ICE Birmingham Welcomes Alessandro Vitti


It’s exciting times here at ICE Central as we announce that our second overseas guest for the expo will be Alessandro Vitti artist on titles like Red Lanterns, Doctor Who and – of course – ICEMAN (we resisted the obvious puns)  The award winning artist will be flying in from Italy to join us for the convention this year.

Having been in the industry since 2001, Alessandro has worked with all major Italian, American and French publishers in the business.


He has illustrated italian comic books such as Brendon & Saguaro, for Sergio Bonelli Editore.

He has worked as interior artist on various popular books such as Capatain America & HawkeyeAvenger Arena, Fear Itself: Homefront-New Warriors, Doctor Voodoo, Daken and many more for Marvel Comics and he is also is co-creator of Red Dread (Lateral Publish 2012), which is written by Matteo Strukul.


Probably the most important milestone  in his early career at Marvel was  his work with writer Jonathan Hickman on Secret Warriors, which really brought his unique style and excellent storytelling to the attention of the fans.

He also had an acclaimed run on Red Lanterns over at DC Comics working with writer Charles Soule which astonished critics and fans alike with it’s great characterisations and powerful art.


Alessandro has also worked with Pannini Comics on the mini-series of Gabriele Salvatore‘s movie, Il Ragazzo Invosible and  for Titan Comics with writer Cavan Scott on Doctor Who

Last yeat he completed  work on  Mini-series Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A., written by Lee Bermejo, for Vertigo and was the interior artist on the high profile ongoing Iceman series back at Marvel.

Recently he produced this stunning varient cover art (detail from cover below) for Rebirth: Green Lantern #22

green lantern varient

We are naturally delighted to be able to bring such a great artist to Birmingham and he’s looking forward to meeting all his fans in the Midlands in September


Local Artist Phil Winslade Confirms for ICE 2018


It’s been a couple of years since Phil has joined at at ICE Birmingham so we are delighted to welcome the reknowned artist and dear friend of the show back for 2018.

Phil has worked for just about very major comic publisher in the western hemisphere including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Vertigo and Dark Horse.


His work has won him a 1997 National Cartoonists Society nomination for Best Comic Book and he was nominated for the 1996 “Best Cover Artist” and “Best Painter” Eisner Award for his work on Vertigo‘s Goddess and Vamps: Hollywood & Vein

His superb collaborated with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray “Monolith” was serialised by DC Comics and then also published by Image Comics as an oversized hardback edition.


The artist is now wowing fans with his work in the Judge Dredd Megazine, working with super star writer Dan Abnett on the hot series Lawless. This series has also now been collected by Rebellion.


Phil will be signing and sketching for fans all day at the show and we sure are pleased to welcome him back.


ICE Birmingham Tickets and Tables Now Available!

We are very happy to confirm that ICE Birmingham Tickets and tables for 2018 are now available!!!

promo day…

Discounted tables are available for a limited time – get ’em while they’re cheap!! 

We will be returning to the same superb venue as our hugely successful 2017 event – the BCEC, which is a great location for a comic convention, right next to the local comic shop and the train station, not to mention the con hotel.

We are also thrilled to announce that legendary Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra are our first big name comic creators to confirm as guests.

Expect more exciting guest announcements over the next few months.


venomverse JTC

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that ICE has teamed up with Diamond Comics Distribution UK to bring fans the exclusive Marvel Venomverse #1 variant cover by superstar artist John Tyler Christopher, who will be exclusively signing copies only at ICE on the 9th September before the book is officially released the following Wednesday.


John Tyler Christopher

This will therefore be an opportunity for those attending the show to get their hands on a signed copy of this hot new variant before everyone else and the way these covers often sell out it might be the ONLY chance to pick one up as these are a Diamond UK exclusive limited to only 3000 worldwide.

ICE will be John Tyler Christopher’s first ever visit to the UK and his only visit for at least another decade so it’s a rare chance for UK fans to meet the acclaimed artist without paying huge air fare to the states and their only chance to get this book signed an personalised in the UK.

Eager fans wanting to secure themselves a copy of this limited edition exclusive variant can pre order their copy for collection and signing at the event by visiting the show website at:


Diamond are also selling the book at the show and offering another free JTC Action Figure Cover variant cover with each copy purchased, but only while stocks last so make sure you go straight to their table if you want to get your copy on the day.

