Dark Horse “Resident Alien” team join Lakes International Comic Art Festival guest line-up

We are delighted to announce more guests for our annual weekend long gathering in Bowness-on-Windermere, returning Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October 2023.

Tickets are on sale now for the event with Mehdi Annassi, aka MachimaLina GhaibehPeter HoganBill Morrison and Steve and Annie Parkhouse joining previously-announced guests: Charlie AdlardGerhardGigi CavenagoMichael LarkLucie LomováDave McKeanMarek Rubec, Festival poster designer Mohamed SalahRachael Smith and “Awkward Yeti” creator Nick Sulek.

A wide range of internationally acclaimed creators is still to be announced over the next two months, and you can find details of everyone announced so far here, and our Lakeview Comics Marketplace line-up of over 90 creators, publishers and illustrators, here.

The announcement of the team behind the Dark Horse hit comic Resident Alien, Peter Hogan and Steve and Annie Parkhouse, who have provided the Festival with the funniest biographies ever about their respective careers, comes just as their second Omnibus collection is due to hit comic shops, on 18th May, with a third, eight-episode season of its TV adaptation due to arrive on our screens in the autumn.

“We’ve got a great mix of creators in our line-up, from Britain and abroad, and it’s wonderful that Steve and Annie Parkhouse, who live in Cumbria, are joining this year’s event,” says Festival Director Julie Tait. “2000AD and Marvel UK fans will be pleased to hear that they and Peter Hogan are joining us in Bowness this year.

“We’ve always tried to introduce new comic creators to our audience, alongside respected, appreciated creators who are more well known. We’re confident we’ve got a great mix this year.”

The Festival is also aiming to boost its offering for younger comic readers, as well as established fans with a crowdfunding campaign to support the work of its “Little LICAF” team. The organisation is determined to help grow new audiences, echoing the work of many other comic events, representatives of several of them visiting the Festival this year for an event that will provide an opportunity for an exchange of ideas. 

Early backers of the Little LICAF Crowdfundr can choose to buy a Festival 2023 Weekend Ticket for just £20, but only a limited number are available.

• Head to the Festival’s official web site now and book your weekend tickets at a special “Early Bird” price, an offer that ends 31st May 2023