Kendal, 6th March 2018: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce the first of its guests for its Festival weekend in Kendal (12th – 14th October 2018).

A range of Early Bird Passes, available for a limited time only, are on sale now.

First to be announced are British guests Yomi Ayeni, Ottilie Hainsworth, Kripa Joshi (who originally hails from Nepal), Rian Hughes, Ian Rankin and John WagnerKaisa Leka (from Finland) Victoria Lomasko (from Russia), Mikiko, Orijit Sen (from India); and Guy Delisle and Seth (from Canada).

Two US guests have also been announced so far – writer Joe Kelly and colourist Elizabeth Breitweiser.

Many more guests will be announced in the coming months from the UK and abroad, with an increase in the number of comic creators exhibiting in the Comics Clock Tower and other venues around the Lake District market town of Kendal.

The Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking place in one of the the country’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District, in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, it takes over the whole town for a weekend of comic art. Its aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.

“We’re delighted to announce this first tranche of guests for this year’s Festival,” commented Festival Director Julie Tait.

“With Early Bird tickets on sale, the team here in Kendal, working with our funding partners, both local and national, are gearing up for one of the best weekends of comic happenings in Kendal yet. Not only are we bringing a wide range of both British and international guests to the Lake District, but we’re making huge changes and additions to the programming, with lots happening in our Comics Clock Tower, new venues and much more.”