As San Diego Comic-Con Cools Down, ICE Heats Up!

beachCouldn’t afford the trip to America for Comic-con last weekend? No problem… Britain’s Coolest Comic Convention is just around the corner and on your doorstep.

In the USA bigger is always better, but here in the UK we like to do things a little differently. It’s also no secret that some of the most successful comic creators working on American Comics are based here in Britain.

The International Comic Expo in Birmingham this coming weekend may not be even a fraction of the size of San Diego’s massive multimillion dollar extravaganza, but unlike Comic-con, which has become mostly a movie and TV event, ICE, as it is most commonly known among fans, is devoted entirely to Comics. What’s more, you won’t have to queue for hours to meet some of the world’s top artists and writers.

The organisers have just released the events schedule for the one day event which happens at “The Studio” Conference Centre near new Street Station in Britain’s second City on Saturday August 2nd and it’s crammed with unique seminars, workshop and master classes aimed at those either looking to work in comics themselves or who have a keen interest in how comics are produced.


Guest speakers include Legendary American artist Steve Rude, who as well as working on characters like the X-men and Superman for MARVEL and DC Comics respectively was also co creator of Nexus with writer Mike Baron; Joey Cavalieri DC Comics Editor, who will also be conducting one on one Portfolio Reviews for aspiring artists, and Marie Javins, who, as well as teaching colouring at New York’s School of Visual Arts, also works as an editor at MARVEL.

Other guests who fans can look forward to meeting at the expo are Irish superstar artist Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight) Marvel’s Winter Solider artist Roland Boschi from France, David Lloyd (V For Vendetta) Mike Collins (Doctor Who) Bryan Talbot (Grandville) and Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl) to name just a few.

Of course no convention is complete without a varied selection of exhibitors, and ICE is no exception to this. There will be comics, collectibles, merchandise, and original artwork on sale from nearly 100 exhibitors during the day so plenty of chance to fill those gaps in your comic collection, or to own a unique piece of artwork form your favorite creator.

And if you’re not quite sure what all the fuss is about when it come to comics, entry to the event is just £5 and kids go free, so you won’t have to break the bank to satisfy your curiosity and discover something new for all the family.

The event starts at 10am and finishes at 5.30pm with the after show party running 7pm to

To book tickets for the expo and for the various events and to find out more go to the main website at:

Steve Rude Offers Advanced Commissions to ICE fans…

steve_rudebwsupesDue to a huge demand from UK fans the Legendary Artist  Steve Rude is now offering an india ink presale option for art commissions to ICE visitors that can be collected in person from either the VIP meet and greet on Thursday 31st July or from the Expo itself: During checkout enter promo code EUROPE2014 and $99.95 will be taken off the order price (this is the convention only price and only available for ICE pickups). Direct link: Steve is offering B&W Marker ($100 after discount) B&W Marker w/Color [Add $100.00] India Ink [Add $150.00] India Ink w/Color Marker [Add $250.00] For shipping, choose “In Store Pickup” from the dropdown menu, which will make the shipping $0.00.

Please note: Advanced sketch booking for Steve at ICE are now closed.

Jessica Martin – Our Indy Spotlight Guest

JessicaMartinprolfilepicJessica Martin is a musical theatre actress also known for her impressionist work
in “Spitting Image” and appearances in “Doctor Who”. She recently turned her
storytelling skills to writing and illustrating comics. Her main themes are film
history and stories with a strong female protagonist. Her first published work
was a short story illustrated by Mark Buckingham for the Thought Bubble
anthology 2013. Jessica’s first mini comic “It Girl” based on the life of Clara Bow,
was self published last year and was selected as one of the “Ten Must Own
Comics of 2013” by Broken Frontier Press.
Her graphic novel in progress, “Elsie Harris Picture Palace” set in the Thirties
film industry was recently shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Graphic
Novel Prize.
Jessica’s next published work will be art for the “To End All Wars” anthology
published by Soaring Penguin Press. She is also writing and illustrating a story
for “To Arms”, another World War One graphic anthology.
Jessica blogs regularly on her website at

ICE 2014 Adds Lew Stringer to it’s Growing Guestlist

lewmugshotLegendary British Humour comic artist Lew Stringer is the latest addition to the ICE Guest list.

Lew sold his first professional cartoons in 1983 and has been a full time freelance comic artist & writer since 1984. During that time he’s worked for many publishers such as IPC, Marvel Comics, Egmont, Panini, D.C. Thomson, Image Comics, and more, covering the comics field from originated characters to licensed properties.

He’s produced strips for numerous publications including VIZTHE BEANO;BUSTEROINK!FUN-SIZE DANDYELEPHANTMENFUN-SIZE BEANOSONIC THE COMICWHITE DWARFGHOSTBUSTERSTRANSFORMERS, and national newspapers DAILY STAR and SUNDAY SPORT. Lew’s also written articles on the history of comics for publications such as 2000 ADTHE COMICS JOURNAL,COMIC HEROES, and the BBC website.

In 1989 Lew illustrated the short story The Glut, written by Dave Gibbons (artist ofWATCHMEN) for Knockabout’s SEVEN DEADLY SINS book.

Over the years, the cartoonist’s characters have enjoyed long and popular runs, such as ten years for Tom Thug in BUSTER and four years for Combat Colin in Marvel’s TRANSFORMERS comic.

He was also a regular writer on SONIC THE COMIC for seven years, and has been writing and drawing Team Toxic for Egmont’s TOXICmagazine since 2003.

The past two decades have seen major changes to the UK comics market, but Lew Stringer has always adapted to maintain regular work in the industry. Having worked for publications for all age groups, his work has appeared in such diverse titles as CITV’s TELLYTOTS magazine and LEGO ADVENTURES for the nursery market, to VIZ and SWEET FA for the adult reader.


Lew's Creator Owned comic Brickman.

Lew’s Creator Owned comic Brickman.

In recent years he has expanded his work overseas as well as the UK. In 1997 he created THE SUBURBAN SATANISTS for Egmont where it ran for 10 years in the Swedish and Norewegian editions of HERMAN HEDNING comic.


2005 saw the publication of BRICKMAN BEGINS for Active Images, a Los Angeles based publisher, and from 2006 to 2010 Lew created a regular Brickman strip for the monthly ELEPHANTMEN comic published in the USA by Image Comics.

In October 2008 Lew’s artwork began to appear on a new regular series for THE BEANO entitled Super School which proved very popular in the readers poll. Two years later, in October 2010 he also began contributing to THE DANDY for its major relaunch.


Transformers Colour Artist Confirms for ICE 2014

Popular writer and colour artist John Paul Bove has now confirmed for 2014 as a guest.

He is pjpbio picerhaps best known to Transformers readers as the colourist on Regeneration One – the continuation of the original Marvel series.

The British creator is also writing for Panini’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, based on the highly successful Nickelodeon cartoon.

He has worked on a wide variety of other titles including Doctor Who, GI Joe, Godzilla and more recently Judge Dredd.



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Chinese Manga Artist Yishan Li Now Confirmed

At ICE we are very happy to co10155098_10151973975075952_7359350165760978402_nnfirm that super talented Manga artist Yishan Li has now confirmed for the Expo as our latest guest.


Yishan has been a published artist since 1998 and has worked for publishers all over the world including France, China, the USA and here in the UK.


She currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is working on a new comic with Noel Clarke called Girl 1 that will be published later this year.



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