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ICE / SHREWSBURY INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL / COMICS UNCOVERED / SPECIAL EVENTS

   
  Smallzone Events run dedicated events aimed at those with an interest in the medium of comics and sequential art. We have been doing this in one form or another for a decade now.

Our next event is the brand new Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival 2016, which is an absolutely FREE event run in conjunction with the famous Shrewsbury Fields Forever Music, Art and Comedy Festival from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th July at the beautiful Quarry Town Park.

A bold new undertaking, The Shrewsbury Festival is the first event in the UK to ever bring comics to a large mainstream audience via a major music and arts festival. With thousands of people expected to attend as well as a host of top international guests from the world of comics this event promises to offer a very different experience to the usual indoor arenas that comic conventions inhabit.

As well as all of the guest comic creators, visitors will be able enjoy two evenings of entertainment from some of the UK's best breakthrough comedy acts.

For just 5 a night you can also see top comedians like Adam Rowe and Alun Cochrane presented and compared by the brilliant Danny McLoughlin 

So Once you have enjoyed your day of comics fun each day of the festival you can see the night out with some great stand up which is all included in the bargain weekend pass for the Music festival which happens September 16th to 18th. Tickets available now here:

www.shrewsburyfieldsforeverfestival.co.uk/html/tickets.html

Alternatively you can pay just 5 per night on the door for the Comedy Festival.

Guests include Howard Chaykin, Barry Kitson, Goran Parlov, & John Wagner.

 
COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2016...

Carl Potts 

Sean Phillips

Marguerite Bennett

Duncan Fegredo

Our two most famous events are The International Comics Expo and The International Comic Industry Conference "Comics Uncovered".

The International Comics Expo - known by the fans as ICE. This is a one day show for the fans held at the superb Studio Venue on Cannon Street in Birmingham City Centre..

The date for this year's International Comic Expo is Saturday 10th September 2016.

Doors open at 10am early bird and 11am general admittance with the event closing at 5.30pm.

Tickets start at just 6 for students and 12 for adults with special VIP passes at 35 which includes the VIP party on Saturday evening with many of the guests!!

To book discounted "Early Bird" advanced tickets go to: www.smallzone.co.uk/ICEBOOKINGS.htm

Guests Confirmed include: Criminal and Marvel Zombies artist Sean Phillips, Alien Legion Creator and legendary Marvel visionary Carl Potts,  Hellboy and MPH Artist Duncan Fegredo, Legendary Judge Dredd Creator John Wagner and Bombshells and Insexts writer Marguerite Bennett plus many many more to be confirmed.

There will also be a full program of events and three large rooms for top exhibitors including Dealers, Publishers and Artists.

If you would like to book a table to exhibit at the expo please also go to: www.smallzone.co.uk/ICEBOOKINGS.htm

ICE is followed on Sunday 11th September by the International Comics Industry Conference "Comics Uncovered". This event is aimed at aspiring, semi professional and professional creatives who are looking to obtain work within the comic industry. This can be as a freelance creator or as a creator owned self publisher.

Our top guests from the Saturday and a few more besides switch into education mode on the Sunday and deliver a series of high quality and often exclusive workshops, master classes and seminars throughout the day.

These events cover all of the disciplines required to create comics, from pencilling, inking and colouring through to editing, design and self publishing.

Comics Uncovered also includes one to one portfolio reviews from top editors and a catered networking party in the evening.

Guest speakers include: Jim Chadwick, Carl Potts, Declan Shalvey, plus a dozen more experts and industry professionals.

To book your place as a delegate or to find out more visit the website here: www.comicsuncovered.co.uk

Doctor Strange artwork courtesy of Carl Potts. Copyright Marvel Comics. Photographs supplied by guests and used with permission.

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS...

   
   

COMICS UNCOVERED 2015

The International Comic Industry Conference returned for it's second year and was held on Sunday September 6th

The conference included portfolio reviews from DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Titan Comics, master classes, workshops, seminars and an evening networking party.

Guest speakers included Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, DC Comics Group editor Jim Chadwick, Image, Dark Horse and Marvel colourist Jordie Bellaire, and Watchmen and Kingsman artist Dave Gibbons plus many more.

This was a very successful event and saw a 100% increase in delegates attending from the previous year. It was also the first time we managed to entice Dark Horse Comics to be involved when we invited Editor Jim Gibbons along.

He delivered and excellent talk about breaking into comics and worked tirelessly all day long reviewing artist portfolio and hearing pitching ideas from writers and creative teams.

We also saw the first ever UK appearance from new American Publishers Aftershock Comics. Editor In Chief Mike Marts made the trip over the Atlantic to search for new talent here in Britain.

   
 

THE INTERNATIONAL COMICS EXPO 2015

This was a huge year for ICE. We doubled our attendance from the previous year and welcomed over 30 guests to the expo form all over the world. Huge names from the world of comics attended including Bob Layton, Charlie Adlard, Dave Gibbons and the legendary inker Joe Rubinstein.

The corridors and exhibition halls teamed with excitement and anticipation as fans and creative people of all ages and all walks of life soaked up the electric, fun atmosphere. Exhibitors included face painters, publishers, top dealers and artists. There really was something for every type of fan, from the curious to the connoisseur.

We were also treated to two full programs of events delivered by Paul H Birch and Geek Syndicate. Here is a video link giving you a taster of what happened in the panels plus a photo from the exclusive Aftershock Comics panel featuring Editor In Chief Mike Marts:

 

THE INTERNATIONAL COMICS EXPO (ICE) 2014

ICE 2014 was a hugely successful convention with an abundance of guest creators and exhibiting publishers, retailers and artists on show.

The weekend kicked off with a VIP meal for the guests at ZIz Zi's in Birmingham. In the morning we put together 150 amazing goodie bags for our early bird visitors.

Thanks to Nostalgia & Comics and Diamond Distribution for supplying us with bags and goodies, including some hardback Graphic Novels!!

The Convention then continued with a relaxed, yet atmospheric, day of fun, art and comics and ended with another VIP evening with guests and dedicated fans at the wonderful Roof Garden Bar within the venue.

We've had amazingly positive feedback from you all and we are looking to make ICE 2015 even better!!

 

COMICS UNCOVERED 2014

This year's Comics Uncovered conference was also a huge success. We were lucky to have so many experienced professionals on hand to share their knowledge with budding creators.

Comics Uncovered 2014 was supported by DC Comics, Titan Comics, Gazelle Books, Humanoids UK and Diamond Comics who all sent delegates to meet with creators and publishers. The conference was also supported with public funding from the Arts Council of England.

The day was packed with Talks, Seminars, Workshops, Master Classes and Art Demos, as well as one to one portfolio reviews and meetings. Guest speakers included DC Comics Editor Joey Cavalieri, Humanoids Editor Tim Pilcher and Legendary artist Steve Rude.

There were also colouring classes from DC and Marvel colourist and editor Marie Javins and events for writers hosted by Tony Lee and Ian Edginton.

Next year we'll have more editors taking part and even more artist and writers.

 

THE VIP MEET AND GREET WITH STEVE RUDE AND SURPRISE GUEST ROLAND BOSCHI 2014

This was a very special event held at Nostalgia & Comics on the Thursday evening before the Expo and fans had a rare opportunity to chat, one on one, with the legendary artist and get sketches and comics signed.

Steve was joined later in the evening by French Marvel artist Roland Boschi, who also happily sketched away for fans late into the night.

A huge thank you to Dave and Dave at Nostalgia & Comics for hosting the event, to both artists and to the fans who turned up to make it so special.

We hope to hold more special VIP events like this before future shows.

 

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