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: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: ICE COMICON 15 August, 2018, 08:41:53 PM
We are very happy to be bringing a wealth of 2000ad and Megazine creators to the event this year.

These include:

John Wagner
Carlos Ezquerra
David Raoch
Phil Winslade
Dan Cornwell
Ian Edginton

and a few more we have yet to announce.

Tickets and info available at: www.internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com (http://www.internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com)

Happy to answer any questions on here, or via email at: smallzone.events@gmial.com
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: sheridan 16 August, 2018, 01:13:17 PM
Good to see a comic convention which has guests who actually write and draw comics (as opposed to TV and film actors, and people cosplaying characters from anime - all things I like, but not when that's all that's available).

Anyway - rant over, good luck with the con!
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: Bolt-01 17 August, 2018, 04:47:53 PM
Ah, this is the weekend micro-bolt goes to University so I'll not be around (gig is the 15th sept)

Shame as it is a good line-up.
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: hippynumber1 19 August, 2018, 02:41:52 PM
I’d just like to say that I’ve been to Birmingham ICE every year since it began and it is an amazing con. Small, friendly, brilliantly run by Shane (and co) and always plenty of time to chat to creators while they work; long may it continue.
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Spikes 23 August, 2018, 10:07:11 PM
What Hippy said.

Couldn't attend last year, but will be going to this one. Mightily looking forward to it.
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: hippynumber1 25 August, 2018, 11:28:23 AM
...but, in spite of being the best con around, and non-profit at that, Birmingham ICE is in danger of not running next year. This would be a terrible shame so, please, donate whatever you can to help keep it around. Even if you’ve never been, the more ‘proper’ comic conventions the better. Even a minimum donation will help...

https://www.gofundme.com/help-ice-keep-going-another-year
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Steve Green 25 August, 2018, 01:17:11 PM
I've donated, but...

This weekend there's a con in Inverness, Next weekend you've got NICE (after taking a year break), a St Albans Con, and the Sniper Elite signing.

ICE two weeks after that, and TB the week after ICE.

LSCC seems to be already dead.

Then you've got the lakes mid October.

People bitch about real cons vs Showmasters and MCM, but if the 'real' comic cons are all fighting for the same space in the same 8 weeks then something's going to have to give.

People only have finite funds, and creators time to attend.
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: Tjm86 25 August, 2018, 01:34:12 PM
It's not just the timing but also the geography of it.  LawCon and Birmingham have both been that rare thing for me, somewhere accessible from here in South Wales.  GeekedFest in Ponty was a particular treat and it was a shame that the Newport one ended up cancelled.  London is a major expense in both time and money and most of the East Coast a logistical nightmare (having family in Suffolk and Sheffield tends to bring home the absolute abortion that is transport infrastructure in the UK).
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: hippynumber1 25 August, 2018, 05:13:12 PM
It's not just the timing but also the geography of it.  LawCon and Birmingham have both been that rare thing for me, somewhere accessible from here in South Wales.  GeekedFest in Ponty was a particular treat and it was a shame that the Newport one ended up cancelled.  London is a major expense in both time and money and most of the East Coast a logistical nightmare (having family in Suffolk and Sheffield tends to bring home the absolute abortion that is transport infrastructure in the UK).

I’ve never understood why we don’t get more big cons here in the middle given, as you say, the relative ease of getting here from everywhere in the country over, say, London.
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: Steve Green 25 August, 2018, 09:08:32 PM
Well, there are generally only the media cons like LFCC and MCM in London anyway.

Guess venues are too expensive for ones which aren't fleecing punters for photos and autographs.

BICS used to be pretty good, and yeah I agree that Birmingham is a good central place for English cons at least.
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: hippynumber1 25 August, 2018, 09:37:36 PM
I agree that the timing is shocking; why are they all bunched-up together like that?
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: ICE COMICON 26 August, 2018, 07:14:16 PM
We've always been around that time of year. Why other events moved into September knowing we are in September I cannot say as Only they know their reasons.

Yes many happy memories of running BICS. It was so easy back then when it was just us and Bristol, with Thought bubble not long after us. :-)

We will always be 100% about comics and always be international with a British focus.

And we will ALWAYS invite 200oad creators to ICE.

Will be nice to see some of you guys there on the 15th. Please feel free to come and say "hi" :-)
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: ICE COMICON 26 August, 2018, 07:17:30 PM
Good to see a comic convention which has guests who actually write and draw comics (as opposed to TV and film actors, and people cosplaying characters from anime - all things I like, but not when that's all that's available).

Anyway - rant over, good luck with the con!

