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!"

And if you haven't bought them yet, don't forget to buy your tickets from our website now.

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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5 Question Interview #102

We put 5 Questions to Leon & Stuart from The Inheretic...

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

Well, it all started with a beer or two…

“Shall we do a comic?” 

“Yeah, why not?”

“What do you know about comics?”

“Bugger all, but it’s only drawing and making up stories!”

Five years and 320 illustrations later… 

“Crikey, that was a lot harder than I thought it would be.”

“You’re not kidding, shall we do another one?”

“Yeah, what the hell. You get ‘em in, I’ll get a pen and paper!”

What inspires you to create? 

It must be an inherent thing, If you have to draw, you can’t help yourself, you just have to draw and you find yourself reaching for a pencil.

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

As well as Orbital in London and Komix in Melksham agreeing to stock us, earlier this year a very nice chap named Kit Ben, a regular contributor on www.thelostlighthouse.com wrote a review of “THE INHERETIC” that he’d bought at TBCF2016. He managed to summarise the story really well and scored us favourably. We were over the moon, very kind words indeed. Thanks Kit we owe you a beer.

This is your third year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day for 2017?

Well we have our 128 page graphic novel “THE INHERETIC” available digitally and in print and we will be launching our new comic “LOLLIPOP & TEN” This time a more sensible 32 page, full colour comic with 108 illustrations and as with “THE INHERETIC” it’s a complete story. We daren’t give too much away as it’ll spoil the story for readers, but needless to say it’s weird and has a few twists and turns. We’ve put a lot of work into it and we’re really pleased with how it looks. We think you’ll love it.

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

We think it should be our own “BE CAREFUL WHO YOU PUSH AROUND!”

Thanks folks. Be sure to check out The Inheretic online on their website and by following them on Twitter @TheInheretic. And don't forget to stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello". 

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

5 Question Interview #101

We put 5 Questions to the brains behind Good Comics...

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

Good Comics was founded at the end of 2015 by Paddy Johnston and Samuel C. Williams, initially as a venture for publishing their work and collaborating on zines. We realised quite quickly that we both had big ideas about publishing, distribution and generally bringing great work by up and coming cartoonists into print and about things in the small press comics world that we wanted to address. Early in 2016 we were joined by Pete Hindle, and since then the three of us have been focusing on building our business as a new micropublisher, releasing anthologies, zines and exciting new comics from up and coming UK artists.

What inspires you to create?

In terms of our publishing, we just want to tell unique stories, and to publish people whose work in comics really stands out. We aren't restricted to a particular genre or format - we're just looking for really unique work. We're also very driven by making a positive contribution to independent comics as an industry and culture, and encouraging new and up and coming artists to get into making and printing comics. More than anything, we want small press comics to be bigger and better and more encouraging and inclusive.

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

We released volume one of Robin William Scott's Every Life I Ever Lived at Thought Bubble this year, which collects the first 100 strips of his diary comics. Robin has been posting his strips quietly on Twitter for years, without fanfare, and his unique visual style has helped him to gain a decent online following. However, we weren't fully prepared for the overwhelmingly positive reception his book got from fans, critics, and the whole scene - everyone has been so nice about it and working with Robin has been such a joy, and his book selling so well has been a real vindication of the strength of his work and our choice to collect it in print. I hope every publisher/creator relationship can be similar.

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

We'll have Robin's book, of course. In terms of brand new comics, we'll have Paddy Johnston's Ballgame #2 zine, and the third volume of our Dead Singers Society anthology zine, which collects comics and art all about Dead Singers. We'll be joined by Rozi Hathaway too, who we're working with on new and exciting projects. She's also contributed to both volumes of Dead Singers and has been a champion of our work from the outset, so it'll be cool to have her along. We may also have some other new work or some new distribution clients too, so our table is likely to be overflowing with great UK small press comics! If you follow us on Twitter you can keep up with what we'll have.

