Jessica Martin’s “A Star Is Drawn” to launch at ICE Birmingham 

A Star id=s Drawn by Jessica Martin - ICE Promo

Comic creator Jessica Martin’s latest book, A Star Is Drawn will be launching exclusively at ICE Birmingham 2017 next month (Saturday 9th September 2017).

A collection of Jessica’s distinctive portraits and sketches, it features some of the brightest stars in entertainment from the last 100 years, put together for the first time in one volume.

As well as some never-before-seen artwork, this special limited Christmas edition for 2017 includes several bonus festive pieces.

Books by Jessica Martin

Join Jessica on a journey through her influences and inspirations, from Bette Davis to Bowie, and experience the ArtyMiss collection as you’ve never seen it before.

Jessica, whose work we’ve featured several times on downthetubes, has spent over 30 years in entertainment, performing in theatre, comedy, television and radio. Now a critically acclaimed comic creator and artist, and glad to be at ICE 2017, she describes herself as a “seasoned” multi-faceted entertainer with a career of many twists and turns.

“I’ve gone from teenage jazz singer, to television impressionist (in the days when light entertainment was at its Saturday night best!), to cult Doctor Who guest star, leading West End musical theatre actress,” she says, “and now, in the last four years, a comic creator and published graphic novelist.”

As well as A Star Is Drawn, you’ll be able to pick up her previous works (including comics It Girl and Vivacity, and graphic novel Elsie Harris Picture Palace), and get a first look at some of the art for her upcoming memoir Life Drawing – a Life under Lights, which has recently achieved 100% crowdfunding and will be published next year with Unbound.

One of the UK’s premier comics conventions, ICE is devoted only to the medium of comics in all of its forms and currently host events across the UK. Creators at ICE Birmingham this year include some of the biggest names in comics from both sides of the Atlantic, including the only UK appearance of the decade from Marvel and Star Wars cover artist John Tyler Christopher who will be signing all day for free and super star Spider-Man writer Dan Slott.

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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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