5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #19

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to #TBCF2018 Guest Tony Esmond...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

Well...... interesting you should ask that. We will be launching the new anthology from the caverns of The Awesome Comics Podcast. Us three hosts along with the mighty Mr Nick Prolix will be handling a chapter each. We will start sharing more in the next few months but I am literally bursting (yes...like that) with excitement for this project. All the stories are a little out there and I guarantee we won't let you down. It's been a long-time plan for us to release something together and finally we took the plunge. TB is the perfect place to launch as we have had a blast there in years gone by.

Here's a little something you can expect from me and Mr Prolix.

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We'll also have some of our other small press offerings. I'm currently working on a couple of other projects at the moment that I'm hoping will be ready around that time too.

What do you love about comics?

Wow. The big question. The answer is just comics. Comics, comics, comics. I have loved them for as long as I can remember. I've never stopped. I read them every single day. I grew up in the 70s and early 80s and this is what we did as kids. we read comics. My best friend from secondary school is still my best friend and we bonded because of our mutual love of comics. I'm an atheist but if I had to choose a religion it would be comics. (Although I would probably involve Caroline Munro somewhere in that mix!)

What frustrates you about comics?

Hahahahahahahaha. I try and keep positive, it's a bit of a policy of us on the pod. My frustrations rarely lay with the actual comics themselves. But more with the people who say they 'Love Comics' but actually just watch the movies, meet poo list celebrities, collect the funkos or dress up. If some of those people actually read a couple of great comics they'd be hooked and we would be getting much better numbers.

If anyone knows any hitmen then please contact me at the usual mailbox?

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What do you love about being at a Comic Con?

Easy, Andrew Lee Potts. Has he started doing any conventions? I would like to lick his face.

Everyone says they 'love the community' but personally I wouldn't be upset if a nuclear bomb went off at San Diego. Have you smelt some of those people?

But seriously.... Me, Vince and Dan go home exhausted. We joke about it on pretty much every convention round-up. We literally laugh for the whole time. I love meeting fans and creators. Chatting about comics (and usually boobs as well). I also love a back issue. I even stop for a coffee on the way home because I am too excited and need to crack open a comic to read! The social/heavy drinking scene afterwards is also fun (hashtag smiley face).

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What comic would you recommend people read?

How many am I allowed? At the moment Punisher: The Platoon from Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov. This is exactly the kind of comic I love. The writing and art are pure bloody perfection.

The Porcelain series from Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose. This is a three part graphic novel series that will break your heart.

Dalston Monsterzz by Dilraj Mann. Published by the excellent Nobrow. This book is beautifully fantastic as well as gritty. Highly recommended.

And anything by Stuart McCune. They have an abstract and cerebral quality that really hits the spot with me at the moment. We are missing this intelligence in a lot of the other snarky/hip products out there that it's a refreshing read every time.

The comics scene is in my humble opinion the best it has ever been at the moment across the board. Just dip your toe in.

If you want some more of my rude and lewd recommendations then follow me on Twitter or at Never Iron Anything.

Many thanks for reading.

 

You can find The Awesome Podcast online at the Podbean Network and stop by Tony's table at True Believers 2018 and tell him how much you love the work of Andrew Lee Potts. 

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5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #18

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to #TBCF2018 Guests Mike Collins...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

I've recently invested in producing a series of A4 prints, representing key characters from my career. Might have some short print run storyboard books if I can sort them out.

What do you love about creating comics?

Telling stories in pictures. It's a unique medium to work in.

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Not getting lost in research. All the damn time.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

People. Meeting folks who get a buzz out of the work we produce. Typically we work in a vacuum, so meeting readers makes my day.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

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Moon Knight has been exceptional, and anything drawn by Chris Samnee goes to the top of my pull list.

You can find Mike online at his website and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

Not got your tickets yet?  Head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #125

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Andy Pearson...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

On my table there will be three packs of my mini comics from £5, £7, £10 Each pack has postcards and sketch book collections.  Collecting my work over the past five years.  My Latest short story "The Trelenburg Gate" will be on sale for the first time.

What do you love about creating comics?

I love the freedom - I've worked on film and animation which involve large numbers of people and it can be hard to feel you had any impact on the final result.

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

The freedom is the hardest part. As a lone creator you can get lost down creative cul de sacs.  I work with an editor now that keeps my ideas from drifting.  I'm also a member of a group called the "Paper Cavemen".  We skype once a month and check on each others production.  The goal and the sense of feeding back to an understanding audience, is invaluable. 

What do you love about being at a comic con?

The networking is a must. And being inspired by the high standards that are coming out of small press just now.  Plus - bargains!!

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

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The best two comics I read this year were - the wordless "The Longest Day of the Future" by Lucas Varrela printed by Fantagraphic Books.  And "Ancestor" a Black Mirror style tech horror that goes really cosmic. That's by the duo that had a hand in the re-imagined Prophet series; Malachi Ward and Matt Sheean.

You can find Andy online at the Batch-25 website and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #124

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Susie Gander...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

PerryWinkle - A semi-autobiographical comic about my battle with cancer, raising awareness of Hodgkin Lymphoma, but in an engaging and positive way, with 20% of sales going to the Bloodwise Charity. 

What do you love about creating comics?

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The community and colouring, but also the learning, I have lots to grow and up skill, its nice to look back and see how you are progressing against where you aim to be. 

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

That dreaded word.... Perspective !!!! 

What do you love about being at a comic con?

The people, you can just be yourselves which is amazing. 

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What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

Jon Laights - Late Knights of Steel, this was an awesome comic and brilliant for all ages. Cannot wait for the second one. 

You can find Susie online at her website and stop by her table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #123

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Jay, Dave & Liam; the team behind King Legacy...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

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For those who have met us before they can expect more of the same; super happy fun times. We are just 3 friends who love all things comics  who have just so happened to make an awesome one of our own. And for people who have yet to meet us: good luck...I mean come say hi. You're in for a treat. 

What do you love about creating comics?

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I love watching an idea grow into a polished product and the steps in between. I'm not a fan of how long it can take - being impatient and all - but watching something that's had a lot of thought and process popped into it is really amazing. 

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

I guess the self advertising. We don't have an online store. We don't really go too far out of the way to shout about where to get an issue. We are still very new to it so its all a learning curve. The only place you can really grab copies is at cons that we go to. Or if you're lucky enough to know us. The plan is to start kicking and screaming when issue 2 arrives.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

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I do love getting feedback from those who have read King. And I love talking to people about the comic too. But I love inspiring kids to create their own stuff. There is a kid that sticks out in my mind who was asking all the right questions and was really taking what we were saying in. Not saying we are experts, far from it to be honest, but we told him how we went about doing it and how it worked for us. 

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

Ah man that's a toughie. 

Jay: I'm currently reading, and loving, Batman, Detective Comics, Black Monday Murders and Walking Dead. I absolutely love Hellboy (need to catch back up now it has ended) and Wytches (Volume 2 is coming). Oh and the new 52 run on Swamp Thing and Animal Man. 

Dave: I recently picked up Spiderman/Deadpool - Isn't it Bromantic (mainly because Ed Mcguinness was on art duties) and I'm loving Southern Bastards and Walking Dead as an ongoing read. I've also finished Hellboy - The Death Card, a great end to an amazing character!

Liam: I've said it before and I'll say it again; Invincible all the way. I am also a fan of the Flash too. Both are a lot of fun.  

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You can find The King Legacy Team online at their website and stop by their table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

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5 Question Interview #122

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Grayham Puttock...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

Unfamiliar Skies, a sci-fi coming of age story. It follows Claris Muston, a 19 year old space age runaway, and her transformation from a reckless, impulsive, whirlwind of emotions to a strong, confident, and collected woman.

