GOLDTIGER DREAM TEAM TO APPEAR AT ICE

Here at ICE central we are delighted to announce that the elusive creative team behind the hit book published by Rebellion “GOLDTIGER” Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton,will now be making a rare public appearance in Birmingham this September.

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Guy Adams has made so many things up he’s at risk of becoming fictional himself. As a novelist he is guilty of the Clown Service series, the Heaven’s Gate trilogy and the Deadbeat books. So, that’s weird spy novels, weird westerns and weird crime thrillers. Perhaps, gentle reader, he’s a bit weird.

In comics he has consistently disappointed 2000 AD readers by writing two series of Ulysses Sweet: Maniac for Hire. They are less cross when he writes Rogue Trooper, Max Normal and Voodoo Planet. Only time will tell how they feel about occult noir Hope, coming soon, co-created with Jimmy Broxton.

He and Broxton can also be found flinging words and art at one another on The Engine for Madefire, Phoenix for Aces Weekly and, most expansively, in their saga of the newspaper strip that never was, Goldtiger.

Adams also works extensively for Big Finish writing Doctor Who, Torchwood and whatever else comes his way. They occasionally let him act so if you really dislike him, he’s happy to provide a list of opportunities to hear him die in an assortment of accents.

Former cage fighter and gourmet chef (his fruit sausage was the stuff of legend) Jimmy Broxton is now
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His first published work was for DC comics in New York, where he frequently collaborated with acclaimed writer Paul Cornell, gathering Hugo award nominations along the way.

With vagabond scribe and freelance typist and actor: Guy Adams he created Phoenix for Aces Weekly, the now infamous 60s strip that never was: Goldtiger and “HOPE” an upcoming supernatural noir series for Rebellion’s 2000AD.

Other notable works include Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray’s WOOL (adapted from Hugh Howey’s best selling novel) published by Jet City/Amazon.

Broxton has another top secret project in the works, so secret he doesn’t know what it is yet.

The artist’s appearance at ICE is a rare occurrence, as he spends most of his waking hours in pubs (and most of his none waking hours in pub car parks). He will happily sign books and comics, also arms, cleavages and the foreheads of the recently bewildered (of which, Birmingham has more than its fair share). He might even do a sketch or two, but he doesn’t take requests, especially not to draw Green Lantern.

He lives in middle England with a blonde eugenicist several cats and an irrational fear of aquatic lifeforms.

CBCS Officially Partner Up With ICE 20I6

CBCS LOGOWe are absolutely thrilled here at ICE to officially announce that top quality Comics Grading Company CBCS will be exhibiting at the Expo and offering some amazing deals on grading in partnership with the expo.

CBCS have been making some huge waves in the industry this past couple of years, offering an alternative high quality, friendly and expert grading service at competitive prices and now they are bringing that amazing service to the UK via Britain’s Coolest Comic Convention here in Birmingham.

At ICE you will be able to hand in or send in your books to be sent off for grading or even get your books signed by our guests, officially witnessed and then sent for grading at super fast speed. Comic Book Certification Service, LLC will then expertly, impartially, and consistently certify and encapsulate your comics using the highest quality materials.

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We are also going to be announcing some mind blowing exclusive competitions to win encapsulated original artwork from some of our top guests and lots of other amazing opportunities for collectors at the expo.

To find out more about CBCS and the top service they offer visit their website now at: https://www.cbcscomics.com

 

Wave of New Guests Confirmed for ICE 2016

It’s not called Britain’s Coolest Comic Convention for nothing you know!

And this year ICE has become a Mecca for talented writers and artists  who want to be part of this annual convergence of comics  creativity and fun as we announce another wave of professionals attending this year’s expo.

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First up is prolific writer and creator Andy Diggle. Well known for his stints as writer on Daredevil, Green Arrow and Theif of Theives. He’s also been Tharg at 2000ad and editor at Sonic The Comic. A sought after writer, who has worked with all of the major publishers including Marvel, DC and Image, Andy is returning to ICE after a great year last year and we are more than happy to welcome him back and I’m sure you will be too.

