The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce that the award-winning comic creator Eddie Campbell has joined the event’s line-up of guests, as one of the “extra” names for the weekend-long event in October that will be revealed across the next few months.

Eddie Campbell has been working in comics for over thirty years. His works include the huge From Hell in collaboration with Alan Moore; Bacchus, concerning the further adventures of the 4,000-year-old God of Wine, and Alec, an autobiographical comic he has been drawing since 1981.

Recent books have included The Fate of the Artist, The Lovely Horrible Stuff, and The From Hell Companion, a book crammed full of theory, anecdote and outtakes. This summer he is undertaking a tour with Neil Gaiman to promote The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountain, a performance/reading now turned into a book.

He has also collaborated with Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller’s Wife, on a strip published last weekend by The Guardian, “Thursdays, Six to Eight p.m”.

Many of his works have been published in print by Britain’s Knockabout Comics in partnership with Top Shelf Productions, and digitally by Festival sponsor SEQUENTIAL.

“It’s exciting to see Britain getting a proper comics festival like they have in France and Italy,” says Eddie of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival‘s programme.” And it’s even more exciting to be a part of it.”

He also reveals his talk – which he re-works from event to event – has the intriguing title “Eddie Campbell talks about living in a comic.”

Eddie is the latest addition to the guest list that includes a range of British and overseas creators including acclaimed comics creator and newspaper strip artist Nick Abadzis (author of Laika); Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, artist Mark Buckingham; The Mire and Wolves creator Becky Cloonan; Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons; 2000AD artist Jock; Japanese artist Junko Mizuno; digital comics frontiersman Scott McCloud; Drowntown co-creator Robbie Morrison; leading US comics writer Gail Simone; the creator of the multi-award winning Bone Jeff Smith; Grandville and Luther Arkwright author Bryan Talbot, one of the Festival’s patrons alongside Sean Phillips and Mary Talbot; and Emma Vieceli 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 Markteplace.

• Eddie’s event event will take place on Sunday 19th October 2014 at 12.15pm at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal. Tickets for all the events at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival are on sale now. For the full guest list, details of events and bookings visit: www.comicartfestival.com

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