Legendary 2000ad Creator Pat Mills Graces ICE Brighton 2017

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We are absolutely thrilled to now be able to announce the one and only Pat Mills as our latest guest to confirm for the ICE Summer Special this June.

Pat Mills, famed as ‘the Godfather of British comics’, started his freelance career writing stories for Valiant, The Spanker, Everlasting Love, Shandy and Laarf! He went on to create 2000AD, featuring Judge Dredd, and wrote many of its key stories such as Judge Dredd, Slaine and Nemesis the Warlock.

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Iconic Slaine artwork by Simon Bisley

Subsequently, he co-created the anti-superhero character Marshal Law, with Kevin O’Neill, for Marvel Comics, and wrote the satirical French bestselling series Requiem Vampire Knight with art by Olivier Ledroit, now published by Editions Glenat.

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Marshall Law the definitive anti hero – co created with Kevin O’Neill

His acclaimed anti-war series Charley’s War, with artist Joe Colquhoun, has been the subject of major exhibitions in French war museums. He was made an honorary professor by Liverpool University for his contribution to popular culture.

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Details from Charley’s War Trade cover artwork by Joe Colquhoun

His series Accident Man, co-created with Tony Skinner, is currently being made into a film starring Scott Adkins (Lucian in Doctor Strange).

At the expo Pat will be promoting Serial Killer, book One in the Read Em and Weep black comedy thriller series by Pat & fellow legend Kevin O’Neill and giving an insightful talk about the new book.

mills_read-em-and-weep-1_3d-mockupHere’s some info on the new book:

The 1970s.

A dangerous time for kids. An even more dangerous time for the adults who wrong them.

Meet comic book editor Dave Maudling, the world’s laziest and most cowardly serial killer. Actually, he’s never killed anyone himself – yet.

Dave has been putting lethal information into his stories, hoping they will result in an early demise for his readers. But something unexpected and wonderful happens: the kids instead use the homicidal details that Dave provides to target their oppressors: abusive adults who believe they are above the law.

Meet Jean, Dave’s femme fatale mother.

She’s glamorous.

She’s dangerous.

She’s dead.

And she wants him to solve her murder.

It’s a lot of pressure to be under for a liquorice-pipe-chewing, failure-embracing man-child with a strange obsession with fur. Being blackmailed by a monster from his own childhood doesn’t help, either.

But curiously, despite casting himself as Villain in his life story, Dave is actually becoming something of a Hero.

Dave works round the corner from Fleet Street, at Fleetpit Publications, publishers of Britain’s most popular magazines. Working with him is girls’ comic editor Joy, a beautiful but foul-mouthed Glaswegian who doesn’t take any crap and is heroically pursuing her ambition to subvert the world of comics publishing. And fantasist Greg, Dave’s assistant editor, who likes to dress as his movie hero of the day and is only sleeping with Joy because he thinks her famous dad will help him get his novel published.

From Pat Mills, creator of 2000AD, featuring Judge Dredd, and Kevin O’Neill, award-winning artist-creator of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, comes a story of revenge for a lost childhood, of flawed and eccentric characters, strange passions and arrested development.

If you enjoy savagely funny novels such as Catch-22, The Life And Loves Of A She Devil and High Fidelity, you’ll love Serial Killer!

Serial Killer is the first book in a series of four novels about Dave Maudling and contains serious cliffhangers!

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