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

It's perhaps not fully comics or nerd culture, but I think often about how D. Boon of The Minutemen always used to shout "start your own band" at the audience at the end of their shows, as well as practicing their ethos of "jam econo." The Minutemen always made the records that they wanted to make, and we want to see cartoonists making the comics and art that they want to make and expressing themselves. Our slightly tongue-in-cheek slogan is "our comics are good," so perhaps that becomes "make good comics" when you turn it in to a motto.

Thanks folks. Be sure to check out Good Comics online on their website and by following them on Twitter @Good_Comics. And don't forget to stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello". 

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5 Question Interview #100

We put 5 Questions to Amy and Oliver from Wobbly Rock...

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

Wobbly Rock started in 2013 when we decided to work collaboratively and joined forces. We both wanted to work creatively and decided to journey into comics together. The name Wobbly Rock still remains a mystery.

What inspires you to create? 

An impending sense of mortality! 

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

Dave McKean buying a copy of ‘Egg' at Lakes Comic Art Festival 2015!

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

A small range of prints alongside our first two books ‘Egg’ and ‘Trumpet’ and our latest work ‘The Program’ and ‘In The Shadows'

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

'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' 

Thanks Amy and Oliver.

You can find more Wobbly Rock on their website and by following them on Twitter @wobblyrockbooks and be sure to stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello!"

And don't forget to buy your Tickets to True Believers 2017 now.

5 Question Interview #99

We put 5 Questions to Grayham Puttock...

What’s the secret origin story that led to you creating comics and how did it all come together?

I've been creating my own comics since I was very young, inspired by reading material of the time: Buster, Cor!, Battle, Lion -Another huge inspiration was the mighty cartoonist and thoroughly decent bloke Murray Ball, who for a few years lived down the road from me. Then, of course, came 2000AD... 

What inspires you to create? 

It sounds pretentious. but I cannot not create. My head is chockful of stories. For some years, in early adulthood, I gave up comics and turned my mind to writing prose fiction. But I really missed the visual element of comic storytelling, so picked up my pencil once more. Also, I am a colossal fan of other creators and find myself inspired to get better with every new comic that I read.   

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

Since producing my first small-press comic about a decade ago and attending my first comic con as an exhibitor, I have been lucky enough to meet and befriend many, many fellow creatives and always look forward to catching up with them at every show I can attend. The true high point for me, though, was completing and publishing my first full-length graphic novel 'Closely' -a book I am incredibly proud of... 

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

'Closely', the graphic novel, a mind-spinning horror noir, centered around an investigation into murder by D I John Closely, and packed full of nightmares, weirdos, plague doctors and femmes fatales... Also at my table, will be original art, sketches and hopefully a teaser of my next project....

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

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut

Thanks Grayham

Be sure to check out the Closely website and follow Grayham on Twitter @GrayhamPPuttock. And don't forget to stop by Grayham's table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello!" 

Not got your True Believers 2017 tickets yet?  Head to our ticket page now to book yours.

5 Question Interview #98

We put 5 Questions to James from Ash Pure...

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

Ash Pure first manifested in this local sector of space time, in what we now call ‘London’, in 1977. However it was many years before his presence would be felt, even by his unsuspecting human host.

Hidden in the dorsolateral profrontal regions of a little boy’s brain, Pure survived on a diet of large format, reduced palette, UK comics that were instrumental in warping  and reconfiguring the host DNA (A process known to sequential scientists as the Zarjaz Effect) to allow Pure to finally emerge, fully formed, in the most futuristically apocalyptic of years - 1999.

This is the year Pure conceived his ongoing urban mythic sci-fantasy series The Lion & The Unicorn, although it wasn’t until 2012, when the world disappointingly didn’t end - Again! - that the series was finally realised in its current deluxe, signed and numbered, limited edition magazine format.

What inspires you to create?

A perhaps misguided belief that I can actually save the world, can effect a change with words, pictures and stories.

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

When I was elected as ambassador of Earth to greet the Xl^T#U - An Extra Dimensional alien race who communicate purely in comics. Oh wait, that hasn’t happened... Yet.

Linear time is such a drag.

In that case it will have to be The Lion & The Unicorn being nominated for best comic in The British Comic Awards 2014.

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

As my universal mandate of ultimate cosmic truth is a little too complex for your primitive mammalian cerebellum to process, I compress it into sequential word and image strings, folding it down into solid paper forms that you call ‘comics’ and ‘prints’. I’ll probably have some of those. That and stickers, people love stickers.

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

BE PURE. BE VIGILANT. BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER!

Thanks James.

You can find more of Ash Pure online at their website and on Twitter @AshPure and be sure to stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello!"

Don't forget to buy your advance tickets from our website now to get your exclusive TBCF2017 Lanyard.

5 Question Interview #97

We put 5 Questions to Andrew Richmond from Wrench Productions...

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

A fun creative partnership formed through a mutual love of a particular type of storytelling - formalised and focused to become Wrench Productions.

What inspires you to create? 

We have a strong commitment to telling horror, sci-fi and high fantasy stories, and forming meaningful creative partnerships with our contributors. We believe that comics should be hard hitting, fast paced and above all fun!

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

Everytime a fresh new title comes back from the printers!

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

High quality, independently produced comic books, prints and original artwork. 

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

Small press - Big ambition!

Thanks Andrew.

Be sure to stop by the Wrench Productions table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello"! 

And don't forget to buy your True Believers 2017 tickets from our website now.

5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #15

We put 5 Questions to True Believers 2017 Guest Cam Smith...

What’s the secret origin story that led to you working in comics? 

After a few years being in a punk band, trying to change the world by having a strange haircut and shouting a lot,  I remembered that comics were my first love and I just decided that if I really had to make money it would have to be that for me. So I worked and worked and knocked on doors until someone let me in. Richard Starkings at Marvel UK was the first to offer me work. Paid work that is. I never looked back and am forever grateful for that first break and for the subsequent work I was given in those early Marvel UK days. 

What inspires you to create?

How can Anyone not? It seems to me that creating  (in any way that you can) is the purpose of life. At least, it's the only purpose I can find in a chaotic universe that cares nothing for petty human concerns!!!

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

I'm involved in telling stories, I get to work with some super-talented people, I get to do it on my own terms and don't have to share an office with anyone unpleasant! And....COMICS! Just....what's not to like?!

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

That's tough. It's nearly always the newest thing to be honest. A new script, a new page to ink, a new commission request. A constant challenge and a constant joy. There are lows, of course, but the highs put them to shame. 

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

two favourites; 

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt - Bertrand Russell.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently - Friedrich Nietzsche.

Thanks Cam. 

Be sure to stop by Cam's table at #TBCF2017 and say "hello".

And don't forget to buy your advance tickets from our website now.

5 Question Interview #96

We put 5 Questions to Stu Perrins...

What’s the secret origin story that lead you to creating comics and how did it all come together?

Like most kids my age, I grew up reading stuff like The Beano and The Dandy, but one day when I was about 9, my Mum picked up from school with a copy of 2000ad under her arm for me and from there I started getting massively into stuff like The Sleaze Brothers, Death’s Head and (of course) Batman, and all that inspired me to create my own comic called ‘Cyborg Squad’ which I would get my Mum to photocopy for me and then I would give it out to the kids who lived on my street. I can’t remember a great deal about it other than it was the sort of shameless rip off Transformers that only a nine year old could create. The rest, has the cliché goes, is history.

What inspires you to create?

So so much. I mini-series I wrote for Insane Comics called ‘Whatever happened to the Archetype?’ was massively inspired by my Grandad and his passing ten years earlier. It’s a story I’m incredibly proud off, and I just hope he would’ve approved.But, if you’re talking about people that you’ve actually heard off, then people like Terry Pratchett and Terry Gilliam are a huge influence on me.

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

Having a reviewer favourably compare ‘Whatever happened to the Archetype?’ to ‘Watchmen’ is something that still stuns me, and being nominated for a British Comic Award a few years ago was equally humbling.

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

I’ll be there with ‘Whatever happened to the Archetype?’, ‘Prime’ and ‘Demonic Advisory Centre’. And I’ll also have a few prints for sale and maybe, just maybe one or two surprises.

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

‘If I’m not back in five minutes, just wait longer.’ – Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.

Thanks Stu.

