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