Guests

2017 GUEST APPEARANCES

All guests listed are confirmed as attending the Birmingham Comic Con - however this is subject to deadlines and work commitments.

Confirmed Autograph Prices

Tonya Pinkins - £20
Colin Baker - £20
Katy Manning -   £15,
Patricia Quinn - £20.
Peter Roy - £10,
Stephen Calcutt - £10,
Marc Silk - £10
Ross O'Hennessy - £10
Zara Phythian - £10
Clem So - £10
Holli Dempsey - TBC
Brian Wheeler - £10
Michael Henbury - £10
Martin Ballantyne - £10

TV & FILM GUESTS

COLIN BAKER (6th - DR WHO)

Colin‘s theatrical debut was at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in Plaintiff in a Pretty Hat then The Other House at the Mermaid Theatre in London. Repertory seasons followed at Guildford, Liverpool, Canterbury, Harrogate and The Chichester Festival.

In the West End, he has appeared in The Price of Justice, Traitors, Run for your Wife, and ‘Corpse!’ Colin has toured in Private Lives, Born in the Gardens, Privates on Parade, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Death and the Maiden, Why Me?, Flarepath, as the entire d’Ascoyne family in Kind Hearts and Coronets, as Van Helsing in Dracula, also Strangers on a Train, Bedroom Farce, She Stoops to Conquer and the National Theatre production of Noises Off.
He played Magwitch in the musical Great Expectations and Sir Joseph Porter KCB in HMS Pinafore for Carl Rosa Opera Company. He recently toured in two world premieres, House of Ghosts playing Inspector Morse and The Final Test by Chris Paling.

His 33 pantomime roles have been as diverse as Dick (Whittington), Buttons, Captain Hook and Widow Twankey.
Credits as a director include The Oz Trials at Liverpool Playhouse, The Mousetrap in Stockholm (in English!) and Bazaar and Rummage at The Duke of Cambridge.

Colin’s television career, commencing with Sartre’s Roads to Freedom, includes Cousin Bette, War and Peace, The Edwardians, The Citadel, Swallows and Amazons Forever, The Famous Five, Jonathan Creek, A Dance to the Music of Time, The Bill, Casualty, Dangerfield, Sunburn, The Knock, The Waiting Time, Kingdom, Hustle and Doctors. In 2012 he was seen in the jungle in I’m a Celebrity… and last year played a guest role in Star Trek Continues available online.

He is however principally known for two very contrasting roles - as the scheming and universally loathed Paul Merroney in The Brothers back in the 70’s and as the sixth incarnation of the universally loved Doctor in Doctor Who, a role he continues to play in the popular Dr. Who audio-drama series for Big Finish Productions. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who Colin, Sylvester McCoy and Peter Davison appeared in the widely acclaimed celebratory short The Five(ish) Doctors.

Films include Dangerous Davies, The Airzone Solution, The Zero Imperative, The Harpist, Soul’s Ark, The Asylum and Les Trois Mousquetaires. He recently completed work on a short film Time and Again.

For the last 22 years he has written a weekly newspaper column for The Bucks Free Press, which have been published as anthologies - ‘Look Who’s Talking’ and ‘Second Thoughts’. The third volume Sixth Sense was published this year. He is also the author of ‘Gallimaufry’ a collection of short stories.

For more information see colinbakeronline.com
Colin is on Twitter as - @SawbonesHex

ROSS O’HENNESSY (Game of Thrones)

Ross is a well known active actor who is just about to film with Scott Adkins in the action comic ' The Accident Man', but we know him more for his epic role in Game of Thrones as ‘Lord of the Bones’.

Ross O'Hennessy is an actor who has appeared as ' Rattleshirt - The Lord of bones.' in Game of Thrones, Barbier in the BBC musketeers, Sir Locke in Kurt Sutter’s brutal TV series ' The Bastard Executioner, ' Commander Quattrone in David S Goyer's ' Da Vinci's Demons ' and Sgt Johnson in Torchwood.

CLEM SO (Dr Strange- Guardians of the Galaxy – Dr Who)

Clem So Born in Liverpool in 1962, and is a trained artist by trade. Having initially began working as a background artist on Keanu Reeve's Japanese historic fantasy film 47 Ronin in 2011 to supplement his art career, Clem has gone on to build invaluable experience in the film industry having worked on over 25 major feature films to date and numerous TV shows.

Clem has become a featured and in demand face, having appeared in seven episodes of Doctor Who, notably as the Mandarin Clockwork Droid in Peter Capaldi's first episode as the Doctor, Deep Breath.

Other appearances include a Kyln prisoner in Marvel's hit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, a crime boss in James Bond ‘Spectre’, a resistance fighter in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and most recently the Protector of the Hong Kong Sanctum in Marvel’s new blockbuster ‘Doctor Strange’.

PATRICIA QUINN
(Rocky Horror Show/Dr Who)


Patricia Quinn was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 28th 1944.

She grew up on the Ballygomartin Road in west Belfast with her mother Rebecca, father James Connolly Quinn (an infamous Belfast bookmaker) and her siblings; an older brother and a younger sister. (And yes it is true – Patricia’s nephew is Snow Patrol’s drummer, Jonny Quinn – of whom she is immensely proud.)

Pat attended the Princess Gardens Grammar School, where she developed an early talent for acting. Following stints at Belfast’s Arts Theatre and British Drama League, she left for London aged just 17, and in 1969 she trained at the Drama Centre while similtaneously working as a blackjack-dealing Bunny Girl at Mayfair’s Playboy Club. By 1971 she was in repertory for six months with the Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre. One of her earliest roles was in Heathcote Williams’ play, “AC/DC” for the Royal Court Theatre, which won an award for Best Play of the Year. She went on to star in several theatrical productions (including Sarah B. Divine) and was just beginning to break into television by 1973, when she was offered the dual role of the Usherette/Magenta in Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show.

Patricia opened the very first performance of The Rocky Horror Show with the song ‘Science Fiction Double Feature’ on the 16th of June, 1973, at The Theatre Upstairs (Royal Court) in London. The show rapidly become a massive success and moved to bigger theatres (the Chelsea Classic and the Kings Road Theatre respectively). However, as an ambitious, multi-talented young actress, Patricia was keen to move on to other roles and the BBC’s ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ series, in which Patricia gave a dynamic performance as Christabel Pankhurst, followed in 1974. This was the perfect showcase for Patricia and exposed her to her widest audience yet. This was followed by her portrayal of Elizabeth Siddal in The Love School, a six-part series about the Pre-Raphaelites in which she starred alongside Ben Kingsley.

The film version of the Rocky Horror Show followed in 1975. Patricia stepped back into the role of Magenta, and a screen icon was born. Patricia lost her opening song – Science Fiction, Double Feature – to Richard O’Brien. Although he sang it, the infamous glossy red lips at the beginning of The Rocky Horror Picture Show most definitely belong to Pat! The film wasn’t an instant success but gradually began to acquire a world-wide cult following which today is stronger and bigger than ever. Patricia enjoys the phenomenon surrounding the film and attends Rocky Horror conventions around the world.

Patricia continued to work tirelessly after Rocky and went on to star in countless productions alongside some of the biggest names in entertainment, becoming a household name with her unique and versatile style. Her resumé is an enviable list of notable performances in film, theatre and some of the most popular and iconic television shows – including Doctor Who, Minder, I, Claudius, The Professionals, Bergerac and Tales of the Unexpected. With her distinctive voice, inimitable presence and effortless scene-stealing ability, there is only one Patricia Quinn. She is witty, charming and gracious to her fans, who hope that there is much more to come from this unique and beautiful lady.

This is Patricia Quinn… She’s a phenomenon.

For more info: http://patriciaquinn.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/patriciaquinnnews

ZARA PHYTHIAN (DR Strange)

Zara Phythian stars as a Zealot in Marvels new blockbuster film Doctor Strange. Now you can meet her at the Birmingham Comic Con.

Zara is known for her work on He Who Dares (2014), The Hike (2011) and Underground (2007). She started studying Shotokan Karate when she was seven years old and later turned to Tae Kwon Do. In 2006 she became the first British martial artist to be inducted into the International Karate & Kickboxing Hall of Fame (IKKHoF).

Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.

Catch her in Birmingham first!

Sadly Zara has cancelled due to health and personal reasons.

HOLLI DEMPSEY (DR WHO)

Holli is best known for her appearances in major British TV series such as; Doctor Who, Derek, Tracey Beaker Returns, The Aliens and The Ice Cream Girls, to name a few. She played Pike's girlfriend Vera in the recent film remake of Dad's Army, starring alongside Catherine Zeta Jones and the rest of the star studded cast.

She is currently working on some very exciting projects for TV which will be aired in the UK and worldwide.

KATY MANNING (DR WHO)

Katy was born in Guildford, daughter of writer JL Manning OBE. Trained as dancer, she then attended the Webber Douglas School of Dramatic Arts. Her television career began with the ground breaking John Braine series “Man at the Top”. During this, Katy was offered the role of Josephine Grant in “Doctor Who” with the unforgettable Jon Pertwee. Douglas Camfield (Director of many Doctor Who stories) cast Katy in an “Armchair Theatre” and “Target” with Patrick Mower (very different roles from the innocent Miss Grant!). She also hosted her own Arts and Crafts programme “Serendipity”.

With a career that has spanned over 40 years and three continents. Theatre work includes, in the West End, “Why Not Stay For Breakfast?”, “There’s a Girl in my Soup”, “So Who Needs Men?”, “Run For Your Wife”, starring alongside Derek Nimmo, Bernard Cribbins, David McCallum and Eric Sykes. Katy joined the Young Vic for “Hamlet”, “Real Inspector Hound” and “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead”. In Australia at Sydney Opera House, Elvira in “Blithe Spirit” and the title role in “Educating Rita”, “The Odd Couple” with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. “Otherwise Engaged”with Martin Shaw and “See How They Run” with Andrew Sachs.

Katy has also performed her one woman show, a true story of Bette Davis “Me and Jezebel”, directed by partner Barry Crocker (yes, Bazza MacKenzie himself!) across Australia. Katy brought the show to The New End Theatre in Hampstead, London to great critical acclaim, followed by another very successful season at the Edinburgh Festival.

Katy has voiced numerous cartoons and won several awards including Best Supporting Actress at the Melbourne Film Festival and several European awards as the voice of the ten year old Gloria in the animated cartoon “Gloria’s House”. She has directed Banjo Patterson, Shirley Valentine and two Australian musicals, while on UKTV (Australia) she hosted her own interview show with guests including Lenny Henry, Simon Pegg, Robson Greene, Cleo Laine and Mr. Basil Brush himself!

For over a decade Katy has recorded audio dramas for Big Finish Productions as Iris Wildethyme in her own series, as well as reprising the role of Jo Grant, in the Companion Chronicles range, guests on many other stories including “The Confessions of Dorian Gray”. Katy wrote and performed “Not A Well Woman” in New York and LA and has now recorded it as an audio for Big Finish (now available, also on iTunes, complete with 26 voices).

Katy has recently returned to television screens as Jo Grant, some forty years on, in “The Sarah Jane Adventures”, alongside the late Elisabeth Sladen and Matt Smith as Doctor Who, written by the incredible Russell T Davies.

Her recent theatre work includes “Nobody’s Business” at the Kings Head Theatre, “Bakers End” with Tom Baker, Agatha Christie’s “A Murder Is Announced” and “Death By Fatal Murder”. During this time, Katy has released four Iris Wildethyme box sets, the audio dramas “Dracula” with Mark Gatiss, “Dorian Gray”, “Ghost Train”, “The Scorchies” (first musical Companion Chronicles) and has finally been immortalized in two five inch figurines!

For the US and Australia, Katy has just voiced a feature length animation playing the title role of Oakie (a nine month old puppy dog) in “Oakie’s Outback Adventures”.

Katy has now returned to live in her beloved England which will mean spending some “time – traveling” back and forth to Australia to keep both Barry and Archie (the dog) in order! Katy’s twins, Georgie and JJ live in Australia and London.

PETER ROY (DR WHO)

Peter started his acting career at the tender age of 7 and has spent his entire life in entertainment and is immensely rich in stories covering all aspects from Music Hall to film. He is most often sought as he appeared as the Rebel Engineer in ' Star Wars - A New Hope ' and as Major Olander Brit in ' Return of the Jedi‘.

Peter's career also spans from the likes of Doctor Who, Blake's 7, James Bond, Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy and Harry Potter.

STEPHEN CALCUTT - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Stephen Calcutt has an extensive list of credits to his name, including "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", "Flash Gordon", "Return to Oz", "High Spirits", "Hellraiser II", and "Quills".

In the second and third Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Stephen was John Cleese's body double for the character 'Nearly Headless Nick'.

He has worked on all three of the original "Star Wars" films, standing-in for Chewbacca, standing-in and doubling for Darth Vader, and standing-in for Bib Fortuna.

Stephen has also doubled for actor and comedian extraordinaire, John Cleese, in the James Bond/007 film "Die Another Day" and the first two Harry Potter films , as well as standing in for the character Jaws in "The Spy Who Loved Me". His TV career has been interesting too, including such iconic programs as "Dr Who" and "The Two Ronnies", both in multiple episodes.


BRIAN WHEELER - STAR WARS & HARRY POTTER STAR.

Brian entered into films in 1982 landing his first job in none other than Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - where he portrayed both an Ewok and also a Jawa in the famous Jabba's Palace scene in the film.

He then carried on gaining roles in big budget films including: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire - Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows 1 & 2 - The Phantom of the Opera (with Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum & Minnie Driver) - The Neverending Story and Hardmen.

His TV work is just as impressive and gaining roles in The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Dawn Treader & Cymbeline (All for the BBC), Dom Joly Show, Little and Large Show, Dr Xargle (CITV ), Mysti( CITV ), Vespa Boys( Belgian TV ) & Pop Videos for Naked Eyes and Franz Ferdinan.

He’s also featured in a range of Commercials: Ginsters, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Yoplait Yogurt (Israel) and Peugot cars (Brazil) to name a few.

MARC SILK

Marc Silk is a British voice actor. His character vocal work includes Aks Moe in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Danger Mouse, Johnny Bravo; Pingu, Scooby-Doo & Shaggy, Go Jetters, Strange Hill High, Chicken Run and U.S. voice of Bob in Bob the Builder.

He is the voices of Good & Evil in The BAFTA Award Winning Game, Good and Evil as well as working on Overlord as Grnal which was written by Rhianna Pratchett daughter of acclaimed author Terry Pratchett.

Marc can currently be heard on CBBC's Danger Mouse and has more projects on the horizon so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

MICHAEL HENBURY (Harry Potter/Labyrinth)

Michael is a British actor who played Gringotts the Goblin in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Michael is also known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, in which he played Taboo the Ewok, he also appeared in Labyrinth as a goblin called Stench.

He holds the prestigious title of the UK's shortest man, standing at 89 cm tall.


TONYA PINKINS (GOTHAM)

Tonya Pinkins is known to us all as Ethel Peabody from the hit TV series Gotham.

She attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she studied theater, music and dance. Leaving school, she moved to New York after landing a role in Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along", then went on to appear in "An Ounce Of Prevention", "Just Say No", "Caucasian Chalk Circle" and "Little Shop of Horrors" on the New York stage.

Pinkins' portrayal of Sweet Anita in the Broadway musical "Jelly's Last Jam" earned her a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and the Clarence Derwent Award. In the summer of 1994, during a hiatus from All My Children (1970), she starred as Mistress Ford in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor". Pinkins, who is divorced, is the mother of four children.

CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN

You saw her star in Babylon 5 - now you can see the star at the Birmingham Comic Con!

Claudia Christian has been in the film and television business as a performer for over 30 years. She has starred in over 50 films and hundreds of hours of television. Sci -fi fans around the world know her from her work on the Hugo award winning show Babylon 5 where she portrayed the complex Commander Susan Ivanova.

She is the author of two autobiographical books; “My Life with Freaks and Geeks”(2010) and “Babylon Confidential” (2012) and the sci-fi novel “Wolf’s Empire” (2016).

She is the most recognized advocate for The Sinclair method, a treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD). In 2013 she started her non-profit C3 Foundation to help raise awareness of the treatment, which saved her life in 2009. Her foundation is based in the US and has an international reach of over a million people and Claudia personally counsels dozens of individuals and their loved ones.

In 2014 Claudia’s award winning documentary “One little Pill” was released on Vimeo and VHX and in 2015 on Finnish television on YLE. The documentary explains the science behind TSM and follows the lives of some of the people Claudia helped go on the treatment.

Claudia continues to work in TV and film and lends her distinctive voice to the award winning Anne Manx series, Disney’s Atlantis and some of the biggest games in the world including SkyRim, Guild Wars 2, World of Warcraft , StarCraft, Halo and Fallout 4.
She recently signed the contract for Book 2 in the Wolf’s Empire saga and is working on another new book series with her writing partner Morgan Grant Buchanan.
Sadly, Claudia Christian has had to cancel her appearance at the Birmingham Comic Con due to work commitments.

MARTIN BALLANTYNE (Dark Knight)

In 2005, Martin was given a small role in the British film Cashback (2006), written and directed by Sean Ellis, which starred, among others, Sean Biggerstaff from the Harry Potter films. This appearance led to further small roles in films, including playing an 'Escort' in the British film Heroes and Villains (2006).

Martin then followed this with a featured Zombie Creature role, in the short horror film Gasoline Blood (2006). Written and directed by David Pope, this was followed up by him playing various 'Trollesunds' in the Nicole Kidman & Daniel Craig fantasy movie: The Golden Compass (2007) written by 'Phillip Pullman' and directed by Chris Weitz.

Martin then when onto work on the Matt Damon film, The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) which is the third film in the 'Bourne' series of films. Some small television roles followed, in particular the new 'Stephen Fry' series Kingdom (2009) (TV). Which is filmed in his home County of Norfolk.

Martin then went onto work on the new Batman film : The Dark Knight (2008) in which he plays one of the Jokers Henchman, alongside the late Heath Ledger. This film was again directed by Christopher Nolan who also wrote it along with his brother Jonathan Nolan.

Martin then when onto work on the second series of Kingdom (2009) (TV), in which he plays 'Jason'.  After having worked with Warner Brother on the The Dark Knight (2008) they requested him for the new Harry Potter film: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), in this film he plays a character called 'Scary Face'.  Martin then worked on the third series of Kingdom (2009) (TV) in which he reprised his role as 'Jason'.

He then worked on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1), in this film he played Mundungus Fletchers friend, opposite Andy Linden (Mundungus Fletcher).  After this film Martin decided to work on his own projects including Logg Time, Z-Lister, Z-listers and Ticketer, all which he wrote and he co-directed two.  Martin has continued to appear in mainstream movies including the new Jason Bourne film, and continues to work with up and coming new film makers, and has just finished working on the thriller 'Above The Fold' in which he was the 'Assassin'.

You can find out more about Martin's film career by following this LINK to his IMDB page .

www.martinballantyne.com

COMIC GUESTS - ARTISTS & WRITERS

GEORGE MANN

George is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist, comic writer and scriptwriter.

He is the author of the Newbury & Hobbes Victorian mystery series, as well as three novels about a 1920’s vigilante known as The Ghost. George also has written several bestselling Doctor Who novels, the new adventures for Sherlock Holmes and the forthcoming supernatural crime series, Wychwood.

For Titan George works on Dr Who and Dark Souls.

NICK PERCIVAL

Nick is an award-winning Graphic Novelist also specializing in high-detail comic book artwork and concept/production designs for Film, Videogames and TV.

His many clients include Sony, EA, Marvel Entertainment, Microsoft Game Studios, MTV, Warner Bros., Sci-Fi Channel, History Channel, Activision, Wizards of the Coast, Games Workshop, Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil film company, Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment film company, Arrow Films, Director John Carpenter, Author Clive Barker and many more.

For two years, Nick created exclusive artwork for Clive Barker's 'Hellraiser' comic book series, designing the new female 'Pinhead' character. Well known for his horror themed art, he also created many original artwork paintings for John Carpenter on his 'Asylum' horror comic book series.

As well as artwork for Marvel Comics, 2000AD, Judge Dredd, Dark Souls, Assassin's Creed, Warhammer, Torchwood, World of Warcraft and Magic the Gathering, Nick was the first artist to win the prestigious Rondo Hatton Horror Award (2014) for Best Cover Artwork for his Clive Barker, 'Nightbreed' cover painting for cult horror magazine, FANGORIA. Nick also painted the acclaimed John Carpenter tribute issue, 'The Thing' cover, Zombie Tom Savini cover and Daryl Dixon 'The Walking Dead' cover for the magazine.
Nick also designed and painted the box artwork for the re-release of cult horror film, 'Society' for Arrow Films and created original cover art and poster paintings for the horror film soundtracks to Lucio Fulci's 'The New York Ripper', 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' and 'Christmas Evil' for Death Waltz Records.

He is also the writer and illustrator of 'Legends: The Enchanted' - an original, hardcover horror fantasy graphic novel that won the HorrorNews award for 'Best Original Graphic Novel 2010' and was nominated for an Eagle Award for 'Favourite Single Story 2010'. 'Legends' is now in development as a feature film.

Nick continues to create artwork for the Film, TV, Video Game and Comic Book industries as well as developing his own projects, including writing and directing an original horror short film.

His website: www.nickpercival.com

PAUL MCCAFFREY

For many years, Paul McCaffrey worked as a freelance illustrator, mainly in the area of children’s education. His first small press comics work was for Omnivistascope and since then he has drawn strips for IDW, DC Comics and Marvel Comics (the recent Vote Loki).

He co-created Fawkes of the Air Ministry for David Lloyd’s Aces Weekly, has produced covers for a number of Titan Comics’ titles and is currently drawing the mini-series Adler and Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem, which is out now from Titan Comics, written by novelist and critic Kim Newman.

You can see more of his doodlings at:

www.coroflot.com/paul_mccaffrey

www.sylviepoggio.com/wp/portfolios/paul-mccaffrey

ALAN GRANT

Alan Grant needs no introduction when it comes to comics. The Scottish born writer has penned everything from 2000AD to Batman spanning over four decades and is the co-creator of Anarky and The Ventriloquist among many other characters.

Alan’s work in comics began with DC Thomson as an editor, whilst living in London after a move from Dundee. Furthering his career, he moved to IPC and met John Wagner. Wagner got Alan working on a Tarzan title, whilst he forged the incredibly popular 2000AD - a title Grant would work on for a very long time. Banned in the 80’s, Scream (another IPC title) saw the debut of the renowned Thirteenth Floor, remembered fondly by horror fans, again penned by Alan Grant.

Finally, in the 80’s he started to write Batman (Detective Comics) from issue 583 for DC.

Since the 80’s Alan has worked on dozens of titles for almost every American publisher and with some of the hottest talent the industry has to offer.

In the 2000’s he set up Beserker Comics and with Simon Bisley created the Kingdom of Flies and Church of Hell, published in 2009.

Still working hard Grant continues to bring us some of the best stories written in comics today.

Alan’s appearance at the Birmingham Comic Con will be subject to his health being good at the time of the event.

GREG STAPLES

Greg Staples started out as a comic artist in 1992 for 2000AD and Judge Dredd, his work led on to concept design work for film, television and games becoming well known in the USA for his fantasy artwork for Magic The Gathering and Warcraft.

Since then, he’s worked on many significant projects and characters including Batman, Green Lantern and as concept artist on World War Z.

He was a founder and co-director of visual effects company ARK VFX and his recent book Judge Dredd: ‘Dark Justice’ received many accolades for its rich and detailed artwork.

Greg is currently working as Principal concept artist on Playstation and Xbox game Dead Island 2.


NIKA NARTOVA

Complimenting Nigel Parkinson whom we announced yesterday, we are excited to add to our list of guests the very colourful Nika Nartova.

Nika is the Beano colourist for Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, Gnasher and Gnipper, Beano covers, and many others. She's been colouring for last 11 years for Nigel Parkinson and The Beano & Dandy and has the best job in the world (According to Nigel).

For More Information https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=618823379&fref=ts

All images are © copyright D C Thomson & Co Ltd

MARC LAMING

Marc Laming is comic book artist & illustrator living in the United Kingdom currently working for Marvel Comics.

His work has been published by Marvel, DC/Vertigo, Fleetway, IDW, Dark Horse, Image Comics, Dynamite & Boom!

Among the titles that Marc has worked on are: PLANET HULK, UNCANNY AVENGERS, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, ALL-NEW INVADERS, KINGS WATCH, EXILE ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, IN THE DARK, SAVAGE SWORD, AMERICAN CENTURY, THE ACTIVITY, THE DREAMING, THE RINSE, & the SPLINTER CELL: ECHOES GN.

For more information: http://marclaming.deviantart.com/


NIGEL PARKINSON

Nigel Parkinson - Draws Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, Dangereous Dan and every front cover of The Beano as well as others in The Beano. He drew Harry Hill, Cuddles and Dimples, The Banana Bunch and Owen Goal amongst others in The Dandy.

He's also draw.n for Radio Times, Thunderbirds The Comic, Whizzer & Chips, etc etc. He began in comics long ago but not far away. As of June 16th 2016, has drawn 35,000 pages of comics.

No, wait, 35,001.

For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/nigel.parkinson.75?fref=ts


RUFUS DAYGLO

Rufus Dayglo is a Comic Book artist currently living and working  in Berlin for 2000AD, IDW and DC Comics with his collection of dusty toy Gundam robots, lots of  pencils, and more Lewis leathers jackets than he could ever hope to wear and likes Kit-Kats and coffee.

He relaunched Tank Girl with  writer Alan Martin (and Ashley Wood), and drew 6 series of the comic book, ‘The Gifting’, ‘Visions of Booga’, ‘Skidmarks’, ‘The Royal Escape’, ‘We hate Tank Girl’, and ‘Bad Wind Rising’.  Rufus also worked with Ashley Wood on Metal gear Solid 2, and numerous other titles for IDW Publishing.

He has also worked extensively for Rebellion on 2000AD and the 2000AD Megazine, (the weekly and monthly British sci-fi comic books), Image Comics, IDW and DC Vertigo.

Having just completed Bad Company for 2000AD, ( with Pete Milligan, and Jim McCarthy ), he is now working on LAST GANG in TOWN, which has recently been released by DC Vertigo. 

Hi personal projects include, Solid Gold Death Mask, and Big Time Charlie.
Sadly, RUFUS DAYGLOW has had to cancel his appearance at the Birmingham Comic Con due to work commitments.

RYAN BROWN

In but a short time, Ryan Brown has become a go-to guy for publishers looking for a highly expressive digitally processed colouring finish. Skills that have been applied gainfully in concept design, video and board games, and a number of comic book series; beginning with Northern Ireland’s Berserker Comics for whom he was a co-founder and now for a number of high profile titles.

Brown’s signature full bleed covers have enticed readers to try V-Wars since the series debuted at IDW Publishing and his work on Rot & Run is also finding favour. Rogue Trooper and Judge Dredd: Year One are also titles he has contributed to for that company, applying digital painting to the work of Glenn Fabry and Greg Staples, and achieving similar effects at Marvel on Liam’s Sharp’s art for Revolutionary War: Death’s Head.

Working with Matt Wagner to produce the cover on a fund-raising edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #42, he would go on to supply interior colour for The Tower Chronicles, written by Wagner and published by Legendary Comics and is again working with the artist on that series, Simon Bisley, for the 13 Coins mini-series being published by Titan Comics in the UK. Adding diversity Brown has also worked on covers for The Simpsons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“Comics is a great medium to express yourself,” said Brown recently, and we know fans will doing that appreciatively when they get to meet him at The Birmingham Comics Festival on Saturday 29th 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.

For More information:
https://www.facebook.com/ryan.brown.9674?fref=ts



MONTY NERO

Monty created the hit creator-owned series 'Death Sentence' with artist Mike Dowling, published internationally by Titan in English and Delcourt in French. He's written The Hulk and X-men for Marvel, and stories for 2000ad and Vertigo Comics. He's currently working on a number of brand new series, an original graphic novel (which he's writing and drawing), and the third volume in the Death Sentence series with artist Martin Simmonds. He lives in Dundee, and his agent is James Wills at Watson Little Ltd

Sadly, Monty Nero has had to cancel his appearance at the Birmingham Comic Con due to work commitments.

MATT SHAW

Renowned horror author Matt Shaw debuts his new graphic novel 'Sick Bastards' at the Birmingham Comic Con.

Matt Shaw is the published author of over 100 titles - all readily available on AMAZON. He is one of the United Kingdom's leading - and most prolific - horror authors, regularly breaking the top ten in the chart for Amazon's Most Popular Horror Authors.

With work sometimes compared to Stephen King, Richard Laymon and Edward Lee, Shaw is best known for his extreme horror novels (The infamous Black Cover Range), Shaw has also dabbled in other genres with much success; including romance, thrillers, erotica and dramas.

Despite primarily being a horror author, Shaw is a huge fan of Roald Dahl - even having a tattoo of the man on his arm; something he looks to whenever he needs a kick up the bum or inspiration to continue working!

As well as pushing to release a book a month, Shaw's work is currently being translated for the Korean market and he is currently working hard to produce his own feature length film. And speaking of films... Several film options have been sold with features in the very early stages of development. Watch this space.

Matt Shaw lives in Southampton (United Kingdom) with his wife Marie, his bastard cat Nellie and three rats - Roland, Splinter and Spike. He used to live with Joey the Chinchilla and Larry the Bearded Dragon but they died. At least he hoped they did because he buried them.

Matt will be bringing his softer works, comics and dark range of teddy bears (DeadTeds) to the convention!

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