Writer and Creative Force behind Aftershock, Joe Pruett, Confirms for ICE 2016

Joe's FB photoIt’s a really exciting time to be reading comics at the moment as more and more creators unleash their unique visions into the world. Many year’s ago there was just a small trickle of creator owned comics on the market, but now more and more readers are turning to publishers who are willing to take risks and allow great creators the freedom to do their own thing and break new ground.

A man who has been right at the forefront of that approach to comics for many years is our latest overseas guest to confirm for ICE 2016, writer and creator Joe Pruett.

Now continuing to break new ground as AfterShock’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe, is also an Eisner award winning comic book editor, publisher, and writer with over 25 years of experience. He has been nominated for numerous Eisner and Harvey awards as a writer, editor and publisher, including for his work on Negative Burn at Caliber Comics.

aftershocklogo1He is also known for his work at Marvel, where he wrote for X-Men Unlimited, Wolverine, and Cable. Joe founded Desperado Publishing in 2004, which had a publishing partnership with Image Comics and IDW, and is a founding member of AfterShock Comics.

Definitive Transformers Writer Simon Furman Confirms for ICE 2016

SF_author_2015ICE 2016 welcomes legendary and prolific writer Simon Furman to his first visit to Britain’s Coolest Comics Convention.

Simon Furman is a name inextricably linked to Transformers, the 80s toy phenomenon.

He has written literally hundreds of stories about the war-torn ‘robots in disguise’, for Marvel Comics (US and UK), Dreamwave and most recently Transformers: Infiltration/Escalation, Beast Wars: The GatheringTransformers: Stormbringer and Transformers: Spotlight for IDW Publishing.

His other comic book credits include Dragon’s Claws, Death’s Head, Alpha FlightTurokShe-HulkRobocop and What If?

 In the TV animation field, Furman has written for shows such as Beast WarsRoswell ConspiraciesDan DareX-Men: EvolutionAlien 100cover_coloursCRacers and A.T.O.M.

Editorially, Furman oversees Titan Books’ range of Transformers titles and their ‘Comics Creators’ series (which includes Comics Creators on X-Men and Writers on Comics Scriptwriting 2).

Furman’s recent/current writing work includes Terminator 2 — Infinity (for Dynamite), Ronan and Death’s Head 3.0 (both for Marvel), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Fast ForwardA.T.O.M (the comic) and Wallace & Gromit. He is also the author of Transformers: The Ultimate Guide, a lavish twentieth anniversary hardcover, You Can Draw TransformersTransformers: The Movie Guide and a Dr. Who audio adventure (‘The Axis of Insanity’).

Next year Simon will be re uniting with artist Geoff Senior on a new creator owned project and here’s a glimpse of the stunning promo artwork:


B.P.R.D. and Punisher Artist Laurence Campbell Confirms for ICE 2016

PROFILEpic2We are very excited to announce that renowned artist Laurence Campbell will be joining for the third ICE Birmingham on 10th September.

Laurence’s realistic yet powerfully stylish art work has won over many fans over the years, and ICE organiser Shane Chebsey is one of those fans. As you can imagine there were cheers of delight here at ICE Central when we received new of the artist’s confirmation.

Campbell’s work is currently gracing the pages of BPRD for Dark Horse Comics.
He has also worked for Marvel and 2000AD on titles such as Marvel Universe Vs Wolverine, Punisher Max, Deadpool Pulp, Moon Knight and the New York Times best seller The Dark Tower- The Way Station.


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 ACTIVATEcomix.com 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: https://simon-fraser-asa6.squarespace.com/


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” series.www.jamiedelano.co.uk www.lepusbooks.co.uk

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.