You can follow Stu on Twitter @stuperrins and don't forget to stop by his table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello"!  Not got your tickets yet?

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5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #14

We put 5 Questions to TBCF2017 guest John Higgins...

What’s the secret origin story that led to you working in comics?

Spiderman origin - Steve Ditko

What inspires you to create?

A yearning for immortality.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

Creating impossible realities.

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

Creating Razorjack.

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

To remember "... Democracy is not for the people ... " Judge Dredd, writer John Wagner.

Thanks John! 

You can find more of John online at the links below;

WEBSITE / TWITTER 

Make sure you stop by John's table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".

And don't forget to buy your True Believers 2017 advance tickets from our website to get your exclusive TBCF2017 Lanyard.

 

5 Question Interview #95

We put 5 Questions to Steve Sims...

What’s the secret origin story that led to you creating comics and how did it all come together?

Its not really a secret, I have been obsessed with monsters, beasts and fantasy worlds since I was a tiddler. My sketch books have always had little stories and short comics in them, and over time I have just tried my very best to make them a bit more like the comics I love and the pictures a bit neater. 

I suppose it came together when I decided to start printing them up and seeing if anyone was interested in buying one.

What inspires you to create?

Anything that acts as a window into a different world. Also seeing people working freely in there own style and really putting their all into their creative idea.

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

Working on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in the days when it was still owned and run by Mirage studios. Being able to swap art with Jim Lawson and illustrate strips by my all time favourite comics writer Steve Murphy was amazing. 

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

Sketches, original art, copies of my other self published books "Kaiju: Fire and Grimstone" and "The Wyrm and the Well", and of course Issues 1 and 2 of the "Beast Hunting Battle Badgers". Those beast bashing bros are back for some more furry fun.

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

Well I'm not sure if it really counts as comic or nerd culture but there is a line from an old Queen song that always rolls around in my head "You can be anything you want to be, just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be".

Thanks Steve!

You can find more of Steve online at his WEBSITE and don't forget to stop by his table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello". 

You can read Steve's 2016 5 Question Interview HERE

And don't forget to buy your True Believers 2017 advance tickets from our website to get your exclusive TBCF2017 Lanyard.

5 Question Interview #94

We put 5 (well 4) Questions to Faye Simms...

What’s the secret origin story that led to you working in comics?

I started making comics when, age 15, the school set us a project to start up a successful business. For some reason I thought comics would be the best way to go! I had to get everyone I knew involved trying to reach the page count on time, we ended up photocopying out pages in parent's offices after hours and it took us weeks to locate an A3 stapler - but I loved it when it was done. 

What inspires you to create?

I really hate to be bored! When I have to sit through something dull, a long drive or a long queue, I start thinking over stories. Eventually they get so complex I have to write them down before I forget.... and by then I might as well draw it out!

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

I got some fanart of my characters! Nothing sweeter in the world!

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

This year I have the final books from The Folding's Kickstarter! Epically longer than originally intended and with some really lovely postcard sets.

Thanks Faye.

You can find more of Faye online at the links below; 

WEBSITE / TUMBLR / TWITTER @MD_Doodles 

And be sure to stop by Faye's table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".

And don't forget to buy your True Believers 2017 advance tickets from our website to get your exclusive TBCF2017 Lanyard.

5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #13

We put 5 Questions to #TBCF2017 Guest Andrew Wildman...

What’s the secret origin story that led to you working in comics?

Two college friends. One is a writer by the name of Pat Kelleher. We did some fan strips together in the early 90's. He managed to get a writing gig with 'London Editions' based in Manchester and got me through the door to draw 'Bravestarr' and some 'He-Man'. Other was John Tomlinson who was an editor at Marvel UK. He asked me to do a two page tryout for Thundercats. BOOM! I was up and running.

What inspires you to create?

Money. Really. Other than that I am pretty bloomin lazy unless its when I produced my book, HORIZON. With that I really wanted to express something of me.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

Drawing pictures for a living. You kidding? What's not to like ;-)

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

In comics; the best pencil work I ever did was the final issue of 'Force Works' for Marvel. 

