simonfprofilepiccropThat’s right all of you Nikolai Dante and Doctor Who fans. We at ICE are thrilled to be welcoming back Simon Fraser to our shores for a special appearance at ICE 2016 next September.

Simon is a widely travelled Scots comic artist , best known for his work in the British sci-fi weekly 2000AD where he has drawn Judge Dredd and co-created the Eagle Award winning Nikolai Dante with fellow Scot and ICE guest Robbie Morrison.

His creator-owned hard sci-fi webcomic ‘Lilly Mackenzie & the Mines of Charybdis’ debuted on and has since been published in the Judge Dredd Megazine. Simon is the regular artist on The 11th Doctor Who Comic from Titan Comics. He lives and works in Brooklyn NY

Check out his website here:


Criminal and Marvel Zombies Artist Sean Phillips Confirms for ICE 2016


Photo by Joe Gordon

It is our great pleasure here at ICE Central to announce that the amazing artist Sean Phillips will be joining our top flight guest list for 2016.

Drawing comics professionally since the age of fifteen, Eisner Award winning Sean Phillips has worked for all the major publishers.

artofseanphillipscover  Since drawing Sleeper, Hellblazer, Batman, X-Men, Marvel Zombies, and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Sean has concentrated on creator-owned books including Criminal, Fatale, The Fade Out and Seven Psychopaths.

Outside of comics he also illustrates for The Criterion Collection, Arrow Films and the BBC.
He lives in the Lake District in the UK with his wife and three sons and three cats.

Hellblazer and Nightraven Writer Jamie Delano Confirms for ICE 2016

JamieDelano-profile picIt’s not all about just artists at ICE 2016. Over the next few weeks we’ll be announcing some top writers who have confirmed for next year’s expo

First off is legendary writer and creator Jamie Delano – writer of various comics since 1983, from Captain Britain, through Hellblazer, to Outlaw Nation.

Other notable works include the Nightraven stories for MARVEL UK’s classic Dardevils series, the original 6 issue series for DC “World Without End“ with John Higgins in 1990 and a great run on Animal Man with artist Steve Pugh in the mid nineties.

Jamie has worked with some of the greatest artist in comics inlcuding David Lloyd, Alan Davis, John Bolton and Frank Quitely.
OriginalSinsThese days he’s writing novels – “Book Thirteen” and the “Leepus”

We are very proud to welcome such a renowned writer to our 2016 guestlist.


HELLBOY1Ok, so we’ve been busy announcing some overseas guests lately, but now we are very proud to announce the one and only Duncan Fegredo as our first new UK guest artist for ICE 2016.

Duncan Fegredo made his American comics debut with KID ETERNITY, a book he decided to paint in full color for no better reason than “everybody else was doing it.” It was followed by a number of titles crafted with writer Peter Milligan for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, including the critically acclaimed ENIGMA.

Fegredo has latterly collaborated with writer/artist Mike Mignola on his signature creation Hellboy, published by Dark Horse Comics, for which he has drawn the story arcs “Darkness Calls,” “The Wild Hunt” and “The Storm & The Fury.”

Fegredo1Their latest work together is The Midnight Circus, also from Dark Horse. A step outside comics saw Fegredo in the position of lead storyboard artist on the Darren Aronofsky film Noah, and more recently he co-created the Image Comics series MPH with writer Mark Millar.

Fegredo resides in the UK with his lovely wife, Diana, and a succession of snuggly cats.


MARGURIETE BENNETOne of the things we like to do at ICE is introduce fans to the rising stars of comics creation and our latest overseas guest is truly a creator who in just under three years has gone from unknown writer to sought after talent and now top creator:

Marguerite Bennett is a comic book writer from Richmond, Virginia who currently lives in Los Angeles.

Since 2013, she has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, BOOM! Studios, and Dynamite on projects ranging from BOMBSHELLS, A-FORCE, and BATMAN to Fox’s SLEEPY HOLLOW, and the creator-owned project INSEXTS through AfterShock Comics.

