Smallzone are a non profit group who run dedicated events aimed at those with an interest in the medium of comics and sequential art. We have been doing this in one form or another for a decade now. It is our mission to bring the magic of comic art to the masses.

Carl Potts 

Sean Phillips

Marguerite Bennett

Duncan Fegredo

Our two most famous events are The International Comics Expo and The International Comic Industry Conference "Comics Uncovered".

The International Comics Expo - known by the fans as ICE. This is a one day show for the fans held at the superb Studio Venue on Cannon Street in Birmingham City Centre..

The date for this year's International Comic Expo is Saturday 10th September 2016.

Doors open at 10am early bird and 11am general admittance with the event closing at 5.30pm.

Tickets start at just 6 for students and 12 for adults with special VIP passes at 35 which includes the VIP party on Saturday evening with many of the guests!!

To book discounted "Early Bird" advanced tickets go to:

Guests Confirmed include: Criminal and Marvel Zombies artist Sean Phillips, Alien Legion Creator and legendary Marvel visionary Carl Potts,  Hellboy and MPH Artist Duncan Fegredo, Legendary Judge Dredd Creator John Wagner and Bombshells and Insexts writer Marguerite Bennett plus many many more to be confirmed.

There will also be a full program of events and three large rooms for top exhibitors including Dealers, Publishers and Artists.

If you would like to book a table to exhibit at the expo please also go to:

ICE is followed on Sunday 11th September by the International Comics Industry Conference "Comics Uncovered". This event is aimed at aspiring, semi professional and professional creatives who are looking to obtain work within the comic industry. This can be as a freelance creator or as a creator owned self publisher.

Our top guests from the Saturday and a few more besides switch into education mode on the Sunday and deliver a series of high quality and often exclusive workshops, master classes and seminars throughout the day.

These events cover all of the disciplines required to create comics, from pencilling, inking and colouring through to editing, design and self publishing.

Comics Uncovered also includes one to one portfolio reviews from top editors and a catered networking party in the evening.

Guest speakers include: Jim Chadwick, Carl Potts, Declan Shalvey, plus a dozen more experts and industry professionals.

To book your place as a delegate or to find out more visit the website here:

Doctor Strange artwork courtesy of Carl Potts. Copyright Marvel Comics. Photographs supplied by guests and used with permission.



This was our first major event that we organised on behalf of a client. Entry to this ground breaking outdoor festival was absolutely FREE and run in conjunction with the famous Shrewsbury Fields Forever Music, Art and Comedy Festival from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th July at the beautiful Quarry Town Park in Shrewsbury Shropshire.

A bold new undertaking, The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival was the first event in the UK to ever bring comics to a large mainstream audience via a major music and arts festival. Attended by a diverse crowd of 1200, including families, fans and curious locals, as well as a host of top international guests  and exhibitors from the world of comics, this true outdoor festival delivered a very different experience to the usual indoor arenas that comic conventions inhabit.

Over three days of blistering sunshine in our giant space age tent surrounded by a fun fair, disco dome and food vendors, we were treated to a full program of panels from industry legends such as Howard Chaykin, Joey Cavalieri and John Wagner plus super star creators like John McCrea, Robbie Morrison, Andy Diggle, Doug Braithwaite, Barry Kitson and Roland Boschi to name just a few.

There was evening entertainment too with acoustic music on the Saturday and Sunday and full on site bar. Hundreds of festival goers enjoyed their first experience of a comic event and hard core fans revelled in the chance to chat with their idols without having to queue.

The aim of this festival was always to bring new readers and new interest to the comics medium and we did just that in spades thanks to the huge support of our guests, exhibitors and of course the team at Forever Invasion, who worked just as hard as we did to bring the international magic of comic art to the country town of Shrewsbury.

The weekend was rounded off with entertainment from local musician Andy O'Brien and top comedians like Adam Rowe and Alun Cochrane presented and compared by the brilliant Danny McLoughlin, which was the perfect end to what had been a truly spectacular free festival in the sun. 



The International Comic Industry Conference returned for it's second year and was held on Sunday September 6th

The conference included portfolio reviews from DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Titan Comics, master classes, workshops, seminars and an evening networking party.

Guest speakers included Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, DC Comics Group editor Jim Chadwick, Image, Dark Horse and Marvel colourist Jordie Bellaire, and Watchmen and Kingsman artist Dave Gibbons plus many more.

This was a very successful event and saw a 100% increase in delegates attending from the previous year. It was also the first time we managed to entice Dark Horse Comics to be involved when we invited Editor Jim Gibbons along.

He delivered and excellent talk about breaking into comics and worked tirelessly all day long reviewing artist portfolio and hearing pitching ideas from writers and creative teams.

We also saw the first ever UK appearance from new American Publishers Aftershock Comics. Editor In Chief Mike Marts made the trip over the Atlantic to search for new talent here in Britain.



This was a huge year for ICE. We doubled our attendance from the previous year and welcomed over 30 guests to the expo form all over the world. Huge names from the world of comics attended including Bob Layton, Charlie Adlard, Dave Gibbons and the legendary inker Joe Rubinstein.

The corridors and exhibition halls teamed with excitement and anticipation as fans and creative people of all ages and all walks of life soaked up the electric, fun atmosphere. Exhibitors included face painters, publishers, top dealers and artists. There really was something for every type of fan, from the curious to the connoisseur.

We were also treated to two full programs of events delivered by Paul H Birch and Geek Syndicate. Here is a video link giving you a taster of what happened in the panels plus a photo from the exclusive Aftershock Comics panel featuring Editor In Chief Mike Marts:



ICE 2014 was a hugely successful convention with an abundance of guest creators and exhibiting publishers, retailers and artists on show.

The weekend kicked off with a VIP meal for the guests at ZIz Zi's in Birmingham. In the morning we put together 150 amazing goodie bags for our early bird visitors.

Thanks to Nostalgia & Comics and Diamond Distribution for supplying us with bags and goodies, including some hardback Graphic Novels!!

The Convention then continued with a relaxed, yet atmospheric, day of fun, art and comics and ended with another VIP evening with guests and dedicated fans at the wonderful Roof Garden Bar within the venue.

We've had amazingly positive feedback from you all and we are looking to make ICE 2015 even better!!



This year's Comics Uncovered conference was also a huge success. We were lucky to have so many experienced professionals on hand to share their knowledge with budding creators.

Comics Uncovered 2014 was supported by DC Comics, Titan Comics, Gazelle Books, Humanoids UK and Diamond Comics who all sent delegates to meet with creators and publishers. The conference was also supported with public funding from the Arts Council of England.

The day was packed with Talks, Seminars, Workshops, Master Classes and Art Demos, as well as one to one portfolio reviews and meetings. Guest speakers included DC Comics Editor Joey Cavalieri, Humanoids Editor Tim Pilcher and Legendary artist Steve Rude.

There were also colouring classes from DC and Marvel colourist and editor Marie Javins and events for writers hosted by Tony Lee and Ian Edginton.

Next year we'll have more editors taking part and even more artist and writers.



This was a very special event held at Nostalgia & Comics on the Thursday evening before the Expo and fans had a rare opportunity to chat, one on one, with the legendary artist and get sketches and comics signed.

Steve was joined later in the evening by French Marvel artist Roland Boschi, who also happily sketched away for fans late into the night.

A huge thank you to Dave and Dave at Nostalgia & Comics for hosting the event, to both artists and to the fans who turned up to make it so special.

We hope to hold more special VIP events like this before future shows.