With the summer convention season now in full swing, a reminder that it’s time for the spotlight to shine on England’s Second City once again as flocks of comics fans and cosplayers descend onto Birmingham City Centre for the annual International Comic Expo, known as ICE on Saturday 9th September 2017.
Held at the shiny new Birmingham Conference and Exhibition Centre, which is next door to the city’s historical comic shop Nostalgia & Comics and only a stones throw from Birmingham New Street station, it seems to be perfectly placed for a comic convention.
As well as everything you’d expect from a comics event, such as nearly 100 exhibiting publishers, dealers and traders selling all manner of comics, collectables and original art, the event has welcomed an array of superstar comic creators from across the globe to share their wondrous artistic talents with lucky show visitors
Top on the list has to be acclaimed Star Wars and Marvel cover artist John Tyler Christopher who will not only be attending his first ever UK convention in Birmingham, but also his only UK appearance for at least 10 years. This means for many fans this will be a once in a life time opportunity to meet one of the most popular modern comic artists in the world.
Swinging in from America is also top Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, who is looking forward to meeting his UK fans and signing books for free. There will also be an exclusive interview with the acclaimed writer at the show hosted by local comics journalist Olly MacNamee.
The wealth of talent in the UK is also well represented at ICE. World famous Walking Dead artist and current Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard will be there, signing and sketching, along with renowned Preacher and 2000AD cover artist Glenn Fabry.
And the list goes on and on with over a dozen more top international and UK creators responsible for bringing us comics like Doctor Who, Beano, X-Men, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Judge Dredd – to name just a few.
There is also an almost unlimited opportunity to discover something new at ICE with a wealth of independent and small press comics publishers exhibiting their work, showcasing the full diversity and breadth of the comic art medium.
Of course, no comic convention would be complete without the colourful presence of cosplay and the event promises to be a great family day out with costumed characters offering photo opportunities and a full programme of free events throughout the day.
Doors open to the public at 11am but of you pre book fro just £15 you can gain entry at 10am a full hours before the doors open to the public to snap up all of those bargains from the comic stalls and get first in the queue to meet you favourite comic creators.
• To book tickets and to find out more about this fantastic event visit the main website at: www.thecomicsshow.co.uk