Cardiff Indie Comic Expo Line-Up Announced

The Cardiff Indie Comic Expo – Cardiff’s original independent comic show – is back on Saturday 2nd June 2018, 2018 and it returns to its original venue of the Mercure Holland House Hotel on Newport Road.

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

Cardiff Indie Comic Expo 2018

The event returns for its seventh 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 mini art event, there’s something for everyone,” says organiser CICE Producer Iz McAuliffe.

Special Guests include artists who work now in mainstream comics but began in the indie scene: Jon Davis-Hunt (Clean Room for Vertigo and The Wild Storm for DC), Chris Wildgoose (Batgirl for DC and Porcelain for Improper Books), and writer Rob Williams (Suicide Squad for DC, Doctor Who and Ordinary for Titan Comics, and “Judge Dredd” for 2000AD).

They are joined by Rachael Smith (creator of the highly-acclaimed Wired Up Wrong), Laura Trinder (The Night Post for Improper Books), Simon Williams and David Leach; plus 2000AD artists Mike Collins, David Roach, Dylan Teague, Patrick Goddard and Abby Bulmer; and hugely successful independent illustrators Godmachine and Simon Gurr.

More exceptional creators at the cutting edge of comics complete the guest line up: Martin Simmonds (Punks not Dead for Black Crown HQ and Death Sentence for Titan Comics), and The Etherington Brothers (Long Gone Don, Monkey Nuts and Von Doogan for DFC / The Phoenix).

There are also over 60 superbly talented indie/ small press comic creators including: Disconnected Press, Sarah Millman, Attic Studios, Vince Hunt, Big Punch Studios, Nick Prolix, The Pride, 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 Iz. “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 .

Cardiff Indie Comic Expo Logo“We’ve got something for everyone this year,” Iz continues. “indie comics, traders, kids art activities, retro gaming for all ages, and the return of our Cosplay Parade!”

CICE is suitable for all ages, families are welcome, as are family friendly cosplayers.

• Tickets are available online from the official website priced at £6 (+booking fee) for Adults (children under 12 go free with a ticket holding adult), Concession tickets (Students, Young People and Disabled) at £5 until ticket sales close on 28th May.  There will be a small number of tickets available on the door at £6.50

• Follow Cardiff Indie Comic Expo on Twitter @CardiffExpo

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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