True Believers 2018 will again see a great selection of comic guests joining us at Cheltenham Racecourse for the day.  Below you can find information on who will be joining us at the event and links to where you can find them online etc.

More information will be added over the coming months so please keep checking back and if you haven't bought your tickets yet, please head to our Ticket Page now to buy yours.


THE AWESOME COMICS PODCAST

After the success of their TBCF2017 appearance at True Believers, we're delighted to welcome The Awesome Comics Podcastteam back for True Believers 2018, which will see Vince and Tony once again reign terror down on Cheltenham Racecourse! And this time they're bringing Dan along too!

For those who have never listened to the Awesome Comics Podcast (you really should), ACP is a weekly podcast hosted by Vince Hunt (creator of The Red Mask From Mars), Tony Esmond (writer for Down The Tubes) and Dan Butcher(creator of Vanguard) that puts the focus on Small Press Comics and their creators.

As well as bringing the Awesome Pod to TBCF for another panel, they will also be bringing copies of The Red Mask From Mars, Vanguard and more to the convention floor.

You can find more of The Awesome Podcast online on podbean, along with The Red Mask From MarsVanguard and Down The Tubes.


MIKE COLLINS

Mike began working for Marvel UK in the 1980's, working on titles such as Spider-Man and Transformers.  He then went on to work for 2000ADDC Comics & Marvel where he has written or drawn for pretty much all of their major characters.  He was also the artist who introduced Gambit to the world in the pages of Uncanny X-Men #266.

Mike has also had a long association with Doctor Who, having worked on the Panini Doctor Who Magazine since The Doctor returned to TV in 2005 and IDW's US comic series as well.  He also provides tutorials and art tips in the Hachette part work series Draw The Marvel Way.

Away from comics, Mike has provided storyboards for TV and films, including Doctor WhoSherlock (for which he also provided the art for the colouring book) and Horrid Henry. He also illustrated the music video for the Agnetha Faltskog/Gary Barlow song I Should've Followed You Home.

Mike has been part of the True Believers family since 2013 (when we first asked him to be a part of True Believers 2015) and is a key part of what makes True Believers True Believers! 

You can find more of Mike online at his Website.


THE ETHERINGTON BROTHERS

Robin & Lorenzo are the writer/artist siblings behind Long Gone DonBaggageVon Doogan and Monkey Nuts (among many others) as well as regulars in The Phoenix, where they not only have great stories, but Lorenzo also does regular drawing tutorial sheets, each offering tips and skills for drawing anything from facial expressions to smoke effects and beyond.

They also take their tutorials from the page and run regular workshops aimed at teaching children the art of storytelling, through a high energy session that encourages children to get involved and be an active part of the workshops.

You can find more on The Etherington Brothers on their website.


KEV HOPGOOD

Kev's comic book career began in the 1980's working on Tharg's Future ShockJudge Dredd and Night Zero(which he co-created) for 2000AD, Spider-Man & Zoids and Action Force for Marvel UK.  In the early 1990's he became the main artist on Marvel Comics Iron Man, where he co-created the character of War Machine.  

Away from 2000AD and Marvel, Kev has worked on Darkblade (for Warhammer Monthly), Warhammer 40,000 (for Boom Studios), Doctor Who (for Doctor Who Magazine and IDW) and Legion Zero (for Aces Weekly).

You can find more of Kev online at his website.


STAZ JOHNSON

Staz's comic career began at Marvel UK where he worked on Transformers, Action Force and Death Wreck, before moving to Marvel US titles including Thor, Force Works and Spider-man: Funeral For An Octopus.  Between 1996 and 2003 Staz moved to DC Comics where he worked on Detective Comics, Robin, Catwoman, Superboy and the DC/Dark Horse crossover miniseries Batman/Aliens II.

After his time at DC, Staz headed back to Marvel where he worked on Wolverine, Cable & Deadpool, Spider-Man, New X-Men and Civil War: War Crimes.  He also worked for DC again on All-Star Western and Wonder Woman '77.

Away from Marvel and DC, Staz has worked on Judge Dredd, Thargs Future Shocks and Rogue Trooper for 2000AD, Heroes for Wildstorm and Vikings for Titan. 

