Don’t worry it’s not an earthquake…

Aftershock is a major new American comic book publisher registering high on the Richter scale of Comics and Graphic Novels movers and shakers, and they are coming to the UK this September in search of talent!


It has been widely reported in the comics press that former Marvel Comics Executive Editor Michael Marts has joined former Marvel Comics writer Joe Pruett and former senior executive at Facebook Michael Richter, to take up the post of Editor In Chief at Aftershock Comics, a brand new comic book company that combines the creative edge of an independent publisher with the strengths of a traditional one.

The fledgling publisher is set to be a major player in the comic book and graphic novels market with Michael Marts having spearheaded several of the industry’s most popular franchises including Batman, the X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy within his 20 years of editorial experience.

As well as signing up top talent from the industry the new Editor In Chief will be making an exclusive UK visit to ICE and our sister eevnt Comics Uncovered, in an effort to find talented artists among the many British and European hopefuls attending the conference.

Mike will also be taking part in a special panel on the Saturday introducing UK fans to the new worlds of Aftershock Comics!

As an honoured guest at the conference, Marts will be conducting one to one portfolio reviews with aspiring comic artists as well as taking part in a panel introducing Aftershock Comics to the UK readers.


joerubenstienprofilepicHere at ICE we are very proud indeed to announce that the most prolific and one of the greatest inkers in comics, Josef “Joe” Rubinstein has confirmed as our latest overseas guest for our 2015 expo this September in Birmingham.
Joe started his artist career in the early 1970s as a teenager. Primarily working as an inker, his artwork has been published by every major U.S. comics publisher including  Marvel ComicsDC Comics and Dark Horse Comics .
One of his most important works has been inking  The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe over a span of twenty years for which he holds a Guinness World Record of inking more pencilers than any other inker.
Among his extensive inking credits (which include more than 2,500
imagescomic books), were work with Michael Golden on MicronautsJim Starlin‘s  Warlock, Frank Miller‘s original Wolverine  mini-series that was the basis for the last Wolverine movie and  Aquaman with Don Newton.
Later assignments included a  mini-series  for  Dark Horse Comics  called Archenemies, and he co-inked issues of  DC Comics‘  Ion  mini-series. He currently inks projects for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Kingstone Publishing.
In addition to signing and sketching for fans at his table on the Saturday Joe will also be conducting two exclusive master classes on the subject of Inking at our


The climax to what is arguably one of the greatest action sequences ever to be put to a comic book page in Wolverine #4. Pencils by Frank Miller, inks by Joe Rubinstein.

sister event Comics Uncovered, giving aspiring artists in the UK a once in a life time opportunity to learn the craft of inking from one of the most experienced and skilled inkers the industry has ever known.