In TV; Storyboarding for Doctor Who. Awesome.

Creatively the best thing I have achieved is conceiving and completing HORIZON.

Personally the best thingI have done is create 'Draw the World Together'

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

'At last I know where I am going. Where I have always been going. Home, the long way round.'

Thanks Andrew. 

You can find more of Andrew online at the links below;

Website / Facebook / Twitter @apwildman 

And don't forget to stop by his table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".

And don't forget to buy your True Believers 2017 advance tickets from our website to get your exclusive TBCF2017 Lanyard.

5 Question Interview #93

We put 5 questions to I Am Zoot's Andy Hanks...

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

I started learning how to digital paint about 9 years ago, just for fun, and had my first art commission in 2010 for a local motor racing event. I’ve not really looked back since, and I had my first stall at the 2016 True Believers Comic Festival selling my Art prints

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

It would have to be sitting behind a stall of my work for the first time. It was all bit nerve racking to start off with but I was pretty much blown away with the awesome comments. I still find it difficult to get my head around people actually wanting to buy prints of my work. Its a great feeling though…

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

Actually doing the art. When I start a piece of work, I really sink in to it, its all I think about and I usually can’t wait to crack on with it in the evenings. I can easily spend 20-30 hours on a painting over the course of a few weeks and I find it really therapeutic. When I finally finish I’m usually left twiddling my thumbs eager to start my next one.

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

I have A4 art prints, greetings cards and framed prints for sale at the moment. The best bit of a comic festival is meeting new people so please come and say hi!

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

"Goonies never say die!"

Thanks Andy!

You can find more of I Am Zoot on Facebook and Twitter @Zootbot and don't forget to stop by his table at #TBCF2017 and say "hello".

You can also read I Am Zoot's 2016 5 Question Interview HERE.

And don't forget to buy your True Believers 2017 advance tickets from our website to get your exclusive TBCF2017 Lanyard.

5 Question Interview #92

We put 5 Questions to Andrew, creator of GalaXafreaks...

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

Do you vomit rainbows? Are three dimensions not enough for you? Psychedelic Science Fiction to melt your eyes and eat your brain!

GalaXafreaks is a comic book featuring inter-dimensional super weirdos getting up to cosmic capers and galactic gaffs!

I started drawing GalaXafreaks about two years ago after drawing webcomics of my hero Captain Yeah! I’ve since crowdfunded eight comics and reprinted the original series as a trade paper back.

What people say about Galaxafreaks:

“Like Robert Crumb and Jim Starlin working on the Beano with a colourist recovering from some long strange trip he took in the sixties.”-Splank comics blog

“Pawley’s art style makes him stand out among today’s artists. No one else blends the bizarre with the unconventional with the colorful to create such a fun, cool comic.” -A Place To Hang Your Cape

"The GalaXafreaks experience is the Woodstock of comics"- Comic Unknown

You can also download two free PDFs of GalaXafreaks when you sign up to the Freakmail newsletter!

What inspires you to create?

I’ve always drawn comics and my childhood influences of the Beano and 2000AD gave way into the underground comics of Zap Comics and R.Crumb and the cool art scene of RAW.

I love technology too and the ability to draw digitally has opened up a whole new freakout genre for me! I draw pretty much every evening after work and would much rather be squeezing my pencil than watching TV!

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

Has to be seeing GalaXafreaks Issue 1 in print! Nothing like glossy pages and bright colours to say ‘Awesome!” The fact that so many cool dudes from around the world are willing to believe in my project and back the Kickstarters etc is so cool! It gives me real faith and confidence!

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

A smile! Plus weird freaky nonsense! I’ll be selling trade paperbacks of the original series plus issues 1 through to 4 of my epic miniseries Dark Vibes!! I’ll also be selling badges, stickers, paper toys and art prints. Hopefully I should have a some cool items from my new projects ‘Kaiju Kapers’ and ‘Cute Cthulhu’!

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

“Mind the oranges Marlon!!!!"

Thanks Andrew.

You can find more GalaXafreaks online at the website, Facebook and Twitter and don't forget to stop by Andrew's table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello"!

5 Question Interview #91

We put 5 Questions to Kev Brett, the brains behind Nottingham Comic Con and Kev Brett Cartoons...

What's the secret origin story of Kev Brett Cartoons and how did it all come together?

I was born beneath an old chestnut tree, beside the Rock of imagination and the lake of doom. Growing up, these things spurred me on to create, to escape the dome of terror which held the community prisoner. Using my magical pencil of duty and paper of glory I created ways to escape and slowly, one by one, drew escape hatches and burrows that saved the people.

or…

I liked drawing and telling stories as a kid. When I had kids I realised that I wanted to produce artwork for them to enjoy and realised that making comics wasn't JUST for the elite artists like Jack Kirby and Todd McFarlane and the like. So I decided to put pen to paper and start making comics… 

What inspires you to create?

My kids, but also reading amazing books and comics. I love the likes of Asterix and Tintin as well as the Beano. I get inspired by other creators such as Drew Pocza, Eric Merced, Scottie Young and Kazu Kibuishi (among many others). 

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

As a creator, holding that first printed comic in my hands will always be a massive highlight (The Monkey and the Mouse: Where’s the Cheese?). Nothing better than creating something over a long period of time, to then have it printed and in your hands. I’ve also been fortunate enough to work on a few awesome books for other people such as Adamsville by Michael Regina, the Dark House comics by the guys at Haylestorm Comics and an as yet secret comic…

I also run the Nottingham Comic Con, which is a comic focussed event which I’m hugely proud of and that is a lot of fun (if not a tad stressful).

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

Fun and frolics…and some comics. I’ll have a number of my comics with me, most of which are all ages family friendly adventures, including my brand new all colour comic (title to be announced).

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

“Stay on target” - Star Wars

Thanks Kev. 

Be sure to check out the Nottingham Comic Con website and you can find more of Kev at his website and on Twitter.  And don't forget to stop by his table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".

5 Question Interview #90

We put 5 Questions to Shaun Dobie, the creative force behind Evil Kat Studios...

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

I am appalling at drawing. Always have been. When we were kids we loved to read and create comics, but in our group we had a writer and an artist which pushed me towards the colouring aspects. As a fan of Joe Madureira’s artwork I soon fell in love with digital colours, such as Liquid, and so strived to learn how to do that. I coloured various projects, but as I started to get more into the independent colouring scene I got frustrated by relying on other people to create before I could colour. That is when I stepped into the creator role, writing and colouring my own work but hiring artists to draw it for me.
Evil Kat became the umbrella brand name I adapted to cover all the aspects of my work and services.

What inspires you to create?

Seeing how amazing other people can be. Some of the other artists, writers, and colourists out there, especially in the independent comic scene, are astoundingly talented. The work that they produce makes me jealous and in turn inspires me to try and produce something even remotely close to their level. I love being creative, and colouring is a hobby that I truly enjoy. My goal then is to make it all look as professional as I possibly can.

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

I think the highlight of being part of the independent comic scene has been people I have met. Since day one everybody was friendly and supportive and continue to be. They are a great group of people that continue to inspire as well as fuel selfdoubt and jealous hatred....in a loving way!

This is your third year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day for 2017?

This year we have the latest issue of Descending Outlands out, issue 3, along another comic I am involved with called Dead Heretics and a variety of posters and postcards that I have coloured. Along with that you can find friendly banter, and probably a collection of smells.

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 can’t do something smart, do something right!

Thanks Shaun.

You can find more of Evil Kat Studios online at their website and on Twitter @dobes2 and you can find Shaun's 2016 5 Question Interview HERE!

And don't forget to stop by the Evil Kat Studios table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".

 

5 Question Interview #89

 

We put 5 Questions to Creature and Animal creator Philip Davis... 

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

 I've been creative and drawing cartoons all my life in one form or another, initially inspired by the Beano and TV cartoons as a child. My friends think of me who can make something out of nothing, (8 years ago I made a no-budget fan film called 'A Tale of Two Galaxies' and built all the sets out of scrounged stuff, right now I'm making a Borg Drone costume out of junk I've been collecting for a while!). I did Animation and Special effects at Uni, and made (for the moment at least) Creature & Animal as a simple panel cartoon so I could produce more of them. I'd love to animate them, but my mission at the moment is to do 100 and put them together into a book, then later do another book of random cartoons. I guess ultimately I have my parents to thank, for never doubting I had a talent and always encouraging me to use it to do something I love.  