You can find more of Staz online at his website.


JACK LAWRENCE

Jack will be joining us for a third year and - following 2016's Harley Quinn & 2017's Deadpool lanyards - he will again be providing the art for our exclusive 2018 Superman lanyard, helping us celebrate 80 years of The Man Of Steel.

Jack broke into the world of comics with his own title Darkham Vale, before working on Lions, Tigers & Bears for Image Comics.  He went on to provide art for 2000AD, Panini Comics UK - on titles such as Spectacular Spider-Man, Cartoon Network Magazine and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - and Doctor Who Adventures for BBC Magazine, as well as his own comic series Tinpot Hobo.

Recently he has been working on IDW's Skylanders comic and, most notably, Transformers: Lost Light.

You can find more of Jack online at his website


GUILLERMO ORTEGO

Born and raised in Madrid and currently living in London, Guillermo has been inking comic books and illustrating books & magazines ever since he completed a degree in History in 2009.

On inking duties he has worked for American publishers like Marvel, DC, Valiant and Dynamite, where he has collaborated with renowned pencillers Jim Cheung, Emanuela Lupacchino and Robson Rocha on books like Astonishing X-Men, X-Factor and Batman Eternal.

On the illustration front Guillermo provides covers, portraits and interior pieces for magazines like Metrópoli, Popshot Magazine and Firewords Quarterly and newspaper's like MARCA or EL MUNDO. He has also illustrated books for the Spanish publishers Espasa, Everest and Graphiclassics. 

You can find more of Guillermo online at his website


RACHAEL SMITH

If you're a True Believers regular, you probably know Rachael and her work, but for those who don't, Rachael is the writer/artist/creator behind TBCF favourites The Rabbit, Wired Up Wrong, Bess, I Am Fire and House Party (among others).

Away from her creator own work, Rachael has worked on Titan's Doctor Who comics, providing a 10th Doctor strip for the ongoing 10th Doctor series as well as variant covers across Titan's Doctor Who series.  She has also provided the cover for Boom Studios excellent Lumberjanes comic (issue 29).

You can find more of Rachael online at her Website.


DYLAN TEAGUE

Over his career, Dylan has worked for - among others - the likes of DC, Marvel, IDW and 2000AD, on characters such as Batman, Spider-Man, Doctor Who, Rogue Trooper and Judge Dredd.

You can find more of Dylan online at his website.


EMMA VIECELI

Having missed this years event (our fault), we're delighted to welcome the awesome Emma Vieceli back as a guest for #TBCF2018.

Emma joined us for the first True Believers in 2015 and joined us again for TBCF2016, when she had just started artist duties on Titan Comics excellent Eighth Doctor series.

Recently she has been providing art for DC's Adventures Of Supergirl Digital First series, Walker Books' Alex Rider and IDW's Jem & The Holograms. Her previous work includes Vampire AcademyManga ShakespeareAvalon Chronicles and Marvel's Young Avengers.

You can find more of Emma online at her website.


CHRISTIAN WILDGOOSE

Christian is an artist who has worked in illustration, concept art and comics.  His creator owned work at Improper Books(which he co-founded with Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder) includes BriarButterfly Gate and the Award nominated Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale, all three of which are illustrated by himself and written by Benjamin Read.  

Christian has also worked for Dark Horse, Titan, Vertigo and DC Comics, where he worked on Gotham Academy and the Batgirl Rebirth series, as well as doing concept art on films, including Assassin’s Creed, for which he was a weapons concept artist.

You can find more of Christian online at his website


PHIL WINSLADE

Over his career in comics, Phil has worked for 2000ADDC ComicsVertigo and Marvel, working on titles including Goddess (with Garth Ennis), Daredevil/Spider-ManJudge DreddBatmanThe FlashWonder WomanAquamanHoward The Duck and more.

Phil returned to the pages of 2000AD for Lawless: Welcome To Badrock (with Dan Abnett) and recently provided the art for the back up story in the recent Adam Strange/Future Quest comic, featuring the team up of Batman and Top Cat.

You can find more of Phil's work online on his Facebook page