Here at ICE Central we are absolutely thrilled to announce that the one and only Dan Slott will be appearing at ICE Birmingham in September as our very special guest.

Dan is on his 9th year as Marvel’s Spider-Man writer. In that he’s written major Spidey storylines like, “New Ways To Die”, “Spider-Island”, “Ends of the Earth”, and the infamous “Superior Spider-Man” saga, where Doctor Octopus swapped minds with Peter Parker.

In recent years Slott’s Spidey stories have expanded the Spider-Man family further into the Marvel U, with “Spider-Verse”, “Renew Your Vows”, and “The Clone Conspiracy”.

Dan’s career began at Marvel in 1991 writing stories for Mighty Mouse, the New Warriors, and the Punisher. By 1992 he had his first ongoing book as the writer of The Ren & Stimpy comic. This lead to a long run of work on all ages books, mainly for DC, including Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Powerpuff Girls.

After working on Batman Adventures, Superman Adventures, and Justice League Adventures, Dan was given the chance to pitch mainstream super hero projects for DC. This led to his 2003 mini-series with artist Ryan Sook, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell. On the success of that he was able to pitch a new ongoing She-Hulk title to Marvel, which officially became his first ever ongoing super hero title.

From there, he has worked on Spider-Man/Human Torch, The Great Lakes Avengers, The Thing, Avengers The Initiative, and the Mighty Avengers.

Currently, along with Amazing Spider-Man, Dan is also working on the Eisner nominated series, Silver Surfer, with Mike and Laura Allred. Their bizarre Möbius strip-inspired story, Silver Surfer #11’s “Never After”, won the 2016 Eisner for Best Single Issue.

The ICE 2017 Indy Spotlight Shines on Lukasz Kowalczuk

This year at ICE we are flying over Polish artist  Lukasz Kowalczuk as our special international Indy Spotlight Guest.

Born in 1983, in northern Poland, at bedtime Łukasz Kowalczuk‘s father would read him comic books, and mother didn’t mind. The first comic book that he read on his own was Rod Taylor’s Friends by Jerzy Wróblewski.

Then came the time for superheroes and comics from TM-Semic – a publishing house that he honoured in 2013 by writing a book about it. Łukasz did not graduate in any artistic major and dropped out of Fine Arts High School to avoid, in his own words,“studying with hippies”.



Kowalczuk’s inspirations range from 80s and 90s junk culture and his research is most often based on reading comics, watching B-movies and playing video games.


Role models? Janusz Christa, Jack Kirby, Robert Crumb and hundreds of others from every era and part of the world.


Over the years he has published a lot of stupid comics for smart people, at his own expense and in cooperation with various publishers including: Vreckless Vrestlers, Violent Skate Bulldogs, and Slime! Anthology.



He is currently working on the Selfdropkick publishing line, Battle 365 webcomic, exhibitions, and a few other projects that should be published this year.


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We at ICE are delighted to be welcoming Lukasz and to be introducing him to a whole new audience here in the UK.

First Wave of Guests for ICE Birmingham 2017 Announced


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.


From John Bolton’s latest work: Shame.

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.



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.



A huge thank you to all of the guests, fans, exhibitors and sponsors who helped to make ICE 2016 last September a very special occasion indeed.

Here are a few choice photos:

Britain’s Coolest Comic Convention will be returning to Birmingham for it’s fourth year of top flight guests, inspiring events and it’s usual huge selection of exhibitors on September 9th 2017.

After listening to the feedback from our visitors and exhibitors a  like we have now relocated the event to the superb Holiday Inn Conference Centre on Smallbrook, Queensway. (Next door to Nostalgia & Comics, the city’s premier local comic shop).


With improved loading facilities and access to parking for exhibitors and New Street Station only being a stone’s throw away, we are very happy to be moving to this new venue.

Our sister event Comics Uncovered will always happen at The Studio Venue as this is the perfect location for this conference. However for ICE we are thrilled that everyone’s experience will be greatly improved in 2017.

We are offering a limited early bird discount for exhibitors until October 31st, so if you want to be part of next year’s incredible line up of dealers, publishers and creators  go to our direct booking page

And watch out for announcements about new star guests on this website over the coming weeks.