 

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Next up is hot new cover artist Ryan Brown. This rising star digital cover artist and colourist was born in 1976 in Belfast and is currently wowing fans worldwide with his stunning cover art. Not only is his work beautiful to behold, but it carries a certain energy and power that few cover painters can match.

He has worked on comic books , board games , video games, concept art and album covers and his impressive client list includes Legendary Entertainment , Dark Horse Comics, Vertigo, IDW, 2000ad, Marvel and DC Comics among others.   Projects have included Mars Attacks, Judge Dredd, Creepy Comics, Ninja Turtles, V-Wars Jacked, and many more.
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Ryan has also collaborated with some of the best in the business such as Simon bisley , matt Wagner , glenn Fabry , Greg staples , Liam sharp.

stottyOur third new guest is returning after a great year of success the one and only Rachael Stott.

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Since breaking into the industry in 2015 with IDW’s Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover, Rachael Stott, British Comics Award’s Best Newcomer of 2015, has produced covers and interior work for a variety of publishers, but is most widely known as the current artist for Titan’s Twelfth Doctor comic and has become a regular fan favourite on these books.

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And last but certainly not least on or new guest announcements is one of Rachael’s collaborators on the Doctor Who series over at Titan Comics: Acclaimed writer Robbie Morrison.

Most well known for the long running 2000ad Classic serial Nikolai Dante, Robbie has also worked on The Authority, Batman and Wildcats. He also collaborated with Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard on the stunning Graphic Novel White Death, which both creators will available to sign copies of at the Expo.

 

 

 

Peter Hogan Joins The ICE 2016 Guestlist

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Just when you thought we’d maxed out on guests at ICE 2016 we are delighted to announce that acclaimed writer Peter Hogan will be joining us for the full weekend, taking in part in signings and an exclusive interview about his work with Dark Horse Comics.

Peter Hogan has been writing comics for 25 years, starting out in Britain’s 2000AD, before being signed up by Vertigo to write Sandman spin-off stories for THE DREAMING and SANDMAN PRESENTS (with Neil Gaiman’s approval).

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After this, he was recruited by Alan Moore to work for his ABC imprint, for which he wrote a TESLA STRONG special and several issues of TOM STRONG, as well as two miniseries of the superhero title TERRA OBSCURA (which he co-plotted with Moore before going on to write the scripts himself). After Moore’s departure (and with his blessing), Hogan went on to write two TOM STRONG miniseries working with acclaimed artist Chris Sprouse.

In the course of his career he has also written stories featuring BATMAN and CAPTAIN AMERICA, as well as contributing a horror story to Alan Moore’s ELECTRICOMICS anthology.

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Hogan is currently writing two original series of his own for Dark Horse Comics: the fantasy adventure KING’S ROAD with fellow ICE guest Phil Winslade and the sci-fi detective series RESIDENT ALIEN with the legendary artist Steve Parkhouse.

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DC Bombshells Artist Drops In on ICE

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We are pleased to announce that rising star artist Maria Laura Sanapo is our latest overseas guest to be announced for ICE 2016.

Maria Laura Sanapo is an Italian comic artist. After taking a degree in languages, she decided to become a comic artist taking lessons from Marco Santucci, her mentor.

She has worked for Valiant (inker for some Emanuela Lupacchino’s covers), Dynamite (inker for John Carter Warlord of Mars Covers on Emanuela Lupacchino’s pencils), Audi Commercial and Titan Comics (Penguins of Madagascar, Puss in Boots).

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At the moment she’s a cover artist for Zenescope and interior artist for the new DC Comics series ‘Bombshells’ working with fellow ICE guests, Marguerite Bennett and Juan Albarran.

She loves music and opera and she performs in her free time.

