Birmingham Comics Festival: More Announcements!

The folks behind the Birmingham Comics Festival are really upping the ante now after having announced that, on top of the brilliant guests already revealed, there will be a programme of comic-related films being shown at the mac (formerly the Midland Arts Centre) in the lead up to the convention. The mac, located in Cannon Hill Park (a stones throw from the cricket ground in Edgbaston at which the festival is being held), was established in 1962 and plays host to a variety of concerts, plays, film screenings and art exhbitions.

The Birmingham Comics Festival was created to put the City of Birmingham back on the map as the cultural heartland for the comics medium within Great Britain. To this end various initiatives are being established, including special appearances and satellite events that will support the main convention gala taking place at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium on Saturday 18th April 2015.

Those attending the Comics Festival will be entitled to discounted film tickets costing only £3 on presenting their official wristbands at mac Birmingham’s Sales & information Desk for those shows applicable. In addition to this, The Birmingham Comics Festival is working with the mac Birmingham’s cinema producer Amy Smart to select guest speakers to attend the screenings. A full programme of events will be announced in due course.

And as if that wasn’t enough, recently announced guest Keith Page will be exclusively launching his new book, entitled Paint It Black, at the event!

“We are delighted that this local publisher has chosen The Birmingham Comics Festival as the venue to launch their latest title,” said the festival’s organisers. “We said at the outset that the British comics industry is thriving and it’s often the newer publishers who are responsible for this. That such an established talent as our guest Keith Page obviously agrees can be no finer testament and bodes well for the future.”

“Keith Page has produced some stunning artwork for Paint It Black,” said Time Bomb publisher Steve Tanner. Indeed, Paint It Black is a complete adventure introducing Paraffin Jack McNab, a hard-boiled detective working the streets of London as part of Scotland Yard’s vampire-hunting V-Cars division. Taking place in a 1950s Soho that’s a side-step from our own, Jack’s efforts to rid the city of its vampire scourge are realised in breath-taking watercolours from one of the UK’s most respected comic artists who will signing copies of this, his latest work, at the show.

On top of all that, there’s more guests been revealed too! Check it out:

The Birmingham Comics Festival is tickled pink that one of the greatest cartoonists of our time, Hunt Emerson, will be appearing at the main event, and such is his enthusiasm that he has agreed to become involved with some of the other festivities yet to be announced.

This internationally award-winning cartoonist currently appears in such diverse publications as The Beano and Fiesta, his latest graphic novel is a hilarious adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, and his classic Calculus Cat book has recently been expanded and republished by Knockabout. Hunt Emerson is in fact one of the 75 European Masters of Cartooning of the 20th Century as proclaimed by the noted French Comics Academy.

The Birmingham Comics Festival is also proud to welcome the comic book legend that is Ian Kennedy to the heart of the Midlands as a very special guest at its inaugural event.

Ian Kennedy’s sixty plus year career encompasses some of the best loved characters and comics published in Great Britain. To this day he remains the undisputed master of aviation depictions. From his pioneering days on Air Ace and Thriller Picture Library through to Battle Picture Weekly and Warlord, his work has thrilled great-grandparents and their offspring right through to today’s kids who still regularly see the semi-retired octogenarian’s artwork emblazoned across the covers of D.C. Thomson’s Commando title.

Ian Kennedy’s work can be found within collectors’ copies of The Hotspur, Buster, Wizard, Warlord, Thunder, The Victor, Wildcat, Buddy, Blake’s 7, Thunder, M.A.S.K; Starlord, The Eagle, 2000AD and others. These titles call out like a roll call of the great and good; bestselling comics that often proved to be trailblazing weekly ones in their time. From the likes of
Typhoon Tennyson and Battler Britton to Judge Dredd and Dan Dare and oh so many unknown soldiers in between, each character has been delineated with consummate craft by this fine Scottish gent.

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