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 Prey, Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, The All-New Atom, Deadpool, Red Sonja and, it was recently announced, a Savage Wolverine story. More info: http://gailsimone.tumblr.com
• Jeff Smith is the creator of the multi-award winning, multi-million selling Bone series and the more recent RASL. More info: www.boneville.com
• British writer and artist Dave Gibbons numerous credits include Dan Dare and Rogue Trooperfor 2000AD; Doctor 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: https://twitter.com/davegibbons90
• 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: www.4twenty.co.uk
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
• Lakes International Comic Art Festival: www.comicartfestival.com