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2011BC photo special

By Neil Elkes on Aug 31, 11 11:37 AM

PM1627729@.jpgCan't add much to Paul's comprehensive account of BC2011 below, but we did have a photographer on hand and an excellent set of photographs.

There is a gallery selected by our picture editor here.

But for Speech Balloons readers we have even more snaps from the fun packed day.


THOSE ATTENDING 2011 B.C. in Birmingham this Saturday 27th can expect some world exclusives happening throughout the day.

Chief among those will be Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Mark Millar (Wanted, Kick-Ass) who will be on stage at 11.30am where rumour has it they will be revealing the exciting new project they are working on.


Other events include competitions, on-stage interviews, talks and signings from the likes of Chris Sprouse, Alan Davis, David Hine, Peter Hogan, Jimmy Broxton, Phil Winslade, Staz Johnson and various creators to the Spirit of Hope charity comic.

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2011 B.C.... Birmingham Comicon!!

By Paul Birch on Apr 25, 11 05:50 AM


2011 B.C. is an all-new comic convention to take place in Birmingham, the heart of England on Saturday 27th August.

Birmingham hosted the very first comic book convention in the UK back in 1968, was home to the fondly remembered Birmingham Comic Art Shows back in the eighties, and in this millennium has been the annual place-of-residence to what has become the largest dedicated comic book convention in Great Britain; the British International Comics Show - originally the Birmingham International Comics Show, and more affectionately known as BICS.

It should come as no surprise that this new day and-a-half event of 2011 B.C. (Birmingham Comicon) as well as Comic Launchpad that takes place on Saturday June 18th (until the early hours of Sunday morning) is being organised by International Comic Shows, the people behind BICS itself.

Despite rumours and certain actual lies that have been propagated, it was established last year that BICS could not exist as a two day event at the Thinktank in Millennium Point this year because of work being undertaken related to Aston University. BICs organisers did investigate other venues, and on a national level - including the London Design Centre that subsequently became home to the comics and related media event Kapow that took place recently - but no suitable venue was located for the size of show that BICS had become.

2011 B.C. should prove a more than suitable replacement with guests already confirmed including Eisner Award winner Chris Sprouse (Tom Strong, Batman) flying in from the USA, Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons and Peter Hogan (author of books on bands such Queen and R.E.M. and comics ranging from The Dreaming to Tom Strong).

2011 B.C. will take place at the Holiday Inn, a large spacious venue in Birmingham's city centre, and right next door to Nostalgia & Comics, one of the longest established comic speciality shops in all of Europe! And what's more, kids under 12 accompanied by an adult can get in for free!

Meanwhile Comics Launchpad recently announced that DC Comics Senior Editor Joey Cavalieri will be attending the show as well as renowned artist Klaus Janson as Marvel Comics' representative, and many other comic book professionals offering master classes, tips and practical advice on the comics business.

Comic book fans look set to find their Summer fun in Brum this year!

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An Audience with Dave Gibbons

By Neil Elkes on Sep 21, 09 09:43 AM

gibbons_edited.jpgA curtain raiser to next month's BICS, the special Watchmen IMAX screening hosted by Dave Gibbons will be hard to top.

The artist was on sparkling form and, through the question and answer session, gave a genuine and, at times, detailed insight into his creation, his work with Alan Moore and his thoughts on the big screen version.

Dave has attended previous BICS here in Birmingham, but is unavailable on October 3 and 4 and so the Watchmen event was born.

One audience member asked about the latest editions of the graphic novel in which the cover has been switched from the iconic blood splattered smiley face to an ensemble picture of the Watchmen characters.

LEGENDARY artist Dave Gibbons is guest of honour at a special screening of Watchmen at Birmingham's IMAX Cinema next month.

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Comic fans will get to see the epic film adaptation in all its IMAX glory for the first time in Birmingham.

Dave Gibbons will not only introduce the film, but answer those buring questions from the audience about both his graphic novel and the film.

The one off special event, on September 18, is part of the build-up to the British International Comic Show taking place at Millennium Point in October.

It is Dave's first public appearance in the city since he was guest of honour at last autumn's Comic's Show. He also returns to the IMAX Cinema where he saw the Dark Knight film in summer 2008.

Dave said: "I'm really pleased to return to IMAX Cinema in Birmingham, where I first saw the trailer for Watchmen last year, and it will be great to meet the fans. IMAX really is the best way to experience the film adaptation of the Watchmen comics and I'm sure it's going to be a great night."

Millennium hosts the British International Comic Show for the third time on October 3 and 4 this year. During the Show the IMAX cinema will be screening Watchmen, Transformers 2 and Star Trek.

Tickets for the special Dave Gibbons screening event go on sale Friday 14 August 2009.
Tickets cost £18.50 per person and all visitors will receive a WATCHMEN goodie bag. Dave will also be available to sign books on the evening.

For times and to book tickets visit or call 0121 202 2222.

Speech Balloons 2008 interview with Dave Gibbons here.

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