A POPULAR comic festival is moving towns for its tenth anniversary.

Lakes Arts Festivals announced it will hold its annual Comic Art Festival in Bowness next year, instead of its usual base in Kendal.

The core of the festival will take over multiple venues within Bowness, on the east banks of Windermere, with some activities still taking place in Kendal.

The festival will take place between October 14 and 16 and organisers have said the move is a bid to ‘re-energise’ the festival, which attracts artists, writers and fans from across the globe.

Julie Tait, festival director said: “Hosting a comic art festival in Bowness presents an incredible opportunity to bring the wonder of comics to new audiences within an iconic, world-heritage landscape.

“This isn’t about moving the existing festival from Kendal to Bowness, this is about re-imagining the Festival for a new era.

“The world of comics is continually changing, and we want to reflect this in a new festival that unlocks 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.”

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Visitors to the festival can expect live drawing, creative workshops, a comic market place, debates, cartoonists, satire, exhibitions, exclusive signings and comic artists from across the globe.

And the festival offers a diverse, international line-up 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 into the Lakes.

“I’ve been a supporter, patron and guest artist at 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’ll be on the shores of Windermere, an iconic location for what has become an iconic comics festival. I can’t wait to see you in the Lakes in 2022, for my favourite show in the UK!”

Lakes Arts Festivals will continue to run comic art activity in many other cities and towns throughout the UK, along with an extensive international programme.