sister event Comics Uncovered, giving aspiring artists in the UK a once in a life time opportunity to learn the craft of inking from one of the most experienced and skilled inkers the industry has ever known.
Ian Churchill has worked professionally in the comic book industry for over 20 years.
Debuting on Marvel’s X-Men titles, he has illustrated Cable, Deadpool, The Avengers, Superman, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Red Hulk, The Ravagers, Richard Starkings’ Elephantmen and his own group of supernatural heroes, The Coven. His creator-owned character, MARINEMAN, published by Image Comics, received an Eisner Award nomination for Best New Series when it debuted in 2010.
REVENGE, a collaboration with acclaimed broadcaster and comic creator Jonathan Ross also published by Image Comics, was published in 2014 to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Churchill is currently working on MARINEMAN volume 2.
His original artwork is available to purchase at http://www.ianchurchillart.com
The two coolest geeks on the planet, Barry Nugent and David Monteith of the legendary podcast Geek Syndicate and BBC fame are to host a series of exciting and fun events at this year’s ICE and we could not be more thrilled!
In 2006, the Geek Syndicate was born. And who came roaring out but a pair of crazy-yet-loveable geeks by the names David “Monts” Monteith and Barry “Nuge” Nugent, producing a weekly podcast celebrating and commenting all aspects of geek life. It’s critically acclaimed, irreverent, touching, intellectual, nonsensical, fairly drunken, incredibly sexy, hilarious…er…and stuff.
Over the years, the Geek Syndicate team has expanded to become an international team with staff based in the US and UK. Everyone’s a hardcore geek and come from all walks of life. Real life? Ok so yes, we’ve all got “normie” jobs, but our inner geek will never be denied.
GS has the inside track on loads of geek-related things including articles on comics, games and tech, book, movie and TV reviews and the most important topic of all…whisky!
Barry Nugent is one of the founders of the Geek Syndicate podcast/website which has been running since 2006. He is also the founder of Unseen Shadows, a company created to expand the world created within the pages of his pulp adventure novel Fallen Heroes using comics.
David Monteith was a biologist (ask about his Darth Vader claim to fame) and then a social sector practitioner. However he is now primarily an actor, and has acted in Poland and the Czech Republic and is insanely proud of having to deliver Shakespeare in both of those languages. He is also a teacher, director, coach and social network consultant. He is the other half of the Geek Syndicate podcast
As well as doing the podcast and running the website the guys have recently made the jump to the small screen by presenting two films for the BBC iPlayer.
The full ICE free events schedule , which also includes an interview with Bob Layton hosted by Paul H Birch is currently being developed and will be announced here on the website and on our facebook page in the Summer.
It is our great pleasure here at ICE Central to announce that artist and writer Rachael Smith – who is exhibiting at this year’s expo – will be débuting her superb new Graphic Novel “The Rabbit”, published by Avery Hill Publishing, at ICE 2015.
Eleanor and her younger sister Kathy have run away from school, from home and from all of their troubles. They may also be running from reality itself, as they seem to have acquired a new friend in the form of a talking cartoon bunny rabbit called Craig. As Craig grows bigger and bigger, the girls soon discover exactly what kind of creature has joined them on their adventure. Running away is not as easy as it seems.
The Rabbit is a surreal and affecting coming-of-age tale that captures the wonder and vulnerability of youth. Both funny and sinister, familiar yet fantastical. You won’t soon forget The Rabbit.
Rachael Smith has self-published several comics such as The Way We Write, Flimsy’s Guide to Modern Living, and I Am Fire (which made Forbidden Planet International’s ‘Best of 2013’ top 10 list). She then went on to release Clara’s Shadow via David ‘V for Vendetta’ Lloyd’s publishing house Aces Weekly, and her debut graphic novel House Party came out in 2014 with Great Beast Comics to critical acclaim (and made Forbidden Planet International’s and Broken Frontier’s ‘Top 10 comics of 2014’ lists). She is currently working with Titan Comics on her monthly strip for the Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor comic series and draws a weekly comic strip for the Leicester Mercury.
The latest artist to join the ever growing guest list here at ICE 2015 is one of the most original and unique artists working in comics today…the one and only Andi Watson and we are very proud to be welcoming Andi to Birmingham this September. Andi Watson was born and raised in the north of England where he loved to draw and read books. It rained a lot. Upon graduating college he realised this was the perfect background for a cartoonist. He has created comics for grown ups and children and those somewhere in between. Occasionally he’s been nominated for awards (three Eisners, a Harvey, and a British Comics Awards). He works from home where he should buy fewer books or more bookshelves. He lives in Worcester with his wife and daughter. Check out his website at: www.andiwatson.info
We are very proud to announce that comic artist Jimmy Broxton will be making an exclusive appearance at this year’s Expo. So if you want to meet this elusive creator, ICE 2015 is the only convention this year you’ll be able to do so.
