Lakes Festival confirms first round of guests, including Gail Simone and Jeff Smith

Gail Simone, March 2013. Photo: <a OnceAndFutureLaura (ShareAlike Usage License)

Gail Simone, March 2013. Photo: OnceAnFutureLaura (ShareAlike 2.0 Usage)

Hot on the heels of announcing the final creative line-up for its 24 Hour Comics Marathon, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival has just announced a number of top comic creators who will be attending their event in Kendal in October, joining the previously-announced Scott McCloud and many others for an entire weekend of comic activities at various venues in the town.

• Gail Simone is the writer of Birds of PreySecret SixWelcome to TranquilityThe All-New AtomDeadpoolRed Sonja and, it was recently announced, a Savage Wolverine story. More info:

• Jeff Smith is the creator of the multi-award winning, multi-million selling Bone series and the more recent RASL. More info:

• British writer and artist Dave Gibbons numerous credits include Dan Dare  and Rogue Trooperfor 2000ADDoctor Who,  Give Me Liberty, The Originals and Green Lantern Corps. He is the co-creator of Watchmen – the latter one of the best-selling graphic superhero graphic novels of all time. You can find Dave here on Twitter:

• Comic artist Jock is best known for his work on 2000AD, on strips such as Judge Dreddand Lenny Zero – and for Vertigo’s The Losers, which was written by fellow Brit Andy Diggle. He was also the main concept artist on the Dredd movie. More info:

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 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.

• Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival go on sale from 25th April 2014. Sign up for the Festival’s newsletter here for the latest news

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