New Birmingham Comic Con announced

(via Paul Birch at Speech Balloons): Birmingham is to host 2011 B.C., an all-new comic convention on Saturday 27th August.

Reporting for the Birmingham Mail’s Speech Balloons coulmn, Paul Birch reports the new day and-a-half event of 2011 B.C. is being organised by International Comic Shows, the people behind British International Comics Show and the upcoming Comic Launchpad on Saturday 18th June.

The new one day event springs from the lack of a two-day BICS this year – the result of work at Aston University which meant that event’s established venue, the Thinktank in Millennium Point, was unavailable. After an unsuccessful search for a new venue with similar facilities, the ICS team decided on this 2011 BC event instead, whose line up already includes guests such as Eisner Award winner Chris Sprouse (Tom Strong, Batman) Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons and Peter Hogan (author of books on bands such Queen and R.E.M. and comics ranging from The Dreaming to Tom Strong).

2011 B.C. will take place at the Holiday Inn Birmingham, close to Nostalgia & Comics. Admission will be free to children under 12 accompanied by an adult.

• For more information on 2011 B.C. visit:

• For more information on Comics Launchpad visit:

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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