ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE FROM ZED EVENTS COMES TO ICE BIRMINGHAM IN SEPTEMBER

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Here at ICE we are thrilled to announce that the producers of one of the most thrilling Zombie experiences in the world “ZED EVENTS” will be bringing some of the horror of their interactive zombie apocalypse from the zombie infested shopping mall in Reading to the centre of Birmingham for a very special appearance at ICE 2016.

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Charlie Adlard and Infinity & Beyond owner Paul Matin…sort of fighting off Zombies

Complete with a full set and actual zombies waiting to tear you limb from limb, whilst also of course, happily posing for photo opportunities with you and stars like the Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard (with £5 from every celebrity photo going to our charity Beanstalk).
So come along and join the fun, pre book your charity photo op now at: www.zedevents.com

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SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH WRITER TO SIGN AT ICE 2016

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We are delighted to announce that Rob Williams is a late guest that visitors to the expo can come and meet here at ICE for this year’s extravaganza of comic creator talent.
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Rob is the writer of SUICIDE SQUAD and MARTIAN MANHUNTER for DC Comics, UNFOLLOW for Vertigo Comics, DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR for Titan Comics and JUDGE DREDD for 2000AD.

In addition to taking part in an open signing at the event the acclaimed writer will also be taking part in a private signing hosted by ICE sponsors CBCS fro those who are unable to make it along to the show, or who dont fancy queuing.

To arrange for your items to be signed and to find out the cost per item visit the CBCS UK facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/cbcsuk 

Follow Rob Williams on Twitter. He can be found at @RobWilliams71

ICE ANNOUNCES THIS YEAR’S CHOSEN CHILDREN’S CHARITY: BEANSTALK

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Something that is very important to us here at ICE is literacy for under privileged and reluctant readers so this year we have pledged our support to local arm of respected charity Beanstalk and will be hosting a special charity auction with rare and collectable items under the hammer from some of the worlds biggest comic artists and writers.

Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. Their vision is that all children and young people will have the essential skills they need to grow up and lead successful lives. Beanstalk trained reading helpers work with children on a one to-one basis, giving them consistent support to improve reading levels, increase overall confidence and help them gain the vital literacy skills they need to succeed in life.

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Signed books generously donated by Spanish Artist Juan Albarran

Each Beanstalk trained reading helper works with three children and sees each child for two 30 minute sessions a week, during term-time, for a whole year. Together, they read, play and talk. With Beanstalk’s support the child’s approach to learning and enjoying reading is often transformed. The Charity currently works in areas of deprivation in the North of England, Midlands, Greater London and Kent. They have over 100 staff and more than 2,800 volunteers, who support over 8,000 children a year, but there is still much more they can do. Their aim is to reach almost 18,000 children by 2018.

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This original piece by Staz Johnson has been kindly donated by the artist

ICE 2016 is very proud to be helping Beanstalk in their essential work as literacy for all is very close to our own hearts, and through the magic and wonder of comics we want to encourage struggling and reluctant young readers in the West Midlands and beyond.

ICE Event Director Shane Chebsey said “I was an advanced reader in school thanks to being a comic reader and encouraging children to pick up comics from an early age helps them to develop those essential literacy skills as well as a sense of wonder and imagination that they will need in later life”.

To raise money for the charity, ICE 2016 in partnership with their American sponsors CBCS, will be hosting a very special auction from 4 pm on Saturday 10th September, offering exclusive signed books, original artwork and other valuable and unique prizes donated from guest comic creators at the show and other famous creators from across the globe.

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This book and amazing signed prints all donated by the amazing Duncan Fegredo

“The support for the charity auction has been incredible” said Shane. “We’ve had some amazing artwork and signed comics donated. Vikings Artist Staz Johnson even created a bespoke piece of artwork especially for the auction, and Zed Events will be donating a percentage of their profits from special Zombie photo shoots to the charity”.

Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard will also be doing a special sketching and signing session at the show to support the charity and dozens of other artists have pledged their time and support.

 “We’re delighted to be the chosen charity for ICE 2016 and so excited to be attending the Expo” said Gail Washington, Area Manager for Beanstalk Midlands.

“Not only will the funds enable us to continue providing inspiring resources for the children we support, ICE 2016 gives us a valuable opportunity to highlight the amazing work by our trained reading helpers. We’d also like to hear from visitors about their favourite comic character so look forward to welcoming them to the Beanstalk stand on the 10th September!”

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To find out more about Beanstalk and their valuable work go to: http://www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk and to find out more about the top Comics grading company CBCS go to: https://www.cbcscomics.com

‘A NEW HOPE’ FOR COMIC FANS

NEW SERIES FROM STAR WARS PRODUCER GARY KURTZ EXCLUSIVELY REVEALED AT ICE 2016

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Curious Star Wars and comic art fans will be flocking to Birmingham’s International Comic Expo on September the 10th to find out all about the new comic and TV series from Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz who, along with fellow creators Richard Bazley (Iron Giant, Harry Potter) and Paul Goodenough (How to Train Your Dragon) will be making a very special appearance at the popular comic convention in England’s second city.

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The artist and co-writing team of Ben Oliver and Simon “Transformers” Furman will also be at hand to let fans know all about the exciting new property know only as: “THE CHIMERAN” in an ICE exclusive reveal and Q&A panel.

We are incredibly excited to welcome all of these amazing creators to the expo next month”, said organiser Shane Chebsey “Gary Kurtz was not only the man behind Star Wars but also producer on cult classic The Dark Crystal, which I love, so I am very excited to see what he has come up with such an array of incredibly talented artists and writers.

Co-creator Paul Goodenough added: “The Chimeran fits perfectly with the recent evolution of comics and TV. It’s carved from the same cloth as Deadwood, Planet of the Apes and Game of Thrones: bad things happen and people suffer, but in that suffering and fear, we examine what makes people ‘human’ and how far humankind will go to save themselves.

 “It’s really very exciting to be involved in such a dramatically interesting and unusual story.” said the legendary Star Wars Producer.

EXCLUSIVE RYAN BROWN “EDGE OF EXTINCTION” PRINT AVAILABLE AT ICE 2o16

We are delighted to announce that this year at ICE 2016, attending professional comic artist and cover painter Ryan Brown will be offering a special exclusive Edge Of Extinction signed and limited edition print for visitors to the show at his table space.

This is one of Ryan’s most stunning paintings depicting some rather terrifying looking Zombies.

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These prints will be going for the incredibly low price of just £5, and they will be signed by both Ryan and series writer Baden James Mellonie.

So make sure you book an early bird ticket for the show to ensure you get yours before they all go!!

 

 

CBCS Swoop In And Save The Day

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Running a non profit making comic convention to the high professional standard of ICE is challenging enough, but when the Arts Council pulled their third and final year of funding from the event last week it was a huge blow to us here at ICE and for the last week or so we have been frantically looking at alternative funding so that the show you all love can still be delivered to the same high standards you all expect.

“We know how important this event and Comics Uncovered, the main conference behind it, are to everyone who comes here each year. The Fans, the creators looking for work, and the publishers who launch their new books, the prospect of having to cancel the event or postpone it was terrifying” said Event Director, Shane Chebsey.

However after a very short plea and discussion with the owners and management behind CBCS, one of the world’s most respected comics grading companies based in the US, a deal was quickly struck to save ICE from extinction.

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“It was like something straight out of a comic book… like true heroes CBCS came out of nowhere and saved us.” Continued Shane…“When things like this happen you find out who the good guys are… who really cares about the comic industry and the medium. We have so much to thank Michael Bornstein, Steve Borock, Steve Paulus, Lee Kingsley and all of the CBCS team for. Every single person who benefits from the expo will do so because of their heroic and incredibly generous intervention”.

 ““When we at CBCS heard that funding for ICE 2016 was pulled, we were extremely disappointed.” Stated Michael Bornstein, CBCS CEO “This is such an amazing convention for the U.K. that CBCS President Steve Borock and I were happy to contribute in any way we could to help make this happen. Comics are such a great hobby with so many wonderful fans, we knew CBCS had to help out. We hope the collectors in the U.K. have a wonderful experience at ICE 2016!” 

Now as ICE’s main sponsor comic collectors can expect a big presence by the top grading company at the event with some incredible exclusive signings from popular artists and writers and great prices on comic grading at their booth.

