Published On June 2, 2012 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Conventions and events

(James Hodgkins and Jonathon Ross, BICS 2010)

Sad news this week from James Hodgkins; there will be no more Birmingham/British International Comic Shows…. or at least not from the James/ Shane/ Andy team:

As James wrote on his Facebook:

“[James Hodgkins] Has officially retired from the convention business, the thanks to all who have supported our efforts over the last few years, it was fun. Cheers! See you at the next one (organised by somebody else! 🙂 )”

Not a surprise, given that things had gone very quiet on the BICS front for a while, but a sad moment, and one worth marking. BICS, in whatever form it took was always a special convention for me. The first one took place just as I left my beloved Birmingham to venture North into the wilds of my beloved Yorkshire back in 2006. I made it to BICS 2007, 2008,  2009 and 2010, and had a rather wonderful time every year, as did a lot of comic fans from around the country.

Congratulations to James, Shane, and Andy for doing such a great job for so many years. But what does the future hold? Will there really be no convention in Birmingham? Hopefully not, I hear plans are afoot to put something on in the future by Shane Chebsey, and no doubt we’ll tell you about that in time. But for now, a glass raised to a great comic show. Cheer all.

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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