Sometimes, it's humans who are the endangered species… Join the stars of upcoming monster movie The Expedition at MCM Birmingham Comic Con on Saturday 23rd November, rubbing shoulders with a range of comic creators, for a sneak peek at the crowd-funded film, set for a 2014 release.
Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team led by respected professor John Howson (Ben Loyd Holmes) are studying vulnerable species, but when their superstitious guides suddenly abandon them the party realize that they have stumbled onto the hunting ground of an apex predator… and they're the prey!
Cast and crew from The Expedition attending Birmingham Comic Con include Ben Loyd Holmes (Skyfall, Torchwood, Band Of Brothers); Neil Newbon (Holby City, Hollyoaks); Sarah MacDonnell (Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Montana); Ernesto Cantu (World War Z); Daniel Caren (The Girl Is Mime, The Hike, The Bill); Dolores Reynals (There Be Dragons); Ross O’Hennessy (Da Vinci’s Demons) and director Adam Spinks, whose debut feature film Survivors is currently in post-production.
“The response from people out there to what we’re doing has been amazing,” said Ben Loyd Holmes. “This kind of movie is normally left to big studios but we’ve approached it in a new and exciting way. We’ve been quite inventive, tried to do something really quite special… I cannot wait to bring the audience something that feels so real yet is just so magical.”
In addition to a plethora of film an TV guests who include Doctor Who companion actors Katy Manning and Mark Strickson, comic creators attending include Lee Townsend and Thundercats artist Martin Griffiths.
• Tickets for MCM Birmingham Comic Con entitling free entry to The Memorabilia show, on 23-24 November are available at www.mcmcomiccon.com/birmingham
* The ‘Kids Go Free’ offer applies to General Entry tickets only. Children aged 10 years or younger gain free entry if accompanied by a full paying adult, to a maximum of two children per full paying adult.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.