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Thousands of people are in Kendal this weekend for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

It's important for the town's economy at the end of the tourist season.

Fiona Marley Paterson has more.

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Artists say Kendal festival is the place to be for comic art

Over 7,000 comic art geeks are in Kendal for the town's Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

It's the festival's third year and artists say it's now become the place every comic artist wants to come to.

Organisers say it's the only festival of its kind in the UK and taps into a niche market that brings thousands of people to the South Cumbrian town at a time of year that would usually be quieter for tourists.

Steven Appleby, a transgender artist from Northumberland, says he's wanted to come to Kendal since hearing about the festival and has found it to be really friendly. He explains what his art is all about:

KAPOW... A comic knockout in Kendal

Some of the biggest names in comic books will be in the Lake District this weekend, as Kendal hosts the second International Comic Art Festival.

From the town hall to the library, shop windows and pubs, much of the town's joining in with the festival and that's proving a big boost to Kendal's economy.

Fiona Marley Paterson has more.

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Batman flag raised over Kendal for Comic Festival

Comic Arts Festival starts today Credit: ITV News Border

Now in its second year, Kendal's become the place to be for comic artists.

It's the only one of its kind in England so it draws thousands of people from all over the country - and the world - to the Lake District town at a time of year when the tourism season needs a boost.

Most B&Bs have been booked out for months and shop owners have been busy inviting artists to dress their windows as pop-up art galleries.

There are installations and talks all around town, with a Tardis in the library and a batcave in Ruskins bar. The Town Hall's flag has been replaced with a Batman flag.

Batman flag raised Credit: ITV News Border