With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to #TBCF2018 Guest Tony Esmond...
What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?
Well...... interesting you should ask that. We will be launching the new anthology from the caverns of The Awesome Comics Podcast. Us three hosts along with the mighty Mr Nick Prolix will be handling a chapter each. We will start sharing more in the next few months but I am literally bursting (yes...like that) with excitement for this project. All the stories are a little out there and I guarantee we won't let you down. It's been a long-time plan for us to release something together and finally we took the plunge. TB is the perfect place to launch as we have had a blast there in years gone by.
Here's a little something you can expect from me and Mr Prolix.
We'll also have some of our other small press offerings. I'm currently working on a couple of other projects at the moment that I'm hoping will be ready around that time too.
What do you love about comics?
Wow. The big question. The answer is just comics. Comics, comics, comics. I have loved them for as long as I can remember. I've never stopped. I read them every single day. I grew up in the 70s and early 80s and this is what we did as kids. we read comics. My best friend from secondary school is still my best friend and we bonded because of our mutual love of comics. I'm an atheist but if I had to choose a religion it would be comics. (Although I would probably involve Caroline Munro somewhere in that mix!)
What frustrates you about comics?
Hahahahahahahaha. I try and keep positive, it's a bit of a policy of us on the pod. My frustrations rarely lay with the actual comics themselves. But more with the people who say they 'Love Comics' but actually just watch the movies, meet poo list celebrities, collect the funkos or dress up. If some of those people actually read a couple of great comics they'd be hooked and we would be getting much better numbers.
If anyone knows any hitmen then please contact me at the usual mailbox?
What do you love about being at a Comic Con?
Easy, Andrew Lee Potts. Has he started doing any conventions? I would like to lick his face.
Everyone says they 'love the community' but personally I wouldn't be upset if a nuclear bomb went off at San Diego. Have you smelt some of those people?
But seriously.... Me, Vince and Dan go home exhausted. We joke about it on pretty much every convention round-up. We literally laugh for the whole time. I love meeting fans and creators. Chatting about comics (and usually boobs as well). I also love a back issue. I even stop for a coffee on the way home because I am too excited and need to crack open a comic to read! The social/heavy drinking scene afterwards is also fun (hashtag smiley face).
What comic would you recommend people read?
How many am I allowed? At the moment Punisher: The Platoon from Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov. This is exactly the kind of comic I love. The writing and art are pure bloody perfection.
The Porcelain series from Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose. This is a three part graphic novel series that will break your heart.
Dalston Monsterzz by Dilraj Mann. Published by the excellent Nobrow. This book is beautifully fantastic as well as gritty. Highly recommended.
And anything by Stuart McCune. They have an abstract and cerebral quality that really hits the spot with me at the moment. We are missing this intelligence in a lot of the other snarky/hip products out there that it's a refreshing read every time.
The comics scene is in my humble opinion the best it has ever been at the moment across the board. Just dip your toe in.
If you want some more of my rude and lewd recommendations then follow me on Twitter or at Never Iron Anything.
Many thanks for reading.