The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, the established annual celebration of prestige comic artists, creators and publishers, once again took over a picturesque town in the UK’s Lake District… but this time they weren’t setting up their stalls in Kendal. Instead, they had moved beside your actual lake – I know, how novel! – with LICAF holding court in Bowness-On-Windermere over the weekend of Friday 14th-Sunday 16th October.
I wasn’t able to make it to the rest of the weekend’s festivities – missing, by all accounts, some amazing panels. signings and appearances by world-renowned comic superstars, a performance by Charlie Adlard and his band, karaoke that will only be saved in the memory of those there and some boozy nights!
However, what I took in on the Sunday was more than enough to tell me that this iteration of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival continues in the trend of a very respectable and enjoyable comic celebration.
During my day, I managed to speak to a number of creatives who had been exhibiting at the show, including illustrator extraordinaire Lyndon White, fresh off the back of a number of successful Kickstarter campaigns during lockdown – notably CANDLES and REANIMATOR, soon to gear up for another edition shortly.
Lyndon talks to me about the move of the Lakes from Kendal to Windermere, how that affects any trade creators need to do to justify the transition, how the books have been received over the weekend and what’s on the horizon for his work…