In 2017 we are really hitting the ground running with our guest announcements.
Following the stellar guest list from 2016 will be no easy task but we sure are making a good start with three top names and two of them are overseas.
First up, from America is DC and Turtles artist Freddie E. Williams II.
Freddie burst onto the comic book scene in 2005, when he began work with DC Comics on the Eisner Award winning series Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle.
Since then, he has Illustrated a long list of DC Comics titles, including: Robin, the Flash, Green Arrow, the DC Comics GuideTo Digitally Drawing Comics, and many others.
Freddie has also illustrated Brain Boy and Conan for Dark Horse Comics, Legendary Star Lord and Thor for Marvel Comics, and is the illustrator for two of the most anticipated crossovers in 30 years: Batman / TMNT, as well as HeMan/ Thundercats!
Next up is an absolute legend who almost requires no introduction, but we’ll give him one anyway: The one and only John Bolton!
The work of award winning artist John Bolton is guaranteed to intrigue, excite and disturb you. A highly skilled and frighteningly imaginative artist, Bolton’s classic techniques paint a realistic edge to horror and fantasy.
John was seven when he first encountered a paint brush and it was love at first sight, offering him an output to visualise and create what he saw in his mind and put it to paper. Thus, began a life-long ambition of creativity, with influences acquired from a wide variety of sources, but all connected by one underlying theme – the interesting and bizarre.
John has been painting now for three decades. His paintings display a thorough understanding of each medium and subject he chooses to tackle.
Inspiration comes not from outside influences, but from the story he is illustrating.
The style stems from the content and emotion of a particular story.
Bolton has an innovative approach to sequential art that has seen him rise to the very top of the current crop of artists working in comics. He digs deep into his imagination to come up with something never seen before.
Over the last couple of years John has been working on a beautiful macabre story written by Lovern Kindzierski called Shame and published by Renegade Arts Entertainment. He is currently painting the next trilogy in this series called Hope – Tales of Shame.
Notable works include: SHAME, MARADA, BOOKS OF MAGIC, MANBAT, BLACK DRAGON, ARMY OF DARKNESS and CLASSIC X-MEN
Our third and final guest to be announced today brings a little bit closer to home as we welcome Irish artist Will Sliney to our roster of top names appearing at the expo.
Will has been working in comics for 10 years now and since he was a child he always wanted to work for Marvel and now he’s living the dream.
But it meant lots of very hard work. After graduating from a multimedia course at Cork Institute of Technology, a visit to San Diego Comic Con and various jobs for major indie publishers he scored his first Marvel work after meeting a talent scout at the Dublin Comic Convention and has since worked on top titles including Marvel’s first all female superhero team the Fearless Defenders and Spiderman 2099.
Check out Will’s great TED Talk below. He’ll also be taking part in our events at ICE.
We are so happy to be welcoming these incredibly talented creators from all over the word to ICE Birmingham and there are more top guests to be announced in the new year, so make sure you watch this space and our facebook feed for up to date news on developments.