Sunday, 5 October 2008

The Birmingham International Comics Show.


Well where on earth do you want me to start about BICS. I attended both days and its left me with a case "Je Suis Fatigue"For those of you guys and gals who aren't in the know about of these sorts of events. Its a celebration of the four colour art form that is comics with guests ranging from artists,writers and small publishing companies, and not to mention dealers selling comics and various paraphernalia. Its also an arena for talks,contests and competitions for the discerning panelologist out there.

BICS drives some comic fans to dress up as thier favourite chracters i don't know why someone i know dressed up the DC Comic's Black Canary her mate came along as Cheetara, one of the chracters from the animated series Thundercats she was decent id say... I have to mention this there was some one dressed up as Harley Quinn the following day she came as Lara Croft she's very attractive and i thought about chatting her up but she seemed the kind of girl that's hard work which i didn't have much energy for ah nevermind.....

This time round i got in because I'm on good terms with one the organisers. Originally i wrote a small piece about one the artist's that attended the event but due to budget problems it wasn't used and i was little gutted about it. I'm not going to let that get me down as Ive realised that there's other of way of getting written work published and this is what i'm working on right now.

One of the reasons why i went there is to fill in gaps of my comic collection and at the time of writing, I'm currently looking eight comic boxes, along with one box down the cellar these boxes is where put my comics. Ive managed to get almost everything i want although there's a few odd and sods that i want. More i recently started reading Miracleman for further information about him go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracleman

A few days back i won of one of the rare graphic novels which featured MM in an online auction and to date its the most expensive graphic novel I've ever bought, i ask various dealers if they had any back issues that featured the character none of them had any or had just forgot to bring them. This really surprised me. Working in a retail environment i get a fair share of customers who ask where such and such is kept or if we have a product in stock i usually to what i get paid to do which is to help the customer out. At the end of the day, i believe that comic dealers are there to serve fans like myself an excuse like "Oh i didn't bring any with me" or the classic "Could you order it online please?" just doesn't cut it for me.
I'm not slagging off the majority of dealers i did but i do expect them to have a quality range of comics although i did find some stuff which i was quite content with I suppose the big buy of the day was a T shirt I've just recently begun buying t shirts featuring comic related featuring characters l like but some reason they keep making them in extra large sizes which probably is for all those obese comic geeks out there in the U.S.

As for the guest's list i was impressed with this year's line up which included Olivier Coipel(Thor) and John Cassaday(X Men) those two were the big guests at BICS. i began buying Thor because of the writing by J. Michael Straczynski and it was a fresh start for the character i didn't rate Coipel that much as his artwork reminds of X men artist Marc Silvestri but i can now say that i'm a fan of his work.

When i asked Olivier to do a sketch of my favourite character, The Incredible Hulk he told me he didn't like drawing him i thought to myself "Oh great he's one of them lot". As he began drawing the not so jolly green giant i was completely blown away by the detail he put into it and i left completely chuffed. At some point i'll put scans of the sketches that were done by the artists One of the highlights for me was that I really enjoyed meeting Dave Gibbons who did a small sketch inside my Watchmen graphic novel.

The downside of getting a sketch is waiting in a queue sometimes it's up an hour or even longer than that but I'm not complaining as i think its worth it as artists like John Watson and Cassaday were approachable and good to talk to i can't really say the same for artist Micheal Golden who was charging to way to much for a drawing i thought about getting a sketch off him but a for a fee? Forget it.


I left the event quite pleased with what i got and knowing that patience is a virtue and perhaps next time at the event i'm taking an example of one of the fans who was there, he carried a small folding chair with him he sat down whilst everyone was standing there and waiting. Hey if it's good enough for him then it's good enough for me!

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