Monday, October 05, 2009
A few photos from BICS 2009
I enjoyed the British International Comics Show at Millennium Point (above) in Birmingham over the weekend. Company was good and weather was quite pleasant for October. I didn't have the chance to attend the panel discussions as I was busy on Egmont's Toxic table all weekend, so bearing that in mind, this isn't a review of the event, just a few photos inside the exhibitors' halls. That said, I didn't hear any bad things about the show, and there were a good variety of items on the bill so it seems to me that everyone had a fun weekend.
Here's the photos then, with captions underneath....
On the Toxic Table; Andy Davidson (editor) and Luke Paton (sub-editor / writer). Laura Howell and I joined them for a sketching session over the weekend which proved quite successful as numerous readers dropped by for a sketch. Good to meet the readers (two of whom are in the photo) and find that today's kids are still enthusiastic about comics.
Above left: John Short, writer of Rex and Robin Hoodie for Toxic.
Above right: Andy Dodd, caricaturist and artist of various projects for Time Bomb Comics.
Vincent Danks and Roger Gibson presenting their regularly published ongoing British crime comic Harker. Website: http://www.arielpress.com/index.html
Creator of The Cloak and Moonbird, Mike Higgs displays his latest work: a huge 464 page hardback collection of classic British superhero strips from the 1950s! Great British Fantasy Comic Book Heroes is a very limited collectors' edition that you can purchase by reading the details on the flyer reproduced below:
Above left: Nigel Dobbyn, artist on such varied comics as Sonic the Comic, The Beano, 2000AD and Spider-Man and Friends sketches for the readers. Fans of his version of Billy the Cat will be pleased to hear that he's produced another strip featuring the superhero for the Beano Annual 2011, on sale in September 2010.
Above right: Writer Ben McCool makes a welcome return to British shores for BICS before returning to his New York home.
Bryan Talbot was busy all weekend signing copies of his new graphic novel Grandville. More info and details of the other dates on Bryan's signing tour here:
Wil Overton shows off a great new UK comic that he and his associates have produced: Smart Bomb! I'll be reviewing it here soon. Wil also runs dinkybox.co.uk a great online store that, amongst other things, sells art supplies that are ideal for comic artists, including the Deleter G Pen nib like wot I use.
Graham Pearce with his ongoing small press comic Sgt. Mike Battle. This is a very funny humour comic that I recommend everyone should buy. I'll be reviewing the recent issues here soon (honest Graham!). http://www.sgtmikebattle.co.uk/
Sitting beside Graham is freelance artist Vicky Stonebridge who co-organises the Hi-Ex comic event in Inverness.
Mike Collins spent a busy weekend sketching for fans, including some great illustrations of the new Doctor Who! See Mike's work soon in Panini UK's all-new G.I. Joe monthly comic.
Finally, a few quick snaps taken around the halls during the weekend...
Thanks to James Hodgkins and Shane Chebsey for another enjoyable comics show. You do the industry proud, lads, and your hard work is always appreciated.