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Britain’s second city set to go comics crazy in June as Birmingham Comics Festival returns for third year 

Photo copyright Martin Tierney

Photo copyright Martin Tierney

The Birmingham Comics Festival will be celebrating its third consecutive year of activity across the second city this June, with a weekend-long convention the culmination of a month of planned events.

A city-wide series of comics-related events, large and small, will again take place from fun days out for kids to academic lectures, exhibitions and film shows alongside its popular convention that is moving to a new city-centre based state-of-the-art venue.

The festival will begin on 1st June 2017 when it is launched at Birmingham City University with the return of the Birmingham Comic Art Show, as an exhibition of original and rare comic book art that will be available for public viewing all month long.

MAC Birmingham

MAC Birmingham

Throughout June those in the city can look forward to events taking place at popular local venues and tourist spots including the MAC Birmingham, The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, The Victoria Theatre Pub, Nostalgia & Comics, Waterstones Bookshop, the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park and the aforementioned Birmingham City University where its convention will take place this year.

The Birmingham Comics Festival’s convention will be held over the weekend of 24-25th June and feature exhibitors, publishers, and guest creators plus an assortment of new activities – all of which will be announced over the coming weeks.

Over the last three years. the Birmingham Comics Festival has proved to be a series of events all the family can enjoy, attracting fans of the medium from around the UK and abroad and helping promote the second city as one of the fastest growing major tourist destinations to visit in the UK.

• For more information visit The Birmingham Comics Festival website:

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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