Running a non profit making comic convention to the high professional standard of The International Comics Expo in Birmingham must be challenging enough, but when the Arts Council pulled their third and final year of funding from the event last week it was a huge blow to organiser Shane Chebsey and his crew as they frantically looked at alternative funding.

“We know how important this event and Comics Uncovered, the main conference behind it, are to everyone who comes here each year. The Fans, the creators looking for work, and the publishers who launch their new books, the prospect of having to cancel the event or postpone it was terrifying” said Chebsey.

However after a very short plea and discussion with the owners and management behind CBCS, one of the world’s most respected comics grading companies based in the US, a deal was quickly struck to save ICE from extinction.

“It was like something straight out of a comic book… like true heroes CBCS came out of nowhere and saved us.” Continued Chebsey “When things like this happen you find out who the good guys are… who really cares about the comic industry and the medium. We have so much to thank Michael Bornstein, Steve Borock, Steve Paulus, Lee Kingsley and all of the CBCS team for. Every single person who benefits from the expo will do so because of their heroic and incredibly generous intervention”.

 ““When we at CBCS heard that funding for ICE 2016 was pulled, we were extremely disappointed.” Stated Michael Bornstein, CBCS CEO “This is such an amazing convention for the U.K. that CBCS President Steve Borock and I were happy to contribute in any way we could to help make this happen. Comics are such a great hobby with so many wonderful fans, we knew CBCS had to help out. We hope the collectors in the U.K. have a wonderful experience at ICE 2016!” 

Now as ICE’s main sponsor comic collectors can expect a big presence by the top grading company at the event with some incredible exclusive signings from popular artists and writers.

There will also be a live charity auction featuring some super rare, unique artwork and signed books donated by guests and big name creators from all over the globe. This is happening at the end of the day with all proceeds going to local charity Beanstalk.

Lee Kingsley who runs the UK arm of CBCS commented:

CBCS and ICE share a common philosophy. Both companies put the comic book hobby first. We are very excited to be working with Shane and his team at ICE for 2016 and hopefully many more years to come.”

To book tickets or to find out more about the International Comic Expo visit their website at:

A full day early bird pass from 10am to 5.30pm costs £12 with discounts for students and free entry for children. VIP Tickets including an after show party and entry to the Sunday events are also available.