As convention season begins to pick up, we take a look ahead to Cardiff Indie Comic Expo (CICE) – billed as the return of Cardiff’s original independent comic show, it is taking place on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 in its original venue of the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Newport Rd, Cardiff. Tickets are available from the website, but we take a look at why you should be heading to the heart of Wales for a day of quality indie comics!

ICE logoComic fans in the Midlands are to be treated to an epic weekend as the International Comics Expo 2016 (ICE) arrives in town with guests that include Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz, The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard and Suicide Squad’s Rob Williams – plus many more! Our intrepid reporter Olly MacNamee finds out what’s going down in Brum this weekend…

FLINTLOCK#1 PREVIEW coverWith a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign behind him, Steve Tanner, Flintlock writer and Time Bomb Comics’ Godfatherly figure, has kindly offered us here at Pipedream Comics a first look at this debut issue. The comic itself intends to create a shared universe of characters set in the 18th century and will span the entire century as the stories progress and unfold.

When they’re not bringing us some of the most ground-breaking digital comics around like Batman: Arkham Origins, or converting some of the comics world’s biggest names like Batman, Superman and Hellboy into motion books, Liam Sharp and the Madefire team find time to create some of the most innovative digital comics around. Hot on the heels of these fantastic licensed titles Sharp return to his own creation, the Digital Comic of the Year 2012, and Madefire OriginalCaptain Stone Is Missing #7, for a fantastic new episode coming soon in 2014 and we were lucky enough to be given a first look with some comments from Liam himself!

With Halloween looming we got an intriuging press release from the team at Madefire today, announcing their latest latest release is set to the War in Heaven motion book from Ricardo Pinto and Adrian Smith that we saw previewed back in May. As the nights draw in, how could we resist checking this dark and brooding monochrome mystery?!

Judge Dredd goes digital this weekend as  2000AD have released 20 volumes of the best-selling Judge Dredd Complete Case Files graphic novel series on their iOS app (available to download here) and we’ve got a fantastic 20-page Judge Dredd digital preview for you to download.

Framed_Screen_01x1024A group of game developers from the fantastically named Loveshack Entertainment have announced a rather intriguing iOS game that mixes our two favourite things – comics and iPads. The game is called ‘Framed‘ and looks like an old style comic book page – but no ordinary one. Your character works his way through the panels in order, according to what the panel depicts – whatever the consequences might be – and as the player it’s up to you to prevent your hero from meeting a sticky end by rearranging the panels so he make it to the end of the page unharmed.