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All Star Batman and Moon Knight Artist Declan Shalvey is just one of the big names signing at ICE 2016

Lee Kingsley who runs the UK arm of CBCS commented:

CBCS and ICE share a common philosophy. Both companies put the comic book hobby first. We are very excited to be working with Shane and his team at ICE for 2016 and hopefully many more years to come.”

So get on down to ICE next month and get your comics signed and graded by the best graders in town.

(Note: Onsite grading is not available. Turnaround times are available on the CBCS website here: https://www.cbcscomics.com/

‘ALSO KNOWN AS’ TO LAUNCH IN EUROPE AT ICE 2016!

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Having just had its US launch at the San Diego Comic Con in July, Tony Lee / Christopher Jones / Charlie Kirchoff’s Graphic Novel ALSO KNOWN AS will be having it’s European Launch at ICE in September, two weeks ahead of its official Diamond Release.

AKA PR CoverImagine losing the one you love, only to find that everything you believed about them was a lie. That’s what happens to Cavalry Officer Lucas Wilson at the start of ALSO KNOWN AS, as he watches his wife Elizabeth murdered before his very eyes, just moments before he’s hanged by his corrupt commanding officer Nathaniel Monroe.

Offered a chance to redeem his broken soul, Lucas is recruited by Charon the Ferryman, otherwise known as Death to reap souls for him, on the condition that once he’s finished, Lucas can join his wife in Heaven. And for a hundred years, Lucas does this – working in a race against time to gather souls for Heaven before Charon’s enemy Cerberus and her demonic Rogues can drag them to Hell. But, a century later, Lucas finds himself facing his long-dead wife, now reincarnated into a new body, Faith Jones. Realising that everything he’s been told is a fallacy, and knowing that everything that was ‘Elizabeth’ is now gone forever, Lucas goes against his orders, saving Faith and starting a journey to learn the real story behind Charon and Cerberus, one that not only reveals the truth about them, but more importantly the truth as to where the souls really go when they’re claimed.

Hunted by Charon’s psychotic enforcer Thade and the reanimated Nathaniel Monroe, Lucas and Faith must place their lives in the hands of long believed dead allies, chivalrous knights and traitorous friends as they try to find a way to not only stop Charon and Cerberus, but to save every lost soul ever taken by them.

But at what cost?

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Script Writer Tony Lee – Appearing at ICE

Based on an original idea by Andrew Nicholaou, ALSO KNOWN AS is a science-fiction twist on a supernatural mainstay, a film and trans-media franchise currently in development by UK-based film producers BoxFly Pictures. In addition to this BoxFly produced a 110 page graphic novel, adapted by the film’s screenwriter Tony Lee with art by Christopher Jones, colours by Charlie Kirchoff and letters by Aditya Bidikar.

“When we first brought Tony in to rewrite Andrew’s screenplay, his background as a comic writer interested us immensely,” said Haydn Pryce-Jenkins, Director of BoxFly. ‘We always saw this as a trans-media franchise, involving film, comic and a variety of games, all set in the same world and focusing on the war between Rogues and Reapers. When we decided to push forward with this, Tony brought to the table some top-notch art teams, including Christopher, Charlie and Aditya. When we saw their work together, we knew we had something special.”

With print media including the ALSO KNOWN AS graphic novel and the development of several video and card-based games connected to the franchise, BoxFly is currently finalising deals with studios and casting agents in Los Angeles, aiming to start filming in 2017. But you don’t have to wait that long to read the story, as Tony and BoxFly will be at ICE in September, launching the Graphic Novel and signing copies in the dealers room throughout the Saturday of ICE. And, as Tony now works primarily in Film and TV, we believe this is also the only time this year that you’ll find him at a comic convention to sign / buy any of his books, and his Writing Comics workshop on the Sunday at Comic Launchpad is fresh from his course at Warwick University this year, so very much aimed for people who truly want to work in comics.

For more information on ALSO KNOWN AS, click the link attached for the Comic Book Resources 22 page preview released for Free Comic Book Day! http://www.comicbookresources.com/comic-previews/also-known-as-free-comic-book-day-preview-boxfly-pictures-2016