ICE grips Brighton in June! (No, it’s not a weather report)

ICE Brighton Summer Special 2017

Some of the biggest stars from the world of comic art are coming to Brighton this June as part of ICE Brighton 2017 – an international celebration of the medium organised by Smallzone Events.

As the summer sun beats down, a cool experience is promised at the Hilton Metropole on Kings Road on Saturday 10th June 2017 and leading the international guest list of superstar comic book creators is Italian Iceman artist Alessandro Vitti, who is joined by American artist Matt Hollingsworth (well known for his work on such well known characters as Preacher, Daredevil and Batman), and legendary Ranxerox artist Tanino Liberatore.

Iceman by Alessandro Vitti © Marvel
Iceman by Alessandro Vitti © Marvel

But that’s not all. Altogether, there are over 20 big name guests attending the inaugural event including such legends as Watchmen artist and co-creator Dave Gibbons and 2000AD co-founder and writer Pat Mills, both of whom will be promoting new books on the day during exclusive live interviews.

Art from Watchmen by Dave Gibbons
Art from Watchmen by Dave Gibbons
The top DC heroes, by Ben Oliver. © DC
The top DC heroes, by Ben Oliver. © DC

In fact, the family friendly event features a full programme of exclusive events featuring the famous artists and writers attending and there is something for everyone, whether you enjoy superheroes like Spider-Man and Batman, scifi action like Guardians of The Galaxy or any of the other genres that comic books have brought to life in recent years, heavily influencing cinema and popular culture.

At ICE you might also discover the next big thing – as this unique event also features a host of over 50 emerging artists and independent publishers exhibiting their work plus local artists and writers like Joe Decie, Hannah Berry and Bob Molesworth.

• The convention has a limited attendance so fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance via the website at:

• For more information about Smallzone Events and their mission to bring comic art and comic creators to a wider audience please go to

Official ICE Brighton 2017 promotional art by Des Taylor

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, 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 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. 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.

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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