Batman and Doctor Who take over Comic Art Festival

The Comic Art Festival is open from today until Sunday Credit: ITV News Border

It's the second year the festival's been run, after Lakes Art in Kendal realised there was a gap in the market for a comic art festival in the UK.

There are smaller comic art conventions, mainly focused on collectors memorabilia and selling comic books but the closest thing to the festival is in France.

It means Kendal's festival is the third biggest in the world and its fast becoming the place to be for comic artists and fans.

Our reporter Fiona Marley Paterson turns into Batwoman Credit: ITV News Border
Artwork is also featured in shop windows Credit: ITV News Border

The whole town gets involved as art exhibitions aren't confined to galleries. Some of the biggest names in comic art have borrowed shop windows and pubs to showcase their work. There's also talks where fans can meet the artists and workshops to find out more on how to create comic books.The festival was launched with town hall staff hoisting a Batman flag into prime position, marking the start of comic art taking over the town.

A Doctor Who tardis has been installed in the Library. Unfortunately this one's not bigger on the inside so you're not allowed in, but it stands proudly next to the town's mottto 'Wool is Our Bread'. In a few years time, comic art may be too as the festival is one of the main reasons tourism stays afloat in the winter months.

South Lakeland District Council's donated £10,000 to the festival.

Doctor Who tardis has been installed in the Library Credit: ITV News Border

Most of the B&Bs have been booked for this weekend for months. It joins a calendar of events such as Kendal Mountain Festival and Mintfest, which also draw crowds in the winter months.

One B&B in particular is very happy about the festival. When Heidi and Dave Manion moved to Kendal from Manchester to run a B&B a few years ago, Dave thought he was saying goodbye to his comic art world. He has a collection of comic books and keeps a life-sized Spiderman bust in the bedroom, much to his wife's amusement. But when the festival was announced last year, he was delighted.

This festival's success is that it's found a niche, pulling enthusiasts from all over, filling Kendal as the tourist season dies down.

Children taking a look inside the Tardis Credit: ITV News Border

The Festival's on all weekend and it's mostly free.