Here at ICE we are thrilled to announce that the producers of one of the most thrilling Zombie experiences in the world “ZED EVENTS” will be bringing some of the horror of their interactive zombie apocalypse from the zombie infested shopping mall in Reading to the centre of Birmingham for a very special appearance at ICE 2016.


Charlie Adlard and Infinity & Beyond owner Paul Matin…sort of fighting off Zombies

Complete with a full set and actual zombies waiting to tear you limb from limb, whilst also of course, happily posing for photo opportunities with you and stars like the Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard (with £5 from every celebrity photo going to our charity Beanstalk).
So come along and join the fun, pre book your charity photo op now at: www.zedevents.com




We are delighted to announce that Rob Williams is a late guest that visitors to the expo can come and meet here at ICE for this year’s extravaganza of comic creator talent.
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Rob is the writer of SUICIDE SQUAD and MARTIAN MANHUNTER for DC Comics, UNFOLLOW for Vertigo Comics, DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR for Titan Comics and JUDGE DREDD for 2000AD.

In addition to taking part in an open signing at the event the acclaimed writer will also be taking part in a private signing hosted by ICE sponsors CBCS fro those who are unable to make it along to the show, or who dont fancy queuing.

To arrange for your items to be signed and to find out the cost per item visit the CBCS UK facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/cbcsuk 

Follow Rob Williams on Twitter. He can be found at @RobWilliams71



Something that is very important to us here at ICE is literacy for under privileged and reluctant readers so this year we have pledged our support to local arm of respected charity Beanstalk and will be hosting a special charity auction with rare and collectable items under the hammer from some of the worlds biggest comic artists and writers.

Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. Their vision is that all children and young people will have the essential skills they need to grow up and lead successful lives. Beanstalk trained reading helpers work with children on a one to-one basis, giving them consistent support to improve reading levels, increase overall confidence and help them gain the vital literacy skills they need to succeed in life.


Signed books generously donated by Spanish Artist Juan Albarran

Each Beanstalk trained reading helper works with three children and sees each child for two 30 minute sessions a week, during term-time, for a whole year. Together, they read, play and talk. With Beanstalk’s support the child’s approach to learning and enjoying reading is often transformed. The Charity currently works in areas of deprivation in the North of England, Midlands, Greater London and Kent. They have over 100 staff and more than 2,800 volunteers, who support over 8,000 children a year, but there is still much more they can do. Their aim is to reach almost 18,000 children by 2018.


This original piece by Staz Johnson has been kindly donated by the artist

ICE 2016 is very proud to be helping Beanstalk in their essential work as literacy for all is very close to our own hearts, and through the magic and wonder of comics we want to encourage struggling and reluctant young readers in the West Midlands and beyond.

ICE Event Director Shane Chebsey said “I was an advanced reader in school thanks to being a comic reader and encouraging children to pick up comics from an early age helps them to develop those essential literacy skills as well as a sense of wonder and imagination that they will need in later life”.

To raise money for the charity, ICE 2016 in partnership with their American sponsors CBCS, will be hosting a very special auction from 4 pm on Saturday 10th September, offering exclusive signed books, original artwork and other valuable and unique prizes donated from guest comic creators at the show and other famous creators from across the globe.


This book and amazing signed prints all donated by the amazing Duncan Fegredo

“The support for the charity auction has been incredible” said Shane. “We’ve had some amazing artwork and signed comics donated. Vikings Artist Staz Johnson even created a bespoke piece of artwork especially for the auction, and Zed Events will be donating a percentage of their profits from special Zombie photo shoots to the charity”.

Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard will also be doing a special sketching and signing session at the show to support the charity and dozens of other artists have pledged their time and support.

 “We’re delighted to be the chosen charity for ICE 2016 and so excited to be attending the Expo” said Gail Washington, Area Manager for Beanstalk Midlands.

“Not only will the funds enable us to continue providing inspiring resources for the children we support, ICE 2016 gives us a valuable opportunity to highlight the amazing work by our trained reading helpers. We’d also like to hear from visitors about their favourite comic character so look forward to welcoming them to the Beanstalk stand on the 10th September!”

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To find out more about Beanstalk and their valuable work go to: http://www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk and to find out more about the top Comics grading company CBCS go to: https://www.cbcscomics.com