ICE Birmingham Indy Spotlight 2018 is Benjamin Dickson!

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Every show we like to shine the spotlight on a hard working new Indy creator and invite them to attend the show as our guest. Not only are we delighted to welcome Graphic Novelist Benjamin Dickson as our Indy Spotlight Guest, but but we are thrilled to be hosting the launch of his new book “A New Jerusalem”

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Benjamin Dickson is a writer, artist and lecturer whose previous works include Fight the Power! (with Sean Michael Wilson et al), and Santa Claus vs the Nazis (with Gavin Mitchell).

His newest graphic novel, A New Jerusalem, is a sensitively-observed story about trauma and family life in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Benjamin has had many short stories published in Britain, America and Germany, and has also co-produced several freely available graphic novels on the subject of Climate Change. He has done extensive arts-based charity work with vulnerable adults, including survivors of domestic abuse and PTSD, and believes art to be the greatest of all therapeutic practices. He lives and works in Bristol.
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David Roach Makes a Welcome Return to ICE in 2018

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We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming back 2000ad artist David Roach to ICE Birmingham in September.

David was born in Cardiff in 1965 and from an early age he was consumed with both a passion for drawing and writing and a deep seated love of comic books. After studying fine art and Philosophy in Art College he started to work at the age of 21 on the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic; 2000Ad where he drew Judge Anderson and Nemesis The Warlock.

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With American comics welcoming British creators in the ‘90s he drew and inked numerous series’ for DC (Batman, Star Trek), Dark Horse (Aliens, Star Wars) Topps (Cadillacs and Dinosaurs) and Dynamite (Vampirella).  For many years David has also provided illustrations for Advertising and games including the popular Dungeons and Dragons series. As a writer he has contributed to numerous magazines and is the author or co-author of 15 books including The Warren Companion (Twomorrows), The Art of War (Carlton), Lifestyle Illustrations of the 50s and 60s (Fiell), The Art of Jose Gonzalez, Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art and the Art of Vampirella (all for Dynamite).

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In recent years David has diversified into storyboards working on the Warhammer movie and the Da Vinci’s Demons TV series. He is currently working on the Dr Who comic strip (which he has been with for 17 years now) along with Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson for 2000AD and a mountain of commissions for fans. In parallel with his comics career he also delights in fine art drawing and is looking forward to his first solo exhibition .

He still lives and works in Cardiff where he shares a house with more books, comics and magazines than is entirely sensible.

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This year David has also agreed to deliver a drawing class for Comics Uncovered for those lucky enough to be attending for the conference alongside ICE. More details of this amazing opportunity for aspiring artists will be announced on the Comics Uncovered facebook page in a couple of weeks.

Rok Of The Reds & Dredd Artist Dan Cornwell Heads to ICE 2018

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It’s always very satisfying to see an artist develop from the Indy scene and make it into professional comics
Dan Cornwell did just that and is now best known for co-creating Rok of the Reds with John Wagner and Alan Grant and his work for 2000AD including Judge Dredd, Judge Fear and Terror Tales.
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Living just outside Brighton with his wife and cat, he’s currently working on many projects including Judge Dredd and the anticipated second season of Rok.
We are delighted to be welcoming Dan to ICE Birmingham as our guest. Be sure to stop by his table and treat yourself to a sketch from this rising star artist.
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Beano Artist Laura Howell Joins the Anniversary Celebrations at ICE 2018

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We are delighted to be welcoming long time Beano artist Laura Howell to our guest list here at ICE Birmingham as she’ll be joining our other Beano legends at the special celebratory retrospective panel at the expo.

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Laura Howell likes drawing and writing comics that make people laugh. In 2006 she became the first female artist to draw for the Beano, which she still contributes to every week. She has also worked on VIZ, the DFC, MAD magazine and popular media titles such as Angry Birds and Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Uncle Grandpa.

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Her first Regular Show graphic novel, “Wrasslesplosion”, was published by BOOM Studios in 2017 and her second, “The Meatening”, is out in 2018. Her own extremely silly comic strip “The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan” is also available in book form from Soaring Penguin Press.

“The Alienist” co creator Eoin Coveney Returns to Birmingham

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We are always very excited to welcome back previous Comics Uncovered delegates, who have become successful in comics as they share their stories with our new delegates and this year we are delighted to welcome back 2000ad artist Eoin Coveney for the weekend as our special guest.

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Eoin originally began his comics journey in the mid 90’s, when he pencilled a graphic novel under the creative direction of Will Eisner. He then spent several years in the advertising industry, story boarding for TV and print campaigns. Since 2005, he has moved back into publishing and editorial illustration and comics, contributing to magazines such as FHM, ZOO, Attitude, E&T and Fabulous. He has also been published by Pearson, Harper­ Collins, Dorling Kindersley & Oxford University Press.

Since 2013, he has been a regular contributor to 2000AD, drawing Judge Dredd and Future Shocks, also being published in the Judge Dredd Megazine.

In 2015, he was co- creator of The Alienist with writers Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby which recently completed its second series in 2000AD.

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Most recently, he has been working with the U.S. network PBS, producing web comics for their online content.

Eoin will be conducting a talk at our sister event Comics Uncovered on Saturday 15th September chronicling his journey from aspiring artist to respected professional and imparting the benefit of his experiences to those attending the conference.

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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.

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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