Wanted: Volunteers to help deliver the inaugural Lakes International Comic Art Festival

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It’s now just over six months to the first Lakes International Comic Art Festival and we’re starting our search for volunteer superheroes to help with the festival, which will be held in Kendal.

We’re looking for comic art fans and keen festival enthusiasts to help us deliver the event – which is attracting a line-up of some of the world’s best comic artists and writers from the UK and abroad.

We need a team of around 50 volunteers to work in a variety of roles to ensure visitors enjoy a fantastic experience.

Julie Tait, our Festival Director, says: “It is a very ambitious festival with a fantastic line up of guests in its first year. It will be a very busy weekend with people coming from across the UK and much further afield. It will be hard work but hugely rewarding for all those who choose to participate in the inaugural year and make it the success we are sure it will be.”

Jobs the volunteers could do include chaperoning international artists or writers, providing information for the public, and helping out at the festival’s various venues within the town – such as the Brewery Arts Centre or at the special kids and families’ zone.

People, aged 18 or older, interested in becoming a volunteer for the festival should email their details to jan@comicartfestival.com

We’re hoping to hear from potential volunteers as soon as possible. As an added incentive to sign up early, there will be a briefing session for volunteers in May, with a chance to meet festival patron Bryan Talbot – who, along with his wife Mary, won the 2012 Costa Biography Award.

The festival will run from 18-20 October 2013 in Kendal in Cumbria and has a guest list running to more than 50 writers and artists from the United States, Europe, South America and the UK, who work in a wide range of different genres. The guests who have been announced so far include American writer Ed Brubaker, Charlie Adlard the artist on The Walking Dead, Simon Thorp and Graham Dury who created Viz, American comics journalist Joe Sacco, cartoonist Posy Simmonds, as well as John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra who created Judge Dredd.

More details about the new event are available at http://www.comicartfestival.com. It is also possible to keep up to date with plans for the festival by following @comicartfest on Twitter or by liking the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Facebook page.

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