John McCrea Confirms for ICE 2017


What comic convention in Birmingham would be complete without the presence of John McCrea? Certainly not this one… and we are proud to welcome John back to Britian’s Coolest Comic Convention this year.

A true local comics hero, the award winning artist, originally from Northern Ireland, is a respected illustrator and comic book artist which has seen him draw for many of the major Western publishers including the big two: Marvel and DC Comics.

His unique and bold sense of design and storytelling are always in demand with publishers and fans on both sides of the Atlantic.


He has illustrated iconic characters such as BatmanSupermanWonder Womanthe HulkSpider ManDaredevilWolverineStar WarsJudge Dredd and the Simpsons amongst others. In addition, he works as an illustrator in book, record and magazine publishing and undertakes design and story boarding work for multimedia and the entertainment industry including being a Lucasfilm accredited artist.


His run on the DC Comics series Hitman with writer Garth Ennis is a highly celebrated body of work with a huge fan base even now, years after the series has ended.


From the superb Hitman series by Ennis and McCrea


More recent projects include drawing the ongoing Mars Attacks! comic from IDW, assorted Mars Attacks! trading cards from Topps, Progenitor, a series for the digital comic Aces Weekly launched by David Lloyd, BBC Bitesize comic strips, a short story for the Vertigo Comics anthology Ghosts and  Dicks from Avatar Press…..phew!


In MAY 2015 he started work on the superb Mythos ongoing series working with writer Phil Hester and this year he completed a superb Deviations one shot which took Judge Dredd in a new direction with IDW.


He is currently working on a new ongoing series at Image Comics.

John51t5AsgsenL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_ also teaches in schools and colleges and he works with charitable organisations and local authorities producing comics spotlighting issues such as children’s rights, drug abuse, homelessness, safe sex and proper foot care!

We just could not resist using this image from John’s Mars Attacks series working with John Layman.

Be sure to visit John’s table at the show were he’ll be signing, doing sketches, taking commissions and selling prints and original artwork.


We are thrilled to announce that Jessica Martin’s latest book, ‘A Star Is Drawn’, will be launching exclusively at ICE 2017!
A collection of Jessica’s distinctive portraits and sketches, featuring some of the brightest stars in entertainment from the last 100 years, put together for the first time in one volume.
As well as some never-before-seen artwork, this special limited Christmas edition for 2017 includes several bonus festive pieces.
Join Jessica on a journey through her influences and inspirations, from Bette Davis to Bowie, and experience the ArtyMiss collection as you’ve never seen it before.Web
Jessica Martin has spent over thirty years in entertainment, performing in theatre, comedy, television and radio.  She is now a critically acclaimed comic creator and artist, and glad to be at ICE 2017!
As well as ’A Star Is Drawn’, you’ll be able to pick up her previous works (including comics ‘It Girl’ and ‘Vivacity’, and graphic novel ‘Elsie Harris Picture Palace’), and get a first look at some of the art for her upcoming memoir ‘Life Drawing – a life under lights’, which has recently achieved 100% crowdfunding and will be published next year with Unbound.
Find out more about Jessica and ArtyMiss on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (search ‘ArtyMissPublishing’), or visit

Local Hero Ian Richardson Confirmed for ICE 2017


We are a re very happy to welcome local rising star artist Ian Richardson as our latest guest for ICE 2017.

Ian is a comic book penciller, inker and cover artist best known for his work across several publishers, working on titles from 2000AD, Image Comics, Marvel UK/Panini, Darkhorse Comics & Zenescope Entertainment among others.

Dredd Print

Like many UK artists, Ian’s first professional comics work started at 2000AD working on various Future Shocks, Sinister Dexter & Judge Dredd stories before moving onto Image Comics & the Nobles Causes series for a couple of years. With various stops along the way that have included initial work on the graphic novel for the Harrison Ford & Daniel Craig Cowboys & Aliens movie, some children friendly work on Captain America, the Falcon & Iron Man stories for Marvel UK/Panini, all the way through to work on the Halo comic books at Dark Horse Comics.


Currently Ian is a regular cover artist every month for Zenescope Entertainment across their Red Agent, Evil Heroes, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Spirit Hunters, Black Sable titles and more!

You’ll also find Ian as the penciller for all the art on the soon to be released later this year title The Unthinkables.
Evil Heroes Cover #3D Col
Check out Ian’s  website at: