Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Pics from BICS
It was another highly enjoyable weekend amongst good company at the British International Comic Show in Birmingham at the weekend (Oct 15th-17th). No time for a full review I'm afraid as I have to plunge straight back into work but here's a few photographs from the event.
1: Adult humour comic Poot is back, and publisher Jim Whittaker was at the show to publicize the title. Several issues have already been published and it is available in selected newsagents, with distribution in some WH Smith branches coming soon. Follow http://www.pootcomic.com/ for more details.
2: Artists Abigail Ryder and her partner Dave Bulmer with a selection of their comics including The Demon Tomato. Abby is also the colourist on Richard Elson's artwork on Kingdom for 2000AD. http://www.demontomato.com
3: Editor John Freeman with his latest book, Sci Fi Art Now (published by Harper Collins) and an advance preview of The Iron Moon graphic novel, written by Stephen Walsh and illustrated by Keith Page. The Iron Moon will be out next year, and I can report that it's a great looking book, very European in style and will be well worth the wait. http://downthetubescomics.blogspot.com/2010/10/trailer-for-iron-moon-graphic-album.html
4: Stuart Galbraith, publisher of Comic Heroes magazine, promoting the increasingly-popular new mag at the show. http://www.comicheroesmagazine.com/
5: Natalie Al-Tahhan chats with artist Nigel Dobbyn (http://www.nigeldobbyn.com) about his work on Sonic the Comic. Natalie grew up reading Sonic the Comic and is now an artist and designer in her own right. Visit her website at http://natalt.co.uk/.
6: Beano and Dandy artist Nigel Parkinson (centre) with colourist Nika on our right and her partner Stamos on our left enjoying the delights of their first BICS event.
7: Sean Phillips, Charlie Adlard, and Phil Winslade busily sketching and meeting the readers on Sunday morning.
8: Saturday night with artist/writer Mike Collins, Panini editor Ed Hammond, John Freeman (editor of the forthcoming Strip Magazine) and comics journalist/writer Paul H. Birch.
9: Artist Lee Bradley sketching for the fans. http://leebradleys.blogspot.com/
10: Jason Dennis and John A. Short at the Kult Creations table promoting their new UK comic Cross and other publications from the company. http://kultcreations.blogspot.com/
11: Graham Pearce creator of the funniest small press comic around, Sgt. Mike Battle proudly shows off the first volume collecting the early stories. This impressive book is a chunky trade paperback with well over 200 pages for a mere £12.99. http://www.sgtmikebattle.co.uk/
12: Phil Clarke with the huge doorstopper of a book Great British Fantasy Comic Book Heroes which was compiled by Mike Higgs and published by Blasé Books.
Thanks once again to James Hodgkins, Shane Chebsey and all for a great weekend. These events are highly important for those of us who work in comics to meet up with colleagues and readers, so the hard work of the organizers is always appreciated.
If you've never been to a comic event, make a date to visit Birmingham next year. Keep an eye on the BICS website for updates: