Paul Birch in his excellent Speech Balloons column for the Birmingham Mail broke the news yesterday of a new comics convention coming to Birmingham later in the year. From International Comics Shows - the folks behind BICS and Comics Launch Pad - comes 2011BC (the BC standing for Birmingham Comicon)
2011BC will be a one-and-a-half-day event held on Saturday 27th August (the half-day presumably being the Friday night launch party) at The Holiday Inn, which is right next to Nostalgia & Comics and about 5 minutes walk from New Street station.
Guests announced already are Dave Gibbons, Chris Sprouse, Jimmy Broxton (unsurprisingly, who also provides the awesome promo art), Peter Hogan and Declan Shalvey with many more promised to be announced later.
There are 3 types of ticket available -
Standard Tickets cost £11.50 and gains access to Saturday access all areas, all events, all signings, plus entry to dedicated convention and bar areas
Party Tickets cost £20 and gets you the above plus an invite to the exclusive Friday night launch party (venue TBC) where complimentary food will be served. (Limited to 200 only)
Super BC Tickets cost £50 as as well as the above gets you an enhanced goody bag containing cool stuff with a retail value exceeding the ticket price. Convention exclusive signed art print. Early bird access to the Saturday con. VIP early bird entry to the Friday night launch party, your chance to mingle with our star guests, and have exclusive access to the preview night signings. Access to the VIP preview night open bar area (for a limited period only)
Personally I'm pretty excited by this as I was really disappointed when I heard there was no BICS this year. For full details and updates keep an eye on the 2011BC website and hope to see you there!