The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is pleased to announce six more guests for its 2014 event, including the former Malta Comic Con guests, Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) and Emma Vieceli (Vampire Academy).

Top designer and comics creator Rian Hughes, Fables artist Mark Buckingham, self-taught Japanese artist Junko and Dutch underground comics artist Joost Swarte will also join other comic creators for Kendal’s second comics extravaganza.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th – 19th October 2014) is a new kind of comic art event in the UK. Modelled on a European-style festival it aims to take over the market town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, with comic art presenting the widest range of genres. Events include a 24 Hour Comic Marathon, children’s comic workshops, talks, signings, Great War in Comics art exhibition and a Comics Fair.

“I’m so happy to be returning to the Lakes Festival as a guest this time around,” enthuses Emma Vieceli. “In its opening year, the event proved itself to be one worth saving the date for. Kendal, as well as having familial relevance to me, is a beautiful town nestled in the Lake District; worth a visit even without the draw of a comics festival. But, as well as its beauty, it’s filled with a community who gathered around the convention last year, proving themselves to be enthusiastic, welcoming and clearly excited about seeing how the event could grow… I don’t blame them. I am too!”

Previously announced guests for the Festival include Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons, digital comics frontiersman Scott McCloud, leading US comics writer Gail Simone, and artists Sean Phillips, COSTA Award winner Bryan Talbot and Jonathan Edwards, who has designed the event’s “Mascot Family”.

“Kendal truly has the potential to be the Angouleme of the UK,” says Charlie Adlard, “and for that reason alone, I love this festival. Please ask me back every year!”


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