I'll also have Joe Cape with me, a superhero parody that mocks the tropes of the genre, entirely tongue-in-cheek! It's a lot of fun, especially for superhero fans who'll pick up on all the things that are being called out.

What do you love about creating comics?

Nothing beats holding that printed proof in your hand. Months of hard work, holed up drawing away, pays off with a massive buzz when the fruit of those labours is in your hands, printed to a professional standard, and ready to unleash on the world! 

The weird part is, that buzz never dulls. Even on your fifth or sixth book, it's still as strong a feeling, if not stronger, than the very first time. There's a good possibility I may have an addiction forming here...

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What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Getting the books out there, generating buzz and hype, drumming up excitement, etc. I like to think I'm great at creating comics, but I'm useless at marketing and self-promotion. I'm certainly no salesman either.

It's a very different skill set that I'm slowly learning. Other creators and the wider community are really helpful, supportive, and friendly, sharing what's worked for them, tips and tricks, that sort of thing.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Unexpectedly, the social element! I'm not usually good with people and I don't make friends easily, but the comics community - especially small press - feels like family. Even creators I'm meeting for the first time treat me like we've been friends for years! It's overwhelmingly inclusive and I love catching up with everyone, seeing their new releases, and grabbing a beer with them.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

How long have we got? In terms of small press, the quality is astounding and people should definitely check out:

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- Perrywinkle (Susie Gander)

- NPC Tea (Sarah Millman)

- Tinpot Hobo (Jack Lawrence)

- The Chronicles of Gyzra (Sarah Childs)

- The Red Mask From Mars (Vince Hunt)

- The Kill Screen (Mike Garley and Josh Sherwell)

- Mephistos (Naniiebim)

In terms of mainstream comics:

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- Red Robin, Batman RIP era, post Final Crisis, pre New 52 (Christopher Yost, Marcus To)

- Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth (Dan Slott, Stefano Caselli)

- Superman/Batman - Public Enemies (Jeph Leob, Ed McGuinness)

- Batman: Hush (Jeph Leob, Jim Lee)

- Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine (Jason Aaron, Adam Kubert)

And finally, in terms of manga:

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- Bakuman (Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata)

- Dragon Ball (Akira Toriyama)

- Fullmetal Alchemist (Hiromu Arakawa)

- Negima! Magister Negi Magi (Ken Akamatsu)

- My Hero Academia (Kohei Horikoshi)

You can find Sam online at his website and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #121

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Grayham Puttock...

What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

At my table you will find Closely, the mystery/horror graphic novel, for fans of The Wicker Man, Jacob's Ladder & the films of David Lynch. Circuside books 1 & 2 (book 2 is launching), a character-driven tale of bigotry and superstition revolving around the arrival of Queequeg's Circus in the tightly-wound town of Gwynn Gallows. Also sketches, prints, and a willingness to tell-all concerning the ups and downs of indie-publishing.

What do you love about creating comics?

Everything. Except Photoshop. I am rubbish with Photoshop. 

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

I love the process of making up stories in my head, having conversations take place between characters and getting to draw all these things that bubble and swell all the time in my brain. The challenge is making it work for the reader, that balance of show and tell, the difficult art of telling the story so that it makes sense for the reader and is enjoyable. Oh, and drawing cars. That's hard. and buildings. 

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Comic cons are an absolute joy for me. The interaction with a keen audience, the curiosity, the encouragement. And meeting my creative heroes, of course.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

Right now my pull list includes American Gods, Kill Or Be Killed, Saga, Monstress and Sex Criminals. And the books I read over and over, year on year? The Boys. Scalped. Preacher. Y The Last Man. Rachel Rising and DMZ.  To name but a few.

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You can find Grayham online at his website and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #120

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Alex Thomas...

What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

This December we will be releasing a rundown of the Best 50 Indie Comics of 2017 in our indie comics fanzine The Pull List which we will have available in print for the first time and we are aiming to have a Comic Con Special available on the day as well! At last year’s True Believers we debuted the first ever print issue of The Pull List, and in the year since we have produced three new issues in print, as well as going back to the well and printing 2 of our back issues, so we will have all 5 of those available, and it should be a nicely full table!

What do you love about putting together The Pull List?

It’s my way of celebrating and shining the spotlight on the amazing comics which people on the UK indie and small press scene put together. I always wanted to make my own comics, but was never a good enough writer or artist to achieve this. But I did know how to put together a magazine (after spending 10 years doing it for a living) and so I chose to put together The Pull List. I get immense pride in championing great creators and there is nothing like that moment when someone tells you they discovered a new comic thanks to a recommendation on our site or in our fanzine! It’s also a great for me to discover new and exciting comic books and also to read things which are outside my comfort zone and discover new ways of telling stories.

What part of putting the magazine together do you find the most challenging?

As with all self-publishers the biggest challenge is fitting it in around work and family. The ‘challenges’ of putting the actual issue together are the bits I love, but actually finding time to do it, and do it to the standard I have set for myself, is always a bit tricky!

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Working on a website and publishing things digitally means you can exist in a bit of a bubble, shouting into the void that is social media. So going to a convention is a great chance to interact with readers in person, as well as catch up with creators who I might only have talked to via email or on twitter.The UK indie scene is so welcoming and inclusive that going to a convention is just like a big social event, it’s great. And the more you go the more people you know! It’s also a great chance to pick up new comics to read and meet people whose work I have not yet discovered. 

What comic would you recommend people read?

You’ll be able to see a rundown of our top 50 indie comics of the year at Pipedream Comics on the 1st of December which will feature all the titles I will forget to mention here. However top of my list at the moment are Porcelain: The Ivory Tower (which is just phenomenal and on a par with anything produced by a major publisher!), Mo Ali and Andy Bloor’s Midnight Man: Gunspace and anything by the Etherington Brothers. I’m also eagerly awaiting Rachael Smith’s Wired Up Wrong Deluxe Edition which I think is going to be a very emotive read about a subject which is very important to me.

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You can find Pipedream Comics online at their website and stop by Alex's table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #119

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Mike Garley...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

I’ll be bringing The Kill Screen, which is a sci-fi horror that explores what would happen to our world if computer errors, and computer game errors infected mankind. Samurai Slasher, which is based on a fake 80s slasher movie. And I’ll probably have a few copies of the Adventure Time Comic I wrote for too.

What do you love about creating comics?

Comics are such a vibrant and fun medium to create in that they allow people to concentrate on telling great stories, which means you can get some incredibly diverse styles of storytelling. To be involved in such a creative community is amazing and I feel like I’m constantly learning from others around me.

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Marketing and self-promotion. I hate it, but unfortunately it’s a massive part of what we do, because if no one is aware of who we are or what we’re creating then they’re a lot less likely to pick up our books.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

I really enjoy the community that a great comic con can create, as well as the atmosphere. It’s strange but it’s something pretty difficult to quantify, but you can definitely feel it when a con feels flat.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

Western Noir, Random Trials, NPC, Slaughterhouse Farm, King Legacy, The Legend of La Mariposa, Trolltooth Wars, and The Pride.

You can find Mike online at his website and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #17

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to #TBCF2018 Guests The Etherington Brothers...

What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

Swag!  Loot!  And lots of it!  Fan favourites will be well represented with Long Gone Don Book 1 and 2, Von Doogan 1 and 2, Freaky and Fearless 1,2 and 3, the 320-page Malcolm Magic graphic novel, volume 1 and 2 in our 600-page Deluxe Sketchbook series, and - for the first time at True Believers - Lorenzo’s epic Stranski art book will be available (with limited edition free A3 print for the first customers at the table!). We’ll also have a print available for every customer who picks up two books on the day. At the very least there’ll be 15 books to browse … potentially 18.

What do you love about creating comics?

The sheer versatility of the medium. In world-building terms it’s the greatest visual playground for our imaginations, because it allows us to combine pure creativity with the tight focus of a small team. We can be everything on set: Director, scriptwriter, star, stuntperson, DP, grip, best boy(s) … without a studio dictating what we make or how we make it.

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Patience! It takes a long time to make beautiful things, and the repetition of the act of building panel on panel, page on page, is a tough discipline to master.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

There’s nothing else like it in the world – certainly in terms of open, honest access to the originators of an art form. Comic cons are pretty trailblaizing when it comes to blurring the line between producers and consumers. We have made friends and fans at shows that we’ve now met up with annually for 15 years. That’s a personal relationship that few other creative industries ever get to experience. It’s unique and we love it!

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

What a question! That would need to be broken down by age of reader and genre preference at the very least! We’re talking top tens, and lots of them. But there are three comic books we both read, and have read, innumerable times.

Asterix the Legionary. A stone cold classic. No more needs to be said.

Calvin and Hobbes. Again, you know what’s what. The boy, the tiger, the desperately funny, philosophical musings and adventures of a young self-destructive lunatic and his imaginary friend.

Wimbledon Green by Seth. This fictional tale of the Greatest Comic Collector In The World is a delight. It’s as melancholic as it is celebratory. A true gem.

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You can find The Etherington Brothers online at their website and stop by their table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet?  Head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #118

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Peter James Maggs...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

At my table you will find a variety of all-ages comics and zines. Including the print editions of my weekly webcomic series The Many Strange Cases of Ghost Jones.

What do you love about creating comics?

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For me comics is all about storytelling. I love that it allows me to get the stories that live in my head out, for other people to read and interact with. 

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Honestly, I find the dialogue the most challenging. I often struggle to find the right words to express the feelings I want in a scene, but when I get it right I know it was worth the challenge.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

I love meeting new people and talking about comics. My favourite experiences have been when I get to talk to kids that come up to my table, and hear how excited they are to make their own comics.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

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Only one...? I read a lot of comics! But my absolute favourite at the moment is Giant Days by John Allison and Max Sarin from BoomBox!, it is a hilarious story about university life and friendship with just a hint of surrealism.

You can find Peter online at his website and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #117

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Tony Cooper...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

They will find my two comics!

The first is a 24-page, one-off superhero story "Some Kind of Hero", which is actually a tie-in to my series of novels. It features Hayley, who is a policewoman by day, a teleporting vigilante superhero by night, and is about her struggle to keep the two halves of her life separate.

The second is my new 72-page graphic novel "The Murder Club: Useless Deaths", which is the first in a two-part story about a pair of psychopathic A-level students who plot to use their intelligence and utter lack of empathy to kill and then frame someone else for the murder.

What do you love about creating comics?

The complete freedom to do anything you want! It's not like TV or Film where there are dozens of gatekeepers ready to smush your work into something that fits nicely into their current portfolio. You have complete control. Also, you don't need to have a budget of millions, or hire actors or anything. It's pretty amazing actually.

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What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

The complete freedom to do anything you want! Unless you've got a second income you do still have to worry about whether your work is going to sell. Which means you have to work hard to make sure it's an interesting concept and script, and spend lots more time than you ever imagined trying to advertise and promote it. I haven't mastered this part yet.

Oh, and the art. So far, I've done all the art myself. Good grief, that's one heck of a time-sink.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Seeing people picking up my work and being genuinely interested in it. You spend so long in such a tiny bubble that by the end you have no idea whether what you've created is actually good or not. So it's great to see con-goers reactions to your comics, and hopefully make some new fans too.

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What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

For the writing alone, it would have to be "Y: The Last Man" by Brian K. Vaughn. Brilliant concept that could have been handled really badly (not hard to imagine how) but thankfully wasn't, and remains for me an essential read.

You can find Tony online at his website and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #116

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Asa Wheatley & Kat Willott...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

Asa - The very first issue of our series Tails of Mystery. A ridiculous mystery with some dark elements. And sweets probably lots of sweets.

Kat - Style and pizzazz. But failing that a comic about a cat detective and two friendly people to talk to.   

What do you love about creating comics?

Asa - The collaboration and anticipation. Every time I get a new piece of art it's as exciting as the last and the comic only truly comes together once all the pieces are finished.

Kat - Seeing a story come together and getting the chance to work on a project that neither of us have done before. The most rewarding thing is having a finished product after all that effort. 

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Asa - Letting go. It's incredibly hard to cut things you really like but sometimes a scene just isn't right for the story. Also the art. That's why I'm the writer and I leave the art in the more capable hands of literally anyone else. Luckily I've got someone as talented as Kat to make my writing look way better than it actually is.

Kat - TIME. It’s always tempting to just to do that little tweak here and there which is hard to balance around full time jobs. Drawing people has never been my forte so I feel like I’m starting to learn to draw from scratch and develop a style in-keeping with that of my animal drawings.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Asa - The community. Everyone is so open to take a chance on something they've never heard of before. It'll be my first time behind a table so I'm excited to see how different or similar it is.

Kat - I've not been to a con before so I'm excited to see how it works and everyone else's comics and merch.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

Asa - That's like asking which child is your favourite, it's an almost impossible decision, almost. Some of my favourite I'd recommend that people might not have heard of or be reading are, Hack/Slash (a throwback to classic 80s horror), Heathen (a brilliant Viking saga) and Rat Queens (so good I got it tattooed on my arm).

Kat - Saga, it’s the first one Asa lent me and it’s my benchmark for comparing other comics, I love the story and artwork throughout.

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You can find Tails Of Mystery online and stop by Asa & Kat's table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #115

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Todd Oliver...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

Issues 1 - 4 of the comic book series, Boxes. I also sell small (A5), hand-drawn sketches.

What do you love about creating comics?

Creating a world that's 100% my vision. Be that worm shaped men, people eating other people or exploding heads, I get to please myself and don't have to answer to anyone. 

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Keeping focus. Comics take a long time to create and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming when looking at the bigger picture. Also, in the middle of a project, after the honeymoon period has waned, until the final few pages, it can feel like a tunnel you'll never the see the light at the end of.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Meeting people! The whole comic creation process if very isolating so it's important for me to get out there and see other humans. Also, I'd say being surrounded by so many like-minded people and their positivity. I always come back from conventions buzzing for days afterwards which really helps keep me going when stuck in the middle of a comic project.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

I can't decide on just one I'm afraid, but Eric Haven "Vague Tale" was good; I need to read more of his stuff. Also Chester Brown's "Ed the Happy Clown" is brilliantly fucked up.

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You can find Todd online or stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #114

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Jon Laight...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

Since True Believers 2017, I've released two new comics.  For returning readers there is the next installment of my on-going series with Brethren Born issue 3 (Art Phil Knibbs, Inks Luca Cicchitti, Colours Chris Jenkins & Ramos, letters Rob Jones).  Newton returns to face down an old enemy with a few new super powered faces in tow.  There will also be the brand new all ages/kids adventure comic Late Knights:A Sense of Steel #1 (Art Matt Strott, Letters Ken Reynolds).  A comic for all the family, it follows the Late family who at night, transform into the super cool spy family The Late Knights, protecting the world from the super villain bad guys.  I'll have the usual art prints, badges, roll the dice game as well as some colouring in sheets for the kids (and big kids!!). 

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What do you love about creating comics?

I enjoy the process, the research and just being able to get the constant crazy stuff in my head down on paper.  Writing about what you know and love is great and seeing others enjoy it after you've written or published a story is very special indeed.  Plus it means I never have to go grow up.

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

The most challenging part is dealing with the time it takes to make a comic.  The writer tends to be the 'herder' of the art team in small press, so trying to sort deadlines for artists all around the world can be a real challenge.  Funding can be tough unless you're one of the big boys working for the big two but even those guys are turning to creator owned/independent publishing.  Crowdfunding seems to be the answer right now but I'm sure there'll be newer options just around the 21st century corner.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

As an exhibitor, it's the interaction with the visitors and other exhibitors.  I love to chat and talk about all things, not just comics and when I get a returning reader of anything I've done who gives a glowing review or some constructive feedback, it's always worth the trip.  As a punter, I really enjoy doing a full lap of doing a recce and then taking my time talking and spending, on some of the very cool small press creations out there.  A couple of cheeky drinks post con is always a great way to catch up up with small press and big names alike.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

As I write this, the third chapter of the Porcelain series by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose has just released.  I'm awaiting it to drop on my doormat to devour, but it is a beautiful story with some of the most detailed and delicate art you'll ever see.  Chris is working with DC right now, a very nice bloke indeed and this would be a great introduction to anyone thinking about getting into comics.  Also, I'm a huge fan of Donny Cates but most of his current work is not for the kids...titles like God Country, Babyteeth and Rednecks are awesome series.  For the kids, my girls are reading the Hilda series as well as Mega Robo Bros by Neill Cameron.

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You can find Jon online or stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #113

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Mark Penman...

What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

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They will find my newest book That Shattered which is the latest story in my webcomic series Eimurian Tales. The Shattered is a dark fantasy coming of age story about Malwynn, a tormented young man who befriends a mysterious creature he finds in the woods. The fledgling companions are beset by great danger when the villagers of Malwynn’s hamlet discover of the strange visitors existence. As well as The Shattered you will find a collection of limited edition art prints!

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What do you love about creating comics?

I love bringing my stories and characters to life on the page. I also love seeing people enjoy those stories and characters!

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

THE THUMBNAILING!

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Behind the table I love chatting with people about my work, t's a double bonus if they're into it too. In front of the table though; I love meeting new artist, finding new comics to read and getting to see friends that I see only a handful of times a year.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

I have a few! From the British indie scene I would recommend The Legend of La Mariposa by James Lawrence, Drugs and Wires by CryoClaire and Io Black and Skal by Jennie Gyllblad.

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You can find Mark online or stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

5 Question Interview #112

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Michael Robertson...

What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

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I have two comics in print and hope to have a third by TBCF.  One is an anthology around the theme of monsters. The other one centres around the theme of gods. I hope to have a one shot post-apocalyptic comic done by then too. I also have prose novels. The Alpha Plague books 1-8, which is a post-apocalyptic series. And The Shadow Order books 1-5, which is a space opera series. I’ll have some enamel badges for sale with my comics imprint on them - Off-Kilter Comics.

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What do you love about creating comics?

Seeing the art come back. I’m always amazed by visual storytelling. I especially enjoy being able to trim my script down because of the artist’s great storytelling.

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Finding great artists to work with - that I can afford the page rate for. It can get very expensive very quickly.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

It’s nice to chat with a great bunch of people who are interested in the same things I am.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

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Metal Made Flesh by Jeremy Biggs and Simeon Aston.

You can find Michael online or stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

3 Question Interview #8

With the True Believers Summer Variant Edition fast approaching, we continue our smaller version (it's a smaller event after all) of our regular 5 Question Interview series by putting 3 Questions to The Inheretic team...

What will people find at your table at the event?

We have our 128 page. full colour graphic novel “The Inheretic” a Sci-fi thriller, the story of an alien at the end of a 2000 year mission to chronicle mans behaviour on earth, who is slowly breaking down, resulting in all sorts of carnage and confusion.
We also have our Steampunk fantasy “Lollipop & Ten” Again a complete story, this time about a beautiful teenage busker who is befriended by a strange child, serenity and gore all wrapped up in 32 pages. We love it as do our readers. it has a free pullout double sided print as an added bonus. We happened to find a few character development sketches from our comics whilst clearing out the studio, so we’ll bring them along as well. So please drop by Table 11 and say hello.

