Ben Oliver Confirms For ICE Birmingham 2018

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We are absolutely delighted to welcome the hugely talented painter and comic artist Ben Oliver to ICE this September as our guest.

Ben has been producing stunning art for comics at a professional level for 18 years now, and has worked for many of the major publishers including Marvel, DC and 2000ad on some of their most popular and iconic characters including The Justice League, X-men and Judge Dredd.

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As well as working as penciller on interiors Ben’s distinctive and realistic painting style has graced the covers of tiles like Ultimate X-men, Action Comics, Bat-woman & recently Batman Rebirth variants.

He’s also produced some incredible movie homage pieces on his website that have had fans salivating, featuring characters from Aliens, Star Wars and Bladerunner.

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Ben will be signing, selling prints and taking commissions for sketches at the convention all day so be sure to drop by his table and grab some amazing artwork.

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JON DAVIS-HUNT JOINS THE ICE GUEST LIST

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We are delighted to announce that the latest guest artist to confirm for ICE Birmingham this September is none other than professional Video Game Designer and Comic Book artist Jon Davis-Hunt. 

While working in the video-game industry Jon most notably helped to create the award winning GRID, DIRT and FORZA HORIZON series.

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He started drawing comics in 2008, working predominantly for 2000AD on JUDGE DREDD, AGE OF THE WOLF and DANDRIDGE.

In 2015 he began to work for DC on the Vertigo series CLEAN ROOM.
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Jon is currently the artist on DC’s THE WILD STORM.

When he’s not designing video-games or drawing comics, he likes to read comics and play video-games.

This will be Jon’s first ICE show as a guest and he’s really looking forward to meeting the fans.

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Third Overseas Guest Announced for ICE Birmingham

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After he had such a great time at ICE Margate in April, veteran artist and inker Rodney Ramos will be returning to our shores to meet fans in Birmingham in September and we could not be more delighted to welcome him back.

Rodney Ramos has been a professional comic book illustrator for over 25 years . He began his career at Marvel comics as a Romita’s Raider doing art corrections under the direction of the legend John Romita. He started penciling  for Marvel on such titles as Marvel Presents ,Psi-Force, What-If  , Thundercats and Conan.

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He then went on to inking a variety of books like Punisher War Journal , Amazing Spider-man , and Ironman. Over the years he has worked for many clients including Marvel , Marvel U.K , DC Comics ,Valiant ,Malibu , Acclaim, Disney Publishing ,and  Neal Adam’s Continuity Comics . He has worked at Legendary Pictures Comics on Tower Chronicles with Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley.  

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His inks have graced over 500 issues on titles such as The Amazing Spider-man , X-men, Ironman, Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, JSA, JLA , Countdown, 52 and the critically acclaimed Transmetropolitan with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. Recently he has worked on Independence Day Resurgence and the Normandy Gold series along with some Dr.Who covers  for Titan Comics.

Rodney will be taking advanced commissions and the details will be added to our prices page.

 

ICE Celebrates 80 Years of the Beano with latest Guest Announcement

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Undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous and long running comic titles is the legendary kids comic The Beano.

And this year we celebrate it’s 80th year of publication with a special panel featuring some of the most famous artists to work on the comic.

With this in mind we are very excited to announce our latest confirmed guest as the official Dennis The Menace artist Nigel Parkinson.

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As well as being the official cartoonist of The Beano’s Dennis the Menace, Bash Street Kids, Bananaman and Roger the Dodger he also writes and draws Minnie the Minx and draws or has drawn most other Beano and Dandy characters at some time or other.

He was responsible for writing and drawing the acclaimed “Harry Hill’s Adventures in TV Land” for The Dandy. He’s also drawn Thunderbirds, Grange Hill, Baywatch, Stingray, Count Arthur Strong, and many other titles over a 38 year professional career.

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We are absolutely delighted that Nigel will be joining us for this very special anniversary celebration.

 

ICE Birmingham Welcomes Alessandro Vitti

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ice-birmingham-2018-tickets-…

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.