FESTIVAL bosses have revealed this year’s “Comedians on Comics” opening night of its annual weekend-long gathering in Bowness.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, running from September 29 to October 1, has announced comedian and comic creator Frankie Boyle and comedienne Josie Long as their partners in comedy for this year’s event.

Taking place at the Old Laundry Theatre, Frankie and Josie will discuss some of their favourite books and comics, through the medium of chat, readings, answering audience questions and general japery.

Opening night tickets, available now, sold separately to the Festival Weekend Pass, are on sale now and are expected to sell out quickly.

Both Frankie and Josie will also perform solo shows over the same weekend at the Old Laundry Theatre.  

Festival Director Julie Tait said: “Our opening nights have always been driven by comedy, and one-of a kind event this year is no exception.

“Book now, even though we haven’t quite worked out what the show is yet,” encourages Frankie Boyle.

“You probably won’t be disappointed!”

Announced comic creators at this year’s Festival include Charlie Adlard, Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima, Peter Hogan, Lucie Lomová, Dave McKean, Rachael Smith and “Awkward Yeti” creator Nick Sulek - with many more to be revealed in the next few weeks.

A wide range of internationally acclaimed creators is still to be announced over the next two months.

Over 90 comic creators, publishers and artists will also be at the event, as part of the Lakeview Comics Marketplace.

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.

For more info visit: www.comicartfestival.com