5 Question Interview #141

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With True Believers 2018 just weeks away, we put 5 Questions to Lost City Studios...

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

We will be there! You will find our new self-published comic Bamboo. A comical western adventure filled with martial arts action.

Phil and Sam will also be selling pop culture artwork prints. 

What do you love about creating comics?

We all just love being able to create a story, from start to finish. Bringing an idea to life, all the way from a scribbled out draft script, through to a complete printed comic that we can hold is the greatest feeling! 

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

EDITING! is the scourge of all our lives. 

What do you love about being at a comic con (from either side of a table)?

We love meeting and talking to other artists and writers about what they are creating! Even when we are behind the table, we take turns to explore the con!

Although we are usually modest, It's nice to have our own work admired! It's really encouraging to creators like ourselves who do work full time jobs and spend our evenings creating comic books and artwork.

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

We all have very different opinions so we each answered this question.

Phil says read SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

Tom says read Batman, Court of Owls because Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are a match made in heaven.

Sam says, as a manga fan I recommend Attack on Titan. Because the art is incredible.

You can find Lost City Studios  at True Believers 2018.  Be sure to stop by their table and say "Hello". 

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5 Question Interview #140

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With True Believers 2018 just weeks away, we put 5 Questions to The Psychedelic Journal...

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

They might, if they're really unlucky, find a Quantum Capybara nibbling at the table legs and causing temporal havok about the place.  But if they're lucky they'll find a selection of themed anthology comics featuring the cream of the small-press crop!

What do you love about creating comics?

The Quantum Capybara pay me in chocolate coins to feature them in our comics, and that's fairly delicious. But getting to work with so many talented artists and writers is pretty great as well.

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

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It's quite challenging to create comics when the Quantum Capybara insist on playing the cosmic bagpipes in your ear while you edit.

What do you love about being at a comic con (from either side of a table)?

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It's just nice to get out of the house, the stench of cosmic Capybara dung is getting unbearable. 

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

Anything from Big Punch Studio, Futurequake Press or anything else the Capybara directs you towards!

You can find The Psychedelic Journal on Facebook and stop by their table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

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5 Question Interview #139

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With True Believers 2018 just weeks away, we put 5 Questions to Jimmy Furlong, Jay Martin & Chris Sides...

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

CHRIS: The greatest A-Team cosplay you’ve ever seen. Plus, copies of IMPOSSIBLE, DARK MATTER II and WHISPERING SANDS bundles, art prints - it’s all there, baby.

JIMMY: I will have copies of my first and currently only book SHIT FLINGERS: Bestiary #1. It does however come in three awesome flavours (*covers). I will also be shilling some luxury art prints.  

Jay: Yeah, people are going to need a fat wallet when they stop by. I have the Domeinion Novel and Graphic Novel, ALV #1 & #2 and Team Super #1 & (hopefully) #2. On top of that it’s the third con for the Ka Anthology. Also working on some new interesting Merch for me and the boys, so fun for all the family! 

What do you love about creating comics?

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C: The rockstar lifestyle (HA!). That and seeing something that was once an idea on a scrap of paper become this fully formed book that you’ve created with some amazingly talented people.

JF: What Chris said, the thrill of seeing something coalesce from nothing. The baton being passed on to the next stage of the process.

JM: It used to be the scariest part for me, but now it’s my favourite. Seeing someone else interpret my words is a real buzz.

JF: Unless you’re one of those rare beasts that does everything, it really is a team effort.

JM: For me it’s also the people that make it worthwhile. Made some genuine friends and the talent is unreal. Coming to cons and getting together with everyone never disappoints.

C: Agreed! 

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

C: Right this instant? Writing them, funnily enough. Think I’m going through a bout of ‘block’; plenty of ideas, not sure of which one to write.

JM: Same here. My head is a mess at the best of times, but with sixteen different stories banging about in there and when to do what, loads to do and most of the time I end up doing nothing!

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C: Exactly, with writing anything, there comes an investment of time, emotional input, research, everything that goes with it and sometimes, just sometimes, that can, for some reason, become overwhelming.

JF: Time. It’s the same for me the constant struggle to juggle work and home life. Limited time makes it increasingly difficult to find the time for creative endeavours.

JM: Also, the expense can be a nightmare. As a writer it becomes your project, you become responsible for everything, paying artists, colourists, letterer, printing, etc. It can be dear,too.

What do you love about being at a comic con (from either side of a table)? 

JM: Like I said before, for me it’s the people. Always a none stop laugh.

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C: The atmosphere, talking to potential new readers, taking to people that have read (and enjoyed, hopefully) your work, spending time with buds behind and in front of the table.

JF: Nothing beats hanging with friends and getting to talk to complete strangers about my silly stories. If I’m lucky I may even sell a couple of books.

JM: Yeah, what they said. There’s also the added bonus of getting to see Sidesy with his top off every now and again.

C: ... 

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

 JM: Well, after you have bought everything that Chris and Jimmy have on offer, go check out the Reckless Hero boys and pick up Last Sheriff and Operation Boom. Then there is the never not awesome Jon Laight, with Brethren Born and his new Late Knights book. And Perry Winkle by the awesome Susie Gander.

C: Agreed! The KA ANTHOLOGY by Jay Martin and friends and SHIT FLINGERS by Jimmy Furlong and friends.

JF: Hell yeah, those are some great books, right there. I’d add MERRICK: The Sensational Elephant Man by Tom Ward, VESSELS BY Dave Cook, COGNITION by Ken Reynolds and HEADLOPPPER by Andrew MacLean to the list.

You can find Jay online at his website, Jimmy on his Facebook Page and Chris on his website. And be sure to stop by their tables at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

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5 Question Interview #138

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With True Believers 2018 just weeks away, we put 5 Questions to Pete Davies (thepXd)...

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

People will be able to get their hands on 'The Axeman Cometh', the successfully Kickstarted & LONG awaited (my fault) book from the mind of Darrell Smith & the art team of myself, Saad Azim & Rob Jones. It's a crime noir thriller set in the Deep South of the United States in the late 1920s/early 30s. Based loosely on the Axeman of New Orleans, it follows our hero & Private Detective, Flint as he searches for the killer that continues to evade his clutches.

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There will also be cards/prints from the teaser images available, as well as a mini comic from myself & Lee Overton, (who wanted to kill off Professor X way back in the 90s, before it was cool), called 'Stranglehood' & will be available with sparkly new cover for the first time also.

Lastly, you'll find me. But don't let that put you off.

What do you love about creating comics?

I'm not sure if it's the long hours, or the constant disappointment that what's in my head doesn't quite look the same as it does on paper?

In all seriousness, those things are always eclipsed by a simple love of the medium. I've been a comics reader since the mid-80s & deep down, it's what I've always wanted to do. Whether you're putting someone else's ideas down & seeing/hearing their reaction, or bringing your own fanciful imaginings to life, that joy, when it comes out right, is rarely matched. I'd love to have a great flowery answer full of insightful knowledge, but it's hard to explain that pride in looking at something you've created. It's like having kids; some days it's amazing, & others you want to snap your pens in half stuff it all back in a drawer & cry for 12 hours.

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

Finding the time. Having a young family means that some days, you can be lucky to get a few minutes before little Timmy needs you to watch him play that "amazing" game where nothing happens. Or sweet little Tina thinks that as you like drawing so much, you'll enjoy spending an hour cleaning her paintings off the living room wall.

But I know it'll all be worth it, when I've got one inking my pencils & the other is hooked up to the Cintiq colouring the book. Obviously at minimum wage. I'm not made of money!!

(Nb. Timmy & Tina are fictional characters. My kids are much more annoying)

What do you love about being at a comic con (from either side of a table)?

Well, as True Believers 2018 will be my first time tabling, I can only speak from the other side of the table.

I used to go to Cons, buy books & leave. But in the past few years, discovering the (specifically) indie comic scene has been huge for me. Meeting new people, interacting, swapping stories, panels, etc, has opened up a whole new world that I wish I'd have seen many years before. These friendships & the community is what I love more than anything. Considering all of the horror stories out there at the moment, thankfully, I'm mainly being exposed (maybe the wrong word in this conversation) to the good side of it all.

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

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People who know me will be bored of this answer, but it's the 'Porcelain' series from Improper Books. Read & Wildgoose have created the sort of amazing world & story that I can only dream, of one day creating. I'm still shocked that more people aren't talking about it.

Be sure to stop by Pete's table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

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5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #23

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With True Believers 2018 just over a month away, we put 5 Questions to David Leach...

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

cheery, happy, bespectacled middle-aged man with a receding hairline, a reducing waistline and a willingness to sell his wares, which for True Believers will consist of comics and a new graphic novel! 

First up is issue #1 of my comic art book: PSYCHO GRAN VS... This 36-page art book features Psycho Gran beating up a variety of superheroes and movie characters, from Superman, Batman and Iron Man to an Alien, a Dalek, and even Dracula himself! The comic comes with a guest art section featuring art drawn by the likes of Mike Perkins, Davey Jones, Lew Stringer, Rian Hughes and Mike Collins. Also available will be a selection ofPSYCHO GRAN art prints.

Next up I'll also be selling the first two issues of my autobiographical comic: DAVID LEACH CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE (the all-true story of my life told in comic book form. Issue #1 features the story of how I fought a giant fire-breathing lizard called The Big G in London and the second issue recounts the time I went up to the International Space Station, fought a genetically created monster and meet my future wife. That comic's published by ALL TRUE COMICS whose motto is 'We Never Lie.' So that's a guarantee that everything that happens in the comic is true!

And finally, I'll be selling a brand new book: THE DINNER LADIES FROM HELL! This full-colour 64pp graphic novel will collect, for the first time ever, the entire story first published in Pat Mill's 1990 cult British comic, TOXIC! The comic tells the story of The four Wives of the Riders of the Apocalypse who have six days, six hours and six minutes to corrupt seven children with the seven deadly sins and only one man and God's cook book stand in their way! That book also features a never-before-published story called DOCTOR TICKLE and a foreword written by the legendary Dan Abnett, the strip's first editor.

What do you love about creating comics?

That first spark of a new idea, when the whole story floods into your consciousness and you start to unravel it, to see its structure, then taking that idea and shaping it, sketching out its rhythm and the pacing. After that, it’s the long, lonely hours, the stillness of the middle of the night, the joys of the World Service keeping you company till the dawn comes, the buzz of exhaustion when you’ve only had three hours sleep and have to do a full day’s work tomorrow! Then the torture and tedium of the colouring – what takes you a day to draw will enviably take you twice as long to colour and letter. All the time, this whole process is accompanied by the sensation that no one will like what you do and that you’re rubbish. And then finally, to see all that effort finished and published either digitally or in print. In a nutshell, the thing I love most about creating comics, is the sheer creative process from beginning to end.

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

The blank sheet of paper. Making my first mark on it. Starting to draw. I never have problems coming up with ideas.

What do you love about being at a comic con (from either side of a table)?

I actually love selling comics to the punters, engaging with them, showing them my wares, giving them the whole sales patter (I have a routine), making them laugh and the act of actually physically selling my comics, it gives me a great sense of pride. I also enjoy meeting other creators and talking about comics in general with the only other people who ‘Know’.

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

Read comics? Are you mad? What a terrible waste of time that would be! Don’t you realise how much good stuff there’s out there on Netflix and Amazon?! 

Actually, I couldn’t possibly name just one comic. This is my current comic reading list. Velvet vol. 3, Invincible Vol. 24, The World of Edena, Valerian & Laureline Vol. 19: At the Edge of The Great Void, 1971 Wham! annual and a lovely Charles Addams collection, which I bought in the best book shop on the planet in Penn Village called The Cottage Bookshop. 

And since I technically didn’t write this I feel confident in recommending The first volume of Fighting American on sale in April from Titan Comics. It’s a book I edited, it’s written by Gordon Rennie and drawn by Duke Mighten and PC De La Fluente. It’s the continuing adventures of characters created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon and it’s a blast!

You can find David online at the Psycho Gran Facebook Page and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

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5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #22

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With True Believers 2018 less than two months away, we put 5 Questions to Dan Butcher...

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

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Apart from the Tony, Vince and myself, you'll be able to pick up prints, purchase sketch commissions, get your hands on book one and two of VANGUARD and pick up a copy of the ACP Anthology, which will include work by myself, Nick Prolix, Tony and Vince. My part of the anthology will be used to tell the story of Project: VYPER. Think 1980's super vehicle TV shows with a dark, humorous twist.

What do you love about creating comics?

What I love about it comics is the fact they are all inclusive, any one can make one and tell any story they wish. We can see fantastic ideas and concepts playing out in comics that just aren't tackled in any other medium. The fusion of art and writing, and that moment when it 'clicks' together, is what really makes comics special for me. 

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

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The hardest part for me, by far, is translating what characters say into believable speech. It's a tricky skill and one that I feel many have an issue with. The practical sides of comics, the art, is probably what I find easiest to do as I came from a art/design background.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Without a doubt, it's meeting other creators, speaking to listeners of the ACP and talking to fans of the comic. Seeing the creative efforts of others is something I find really invigorating and I love trading stories with fellow creators... and when fans of the comic pop along and chat about VANGUARD, well that just makes my day!

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

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This is a tricky question. There's such a massive wealth of great comics out there by small press creators, I'd feel bad for recommending one over another. If pushed, I say off of the top of my head - PERRYWINKLE by Susie Gander is excellent, as is anything the RECKLESS HEROES boys put out. 

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

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5 Question Interview #137

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With True Believers 2018 less than 2 months away, we put 5 Questions to Jed McPherson...

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

I’ve got two books this year. The first is Deadbeat, which is my neo-noir book about a deadbeat dad that tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter through armed robbery.

Then you’ve got Jacob - which is a collection of my webcomic. It’s a serial killer story but it’s told from the point of view of the victims. So each story has a different cast of characters as they come into contact with our killer. If you’re a fan of Mindhunter or Hannibal I think you’ll dig it.  

What do you love about creating comics?

Seeing the pages come in. There’s nothing better than waking up to an inbox filled with new art. Seeing how all these hyper talented artists interpret my dumb ideas. You almost get to become an audience for your own work. Maybe that sounds a little egocentric but hey you don’t get into this gig without a little ego.

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

I’m not sure about most challenging but I really don’t like pitching books. You’ve got all these cool ideas and you’ve just got to boil it down to the basics. You gotta kill a lot of darlings when pitching which is never fun.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

I like talking shop. A lot of people at cons want to make comics themselves they just don’t know where to start so if I can give them a little advice and get them started that’s always neat.

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

My standard answer to this is Black Mask’s The Dregs - a weirdo hobo noir cannibalistic crime book as awesome as it is bonkers.

But as far as stuff you can actually pick up at the con there’s Andy Bloor and Mo Ali’s Midnight Man. I’ve not had a chance to read it yet but I do love me some surrealist superhero comics. I’ll definitely be picking up a copy for myself.

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

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5 Question Interview #136

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Nick Prolix...

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

I'll be launching issue 3 of my retro one-person anthology comic Nick Prolix's Slang Pictorial in which people can read my 1960s-set serial strip The Sheep And The Wolves. I'll also have some prints and badges as well as original art pages for sale. 

What do you love about creating comics?

I do every stage of the comics myself, from writing, penciling, inking and lettering each page, and to be honest I love each part but I would say, for me it's all about being able to create a whole world, everything from the character design to the backgrounds even down to the fake adverts in the back of the comic that all add to the retro aesthetic.

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

To be honest I struggle with time management and maintaining the discipline to sit down at the drawing table and not let myself get distracted with social media.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

The absolute best thing is having people come up and say that they've read and enjoyed my comic and ask when the next issue is going to be out. Connecting with readers has been a total and absolute blast, I love it!

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

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Gateway City by Russell Mark Olson is a great series that matches classic Franco-Belgian inspired cartooning with a story that mashes together 1920s bootleggers and inter-dimensional space aliens! You can read the webcomic on tapastic and buy the physical issues from the artist himself at True Believers.

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

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5 Question Interview #135

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to John Tucker...

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

Visitors to my table will find a charming selection of my self-published comics and zines, including my 2017 magnum opus “The Taxi” and a selection of my mini comics, including my most recent offering, “Hell”. I‘ll have a few prints and assorted bits and bobs too. I will also be doing custom illustrations all day, come and see me if you want me to draw you a tattoo or a vision of your own murder. 

What do you love about creating comics?

I think it’s a satisfyingly broad creative outlet, and a good way to scratch several itches at once; you control every piece of it. And the best thing is, unlike television shows or films, you don’t need anybody’s permission or money to make the damn things. If you’ve got an idea and the attention span to see it through, you can just will it into being. If I send a script to a TV company and they don’t like it, that’s that; if I make a comic and nobody likes it, too late suckers, it already exists. Way too late. I already won.

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

It’s definitely a labour-intensive pursuit, and when you’re thirty days deep into something, it can be difficult to reconnect with that original spark that spurred you on in the first place. It usually comes back when you’ve finished, though; when you get to see the finished product, hopefully you remember why it seemed like a good idea in the first place. 

What do you love about being at a comic con?

I’ll have to let you know, this will be my first con ever. Please be nice.

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

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I’m a big fan of lo-fi, outsider comics - KC Green’s now-defunct Gunshow was a big inspiration when I was starting out; it was perfectly weird and a lot of fun, and you never quite knew what you were going to get. I likely wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for KC Green. In a similar vein, Branson Reese is doing some great short form work on Twitter.

Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant is another favourite of mine; she draws people so simply but so perfectly, every single line means something. Her two collections, Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside Pops, and her autobiographical mini-comic, Ducks, had a huge impact on me. I learned a lot about the value of regional voice and pacing a comic from her.

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

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5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #21

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

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

My newest book 'Wired Up Wrong', my graphic novels 'House Party', 'Artificial Flowers', and 'The Rabbit', as well as prints, enamel pins, and...uh...me!

What do you love about creating comics?

I get to tell stories that make people feel less alone. Also I get to work from home in my pyjamas.

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

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Carrying heavy boxes of comics!

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Meeting amazing people!

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

Spinning - Tillie Walden

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

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5 Question Interview #134

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Matt Garvey...

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

Me, talking...excessively...I am very loud and I feel sorry for the people either side! :D

People will also find loads and loads of small press comics from CHUNKS to my latest comic white NOIR.

What do you love about creating comics?

I like telling the stories that i want to tell, as well as getting to work with some truly amazing collaborators to bring our comics to life.

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

Sound effects...I hate thinking of sound effects to put in comics and how to spell them, other than BLAM of CRACK, I'm useless.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

I love talking to people about comics and giving advice to those who want to make their own, but don't know where to start.

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

I'd pop over to the Awesome Comic podcast table and pick up a copy of their new anthology, it is shaping up nicely and it looks fantastic...in fact, watch my table a sec would ya?

I'm going over there now.

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

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5 Question Interview #133

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Steve Tanner...

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

I'll be bringing my ongoing adventure anthology series Flintlock which is set entirely in the 18th Century, the recently released Ragamuffins book that's all about a strange group of individuals who repair time, as well as some other gems of the Time Bomb crown.  

What do you love about creating comics?

For me it's about the collaboration, it's great working with talented creators to see stories come to life.  The delight at receiving the latest layouts, pencils or finished pages into the email inbox never gets old, and the artists always - always - translate my script better than I ever would have thought.  Comics are a unique storytelling medium, there's nothing else quite like them, and it's been incredibly rewarding to be part of the comics community for the last decade or so.  

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

Well, at the indie level it has to be getting the comics you create out into the wide world so people can read and hopefully enjoy them.   I think creating a comic is the easy part - the difficult bit is the distribution.  These days I tackle that by using Kickstarter as a pre-order platform and taking advantage of the plethora of comics and pop culture events that now take place across the country, as well having a digital presence on Comixology, DriveThru and the quite wonderful Comichaus.  It seems to work for me, but that presents another challenge: maintaining the fine balance between the time needed to book, prepare and attend shows and the creative time needed to create the comics I want to sell at those shows.  

What do you love about being at a comic con?

It has to be the people you meet.  I've made some great friends over the years who I've met at cons, both fellow creators and comics readers who regularly attend events themselves.  There's always something wonderful about collective passions, and the comic con experience is a true realisation of that.  It's not about all liking exactly the same thing - where's the fun in that? - but that sense of being with people who understand you, your interests and the enjoyment and excitement that brings.  It's great having people come and tell you they enjoyed a comic you produced (or for that matter being comfortable to let you know why they didn't) as having that face to face immediacy of feedback is golden. What's also been a regular buzz over the years is meeting someone interested in creating comics themselves, and being so inspired by what they see that they start getting their own work out there too and making that shift from attendee to creator.  Seeing that is always brilliant!

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

Comics I have gotten excited about this year include Ghost Island by Joseph Oliviera, Sarah Millman's NPC Tea and Cognition by Ken Reynolds but must-reads would also include anything from Accent UK, who produce consistently readable and entertaining comics.  I'd also give a shout-out to Jimmy Furlong's Shit Flingers anthology which deserves much more attention as it really is quite wonderful.  I could reel off twenty or thirty more quite easily - all from the UK indie stable and all brilliant examples of what great comics are being created these days.

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

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5 Question Interview #132

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Dan Whitehead...

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

Cool stuff, I hope! I'll be bringing Midwinter, a frosty post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure, and Hex Loader, my surreal sort-of horror comic in which a reclusive 1980s games designer finds a way to use computer code to cast magic with bizarre results. There's a taking wombat. If all goes well, then issue 3 of Hex Loader will be making its convention debut at OK True Believers! If I can make the space, I'll probably bring along some of my other stuff too - my retro gaming Speccy Nation books, and a children's time travel novel. Something for everyone!

What do you love about creating comics?

My favorite part of the process is that delicious waiting period, after I've sent a script off to the artist and I get the first email back with attachments. I'm fairly hands-off when it comes to art direction - I don't like being too dictatorial in terms of how characters should look, or how to lay out the panels, so I like to be surprised - usually pleasantly! - when those first sketches and scans come back and I get to see how the artist has interpreted what I wrote. Sometimes it's exactly what I imagined, and that's amazing. Sometimes it's something I never would have thought to do, and that's even better. Comics are a collaborative media, and I never stop being thrilled at seeing someone else taking something I've written and adding their spin to it.

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

There's that bit, after you've had the flash of inspiration but before it's all done, when you have to just sit down and graft at turning those wisps of an idea into a functioning story with interesting characters. I'm not sure I'd call it "challenging" but that's the part where you just have to knuckle down and chip away at it until it feels right. Not so much the actual writing part - I like that bit, as you can just open the floodgates and let it all out. It's the fumbling around for that one connection or twist that reveals the story inside the idea. It can sometimes feel a lot like trying to find a single peanut in a pitch black room, while wearing oven gloves. Of course, when you find the peanut, and it turns out to be delicious, it's all worth it. Mmmm. Metaphorical peanuts.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

As a visitor, I'm always like a kid in a sweet shop when it comes to small press stuff. I find it massively inspiring to see just how many creators are out there, producing such an amazing range of work across loads of genres just for the love of it. It's a business, but also a hobby. Some people spend hours sitting on a riverbank trying to catch fish. Some people lock themselves in the spare room and write or draw until their eyes fall out. It's such a vibrant niche. From behind the table, it's the sense of community. The UK has a really lovely indie scene, so many people putting their thoughts and ideas out there and hoping others like it. Regardless of whether I'm there as a creator or a punter, I always come back from a convention feeling inspired and energised, and eager to crack on with something new.

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

God, there are so many. Mark Penman's Eimurian Tales is great - chunky standalone books set in a shared fantasy world that feels really real and alive. Imaginary Gumbo is a wonderful all-ages book from Abby and Dave at Dumpy Little Robot, just bursting with ideas and a lovely sense of being a little kid. Frisson Comics up in Liverpool just released The Trade, a down-to-earth horror story that is sweet, emotionally powerful and absolutely stomach-churning. Quite an impressive feat. Killing Moon from Pigdog Press is an ongoing fantasy saga that just keeps building. There are loads. Apologies to anyone I didn't mention!

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

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5 Question Interview #131

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Kev Brett...

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

People will find my latest book, Stuff and Stuff, a fun anthology with a whole load of different comics and comic strips as well as my Blind Bags for only £5 with well over £20 worth of comics and goodies.

What do you love about creating comics?

I love the drawing process of making comics, coming up with fun packed adventures. I also love holding the finished book in my hands, knowing I put a whole lot of sweat, love and tears into it.

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

I find writing the most challenging…that and colouring…and drawing…But seriously, writing for me is the hardest, and the most time consuming (if I want it to be any good!!).

What do you love about being at a comic con?

I love comic cons, as it gives me the chance to talk to readers and like minded creators and to pick their brains and find out what they’re working on. I love discovering new books and creators to follow (obviously not LITERALLY) 

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

I would highly recommend ANYTHING by the Etherington Brothers, Laura Howell’s Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert and Sullivan, Nick Prolix’s Slang Pictorial, anything by Doug TenNapel (especially Ghostoplis and Cardboard). 

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

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5 Question Interview #130

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Amy Eden...

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

My current project is a take on the Penny Dreadful. There will be issue 1 and 2 of this, along with my own solo comic that is currently in the works, and prints of my artwork!

What do you love about creating comics?

That artists can make their work come alive!

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

Portraying the emotions that a character is feeling!

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Meeting people who follow my work online!

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

Death inc. by Charles H Raymond!

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

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5 Question Interview #129

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

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

Their next purchase! …I have a great range of books, prints and merchandise featuring my different characters. My books range from 100-page graphic novels to small hand-made zines, so hopefully there’s something for all tastes and budgets.

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What do you love about creating comics?

Telling stories visually and considering the design from panel to page to object. When I first read the finished book is the best moment because I learn what worked and what I want to improve, but still celebrating having created something new.

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

The time! Comics take a lot of work, so even for quick ideas, there’s quite a bit of commitment involved.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

It’s all about being out there and having people find my work. As an illustrator, much of my work is done in my studio, alone, so seeing the results of that effort is awesome. It’s also great to meet other creators and friendly faces from tabling around the country.

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

Luke Pearson’s Hilda series is always great and I’m excited for the Netflix series. I really enjoy Rachael Smith’s work, too, so I’d recommend her deluxe edition of ‘Wired Up Wrong’, even though I haven’t got it yet!

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

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5 Question Interview #128

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Emily B. Owen...

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

I’ll mostly be concentrating on selling the last few copies of Brain Shoodles; an autobiographical mental health zine. I’ll also have original art prints, stickers and maybe even some badges. Oh and if anyone fancies a shoodles commission I’ll be doing those too.

What do you love about creating comics?

I love being able to get all the jumbled mess out of my head and onto a page. It doesn’t even have to be a page anyone will ever see but there’s something cathartic about it. I’d recommend it to anyone whether or not they think they can draw.

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

Actually doing it! I use an awful lot of energy just getting through a normal day. Yay, depression… So when I get home from work I’m more often than not way too tired to do much of anything.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

My favourite thing is hearing the different ways people see Shoodle. I’ve heard it compared to a cloud, emoji, marshmallow and toast. The one thing I’ll always be most appreciative of and will never get used to is when people who’ve read it tell me how they relate to it. i don’t think i’ve got through a con without someone making me cry - in a good way! It’s also always wonderful to catch up with all the creators, finding out what projects people are working on and all the comics gossip.

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

Anything by Neil Slorance or Rachael Smith. Neil’s Modern Slorance are an absolute delights. Rachael, well she’s just damn right brilliant. Wired Up Wrong is an amazing comic but you can’t go wrong with any of her books. I also really enjoy Mike Medaglia’s mini comics. Oh and Rozi Hathaway has such a beautiful way of conveying emotion, Self Care and Vegetables is wonderful, as is Cosmos (and Njalla, and Ø…) And a book that made me cry with recognition as I read it is Worry Wart by Dani M. Abram. I can’t wait for her next one.

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

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5 Question Interview #127

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Dani M. Abram...

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

People will find my comic called Worry Wart, an auto-biographical comic about anxiety! I started this comic on my personal blog years ago, and after receiving messages from all over the world, I decided to collect it all together, along with the original blog posts, as a beautiful little book that I am so proud of! It's a hefty 56 full colour pages, A5, the best printing I could afford and I hope people come and ask me about it! 

What do you love about creating comics?

I am an animator by day, so I particularly love that the drawings stay still!

To answer the question seriously though, I started drawing Worry Wart because I was trapped in a cycle of fear of normal everyday situations. Drawing the situations actually helped remove me from them and in the longer term, replaced the memories of the fear. I hope that makes sense! I love creating comics because I love reading comics. They've been there for me through thick and thin. 

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

Like with all my creative endevours, the part I find most challenging isn't the making of them, but the constant battle with my inner critic! I tried Perfect, and that never got finished. I tried Short and that never got finished. I tried Epic and that never got finished! Are you spotting a pattern!? When I needed to draw for my own sanity, all that sank away because it was just for me. Worry Wart is my favourite body of work because it came from the heart (no stupid brain getting in the way!) and it got finished ^-^

What do you love about being at a comic con?

The people! Being surrounded by creative people all making things is my jam on toast. It is my greatest inspiration. A good comic con can put me back on track for the rest of the year. I choose my cons really carefully now. I want to experience an atmosphere that is alive with excitement about comics and art and expression. I tend to stay away from the big giant conventions.

Also I love the table snacks!

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

Dungeon Fun by Neil Slorance is such a fun and wacky Saturday-morning-cartoon of a comic. I love it. I didn't even discover it myself, my friends ambushed me with it, knowing I would adore it! It's so funny and sweet and strong. I really laughed out loud reading it. It's wonderful! And being an animator I especially appreciate it's style and tone and poses. Neil can draw man. *sighs*

Brain Shoodles by Emily B. Owen is a heartbreaking, heart-putting-back-together little zine about mental health and how to cope in the modern world. It's so real. Like, obvs I'm going to say it's amazing because she's my table buddy, but it's also amazing because she's human and I'm human and we're all human and we're all just trying our best, ok?

Literally Everything Rachael Smith makes. Literally anything and everything. Just go to her table, close your eyes, pick up a book, pay the gurl, and walk away. Congratulations, you've just picked up your new favourite comic. Literally. 

There's so many others! I could write a dissertation. I love writing dissertations. Anyway, come to my table and ask me what else! And recommend me a book too! I like cartoony, zany, silly, sweet and funny comics please. 

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

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5 Question Interview #126

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Dave West...

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

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Having started making independent comics some 15 years ago with themed anthologies and one shots AccentUK are now focussing on ongoing series and at the moment have 4 issues of the 7 issue Stephenson’s Robot (an alternate history steampunk tale) and 8 issues of WesterNoir (which can be best described as ‘They Lives meets Deadwood’) own the table, we’ve even collected the first 4 in a Volume 1 TPB. We will have an assortment of other comics on the table too, Colin Mathieson’s Moments of Adventure and some Blessed/Cursed one shots about people with abilities who learn that they have to take the rough with the smooth.

What do you love about creating comics?

What I love about creating comics is exactly that. Creating Comics. It is effectively a creative itch that needs to be scratched but taken from the perspective of running a small business. This ‘hobby’ needs to work out financially. Our books need to find a receptive audience and sell in numbers that allow us to pay artists etc and make enough to pay for events and fund the next issue. It’s tough but feedback and customers that turn up at our table looking for the new books make it all worthwhile.

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

Marketting. Finding reviewers who actually do review your books. This is like any other business and if nobody knows you exist or what you are producing then they will most likely pass you by. Getting a presence online is a real challenge and takes up a lot of time. Time that I, rightly or wrongly, tend to invest in all the other parts of the business of making comics.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

I love getting feedback from customers. There’s nothing better than having a discussion with somebody about our work. Knowing that they don’t just buy the books but are also keenly interested in the story and where it’s going. Comic Cons are also a great opportunity to network with other creators, catch up with what they are doing and buy their latest books. I buy very few mainstream comics these days, probably only 2 titles a month. I used to buy about 20. Most of my purchases these days are from my competitors, and it’s an interesting observation that the independent comic scene is a very supportive one. … 

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

That’s a tough one. There’s a lot of quality work out there and a lot that isn’t as polished but is oozing with passion. If I had to list a few they would be:-

Cognition (it has a steam powered robot in it and is well written, drawn and pulled together. What’s not to like).

The Kill Screen (this is something so unlike anything I’d write myself, or even think of. Again, well written and produced).

Skies of Fire (this is one I feel is more like something I could have written, or attempted to, and wish I had). 

Flintlock (An anthology comic of Lady heroes in alternate history tales. I’m hoping their stories come together in some way).

NPC (this is something that was recommended to me and my first ever Kickstarter purchase … the first of many I think).

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

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5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #20

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

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

I'll be there selling copies of pretty much every book that I have my name to! 

2018 is turning out to be a sort of signing tour of the release of my latest book Porcelain : Ivory Tower, so I'll be handing out that to whoever breathes and has eyes! I'm hoping to have some new prints ready by True Believers too! 

Also I tend to do a personalised sketch inside all of my Improper Books if people would like them and sometimes even if they don't! Also I'll be flying the Batgirl flag high and proud so expect me to have some Batgirl issues on sale and if I have time I'll take on the odd commission! 

What do you love about creating comics?

I find it hard to pick just one side that I really like so I might have to claim a few! I love the design and concept stage so much, I love the storytelling and the problem solving and I really love the collaboration you have with the whole team when working on a book. You work together pretty intensely then you have this hard won evidence to show for it at the end. That's sort of cheating I guess as all of that basically IS making comics but those moments of design and problem solving that is just for the story, they really get my creative juices going.  

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

I tend to put a lot of time and brain power into my layouts. That's where, for me, It gets a lot of energy and effort put into it. In some ways it can help make things smoother later when working on actual pages, I usually set my perspective points there and the general flow of the page gets worked out, I usually follow it quite closely on the full size page.

Though there are somethings that every artists struggles with in drawing, for some it's horses but for me its bikes! Please don't write bikes into my books! I wont be happy. Also spiral staircases. I've been dealt far too many of them and they make me nearly cry every time. 

What do you love about being at a comic con?

From the artist's side of the table I love meeting the readers, old and new. Also chatting with people who have read my work and really get it, or notice the little easter eggs I tend to throw into the background, things like that. Also to meet fellow artists and writers, seeing how they are getting on and reassuring each other things will be ok!

From the other side of the table I love finding some new books that you may never see if you just go into a shop. And the chance to get a little insight behind the book from the creator.

The atmosphere of comic cons and especially British cons are always so supportive and pleasant to be at, its always a pleasure to be at comic con on either side of the table. It's usually a good mix of downright good people.

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

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I'd recommend anyone pick up Geis & Geis 2 by Alexis Deacon from NoBrow. A book I dearly wish I could have drawn myself. Everything about that book is just a treat for the eyes. It's a sort of long form fairy tail that hits all the typical fantasy fans buttons and still gives something fresh. Treat yourself and get on it if you haven't yet.

Also my good friend Tony Esmond will attending True Believers this year and I believe he is launching the Awesome Comics Podcast Anthology which he has his own story featured in. I'll be getting a copy myself so I'd highly recommend that. 

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

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