And unlike those media shows we give free access to our guests... no hidden charges.
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: David Broughton 09 September, 2018, 03:55:55 PM
Hi Everyone, I'll be there too launching my new independent/small press book Slaughter Hawk, which comes in its own collectors bag with a free gift A3 poster(see pic) with every book.
(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JafO__W5yJs/W4GznoIIqdI/AAAAAAAADIM/C7CCNezNWEw9o-IkfAyzuN9c5Qm35XjKQCLcBGAs/s1600/DSC02093.JPG)

There is a daily Slaughter Hawk digital Ashcan being posted every day up to the 15th Sept here: http://dbroughton.blogspot.com/2018/08/slaughter-hawk-prelude-digital-ashcan_31.html (http://dbroughton.blogspot.com/2018/08/slaughter-hawk-prelude-digital-ashcan_31.html)
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Cdh6pkV1Nr0/W4lS90x2odI/AAAAAAAADIY/1s-mAF0fGmgna5Ly4K_GzAa6RwfDyEynACLcBGAs/s1600/SH%2BDAY%2B1.jpg)

I'll also have copies of Shaman Kane books 1, 2 & 3, Detective Gallo and Spectre Show...not to forget lots of Hand Drawn 2000AD artwork for sale. Come over and say hello  :D You can find me by looking for the Slaughter Hawk banner (see pic below).  All the best!
(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KTfHmOjVctY/W3g6bLadviI/AAAAAAAADIA/75ANMGppjCQhqsmHFZ4LAbLa6NDcLkE1QCLcBGAs/s1600/DSC02085fb.JPG)
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Old Tankie 12 September, 2018, 08:45:03 AM
Three days out, and my health is holding up, could well be my first ever comic con.
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: Bolt-01 12 September, 2018, 08:54:34 AM
Here's hoping! Shame I'll not be there but hope all have a grand day and make sure you all stop by and talk to David Broughton.
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: Old Tankie 12 September, 2018, 09:04:50 AM
Thanks mate, I’ll definitely do what you suggest.
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: Steven Denton 12 September, 2018, 10:12:18 AM
BICS and later ICE is probably my favourite show.

good luck getting to it, and long may it continue.
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: Old Tankie 12 September, 2018, 10:37:19 AM
Thank you, we are really looking forward to it.
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: Spikes 14 September, 2018, 09:49:05 AM
Just on the train down to Brum now. Making a long weekend of it. Been out of the 2000ad loop for awhile, so looking forward to this. Have a great time all those attending. :-)
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Jim_Campbell 14 September, 2018, 10:12:09 AM
I don't think it's officially part of the Con, but it's on the same day, so who's going to the Dredd screening (plus Wagner Q&A) at the Electric from 6:00?

I went to a previous screening at the Electric and there's a perfectly serviceable pub (The Crown) on the corner… :-)
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Bolt-01 14 September, 2018, 10:42:31 AM
Jim- that pub's shut, mate. There are plenty more nearby though.
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Jim_Campbell 14 September, 2018, 10:46:39 AM
Jim- that pub's shut, mate.

NO!

(But thanks for the heads-up…)
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Link Prime 14 September, 2018, 12:00:54 PM
Jim- that pub's shut, mate.

NO!


Well, that's what you get fer votin Brexit Jim.

Enjoy your weekend Creeps.
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Jim_Campbell 14 September, 2018, 01:22:42 PM
Well, that's what you get fer votin Brexit Jim.

Glossing over that hideous slander, is anyone else going, and does anyone have any thoughts on a tolerable boozer near-ish to the Electric where a shower of middle-aged comic nerds might gather without getting their heads kicked in?
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: Bolt-01 14 September, 2018, 02:17:05 PM
I believe Dunk is going. Wish I was but I'm moving Micro-bolt to Uni in Plymouth this weekend.
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Jim_Campbell 14 September, 2018, 03:09:52 PM
I believe Dunk is going.

Oh, God — what's he going to do to himself this time?!
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Steve Green 14 September, 2018, 03:42:04 PM
I'm not sure Dunk is going - he also accidentally booked his train ticket for the Lakes for tomorrow...

I will be going up for the day but not staying too late...
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: Leigh S 14 September, 2018, 05:07:11 PM
If I get there in time for a drink pre-film, I'll probably go to the lovely Victoria - cross the road from the sadly shuttered up Crown and go up that side road...
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Jim_Campbell 14 September, 2018, 06:38:39 PM
If I get there in time for a drink pre-film, I'll probably go to the lovely Victoria - cross the road from the sadly shuttered up Crown and go up that side road...

Brilliant. I’ll head there and look for middle-aged geeks. :-)
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Old Tankie 15 September, 2018, 06:21:39 PM
Well, that was a great day!
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: Spikes 16 September, 2018, 02:11:08 PM
Well, that was a great day!

It was indeed. Brum ICE is a brilliant con, and long may it continue. So, a big thank you goes out to all the guys and gals involved in this

Great to meet up once again with my BFF (brummy friend forever) Mark aka Hippynumber1. Also grand to meet up with the good doctor, Eamon,  and Steve Green. Plus a few other House of Tharg followers that are not members on here (?) Got a good few sketches, a smattering of original art, and the day was rounded of with some beers and a curry.
Marvellous!
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Steve Green 16 September, 2018, 08:18:05 PM
Good to see you, I just wish for the love of god that the non-showmaster/mcm cons would spread themselves out a little rather than bunching together in a six week period.

They're doing themselves no favours, unless they really want it to be a last con standing situation.
: Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
: Jim_Campbell 16 September, 2018, 10:02:45 PM
I went for a curry with John Wagner. I can’t believe I get to type that sentence. I’ve been making a full-time living from comics for almost a decade, but in here I’m still a fan. Just amazing, and what a lovely man he is.

Also, I now know more than I previously did about the potential perils of keeping alpacas.