|Roland Boschi and Steve Rude at Nostalgia and Comics.|
|Steve (The Dude) Rude with Lucy Orchard.|
Prior to the expo, mega guest artist Steve Rude (creator of Nexus) was at Birmingham's long established comic shop Nostalgia and Comics on Thursday night for a meet and greet with the fans. He was also joined by Roland Boschi (artist of Winter Soldier: The Bitter March). Artists and fans had a great evening which I believe stretched on until midnight!
|Roland Boschi sketches for the fans at Nostalgia and Comics.|
The convention itself on Saturday was a brilliant event. Naturally it was smaller than the huge film/TV/merchandise/comic events, as this focused solely on comics, but it was a success and another is being planned for next year.
|A room at the Expo.|
Below: Steve Rude doing a drawing presentation at the Expo. Amazingly talented!
|Steve (The Dude) Rude in action!|
Below: Lucy F. Orchard with Dylan Teague, an incredible artist whose work astonishes me more every time I see something new from him. Check out his blog here: http://dylansdrawingboard.blogspot.co.uk/
|Dylan and Lucy.|
Below: It was great to meet up again with my old pal Mike Collins (a regular artist on Doctor Who Magazine). That's my bald head in the background as I'm talking to Manga artist Yishan Li.
|Hotel bar late on Saturday night.|
Below: Sam Morgan with Mike's completed sketch.
ICE was as cool an event as its name implies. The venue (The Studio, in Cannon Street) was ideal and the atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming. It was really good to catch up with comics colleagues as well as meeting new people. And of course, meeting many readers old and new and doing sketches. The British comics community is alive and well and populated by good people. Many thanks to Shane and the team for a very enjoyable weekend. Roll on ICE 2015!
All photos in this post are Copyright © Lucy F. Orchard.