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...

3 QUESTION INTERVIEW #6 with Neal Clutterbuck

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.

3 QUESTION INTERVIEW #7 with Rob Owen

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.

3 Question Interview #4

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 Cheltenham based artist Ian Blakeman...

What will people find at your table at the?

Some say madness and I would probably agree! I tend to draw weird and wacky ideas that pop into my head, or appear in conversations with my friends and you will find printed copies of my digital insanity along with a few more traditional pieces. As of yet I haven't ever been able to formalism my ideas into some coherent story for a comic but perhaps one day! But hey come have a chat and something we talk about may end up my next big piece!

What is it that you love about what you do?

The general answer is people. The exact answer is when I make someone smile or feel happy over something I have produced. My greatest example was a piece I had done and posted to Redbubble. I got an anonymous message from the buyer who said she had been looking through the internet for the perfect birthday card for her Grandson and had nearly given up but was so thankful she didn't as the image was perfect for him! I felt like I had done good, give something to someone to make them happy and then they, in turn, had made me happy just by a simple comment. So making people smile has always been my goal. It hasn't made me rich but it has made me happy!

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

Because I said people in the last one I can't repeat my answer, though Cntrl + C is easy to do, and the atmosphere seems a cheesy answer. Personally for me it is the absolute terror of seeing the first person! Each Con I have gone to goes the same way. I set up, I stand about a little nervous and then I see that first person and my heart rate increases. Then people walk past not really coming over. I do the same, walk around, get a feel and then go back. My brain does all the paranoid things of telling me no one likes my work, tells me no ones even going to come over. Then the first person comes up and looks, then somewhere in the mix someone chats to me and finally I make a sale and the terror has turned into relief and then into excitement. Soon I am chatting with people, watching for costumes I know and occasionally running off to look around myself!

You can find Ian at the True Believers Summer Variant Edition and on his website.

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

3 Question Interview #3

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 Robin and Lorenzo Etherington...

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

A very friendly welcome and endless banter and silliness! PLUS, of course, our FULL BACK CATALOGUE, including Long Gone DonVon DooganMonkey NutsBaggageYORE!, Freaky and FearlessMalcolm MagicLooga and BaroogaLet's Make Comics, and of course Lorenzo's TWO giant 600 page sketchbooks. EVERY book bought at the show comes with a FREE character head skecth, and if you buy any two books you also get a FREE PRINT! Phew! 

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

Making new fans and greeting old ones! It's absolutely why we do it, we like to think of our readers as true friends, and getting the chance to chat and laugh with people about comics and what we make is so awesome, it never gets boring. 

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

We currently have a LOT of titles coming up the pipeline, but many of them are still top secret! Monkey Nuts Book 2 is the next one, coming out later this year, and we can say that fans of Long Gone Don will have a new title to enjoy soon too. Also, followers of Lorenzo's hugely popular How to Think When you Draw online tutorials should look out for a very exciting announcement at the end of the year! 

You can find The Etherington Brothers 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 #2

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 Steve Tanner of Time Bomb Comics...

What will people find at your table at the event?

They'll find Flintlock. What Is Flintlock? It's my ongoing anthology series all set in the Eighteenth Century, which features the adventures of Lady Flintlock, Shanti the Pirate Queen and the Clockwork Cavalier. Each story takes place at some point between 1701 and1800 with all the characters co-existing in a shared historical timeline.  Flintlock has been conceived by me - Steve Tanner - and I write all the stories. The incredible talents of Anthony Summey, Lorenzo Nicoletta and Ed Machiavello have produced the art and they've done a stunning job.   The first two books in the Flintlock series are currently published and they've been terrifically well-received, in part because as well as having some rip-roaring historical adventure stories Flintlock features genuinely different lead characters. I'm looking forward to seeing what the True Believers crowd think of it.

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

Meeting the people at the other side of the table of course!  Most of my comics are sold at cons (it's why I do so many of them) and it's great to directly engage with folks about the comics I create, comics in general and pretty much anything else that folks want to talk with me about.  I like to meet new creators too, and if they have some samples of their work that's even better as I'm always happy to give some honest feedback if I'm able to do so.  Whatever the type of comics you create, it's the readers of those comics that ultimately matter, so it's always a joy to see them and the traditional comic-con experience is the perfect way to do that.

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

Flintlock is taking up most of my creative time - Book Three is underway as is the first Flintlock Special - but this year marks my tenth year with Time Bomb Comics so I've been putting something together to mark that momentous occasion.  Nothing officially announced yet (I want to to make sure some artwork deadlines are hit before I do!) but it's slated for October this year as I released my first indie comic back on October 2007.

You can find more Flintlock at the True Believers Summer Variant Edition and on the Facebook Page.

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

5 (alright 3) Question Interview #1

With the True Believers Summer Variant Edition fast approaching, we're launching a smaller version (it's a smaller event after all) of our regular 5 Question Interview series.  And so for our first edition, we put 3 Questions to the folks behind the fantastic King Legacy...

What will people find at your table at the event?

People should expect 3 approachable guys selling their award winning comic, King Legacy. Dave also does commissions and Liam does foot rubs. 

(Please note: Liam does not do foot rubs!!!)

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

We love meeting new people who show interest in our stuff. Especially the kids. They are always full of questions and it's great to think we may have inspired someone. 

Also meeting other creators. We have made a whole host of friends ... Or acquaintances, I don't wonna say the friend  word first; I'm shy. 

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

We are currently working on issue 2. And going by Dave's previous rate this should be ready by 2021. But seriously we are pushing for September this year. 

I'm writing other stuff, one that I'm into in particular that I hope to start the art in as soon as life allows.  

You can find more King Legacy 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.

5 Questions About...

For the third edition of our 5 Questions About... series, Stuart got in the ring with Luke Kondor and Ben Errington to ask them some questions about their KickStarter campaign for the fantastic looking El Marvo #1...

First off, what is the secret origin story of El Marvo?  How did the project come together?

LUKE: El Marvo was born way back in 2000. It was this wonderfully independent thing that Ben wrote, drew, coloured, stapled, polished, etc. He did everything and it was this wonderful amalgam ofinfluences and inspirations at the time. It’s good. If not, a little, rip-offy. (His words).

So when we started working together about a year ago and he told me about this luchador vigilante character called El Marvo, I said, “Let’s throw him into a post-apocalyptic future”.

And Ben said, “Sure, why not?"

And that was it really. The two ideas come together strangely well. One internet-being said, "This is the strangest combination I never knew I wanted.”

I agree!

There’s just something strangely catchy about those two elements combined and the ideas have flourished from there. It’s an incredibly fun world to write in.

BEN: I used to draw my friends in less than flattering ways when I was in school. I turned my good pal Marvin into El Marvo, a buck toothed less than impressive superhero. The character is completely different now, he’s a Luchador rather than a hapless Spider-Man rip off, the only thing that’s really remained is the colours he’s daubed in – red and gold.

Without giving too much away, what's El Marvo about?

LUKE: The story is really about Muck. This singular continent full of mutants and humans living under the draconian rule of Sokrates.

It’s a world with a half-remembered past. The ruins of the modern world are broken and strange. Muckers think that Apple was an omnipotent God-being, that zero-hour contracts was a disease in keeping with the bubonic plague, and that the heroes of old — Robocop, Han Solo, etc, were real.

So then we introduce this luchador with a broken mind and an unwavering sense of honour and right-and-wrong, and he sees the corruption and decides to fight for the people again. To reclaim his title as the people’s hero.

On top of that we have our two sidekicks with their own stories to play, and a whole host of mutants and freaks that make up Marvo’s rogue gallery.

Who are the people behind the comic and where have we seen their work before?

LUKE: Will Robson worked on the cover. He’s now been fully assimilated into the Marvel offices. I think he’s contractually obliged to Misery-snap his own ankles now. He’s so good, they will never let him leave.

Dan Butcher is doing the interiors. You’d recognise his work from the fan favourite superhero webcomic, Vanguard. His storytelling craft is on-point and I think he’s having fun making sense of the madness of Muck.

This is mine and Ben’s first comic, but you might recognise us from one of our various podcasts, novels, or local street corners in our flashing reds.

BEN: Luke and I are Hawk & Cleaver founders (along with our colleagues Dan Willcocks and Matt Butcher). It’s a digital story studio, a totally independent thing.

We’ve released loads of short stories and novels, but this is our first adventure into the realm of comics. We’re both huge comic fans so writing a comic script felt quite natural, despite the fact we’ve never published anything of this scale in the medium before.

With so many Small Press and Indie comics choosing to go the KickStarter route, what was it about that platform that appealed to you to launch this comic?

LUKE: Kickstarter is now the third biggest comic publisher outside of the big two. I think. Somebody said that to me and it sounds kinda-sorta right.

In all honesty, it pretty much seemed like a rite of passage and it was something I personally really wanted to do. I figured it would be nice and breezy. We’re now 2 weeks in. Not so breezy.

BEN: We’re definitely Kickstarter amateurs – there’s been a lot to learn while putting the campaign together. BUT, we managed to 100% fund the first issue in just over a week so we must be doing something right.

You have a plan for El Marvo beyond issue 1 and the KickStarter - again without spoilers - what can we look forward to in future issues and do you have a timescale in mind for when they'll be released?

LUKE: Well as this is only issue one, and it’s our first comic, we’re really just trying to make this as good as it can be, and try to get it out to as many eyes as possible. So it’s all geared towards that. (You can grab the digital copy for £1 from our Kickstarter.)

The first arc will be 4-5 issues and at the very minimum, we’ll get issue 2 out by the end of 2017. But all going well, I’d like to push for issue 3 on top of that.

BEN: We’ve got a lot of stories to tell in the world of Muck, not just that of El Marvo and his friends. There’s a whole world full of interesting characters that we just know we’d have a lot of fun bringing to life! Whether that’s in future comics or in another format, we’re not quite sure yet.

Thanks guys.

You can check out and pre-order El Marvo #1 on the KickStarter page.

5 Questions About...

For the second installment of our 5 Questions About... series, Stuart got Jon Laight to take a break from his prep on his upcoming KickStarter for the 3rd issue of the excellent Brethren Born series...

First off - and without spoilers - what's the story so far in Brethren Born and what can we expect from issue 3?

The story revolves around the central character Newton as the reader follows him from being a young boy being experimented on through to him as an adult seeking revenge for some of the tragic events in his life.  The experiments revolved around some of the 'abilities' Newton possesses and we see those manifest throughout the story.  The origin story appears as a 1963 timeline as well, way before Newton is born to continue the world building as a continuous narrative, dropping hints as to what is really going on.  Brethren Born #3: Deceptions ramps up the action as its the first time we actually see Newton utilise his powers and some of the many lies he has been told are revealed.

Brethren Born #3 sees you return to KickStarter again for another campaign, what is it about that platform that has made you come back for a third time?

Kickstarter is a worldwide platform that is easy and intuitive to use.  As long as you put the work in and produce a nice looking, professional and personal campaign, comic backers are usually happy to support a project especially if you provide good value for money.  There are so many comic campaigns out there at the moment as it is an excellent way to be able to fund a self published creation and reach a lot of people.

What fresh challenges does planning for a 3rd Kickstarter throw up and what - if anything - are you doing to make this one different from the last two?

A sneak peak at Brethren born#3 - page 3

A sneak peak at Brethren born#3 - page 3

We have an established art team now who produce some outstanding work so as it's in theory our second comic as a team, I know what these are guys are capable of and try to push the limits a little more.  The time between issue 2 and 3 has been a lot longer than I had hoped so I'm trying to get as much of the book done as possible before the end of the 30 day funding target.  I've invited some new pin up artists as well as some of the previous guys like Dan Butcher and Chris Imber.  On board this time are Sophie Traves, Grant Richards, Vince Hunt and Darrell Thorpe who are bringing some amazing images to the party.

You've done a lot of work in the months leading up to the campaign (especially on Facebook) to build up an audience ahead of it's launch and to get feedback from potential backers on the kind of rewards that would appeal to them.  Why was that kind of input from fans important to you in setting up the campaign? 

Any kind of feedback is always welcome, whether it be positive or critical.  Listening to previous readers as to what they'd like to see happen in the story as well what kind of rewards they'd like will hopefully lead to a successful funded project.  For me it isn't about making money but getting enough to cover costs and push on with the comic and story by getting 'pre-orders' from comic fans who can have a direct influence on what they receive and what they read.  Pre-launch promotion is very important on Kickstarter and its a fine balancing act between annoying people by spamming social media and getting the right amount of messages, teasers and emails.  

And finally, when does the KickStarter launch and what kind of rewards can we look forward to from the campaign this time?

The launch date is all set for Friday March 3rd midday and will run for 30 days.  As I mentioned before the pin up prints are incredible so depending on what level you back the number of prints vary.  I'm also putting more of a focus on digital content not just for issue 3 (which will be available digitally for just £1) but for all three issues and a digital bumper pack for those who may be new to the series.  T-shirts are making a return as well as a limited run on some snapback baseball caps which will look very cool indeed.  The professionally framed comic/art print which went down a storm for issue 2 will be availble with a choice of cover and art print for those lucky enough to get them.  The rewards I can't wait to see myself are one off bespoke action figures of 4 of the characters being produced and sculpted by Joe Ward.  The reward levels are at the upper end but they will be the only ones in the world and if you haven't seen Joe's work before you'll be in for a treat!!  As well as all this there will be the variant covers, 3 issue package deals, original art as well as cover art as our guest artist this time is the amazing Amrit Birdi.  Basically, roll on March 3rd and all the stresses that go hand in hand with a Kickstarter.  Can't wait....

Thanks Jon.

A Sneak peak at Sophie Traves Pin Up

A Sneak peak at Sophie Traves Pin Up

A sneak peak at Grant Richards pin up

A sneak peak at Grant Richards pin up

You can find more about Brethren Born and the KickStarter on the Level 8 website and the Brethren Born Facebook Page and be sure to check out the KickStarter when it launches on Friday 3rd March (there will be a link on this very site in the right-hand block of every page).

5 Questions About...

Welcome to the first in our series of interviews that focus on some of the comics, books and projects that have caught our eye!  First up Stuart tracked down Kev Brett and asked him 5 questions about his comic THE MAKING OF A COMIC CON (which you may have picked up at True Believers 2017, where it made it's convention debut)...

What inspired you to turn your experiences of putting on a Comic Con into a comic?

I was reading Rachael Smith’s Wired Up Wrong and absolutely loved it. I wanted to do something similar in terms of style and layout. I thought about what I do or have done that'd be worth putting down as a comic and what could be fun and comic con just fit.

As a fellow convention organiser, there was a lot in there that I could relate to, but how do you think it will play to those who haven't embarked on the insanity of putting on a con? Do you think it will inspire more people to have a go at putting an event on?

I'm hoping it'll help people to realise that there are people behind these events and to go a little easier on us. But seriously I just wanted to give people a bit of a laugh. Feedback I've had so far has been good, especially from those not involved in putting on events, although I have been told it has increased anxiety levels and has put people off running cons.

From inception to print, how long was the process of putting the comic together and what is your working process when putting a story together?  Do you dedicate all of your attention on one project or chip away at it whilst working on other things?

With this book it was a bit different to how I usually work. I'd just finished making Koala Konspiracy which had taken me a very long time to get finished, so I was hoping to turn this one around quite quickly. I'd come up with an idea for a scenario and then sketch it out. I came up with twenty plus ideas and chose the funniest that fit in with the overall feel of the book.

I usually try to work on one project at a time otherwise I'll lose focus and never finish anything. I may come up with new ideas but will scribble them down and put them to one side. I think this one took about a month to do from inception to print (working around the day job and juggling wife and kids).

The book has a wonderfully optimistic ending, but is there any temptation to follow it up with a Surviving the running of a Comic-Con?

Ha ha actually yes. I had more ideas than would fit in book one and with us now in year 5 of the con, there have certainly been plenty of things that have happened. I've a few other projects on the go at the minute that I want to get done first, but it's definitely on my radar.

And finally, the book is inspired by your experiences of putting together a comic con; what can you tell us about that comic con and what can we look forward to at the next one?

I run the Nottingham comic con. We're now in our fifth year and things are improving year on year. We're hoping to have a lot more this year. We're very family focused and put on lots to entertain kids including workshops and free games and comics. We also have seminars and talks for the adults as well as a short animated film program. There’s live music and lots to see and buy. 

We like to support a number of charities each year and so have a charity raffle with all proceeds going to charity as well as donating £1 from every standard ticket sold (12 years and under go free). NCC produces a charity anthology comic as well (which you can read our interview with Kev about here), from which all the proceeds to charity too. It is filled with some amazing comics and comic strips from both indie creators and industry professionals. Well worth a look...and for a good cause!

We have over 150 exhibitors and a large selection of guest artists and creators from the comic industry. It should be a great day out for all; full of fun, comics, comics, comics and comics!!

Thanks Kev.

If you didn't pick up a copy of The Making Of A Comic Con at True Believers, you can buy it (and Kev's other books) from his website.

5 Question Interview #111

We put 5 Questions to Dan & Lisa, the brains behind Spa Town Comics and Leamington Comic Con...

What's the secret origin story of Spa Town Comics and how did it all come together?

Dan – We’d previously kick-started and run two comic conventions (Leam Comic Con) in the Town, so knew people had a passion for comics and community events. We had talked about how cool having our own store would be - we even had the name (Spa Town Comics) but it was in 2016 when things fell into place.

Lisa - We both wanted something for ourselves and to create something special for the Town we love, so I quit my job. We’re very clear about what we want Spa Town to be, which is more than your average comic book store - we’re about comics, creativity and community. The sad truth is there’s not much money to be made in comics, you have to create a brand and give people a reason to believe in you. We won’t and can’t compete on price, but we can be 100% better when it comes to offering a personal service and creating a community hub for our Town.

Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?

Lisa - Hands down it’s the amazing people we have met and the friends we have made. Despite being a pop-up stall in the local shopping centre at present, the support we get is unbelievable. We recently asked our customers for some feedback and 100% said the thing they’d miss most if they couldn’t buy from us anymore is us! So when you have those odd days when you doubt yourself or things seem a little hard, I like to remind myself that we’re making a difference.

What's your favourite thing about what you do?

Lisa – Being your own boss. If I want to stand around and talk to customers all day then I will. I see it as research - we’re listening to our customers all the time, so if they tell us they want more Manga then we order it in, if they want a comics and cocktail night then we’ll arrange one! We’re not fixated on selling just the types of comics we like, we’re open to suggestions.

This is your first year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day?

Dan - We’ll be bringing a selection of comics, back issues and graphic novels, but we’ll also be bringing a few things that you can’t buy elsewhere too! We’re passionate about support creativity within the industry and that means helping other independent businesses too. We have an awesome selection of hand turned wooden bats made locally for us which go down a storm – no one can resist picking up our Lucille or Goodnight! We’ll also be bringing some handmade mini figure pictures, art from local artists, oh and our good selves ;-)

If you could pick one line or moment from a comic, which would it be?

Dan – It’s got to be my cameo appearance in Mike Garley’s Killscreen – what comic fan wouldn’t want to feature in a comic, even if I was wearing a blue jumpsuit, with a green diamond on my face and was blown up with everyone else in a bunker!

Thanks guys.

You can find Spa Town Comics on Facebook and Leamington Comic Con on Facebook too.  And don't forget to stop by the Spa Town Table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello" (don't kill any of their men though, they have a Lucille).

5 Question Interview #110

We delved into the Psychedelic Journal and asked 5 Questions...

What’s the secret origin story of The Psychedelic Journal and how did it all come together?

It was a dark and stormy night, although actually it was about ten in the morning July 14th, when the Quantum Capybaras first appeared to us.  Harnessing the cosmic powers from their own dimension, they planned on destroying all life as we know it and re-shaping the planet in their own image. They were literally going to carve the Earth into the shape of a capybara, unless we could prove to them that people were worth saving.  So we created the Psychedelic Journal to showcase the best art and writing that the small-press scene has to offer, and so far we’ve managed to avert total annihilation of life as we know it. 

What inspires you to create? 

Mostly the threat of destruction from the capybaras, but the opportunity to gather together and showcase some amazing small-press talent also plays a part.

Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?

Patrick Stewart is a big fan! He came up to our table at one convention, riding on a steam-powered Segway and wearing a dinosaur costume, told us the comic was the best thing he’d ever read, handed me a Caramac bar and then wheeled away. Actually I may have dreamed that.

This is your third year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day?

Our latest issue, The Psychedelic Journal of the Wild West, will be there in all its glory, as well as all of our time-travel themed previous issues.  If you’re really lucky you might find our giant electric hermit crab, his name is Small Iain and we love him.

If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?

"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger,” is something we learned the hard way compiling The Psychedelic Journal of General Wizardry (out later this year) but it’s also just generally good life advice.  

Thank you.

You can find more of The Psychedelic Journal on Facebook and Twitter @Psych_Journal and stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".  

Not bought your tickets yet? Head to our Tickets page now to get yours.

 

5 Question Interview #109

We put 5 Questions to Ricky and Adam from The Swansea Comic Collective...

What’s the secret origin story of Swansea Comic Collective and how did it all come together?

Adam and Ricky Psionically implanted the idea of gathering the artists and writers of the Swansea area into the minds of Pete and SoK despite having never met them or even each other at that point.

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The Swansea Comic Collective was founded in September 2008 by two blokes in a comic shop. Fed up with talking about creating comics but not putting pencil to paper often enough, Pete and Mark decided to start a group where local artists and writers could meet to collectively pursue this goal. 

What inspires you to create?

Both Ricky and Adam have shown an interest in writing since they were kids, and they have been reading comics for as long as they can remember. (Which is tricky to work out in Adam's case due to the repeated blows to the head that he has received over the years).

Inspiration for their work comes from their rabid love of all things geek. Being kids of the eighties they were, of course, raised on pop rocks and rad cartoons; all of those e-numbers and opening credits filled with power ballads ensured that they grew up to be fully functioning kidults.

Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?

Getting to interact with other comic creators independent and professionals, also some of the actors and wrestlers like Billy West, Robert Picardo, Tommy Dreamer and...Goldust that we have met at conventions around the country. We should probably also mention that publishing our comic Copperopolis here too.

This is your third year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day?

A fat ginger guy and a bald vegan, selling a comic book called Copperopolis, that is set in a fictional version of Swansea with dragons, magic, and adventure. You can also stop by and have a chat with the guys they are always happy to chat about nerdy topics. 

If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?

'With Great Power comes Great Responsibility so Don't Get Cocky Kid; after all We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat because Bread Makes you Fat and In Space No-One Can Hear You Scream but Welcome to Jurassic Park, and If it Bleeds we Can Kill It so Who You Gonna Call? DRAAAAGGGGOOOOO!!

- Hail to the King, Baby,

Sincerely yours,

The Breakfast Club

 P.S. I'll be Back'

Thanks guys!

You can find more of The Swansea Comic Collective on their website and on Twitter @SCCassemble and be sure to stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".

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5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #16

We put 5 Questions to TBCF2017 Guest, Jessica Martin...

What’s the secret origin story of how you entered the world of comic creation?  

I was bitten by the drawing bug after a family visit to the Tate Modern a few years ago.  It was a book called "The Creative License. (Giving yourself permission to be the artist you truly are) which I bought in the gift shop that set me on the path. This lovely hand drawn and hand lettered book advocated a daily practice of drawing anything, anywhere without judging your efforts or erasing and simply drawing what you see. 

Within a year I had a sketchbook overflowing with sketches of evolving skill and of objects that would never have interested me in drawing before.. like cars, houses, chairs!

I am a musical theatre actress by profession and after a quiet spell, with a lot of drawing, I got cast as Lady of the Lake in a tour of Spamalot. I took my sketchbook along and our leading man, Phill Jupitus who is a die hard comic fan took one look at my sketches and declared "You should try creating a graphic novel."

I'd never created a comic strip let alone a graphic novel but that was my epiphany. I immersed myself in reading graphic novels and was really excited by authors like Posy Simmonds and Alison Bechdel who really were achieving illustrated works with literary merit. 

I also found myself drawn to the realistic and beautifully rendered artwork in the mainstream comics of DC and Marvel which prompted to buy an entire series of the DC How to ... technical guides for comic making. 

Within a few months of teaching myself and a couple of online courses, I had outlined a graphic novel and completed 25 pages. The story "Elsie Harris Picture Palace" which has now been published was in embryonic form but I went to my first comic con in 2012 and bravely showed those pages to the editor of Titan Comics at the time, Steve White. He was very encouraging and introduced me to a network of other writers and artists. At my next comic con, I met Mark Buckingham the highly successful DC comics artist most known for his work on the Vertigo series " Fables". He was also very encouraging and offered to mentor me with my graphic novel and has been a good friend and adviser since that day.

I created my first self published comic " It Girl" about the life of Clara Bow in 2013 which I launched at Thought Bubble Comic Con. Corinne Pearlman from Myriad Editions saw my work and invited me to submit my graphic novel work in progress to the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel 2014 competition. " Elsie Harris Picture Palace" was in the final shortlist of six. 

The book was picked up by Miwk Publications and published in 2015.

What inspires you to create? 

As people can see from the subject matter of my comics and art prints and indeed " Elsie Harris", I am obsessed with classic film .. the aesthetic, the stories of the stars and the genius of the creatives. 

I am inspired by the beautiful styles of golden age illustrators like Alex RAYMOND, Alex Toth, Jack Kirby and modern comic artists Mark Buckingham, Mike Kaluta, Bryan Talbot and Eddie Campbell. 

What's your favourite thing about what you do? 

My favourite thing about creating comics is the pure autonomy of being able to express something that is in your head in an immediate literary and visual way. After years in the profession of theatre where things are so dependent on the outcome of an audition or financial backing it is refreshing to find a much less obstructive route to one's own creativity.

Since you started, what moment so far has been your highlight? 

There are many highlights for me but one of the defining moments on my 'road to comics' was when I showed Mark Buckingham my early pages for "Elsie Harris Picture Palace" and watched his smiling face as he looked over the work and said " This is lovely!"

That for me, was the moment that gave me confidence and the hope that one day, I could be a contender!

If you could pick one line from comics... what would be your motto?

My motto is from the wonderful Vertigo series Madame Xanadu by Matt Wagner.  The heroine is a psychic and tarot card reader.  On the windows of her establishment are the words, " Enter freely and unafraid"... could be my mantra for entering the comics industry!

Thanks Jessica

You can find more of Jessica online at her WEBSITE, on TWITTER & on IMDB and don't forget to stop by her table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello"

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5 Question Interview #108

We put 5 Questions to the folks at Frisson Comics...

What’s the secret origin story of Frisson Comics and how did it all come together?

Two socially awkward horror fans in Liverpool came together to create a unique horror experience in comic form. 

What inspires you to create?

Both of us have the physical need to create but neither of us want children. 

Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?

Seeing the support we’ve received on our 2 Kickstarter campaigns!  

This is your first year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day? 

Our debut graphic novel ’Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Footprints’ plus our horror compilation zines ‘Knock Knock’ plus somewhat out of the current theme ’The Little Book of Mermaids’  

If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?

'I am a horror maniac who prefers to stay at home’ - Junji Ito

Thanks Folks.

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5 Question Interview #107

We put 5 Questions to the brains behind Mad Robot Comics...

What’s the secret origin story of Mad Robot Comics and how did it all come together?

We are a guy who loves comics (Matt Hardy) and a guy who loves drawing (Edward Bentley) who went from doing comics for fun to actually discovering people wanted to read them! MRC combines Matt's vast knowledge of comics with Ed's cinematic style of art. As well as our successful line of self-published books, we are now branching out to solo projects and new books involving collaborations with new artists and writers. 

What inspires you to create? 

Matt says that if he doesn't regularly wash the blindingly creative ideas out of his brain then his head will slowly start to melt. Edward is in it for the money. Or maybe, just maybe we love creating new concepts and ideas, watching them take on a life of their own and bring joy to people. But money and melty heads are also in the mix. 

Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?

Most likely the response to our latest book - Cadavers 1: Doppelgänger.  Both the Kickstarter and the comic receive massive interest and we are exceptional proud of how it turned out. And then getting our own art studio. A perfect place to drink beer and store all the toys! And er make comics. 

This is your first year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day? 

We will have signed copies of the 32 page first issue of Cadavers (including the alternate cover by Warrick Johnson Cadwell). We will also have Madhouse and Last Exit to Brighton Graphic Novels and original prints/artwork by Edward Bentley. And maybe free sweets if Matt doesn't eat them all.  

If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?

"If you're Guilty...you're Dead" - from the 1987 Mike Baron/Klaus Janson character defining Punisher series? Bit much? How about 'No matter what our differences we are all Ponies" from My Llittle Pony: Friendship is Magic? 

Thanks guys.

Be sure to check out Mad Robot Comics online at their website and on Twitter, and stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello!"

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5 Question Interview #106

We put 5 Questions to Illustrator Matilda Dawes...

What’s the secret origin story that led to you becoming an illustrator and how did it all come together?

I've always found the best way to communicate the ideas in my head is to draw them. I wanted to find a job that revolves around communicating visually, drawing is my natural language, I wouldn't be me without it.

What inspires you to create?

My inspiration comes from everything around me; from funny animals on social media to environmental issues, life experiences, all kinds of stories, other illustrators and movies. 

Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?

Getting my first commission, it felt like a confirmation that I would be able to make a living from being a creative and doing what I love.

This is your first year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day?

I shall be selling prints of my artwork, some mini zines, stickers, badges and a first print of the preview for 'Garbage Striders', set in the year 2984.

If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?

" DON'T PANIC " - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Thanks Matilda.

You can find more of Matilda online at her website and by following her on Twitter @matilda_dawes and make sure you stop by her table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello!"

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5 Question Interview #105

We put 5 Questions to Lynne from Flutterby...

What’s the secret origin story of Flutterby and how did it all come together?

I have been creative all my life and always wanted to work in this field, Flutterby took off quiet a few years back when I was out of work due to illness. 5 years ago Flutterby was turned from just a hobby to my own little venture and I used the money I got off my gran when she died so it would be more meaningful. I picked Flutterby because I love butterflies and its the symbol of my illness.

What inspires you to create?

Peoples love for my owls and creations inspire me as well as movies, tv, music and comics. I get ideas from cosplay to.

Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?

I get highlights all the time when hearing what people say about what I make and reviews I get.

This is your first year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day?

People will expect fun and creative handmade items from my own creation THE SUPER OWL, which are cute, fun owls inspired by movies, comic, tv, music characters and people. I make aprons, capes, hair accessories, decoupaged items and much more.

If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?

‘This time next year, we’ll be millionaires’ - Del Boy, Only Fools & Horses

Thanks Lynne.

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5 Question Interview #104

We dived into the world of Bubble Tea and put 5 Questions to the brains behind Manhua Cha...

What’s the secret origin story of Manhua Cha and how did it all come together?

We've always loved comic books and bubble tea, so we decided to combine the two. We have created our own comic book universe which goes hand in hand with our bubble tea menu. Each flavour has its own associated superpower, so instead of picking what flavours you want, you create a super hero using the super powered menu. 

Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far? 

Our highlight is the fact that customer love our drinks so much, we've had to expand into products that allow the customer to make our drinks at home. We're in the process of launching pots of juice balls which can be added to any drink or dessert. These have their own associated powers too. True Believers 2017 is actually going to be the first event we'll be selling these at.

 What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

The best thing about what we do is travelling the country to different comic conventions and meeting new people. We've been going to comic cons for years but this business has given us the opportunity to go to more than we ever could have dreamed of. 

This is your first year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day?

You can expect to be thrown into the Manhua Cha universe. We'll have our table full of boxes of super powered juice balls. Buy these and add them to your favourite drinks or desserts to add a unique popping twist. We'll also have bubble tea kits and our limited edition issue #0 of our comic book. You can also expect to be able to chat to us about comics and all things geek.

If you could pick one line or moment from a comic, which would it be?

My favourite comic book series is The Walking Dead, and I love Negans journey that has taken place in the comic book universe. I have an abundance of favourite quotes I could give you from Negan, but a lot of them aren't family friendly with his gracious use of colourful language. This quote still isn't 100% family friendly, but I did my best.

Hi... Rick, is it? I’m Negan and I do not appreciate you killing my men. Also, when I sent my men to kill you for killing my men, you killed more of my men. Not cool. Not fucking cool!
— Negan - The Walking Dead #100

Thanks folks.  

You can find more about Manhua Cha on Facebook and Twitter and don't forget to stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello!"

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5 Question Interview #103

We put 5 Questions to Andy Bloor...

What’s the secret origin story of Andy Bloor: Comic Creator and how did it all come together? 

I've always liked drawing and creating characters, doing comics seemed like a good fit for both. 

What inspires you to create? 

That itch you can't scratch, when you know you have to do this book as no-one else will.

Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?

Being asked to contribute two pages to Image Comics' 'Phonogram: The Singles Club' 

This is your third year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day? 

I'll have copies of both 'Midnight Man' and 'Andy-Thology' prints, original art and I may do sketches on the day if asked nicely or bribed with chocolate.

If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?

"I am not a number, I am a free man!"

Thanks Andy.

Be sure to check out Andy Bloor online on his website and by following them on Twitter @andybloor. And don't forget to stop by his table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello". 

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