On the heels of todays Thought Bubble Festival cancellation announcement, another comics-centric convention, the ICE: International Comics Expo – maybe not as large but certainly as well regarded – has taken the decision to postpone its show, originally scheduled to take place on Saturday 19th September in Birmingham.
ICE – which in the past has featured the likes of Charlie Adlard, Sarah Millman, Dan Slott, Phil Winslade, John Tyler Christopher and many others – is one of those shows that is seen as a backbone of the UK comics convention landscape and, while it is regrettable that it has had to come to this decision, it is understandable in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that virus has placed on large gatherings.
Shane Chebsey and the team, though, have made interesting wording in their announcement, in that they are not wiping the event completely off the calendar and merely returning same time next year, they are more shifting it a little down the field, with a replacement date to be announced for early 2021.
As soon as Shane has worked out the details with venue and traders, and has recovered from the blow this has undoubtedly dealt, we’ll get that updated info to you as soon as we can.
“After consultation with our venue and careful consideration of the risks to health and to finances we are sorry to announce that ICE 2020 will have to be postponed (not cancelled) until a later date in 2021.
As soon as a date can be confirmed all ticket holders, guests and exhibitors will be informed.
We are looking forward to coming back next year to deliver Britain’s coolest comic convention once again.
All existing tickets and table bookings will remain valid for the new dates.”