Cardiff Independent Comic Expo - Dragon

2000AD and Doctor Who comic creators headline this year’s Cardiff Independent Comic Expo

Cardiff Independent Comic Expo - Dragon

Cardiff’s original independent comic show returns on Saturday 8th July 2017 at the Cardiff Masonic Hall.

The Cardiff Independent Comic Expo is a family friendly, not-for-profit annual show, dedicated to providing a platform for the very best in independent comic artists, writers, publishers, illustrators and more, from South Wales and beyond.

The event returns for its sixth annual show, and continues to celebrate the talent of those creators at the heart of the indie scene. With over 90 exhibitor tables, a retro-gaming zone, a kids creativity area, and a full programme of events (talks, live art events, and panel discussions on Indie press, working in the Comics and Gaming industries, creativity and more), there’s something for everyone!

Cardiff Independent Comic Expo 2017 PosterSpecial Guests include artists who began in the indie scene: Jon Davis-Hunt (Clean Room and The Wild Storm for Vertigo) and Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl and 2000AD). They are joined by 2000AD artists Ben Willsher, Mike Collins and David Roach (both also well known for their work on Doctor Who comics), Dylan Teague, Patrick Goddard and, joining CICE for the first time Lee Carter and Henry Flint; along with Marvel UK artist Simon Williams and hugely successful independent illustrators Godmachine and Simon Gurr.

More exceptional creators complete the guest line up: Sarah Graley (Our Super Adventure and Kim Reaper), Tom Eglington (writer for 2000AD and Piccadilly Press) and the Etherington Brothers (Long Gone Don, Monkey Nuts and Von Doogan for The DFC / The Phoenix).

They are joined by superbly talented indie creators including Anastasia Catris, The Pride, Sarah Millman, Attic Studios, Vince Hunt, Big Punch Studios and many more…

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity once again to showcase the rich pool of talent we have in the UK with our small press creators,” says Event Producer Iz McAuliffe. “It’s crucial that the small press and indie comics community continue to have a space where their exceptional work can be showcased – all of our Guests started out on the indie scene, so I hope that CICE will also play a small role in helping create the next generation of comic book stars .

“After co-producing CICE with Mike Allwood for the last five years, I’m excited and proud to be taking the show forward as a solo venture, for many years to come”.

• Cardiff Independent Comic Expo is suitable for all ages, families are welcome, as are family friendly cosplayers. Tickets are available online from the event’s official website priced at £5.50 (children under 12 go free with a ticket holding adult) until ticket sales close on 1st July. There will be a small number of tickets available on the door at £6.50

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John Freeman

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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