5 Question Interview: Guest Edition #17

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

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

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

What do you love about creating comics?

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

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

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

What do you love about being at a comic con?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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