Edgbaston Stadium played host to the inaugural Birmingham Comics Festival in April, an event celebrating the work of established and upcoming comic-book writers/artists, alongside welcoming some to the UK for the first time.
Thousands flocked to see legends of the craft such as Ian Kennedy, known for painting numerous covers for Commando comics, and New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry who has worked on characters such as Captain America.
Guests for next years event are now being announced on The Birmingham Comics Festival’s Facebook page which already includes Ariel Olivetti, a renowned artists who has worked for both DC and Marvel.
We caught up with one of The Birmingham Comics Festival’s organisers, Victor Wright, to see what else is in store for next year’s event.
There’s lots of new things happening next year and we’ll be looking at things slightly differently to ensure things are sort after” Victor said.
“We’ve got signed up for next year’s show a Monsters Inc. display which will be a great and current photography opportunity, alongside an Iron Man armour display.
“We’re also in talks at the moment with a company to get a set built, for example a Gotham ally, for a more interactive opportunity cosplayers and attendees can engage with.
Images from this years Birmingham Comics Festival
Alongside including a host of new things for the show there are also plans for a gig afterwards. Victor said:
I’m in talks at the moment with a European rock band who may preform and launch their new comic-book after the show which would be fantastic.”
Something Victor really wants to do this year is communicate more with local universities, to inform students on courses such as creative writing or graphic illustration about The Birmingham Comics Festival. He said:
Our event is right on the doorstep of Birmingham’s three universities. The show is an opportunity to seek career development by chatting to the industry professionals and other like minded folk.
“I’m currently talking to giants such as Marvel to try and get them to the show, the advice they could offer would be invaluable”
Image credited to: Ariel Olivetti
Victor then goes on to discuss how powerful comic-book characters can be outside the graphical illustrations and fictional storylines. He said:
One of the characters I created for a comic called Esmee is spurring all kinds of things.
“Our official cosplayer of the character whom we met at a show, went on to walk the catwalk in October in the ‘Alternate Model of the Year’ contest.
“So, comic-books aren’t just about writing or artistry, it can also spin of into so many different directions.”
It looks as though next year’s Birmingham Comics Festival is shaping up to be something special for not just comic-book fans, but Birmingham as well. If you’re interested in attending next year then you can book your tickets here.