Duncan Fegredo, Audrey Niffenegger and more join Lakes Festival guest list

Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger

Not content with an already-announced guest list that includes top comic creators Scott McCloud, Gail Simone, Jock and Becky Cloonan, plus a Doctor Who-inspired group that features publisher Dez Skinn and top creators Nick Abadzis, Mike Collins and Robbie Morrison, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced four new top names have joined their the event line-up in October.

The newly-announced guests are visual artist and author Audrey Niffenegger, perhaps best known for her novel The Time Traveller’s Wife, whose event, hosted by Festival patron Mary Talbotis limited to just 35 tickets – so book now! (We’re told tickets for other events, such Scott McCloud and Jeff Smith’s appearances, are also selling fast).

Audrey’s most recent book, Raven Girl, was adapted into a dance for the Royal Ballet in London last year by Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer. She has been collaborating on comics with Festival guest Eddie Campbell, including Thursdays, Six to Eight p.m., which was published in The Guardian in May 2014.

Audrey will be interviewed by fellow author and festival patron Mary Talbot and tickets for her event on Saturday 18th October, available now, are very limited.

Duncan Fegredo

Duncan Fegredo

Returning to the Festival in its second year is Duncan Fegredo, delivering a free, impromptu and unusual live drawing experience.

Duncan is best known for collaborating with Mike Mignola on his signature creation, Hellboy but previously he created a bunch of fabulous books at Vertigo with Peter Milligan – Enigma, Girl and Face, worked on the hilarious Jay & Silent Bob with writer/director Kevin Smith and was also lead story artist on Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH.

Currently Fegredo is aiding and abetting the expansion of Mark Millar’s Millarworld with MPH.



Confirming the Festival’s truly international flavour, also joining the Festival is top French artist Boulet, who has over 25 graphic novels in print in his native country and has also worked on two books of the Dungeon series with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, available in English. He’ll also be providing a live drawing experience.

Rounding off these eleventh hour announcements is Dutch creator Barbara Stok (Dutch link), author of Vincent, a graphic novel biography of Van Gogh, published by SelfMadeHero.

Well known for her candid autobiographical graphic novels, in 2009 Stok was awarded the Stripschapprijs for her oeuvre, one of the most prestigious prizes for comic books in the Netherlands.

Barbara will be appearing as a Festival guest and will also be found in the Comics Clock Tower, along with many other comic creators, publishers and retailers over the weekend.

These four guests are by no means the final surprises in store for Festival goers. Keep your eyes peeled on the event’s official web site for the latest news…

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.

Barbara Stok. Image: Ricky van Duuren, via Wikipedia (Creative Commons)

Barbara Stok. Image: Ricky van Duuren, via Wikipedia (Creative Commons)

The huge line up of guests that this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival include acclaimed comics creator and newspaper strip artist Nick Abadzis (author of Laika); Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard; Fables and Sandman artist Mark Buckingham; The Mire and Wolves creator Becky Cloonan; Alec and From Hell artist Eddie Campbell; veteran publisher Dez Skinn; Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons; 2000AD artist Jock; digital comics pioneer Scott McCloud; Japanese artist Junko Mizuno; 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.

Visit the Festival web site for the full guest list announced so far, and find out who’s attending the Festival in the “Comic Clock Tower” as well as the programmed guests.

• Tickets for all the events at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th – 19th October) are on sale now. For the full guest list, details of events and exhibitions and bookings visit: www.comicartfestival.com

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