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 for 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 bringing us up to 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: