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

"But this is the one that everyone's like, 'you have to go to Kendal now,' and this is the place to be so like here you have shop windows who are doing amazing displays of Jonathan Edwards and Louise Evans' works and these little monsters everywhere and you get... they've actually brewed a festival beer: Fighter fluid, It's based on a Viz thing. And it just feels like everyone in Kendal's like really supporting this. That's exciting."

Sarah McIntyre, Comic Artist from Seattle, US

"I think the comic art audience is a particular kind and they will travel to the ends of the earth and into other universes to get to an event to see somebody they really admire, so that's part of the appeal. It's a truly international festival. We know people are travelling especially even just for one event from like Italy or Sweden or whatever and also it's appealing to local people."

Julie Tait, Organiser of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival
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

"For every £1 that we put in, we get around £100 back. So people fly in to this event from California and the west coast of the US. We're going to get around £1million into the local economy. That's our strategy in South Lakeland: to regenerate towns and town centres with events and festivals and you know Fiona, it's working. We've just got figures that the empty shops in Kendal are down 25% from last year and it's at the lowest figure for 6 years and you know also the event is the most enormous fun as well."

Peter Thornton, Leader of South Lakeland District Council

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.

"I've been into comics since I was like 5 / 6, and just when we moved to Kendal I didn't think there'd be any opportunity because all the comic book shops are in the major cities. My wife wont see my this weekend - she's a comic book widow! I'm going to try to get to most of them."

Dave Manion

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

"Last year we had the Fin Art Bar and a lot of the Viz work out, which was excellent for the pub. This year of course we've got the batcave which is going to be great for us and hoping to see similar trade into that and it's great that small businesses can be involved as well as other events happening at other places like the Town Hall."

Phil Walker, Ruskins Bar in Kendal

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