A-FORCEWe are incredibly proud to be welcoming Marguerite for her first ever Midlands Convention appearance.
One we hope will be the first of many as her career blossoms.

Artwork for Marguerite's latest project INSEXTS from Aftershock Comics

Artwork for Marguerite’s latest project INSEXTS from Aftershock Comics


CarlPottsHere at ICE we don’t like to let the grass grow under our feet, in fact we are hitting the ground running with guests for next year hot off the heels of ICE 2015.

We are thrilled to announce that our first guest confirmed for ICE 2016 is none other than visionary creator Carl Potts!

Carl has held creative lead positions in publishing, entertainment, marketing, interactive and education.

He loves all forms of visual storytelling and began his career drawing storyboards for major NYC ad agencies and illustrating comic books for DC, Marvel and other comics publishers.

For most of his 13 years at Marvel Comics, Carl was an Executive Editor, overseeing 1/3 of Marvel’s publications. Carl’s duties included spearheading Epic, Marvel’s imprint of diverse creator-owned titles. He became Editor-in-Chief of Marvel’s General Entertainment and Epic publishing divisions.

During the height of its publishing success, the top titles in the X-Men line were produced by creators Carl discovered and mentored including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Scott Williams, Larry Stroman and Jon Bogdanov. His creative discoveries include Art Adams, June Brigman and Mike Mignola.

PWJ 2 CoverWhile at Marvel, Carl developed original and established entertainment properties. Some of these properties, including The Punisher, became cross media franchises, spawning numerous publications, games, licensed products and dramatic productions.

When he should have been sleeping, Carl wrote and drew comics, covers and posters for Marvel. He also created new entertainment IP and developed established IP for contemporary audiences. Among Carl’s projects was a celebrated run as writer/layout artist on Punisher War Journal. He created Alien Legion, Marvel/Epic Comics’ longest running original title, and was creator/artist on the Last of the Dragons graphic novel.

In late 1996, Carl took his love for visual storytelling to the interactive arena, becoming Creative Director at VR·1, a massively multiplayer online game development company. VR-1’s games were hosted by Microsoft’s Gaming Zone, BT and Samsung.

While Senior Creative Director at AGENCY.COM, Carl led large teams working on major interactive accounts including Colgate Palmolive, Sirius Radio and Omnicom/DAS. His list of creative consulting clients includes HarperCollins, Victorinox/Swiss Army, Acsys and The Learning Company.

DCGuideFrontCoverHe consulted for Ogilvy & Mather and Psyop on an interactive graphic novel for Coke/Fanta. The project was nominated for a Cannes Lions award.

Carl’s Alien Legion screenplay was bought by Jerry Bruckheimer Productions/Walt Disney. He is currently developing his Last of the Dragons graphic novel for a TV series.

Carl has given seminars on sequential visual storytelling at Google. The Society of Illustrators, Pixar, Blizzard, Blue Sky, Parsons/New School, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), SUNY Purchase, NYU, FIT, Ogilvy & Mather, Psyop, R/GA and LucasArts. He teaches in NYC at School of Visual Arts and online for Academy of Art University.

In October 2013, Carl’s book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling was published by DC/Watson-Guptill (Random House).

Carl will also be giving a Visial Storytelliing Class to Delegates at our Sister Event Comics Uncovered.


We are thrilled to announce that ICE 2015 was a huge success!

Ben Oliver and Greg Staples chatting at their table.

Ben Oliver and Greg Staples chatting at their table.

The feedback we have received from everyone who attended has been incredibly positive.

It’s also great to know that people care enough you take the time to give us their constructive ideas fro improvements and we’re working hard on those now as we prepare for ICE 2016.

Attendance from the 2014 expo more than doubled and we’re looking to repeat that growth in 2016 bring us up tot full capacity at our beloved Studio Venue.

Quite a few guests have already confirmed for 2016, including a few that wanted to come back from this year.

Everyone had such a great time…even us, the organisers, thanks to all of the fans, exhibitors, publishers and guests who helped to make it such a fantastic weekend.

Look out over the next few weeks for some exciting official guest announcements!

Thanks to 86th Floor for this great video round up: