ICE Margate Announces First Overseas Guest Artist

We are delighted to welcome American Comic Artist Stephen B. Scott to Margate for his first ever UK convention.

Stephen B. Scott has illustrated such titles as; Batman, X-Men Forever, JLA, Batman Confidential, Marvel Adventures Hulk and many more.  Over his eighteen year career, the publishers  have included, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image, Dark Horse, IDW, Titan Comics and several independent publishers.

In addition to his work in comics, Stephen has worked in TV, Film, and, most recently, video games.  His work for television has been seen on two episodes of the hit TV series Smallville during season six. The work for Smallville was titled “Justice and Doom” for which Stephen illustrated one complete episode and was called back to work on the final episode of the series.  In addition,  Stephen was called upon by ABC Family’s hit series KYLE XY to illustrate a story bridging the gap between seasons one and two.

Cover art for ROM from IDW

In films, Stephen was selected to draw the only adaptation to the 2008 Oscar winning film Batman the Dark Knight.  His work was overseen and approved by director Christopher Nolan. This artwork was part of the packaging  offered with the Special Blue Ray edition of Batman Begins.  Also, that same year, George Lucas approved Stephen to be the artist for Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods. This series, written by Rob Williams, was very popular with Indiana Jones fans all over the world.  Much of the art from the series was purchased by Mr. Lucas himself  and is now part of his permanent collection.

His most recent work can be found in the Award Winning adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s, “The Graveyard Book”and the critically acclaimed series, “Independence Day” from Titan Comics. Stephen is currently the artist on the series “Normandy Gold” from Titan Comics along with covers for their Hard Case Crime line.


ICE Margate Announces Cosplay Competition

We are very excited to announce that the Margate Comic Art Festival on 14th and 15th April will be holding the first ever ICE Cosplay Competition being organised by the dedicated team at Thanet Cosplay
Thanet Cosplay are a local community cosplay group where all levels and costume abilities are welcome, they will be hosting the entire cosplay zone at the Festival at the Margate Winter Gardens.
Thanet Cosplay have been hosting cosplay zones and services at events throughout the UK for 5 years now and have a lot of involvement in using cosplay to fund raise for charity.
There will be a repairs zone for those inevitable mishaps, a props display, a chance to talk to makers and crafters about any questions you have plus the opportunity to enter the cosplay competition and get photos of your costume.
Categories for the cosplay competition.
FETT COSPLAYCreator Awards 
Cosplay Star: Costume
You must have made at least 75% of your costume from scratch
This is open to both cosplay and steampunk
Cosplay Star: Prop
A crafted prop
This is open to both cosplay and steampunk

Cosplay Star: Own Character
Design your own character and make their costume. Please prepare a brief paragraph about your character.
Costume Awards
Best Comic Character (any age)
Adult Costume Award (over 18)
Teens Costume Award (13-17)
Junior Costume Award (12 and under)
Costume Pair
To enter please head over to the costume zone before 15.00 on the Saturday to get your photos and give your details. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and you must be present at the awards at the end of the day to be eligible to win.
As well as a trophy there will be some great prizes on offer to the winners of each category.
Please keep all costumes family friendly and convention safe. If you have any questions please drop an email to

Legendary Artist John Bolton Confirms for ICE Margate 2018


We are absolutely delighted to announce that joining the already star studded guest list at the Margate Comic Art Festival this April will be renowned painter and comic artist John Bolton.

John is famous for his stunning fully painted art work for many of the big publishers, including Marvel and DC as well as his superb work on the Evil Dead franchise for Dark Horse Comics. He has also done sequential work for Marvel on the “Classic X-men” series and worked with Neil Gaiman on the acclaimed “Books of Magic” series.

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After featuring his last book “Shame” published by Renegade Press at ICE Birmingham  in 2017 , which he produced working with writer Lovern Kindzierski,  he will be following up with their new book “Hope”, which is a new chapter the epic saga, this year at the Margate Festival.

Hope_from new book-CROP

John loves interacting with the fans and is really looking forward to meeting everyone at the festival.

The Movies Come To Margate…

paul warren - varmik

Yes folks we’ll be joined by a couple of movie guests at our new Margate show in April.

These two local actors got in touch with us and asked to attend the festival and join in with all the fun.
Now our events are 100% about comics and always will be, but when these lovely guys offered to come along to meet fans and sign autographs it seemed a bit rude to say no.

Therefore we are very happy to announce our first ever media guests who will be appearing at the Margate Comic Art Festival in April:

Paul was the skinny Steve Rogers body double in Captain America: The First Avenger

Paul Warren –  is an actor known for playing characters in Sci-fi and fantasy films under heavy prosthetic makeup and creature suits. He is probably best known as ‘Varmik’ the hassk thug in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but has also played aliens in Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World and World War Z.

Paul as he appeared in Thor: The Dark World

He began his film career as a body double for Daniel Radcliffe on the film Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, before being chosen by director Joe Johnston to be a double for skinny Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger.


Joining Paul and our host of comic creators for the weekend is Batman and Harry Potter Actor Martin Bannatyne.

After some small roles in British Indy films and a role in fantasy movie: The Golden Compass (2007) 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.

Martin’s nnext movie role was in the acclaimed Batman film : The Dark Knight (2008) in which he plays one of the Jokers Henchman, along side the late Heath Ledger.

Martin has his very own exclusive Funko Pop available based on the character he played in Batman: The Dark Knight

After having worked with Warner Brothers 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 too.

Martin has continued to appear in mainstream movies including the last 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’.

Guardians Of The Galaxy and Aquaman Rebirth Writer Dan Abnett Confirms for ICE Margate

And the top industry names just keep on coming for our new Margate Comic Festival in April. We are absolutely delighted to confirm that Dan Abnett will be joining the impressive roster of comic creators at the new ICE Margate Comic Art Festival.

Dan Abnett is a seven-times New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning comic book writer. He has written over fifty novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt’s Ghosts series, the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, volumes of the million-selling Horus Heresy series, The Silent Stars Go By (Doctor Who), Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Steal the Galaxy, The Avengers: Everybody Wants To Rule The World, The Wield, Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero, and Embedded.

In comics, he is known for his work on The Legion of Super-Heroes, Hercules, Earth 2, Nova, Wild’s End, and The New Deadwardians.

sinister dexter art by Simon Davis
Sinister Dexter, classic art by Simon Davis

His 2008 run on The Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel formed the inspiration for the blockbuster movie. A regular contributor to the UK’s long-running 2000AD, he is the creator of series including Brink, Grey Area, Lawless, Kingdom and the classic Sinister Dexter. He has also written extensively for the games industry, including Shadow of Mordor and Alien:Isolation.

Aquaman Rebirth, cover art by Brad Walker

He is currently the writer on Aquaman, The Titans and The Silencer for DC Comics.

Dan lives and works in the UK. Follow him on Twitter @VincentAbnett