Jimmy Broxton is a graphic artist and designer who started drawing comics professionally in 2011, his first published work was for DC comics in New York. Since then he has worked for Dark Horse, IDW, Paper Films and Madefire to name but a few.
His principal works include: The Engine, a digital comic series for game changing visionaries Madefire in California, Pornland for paper Films, teaming up with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.
Most recently he once again worked with Palmiotti and Gray on the best selling adaption of Hugh Howey’s Sci-fi blockbuster WOOL, published by Jet City Comics/Amazon in association with Cryptazpoic.
Broxton has been nominated for Hugo awards for the last two years running, for Saucer Country with Paul Cornell from DC/Vertigo, and for “The girl who loved Doctor Who” again with Paul Cornell from IDW.
He is currently working on the continuing adventures of the Engine (written by Guy Adams) for Madefire and developing several creator owned projects.
Prolific superstar writer Andy Diggle is the latest creator to confirm for the year’s ICE. We at ICE Central are very happy to welcome Andy to Birmingham this year. Andy will be taking part in an exclusive writers panel and signing for fans.
A British comic-book writer and former editor of 2000AD Andy’s most most recent projects include THIEF OF THIEVES with Robert Kirkman at Skybound, UNCANNY and CONTROL at Dynamite, CAPTAIN AMERICA: LIVING LEGEND at Marvel, DOCTOR WHO at IDW Comics, and the creator-owned thriller SNAPSHOT with long time collaborator Jock.
Andy and Jock are best known for creating the Vertigo thriller THE LOSERS, which was adapted into a 2010 feature film starring Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Idris Elba, and GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE, which inspired the hit TV show ARROW.
Andy’s previous work includes the FBI thriller RAT CATCHER for Vertigo Crime; BATMAN, HELLBLAZER, SWAMP THING and ADAM STRANGE for DC Comics/Vertigo; DAREDEVIL, SHADOWLAND, THUNDERBOLTS, DARK REIGN: HAWKEYE and SIX GUNS for Marvel; Guy Ritchie’s GAMEKEEPER for Virgin Comics; BIONIC COMMANDO for Capcom; LENNY ZERO and SNOW/TIGER for 2000AD; and the epic sci-fi action thriller SILENT DRAGON with superstar artist Leinil Yu.
Primarily as a Guest Speaker at our sister event Comics Uncovered, the Watchmen and Kingsman artist and co creator DAVE GIBBONS will be making a very special appearance at ICE 2015.
Dave is unlikely to require an introduction to anyone who has even a passing interest in the comics form.
He has worked on renowned runs on classic titles such as 2000ad, Doctor Who and Green Lantern to his iconic and ground breaking work on Watchmen and then achieved incredible critical success on creator owned works such as his own The Originals, Give Me Liberty with Frank Miller and most recently with Mark Millar on Secret Service, which is now hitting cinemas as Kingsman. Dave Gibbons has proven over and over that he is one of the most consistently innovative and talented creators in the business, not just as an artist, but also as a writer.
Dave’s recent appointment as the first Comics Laureate means that he is now continuing to break new ground, not just as a creator but as an ambassador – Bridging the gap between the wonderful medium of comics and young readers.
And we’ll be celebrating this at ICE with a special Comics Uncovered for Juniors event hosted by Dave himself in which the Legendary artist passes on the benefit of his huge experience to young up and coming creators who may well become the next generation of superstar comic artists and writers.
More details of this exclusive event (which will be free to all children and young people attending ICE on the Saturday) will be revealed in the summer, so watch this space!!
ICE Central just received the amazing news that Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson has now confirmed as our latest special guest!
As Publisher for Image Comics, Eric has helped foster the creator-owned projects of numerous bestselling writers and artists, including Robert Kirkman, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Brandon Graham, as well as a well-known pair of award magnets whose names rhyme with Frian and Biona. He is also the Eisner-nominated writer and co-creator of Nowhere Men and They’re Not Like Us.
We at ICE 2015 are very proud to announce that our latest confirmed guest is renowned artist Greg Staples!!
The legendary 2000ad and Magic The Gathering painter will be signing for and meeting fans for the duration of the expo.
This is Greg’s first visit to one of our Birmingham shows as a guest and we are delighted to welcome him for what promises to be a fantastic weekend.