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