What is your favourite part of being behind a table at a comic-con?

Mainly the laugh we have with the people that come and chat, be it fellow creators, cosplayers, comic fans and bemused parents who are dragged along by their kids (or vice versa). It’s interesting to see the varying reactions you get to your work, comic con folk are a mixed bunch, not all are comic readers some are there to parade their costumes, some just happy to wander about buying the latest plastic thingumajig of their favourite character, but nearly everyone is there to have a good time, so it’s a nice thing to be doing with your day.

What can you tell us about what you're working on next and when can we expect to get it?

Well having just completed our contribution to the TBCF2018 charity comic anthology and having enjoyed it so much, we like the idea of doing an entire comic of short stories, We have an endless list of ideas for full length comics, all different from the last and, to us, all equally exciting. Our biggest obstacle is limited drawing time, so condensing these ideas to 4, 6 or 8 pages and doing each in a different illustrative style really does appeal. When will it be finished?….mmmm deadlines can give you an ulcer, so we’ll dodge that….when we’re happy with it, i suppose is the stress free answer.

You can find The Inheretic at the True Believers Summer Variant Edition and on their website

And if you haven't bought your tickets to TBCF: SVE yet, head to our ticket page now.

3 Question Interview #6 & 7

The True Believers Summer Variant Edition is fast approaching and among the tables of artists and comic creators at the event, we'll also have tables selling some back issue comics too.  To celebrate we continue our smaller version (it's a smaller event after all) of our regular 5 Question Interview series by putting 3 Questions to Rob from RNG Comics and Neal Clutterbuck, who will both be selling back issues at the event...

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What will people find at your table at the event?

American Marvel,D.C. comic's and Graphic novels at affordable prices.

What is it you love about what you do?

Talking and meeting people who feel as passionate about reading and collecting comics as myself.

What is your favourite part of being behind a table at a comic-con?

Being able to supply somebody with a comic/graphic novel that they have been after for a long time and are absolutely chuffed they have been able to complete a set or run of comics.

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What will people find at your table at the event?

Loads of great comics from all publishers at cheap prices.

What is it you love about what you do?

It’s great to be doing one of your favourite things that initially just started out as a hobby.

What is your favourite part of being behind a table at a comic-con?

At the recent comic cons I have been amazed at the effort of all the cosplayers, especially those who make their own. Sometimes I have to make sure I’m still on planet earth…

You can find both Neal and RNG Comics at the True Believers Summer Variant Edition on Sunday 20th August and if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now.

3 Question Interview #5

With the True Believers Summer Variant Edition fast approaching, we continue our smaller version (it's a smaller event after all) of our regular 5 Question Interview series by putting 3 Questions to the Psychedelic Journal team...

What will people find at your table at the Summer Event?

 

At the event people can expect to find the latest issue of The Psychedelic Journal, a gloriously bizarre small-press anthology, which is themed around the Wild West as well as our previous Time-Travel issues.  You'll also have to watch out for the Quantum Capybara, they're slippery wee beasts who occasionally invade our time-stream and personal space. 

What is your favourite part of being behind a table at a comic-con?

My favourite part of being behind a table is getting to sit down all day and have my feet rubbed by one of the Quantum Capybara I have enslaved for just such a purpose.  He also fetches me caramacs on command and plays a mean jazz harmonica.  Selling comics and getting to talk to all the lovely convention goers is pretty great too.  

What can you tell us about what you're working on next and when can we expect to get it?

Our next issue is a General Wizardry themed comic, which we hope to deliver in late 2017, if the Quantum Capybara don't keep interfering with our work schedule! 

You can find The Psychedelic Journal at the True Believers Summer Variant Edition and on their Facebook page.

And if you haven't bought your tickets to TBCF: SVE yet, head to our ticket page now.