and find out about comics that are genuinely breaking new ground, reaching new audiences and tackling the biggest issues of our time. There will be debates, live draws, creative workshops, exhibitions, a comic art trail and activities for all the family.

We are looking forward to welcoming all our guests, and you, too, to Kendal for a proper weekend celebration of comic art!

See you here?

All the best,

John Freeman

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The Festival is committed to strictly adhere to all safety guidelines that may be in place in October

Festival Highlights

Battle of the Toons – opening gala Friday 15 October

The Friday night opening gala live from Kendal and New York! We’re collaborating with NCS Fest (the National Cartoonists’ Society Festival) with will be a 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 our audience.

The Comics Clock Tower – market place

Our comics marketplace returns to Kendal with the line-up reflecting the wide range of both mainstream and independent talent working in the comics medium across the UK. The free Comics Clock Tower takes over Kendal Town Hall for the festival weekend.

Comics Up Close – Friday 15 October

Leading international academics, creators and comic advocates from across the globe explore how comics are in the vanguard of delivering social change. Guests will showcase projects from across Europe and demonstrate the positive impact comics can have.

Martin Rowson: What a Fur Cup exhibition, Cross Lane Projects 15 Oct – 5 Nov

Martin Rowson is a multi-award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, writer, graphic novelist, broadcaster, ranter and poet. For nearly 40 years Martin Rowson has been the scourge of the political establishment, focusing his unflinching eye and scurrilous wit on those in power. What a Fur Cup will feature some of Rowson’s most powerful political cartoons, caricatures and comics and present an entertaining journey through the past forty years of politics and celebrity.

10 Years to Save the World – anthology launch

‘Ten Years to Save the World’ is one of the creative commissions supported by the British Council exploring climate change through art, science and digital technology. The project has an urgent message, we have ten years to make the big changes required to save our planet. Ten leading comic artists from the UK and the Philippines have collaborated to create a digital comic anthology to be launched at the festival.

News pubblished 2021-10-12:

Little LICAF – for younger comic fans

Little LICAF will be running activities both physical and online for younger comic fans and aspiring creators. Comic artists Sayra Begum, Neill Cameron, Hannah Eaton and Marc Jackson will be running free bookable workshop sessions on both Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October.

In conversation with Dave McKean

Dave McKean, one of the world’s most respected comics creators, discusses new graphic novel ‘Raptor’ and future projects with Paul Gravett on Saturday 16 October 12:00

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

My Only Child – launch

My only Child – launch (LICAF 2021)

Joining the Festival from Beijing will be leading Chinese comic creator Wang Ning, for the worldwide launch of his anthology My Only Child, a co-commission by the festival and Fanfare UK – the first global publication of a beautiful yet harrowing set of real-life stories exposing the human impact of the world’s most extreme programme of population control.

The Art of Creation – Saturday 16 October

Is there anything more mesmerising and revealing than watching great artists do their thing before your very eyes? Live drawing has always been one of the cornerstones of our festival, and this year is no exception! You can watch four of our top European guests at work drawing live with Manuele Fior (Italy), Jul Maroh (France), Boulet (France) and Lucie Lomová (Czech Republic).

Creative workshops

From stop frame animation and drawing, to using humour in your comics we are running a number of creative workshops for the next generation of comic artists to learn their craft. The workshops are hands-on, practical and brught to you by leading artists working in the comic industry.

And much, much more…

The festival is held at venues throughout the Brewery Arts Centre and across the town of Kendal. Please check online for location details and guidance regarding the accessibility of our venues.

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

Note per gli editori

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2021 : 15-17 ottobre 2021 :

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.

Li includiamo in ogni comunicato stampa a scopo informativo e per riconoscere i nostri numerosi finanziatori e principali sostenitori.

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.












15 maggio 2021








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