What inspires you to create?

I guess most often it's simply a way to vent and express myself.  Creature & Animal just started as silly sketches I thought would be funny, it made my friends laugh and some of them convinced me (over a few drinks) that I should get some printed and do a show. That's how I first ended up at True Believers! I really enjoy making things. I'm lucky to be very well-travelled so take inspiration from the places I've visited. The TV news is always so gloomy so I thinking creating something funny or silly that makes someone smile is an antithesis to that. Doing my little bit to keep the sanity of humanity on an even keel.

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

Meeting other artists is always great, but I'd have to say the atmosphere created by the fans, really. From a table at the show I get a great view of all the amazing cosplayers walking around. Not knowing who my stuff will appeal to. The initial look of puzzlement and then surprise and laughter when someone looks at them and 'gets it', because I guess I have a unique style which obviously isn't your typical super-hero comicon fayre. The initial assumption is often 'Is this for kids?' then they realise Creature & Animal deals with more adult themes - the dating game. Or in fact 'how far will a little guy go to try and impress a beautiful woman? How badly will he mess it up this time?' I want people to feel sorry for Animal, he's an underdog, so I love it when people say 'Awwwww!'

Finishing a peice is always satisfying too. I like it when people ask me how I do it, because I use mixed media in the cartoons and whilst they're obviously hand-drawn the bright digital colours against matte acylic painted elements leave them wondering. Seeing my style improve and develop is good too, as an artist you can't stagnate. I try not to pore over the older drawings because it's tempting to go back and redo them. I like how each one is (usually) better than the last.

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

It is my third year! There'll be some new as-yet-unveiled Creature & Animal cartoons, as well as prints, stickers, badges, T-shirts, and a game. I've actually taken some time out from Creature & Animal of late to try and speed up my workflow and improve my skills in software packages and as an artist, and am putting together a new website. I'm hoping to have a nice variety of work and some other cartoons to show a progression and have some variety to engage fans with my stuff. I don't do many shows and setting myself a February deadline to produce some new work has helped me focus.

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

This is hard! I'm a huge Star Trek fan, so it would have to be a line from that.... *thinks about it*

How about;

"Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again” – Captain Jean-Luc Picard, TNG

I also like this one, just as reminder of how extraordinary everything is;

'"We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special." - Stephen Hawking 

Thanks Philip.

You can find more of Creature & Animal/Philip Davis on their website, Facebook and Twitter.  Don't forget to stop by Philips table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".  You can also read Philips 2016 5 Question Interview here.

And don't forget to buy your advance tickets from our website.

5 Question Interview #88

We put 5 questions to John Pugh, the artist behind JP Covers...

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

I have been interested in American comics and their art since I was a lad back in the 70's and have enjoyed drawing Marvel and DC comic characters and covers over the many years that have passed.

What inspires you to create?

It's the artwork that get's me going, the composition, the layout, the colours.  Artists I admire are Kurt Schaffenburger, Curt Swan, Jack Kirby, Alfredo Alcalca, Jose Gonzales, Reed Crandell, Brian Bolland, John Bolton and many more too numerous to mention.

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

I have only recently started showing my work at comic cons, (my first was in September last year) and I got a Buzz when I sold the first of one of my drawings to someone who liked it enough to buy it.

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

I will be selling a plethora of goodies and precious things along with interesting japes and banter!  Seriously though, along with my drawings will be prints of classic Horror and Sci-Fi films such as Attack of the 50ft Woman, The Time Machine, This Island Earth etc and stills from Connery's Bond (I must be dreaming!!).

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

Always be Yourself, Unless you can be Batman, Then, Always be Batman!! - Alfred.

Thanks John.

Be sure to stop by the JP Covers table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".

And don't forget to buy your advance tickets for True Believers Comic Festival 2017 from our website.