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To know more about Maria’s projects check out her website here: mlsanapo.blogspot.com

Award Winning Writer Tony Lee Confirms For ICE 2016

After missing 2015 due to work commitments, we are pleased to announce that writer Tony Lee will be joining us for ICE 2016, as well as running a comic writing workshop at Comics Uncovered on the Sunday.

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling and Eagle Award winning writer of comics, books, audio plays, films and television, Tony has worked in the comics field for over a decade, writing for companies including DC, Marvel, IDW, Image, Titan, Rebellion, Dynamite, Random House, Walker Books and Markosia, working on licenses such as DOCTOR WHO, SPIDER MAN, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, SHREK, X-MEN, MACGYVER, SUPERBOY. STAR TREK, JUDGE DREDD and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES among others.
In 2012 his DOCTOR WHO #12 won the Eagle Award for ‘Favourite Single Story’.

In addition to comics, Tony also writes books for reluctant readers through Badger Learning, his titles including STALKER, MISTER SCRATCH, NOTICED, JIGSAW LADY, DR JEKYLL AND LITTLE MISS HYDE and OTIS, a modern day take on Shakespeare’s OTHELLO. In addition to this, Tony spends several days a month visiting schools across the globe with his ‘Change The Channel’ tour, concentrating on reluctant readers, convincing them to try books once more by ‘changing the channel’.

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Now moving into screenplays and working primarily in Los Angeles, his scripts currently in development include 52 PICKUP (Hereford Films / Platform Entertainment), CARTEL, starring Craig Fairbrass (Impact Entertainment / Red Rock Entertainment), THIRTY NINE STEPS (Damage cat Productions), a three film slate at Boxfly Pictures including historical thriller STOKER’S MONSTER: BEFORE DRACULA (co-created with Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker), wrestling comedy IN THE RING, starring Christopher Daniels and Frankie ‘Kaz’ Kazarian, and the sci-fi adventure ALSO KNOWN AS, which is also being launched at this year’s San Diego Comic Con as a graphic novel, with Christopher Jones (Young Justice) and Charlie Kirchoff (Doctor Who) on art duties.

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In addition to this, it was announced earlier this year in The Hollywood Reporter that Tony has been hand picked by Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang (300, The Departed, Seven, Immortals) to write a futuristic ROBIN HOOD screenplay for them.

Walking Dead Artist Returns For ICE 2016

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Charlie Adlard – artist and co creator on the insanely popular comic series The Walking Dead, is returning to Britain’s Coolest Comic Convention for his second year running this September.

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Detail from the Stunning White Death Graphic Novel

Charlie has been a “veteran” of the comic industry for over 20 years. He’s spent the majority of his time since 2004 working on The Walking Dead for which he has received many industry awards. In his time as a cartoonist he has worked on many other projects as far reaching as Mars Attacks, the X-Files, Judge Dredd, Savage, Batman, X-Men, Superman etc and creator-owned projects closer to his heart like Astronauts In Trouble, Codeflesh, Rock Bottom, and White Death.

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He was born on the 4th August 1966 in the town of Shrewsbury, England and, having moved away to study film and video at art college,eventually moved back and still resides there today.

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Before moving back to Shrewsbury, he spent a brief stint in London, finding out that the BA he’d earned at art college was pretty useless in getting a job in the film industry, and after failing to set the world alight playing the drums in a rock band, eventually settled on the “third” option, which was comics. An option he finally realised should have been number one right from the beginning.

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A panel detail from the stylish Codeflesh book published by Image Comics

After spending two years back in Shrewsbury, working on a portfolio, he eventually found his first work at the Judge Dredd Megazine in 1992 and hasn’t looked back since.

He now plays drums in the band Cosmic Rays so he’s not completely left his musical ambitions behind. Check out their great album here: www.spaceheadrecords.co.uk

Topping an already stellar guestlist, the man often dubbed “The Nicest Guy In Comics” will be sketching and signing for fans and taking part in a fun panel.