Danger Girl Artist Exhibiting at ICE 2015

As with last year we’ll be highlighting some of our exhibitors for ICE 2015. The first exhibitor we’ll be highlighting for 2015 is artist John Royle.

John DANGERGIRL1has pencilled many comic books for Marvel USA ,D.C.comics,Panini and IDW including Wolverine, Excalibur, Spider-Man, Stan Lees Alexa, Star Fleet Academy, Knights of Pendragon, Ultra Force, Deaths Head, Danger Girl/ G.I.JOE and he is now the regular Penciller on various Danger Girl series.

John will be signing and sketching for fans at his own table on the Saturday and selling original artwork.

Halo Jones Artist Confirmed for ICE 2015

We at ICE are very proud to announce our latest guest for 2015 as legendary 2000ad artist Ian Gibson!

Most well known as the artist as the classic Strip Halo Jones with Alan Moore, Ian’s unique and instantly recognisable style of art is admired world wide by fans and we are thrilled that he will be making a rare convention appearance for us in Birmingham next September.


Definitive Iron Man Artist Joins the ICE Guest List


Bob at the Iron Man 3 Premiere.

We are very proud here at ICE Central to announce our first overseas special guest for 2015 as the one an only Bob Layton!!

One of the comics industry’s true visionaries at every level, creator, writer, artist, designer, and entrepreneur, Bob Layton has successfully migrated to other media, including television, animation and feature films. If you’ve seen the Iron Man movies, then you’re familiar with Bob’s work as the DVD extras make clear. Bob reinvented the Iron Man comic in the late 70s, taking it from near-cancellation to one of Marvel’s all-time bestselling series. The classic Iron Man story “Demon in a Bottle” was recently voted “one of the top 20 comic stories of all time”. Bob also is credited as the co-creator of Marvel’s War Machine and DC Comics’ The Huntress as well as designing Mattel’s hugely-successful “Secret Wars” toy line.





From The classic Demon In A bottle storyline that re defined iron Man for Marvel.

At Marvel, Bob launched the first mini-series in comics’ history with his highly-praised “Hercules: Prince of Power“. That series, which Layton wrote and drew, spawned several successful sequels, a graphic novel and is still available to this day in trade paperback format. Layton also launched the record-breaking comic series “X-Factor” for Marvel. With writer David Michelinie, Bob was involved in the creation of the new Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and many of the characters that the new Marvel film will be based on.
Bob was instrumental in Valiant Comics’ meteoric success in the 90s — first as co-architect of the Valiant Universe and then, as its Co–Owner/Editor-In-Chief/Senior VP.
Layton created major story concepts and art designs for the highly-successful Turok: Dinosaur Hunter video game.
Layton, along with legendary talent Dick Giordano, formed Future Comics in 2002. Future was the first self-distributing comic company and its library of stories are still available digitally on I-Verse.
Bob made a career change and moved to Hollywood to turn his attentions to developing new properties for motion pictures and television, including scripts for Nickelodeon’s “Iron Man Armoured Adventures” and Cinemax’s “Femme Fatales”. Bob also works as a consultant and ‘script doctor’ among many of his duties in Tinseltown.
He’s currently the co-creator/co-writer/executive producer on the upcoming comedy/horror film, “Shambler“ and is hard at work writing the screenplay and comic book series of the new action/adventure film “Mettle” for Academy Award Nominee Edward James Olmos and his production company.

New Doctor Who Artist Confirms for ICE 2015

And the new guest announcements are not stopping there!

We are very proud to announce that our latest confirmed guest is non other than the current Doctor Who artist extraordinaire DAVE TAYLOR!
Dave will be talking about his work on the highly successful new Doctor Who Comics and other career highlights in an exclusive free panel at ICE 2015 as well as sketching and signing for fans in the main exhibition area.

Touring DAVETAYLORPROFILEPICrock drummer turned comic book creator Dave Taylor has worked on many mainstream books with many highly respected writers including Batman with Matt Wagner, Alan Grant, Karl Kesel and Chip Kidd, Judge Dredd with John Wagner, Alan Grant, Robbie Morrison and Ian Edginton, Arzak with Jean Moebius Giraud and Prophet with Brandon Graham. 

His Batman: Death by Design, with Chip Kidd, is a New York Times best seller…twice!

Taylor has also contributed design work for computer games, TV and Film. He is currently working on the first Doctor Who comic book to feature the new Doctor, Pater Capaldi, written by Robbie Morrison.

Walking Dead Artist Confirms for ICE 2015

That’s right folks!

As part of our early preparations for ICE 2015 on september 5th we are proud to announce our first confirmed new guest as the one and only CHARLIE ADLARD.

Charlie has worked on dozens of well known characters for all the major publishers, as well as a string of independent hits, but he is most well known for his award winning and critically acclaimed artwork on the best selling comics series The Walking Dead.

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Now also a popular TV series The Walking Dead is one of the most celebrated independent comics of all time and Charlie has drawn over a staggering 120 issues in a row.

Charlie will be signing and sketching for fans at intervals throughout the expo and will also be taking part in our sister event Comics Uncovered.

To secure your early bird discounted tickets before 30th September 2014 go to: http://www.thecomicsshow.co.uk

A Great Big Thank You!!

The Organiser and staff at ICE 2014 would like to say a massive thank you to every Exhibitor, guest and fan who helped to make our first convention an incredible success.

Our dates for next year are set at Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th of September 2015 and this show is going to be twice the size and twice the fun!

Watch out for guest and event announcements on here and on Facebook over the coming weeks and months, but in the meantime here are some photos from ICE 2014.

Feeling nostalgic already!

And if you’d like to secure your advanced early bird entry for next year now, just go to:  http://www.smallzone.co.uk/ICEBOOKINGS.htm and you can get your 2015 tickets at 2014 prices fro a limited time until the end of September 2014.

One very happy Lucy with her sketch from the Legendary Steve Rude.

One very happy Lucy with her sketch from the Legendary Steve Rude.

Dan Berry Helps us out with filling the amazing Goodie Bags with hardback Graphic Novels and other goodies from Nostalgia & Comics and Diamond Distribution

Dan Berry Helps us out with filling the amazing Goodie Bags with hardback Graphic Novels and other goodies from Nostalgia & Comics and Diamond Distribution

Tony Lee and Yishan Li in the Signing area

Tony Lee and Yishan Li in the Signing area

Steve Rude and Roland Boschi at the special Pre Con event on the Thursday

Steve Rude and Roland Boschi at the special Pre Con event on the Thursday

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 11.pm

To book tickets for the expo and for the various events and to find out more go to the main website at: www.thecomicsshow.co.uk