The League: Fantasy Casting League #2

SUPERMAN (The TV Series)

This time on The League, Stuart turns his attention to a personal favourite and casts his Superman TV Series. Now it's probably worth pointing out that DC/Warners haven't lost leave of their senses and given him the keys to the Superman TV universe, but if they had, these would be the casting choices he would make.  

The series itself would use the John Byrne, post Crisis era of Superman comics as it's inspiration and central characters and would feature more of a history between Perry White and Lex Luthor and larger roles for The Kents, Professor Hamilton and Lana Lang.

Reminder of the rules; Actors cast must be alive and can't have played the part before.

Clark Kent/Superman - Matt Lanter

Lois Lane - Rosario Dawson

Lex Luthor - Idris Elba

Perry White - Bruce Greenwood

Jimmy Olsen - Liam James

Professor Hamilton - Enrico Colantoni

Jonathan Kent - Kyle Chandler

Martha Kent - Connie Britton

Lana Lang - Jane Levy

John Corben/Metallo - Dan Stevens

So there's Stuart's choices.  Which do you agree with and which would you change?  Let us know in the comments below. (please remember this is a family site so please keep it clean and keep it friendly. It's just a bit of fun)...

NEXT TIME: Stuart casts a new Dick Tracy film.

The League: Fantasy Casting League #1...

One of the fun things about being a nerd is playing a game of Fantasy Casting. Way back in the day, Wizard Magazine used to devote a few pages of it's issues to the game.  It was something that I enjoyed discussing with my fellow nerds (sometimes leading to heated - but good natured - arguments as we defended and argued each others choices like Hollywood executives with an unlimited budget).

Recently the game reappeared in my life when my fellow writer Susan Omand posted an article on Garbage-File, picking her preferred cast for a Star Trek: The Next Generation reboot.  While I liked her choices, I didn't agree with them, so decided to come up with my own, which sparked a fun conversation.

So with that in mind, and using the classic rules (person cast must be alive and can't have played the part before) I decided to try bringing that great piece from Wizard and a million nerdy conversations to this site and I figured a good place to start would be with the show that reignited the idea... 

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - THE KELVIN TIMELINE

Chosen by Stuart Mulrain

One day, the JJ Abrams Kelvin Timeline may reach the hallowed ground of The Next Gen (or maybe they'll go off and explore one of the crews from inbetween - which would be cool) and they're going to need a cast for that, which is where we step in...

Captain Jean-Luc Picard - Jason Isaacs

Commander William Riker - Armie Hammer

Lt. Commander Data - Danny Pudi

Counsellor Deanna Troi - Nathalie Emmanuel

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge - Sharif Atkins

Lieutenant Worf - Omar Sy

Dr. Beverly Crusher - Alicia Witt

Wesley Crusher - David Mazouz

Chief Miles O'Brien - Domhnall Gleeson

Tasha Yar - Ronda Rousey

Guinan - Viola Davis

Q - Matt Smith

So there's my picks.  Now it's over to you.  Do you agree with any of the choices or do you disagree with them all?  Let us know in the comments below (please remember this is a family site so please keep it clean and keep it friendly. It's just a bit of fun)...

And Hello To Jason Isaacs!

NEXT TIME: Stuart casts his Superman TV Series!

Mall-Con Pictures

Saturday 11th June 2016 saw True Believers invade Eastgate Shopping Centre in Gloucester for our first ever Mall-Con. The event saw 13 tables of artists, creators and traders bringing some comic book awesome to Gloucester for the day.

A huge thank you from all of us at True Believers to the following;

  • All of the folks who had a table at the event and took a chance on something new.
  • All of the folks from Eastgate Shopping Centre for allowing us to put the event on and for all the help on the day.
  • Gloucester Guild Hall for the extra tables for the event.
  • The staff of A Write Card (Gloucester Branch) for getting involved by dressing up as Disney Princesses and running a promotion on their balloons.
  • All of the folks who came along to check out the event and buy something from the folks who had tables. 

The support of all of you is huge in helping us make nerdy events like this happen and with your continued support, we plan to do our best to make more things like this happen. 

You are all True Believers and we love you for it.

Below are some photos from the day, including the collector's item first appearance (in the flesh, so to speak) of True Believer Man!

TBCF2016 and Beyond...

Picture © and courtesy of Proud Lion Comics

Picture © and courtesy of Proud Lion Comics

TRue believers comic festival 2016

So it's been almost a month since #TBCF2016 invaded Cheltenham Racecourse for a second year and, a couple of glitches aside, the day seemed to go really well and we received a lot of great feedback and comments from a lot of you. Your support means a lot to us and is the driving force that keeps the event going. Without you, there is no True Believers and I and all of the Agents would like to say a huge Thank you to you all for making the day another amazing experience for us all.

Since the event happened, there have been several reviews and pieces that have been published and below are the links to the ones we have found (if you have a post about the event that you would like us to share, please drop us an email or post a link in the comments below);

And also...

http://glasswalking-stick.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/true-believers-comic-festival-2016.html

http://acomicbookaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/true-believers-2016-what-fantastic-con.html


Mall-con 2016 and #TBCF2017

True Believers Comic Festival will return in 2017 for our third year, with more of the comic book stuff that you love. We're currently looking at getting the guest list and other details together for the day and will start making official announcements in a couple of months time. If you'd like to receive updates about TBCF2017 or any other events we might run, please sign up to our Mailing List buy sending either Mailing List Tables or Mailing List Tickets to oktruebelievers@gmail.com

If you can't wait until 2017 though, we will have a few events running throughout the year, the first of which being the first True Believers Mall-Con, which is a mini comic con event that will be taking place in Eastgate Shopping Centre on Saturday 11th June 2016. It's a free to enter event that will have a selection of tables selling art, small press comics, back issues, merchandise and more.

Click on the image below for more information.


The 5 Question Interview #49 with GYGO Fashion

We put 5 Questions to GYGO Fashion...

Who are you and what do you do?

We are GYGO Fashion, a brand new geek brand specialising in geek wears, costume design and ready to wear. We are the one stop shop for all your geek needs.

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

People will find a great selection of Jewellery, handmade clothing, costume accessories, steampunk wears, cosplay pieces and much more.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

We love geeking out, it's amazing when we meet people at shows who love the same things as us it always results in a huge geek show down of love. Making our ideas come to life is also a huge achievement of ours, we love showcasing our wears to people who love them.

What was the first comic you collected?

Beano!!!!!

If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe.

Thanks folks.

Be sure to check out the GYGO Fashion Facebook Page and stop by their table at #TBCF2016 and say "Hello"

The 5 Question Interview #48 with Steve Collier

We put 5 Questions to Kaiju Steel co-creator Steve Collier (he's the short one in the picture)...

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Steve Collier. I’m a writer and human with zero superpowers. I co-created "Kaiju Steel,” with artist, Lee Killeen (issue 4 in the works) and “The Mystery Boys” with artist, Andy Clift and am working on getting brand new title out there. Always looking for artists! ;) I also write for the screen. Mostly dark horror comedy stuff. I took a year off to go travelling so 2016 marks my return to the con floor and creating proper.

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

First of all, if I’m not using the loo, me so sorry about that. A few empty coffee cups, chocolate bar wrappers… oh yes! Comics! Lovely "Kaiju Steel” comics in which you’ll get to follow our hero, Scott as he deals with Kaiju attacks, mystical swords and destiny. 

We’ll be doing a deal: the first 3 issues of “ Kaiju Steel” for £10. And there’s more! If you pick up the 3 issues for £10 deal and write down your email address, we’ll throw in a link for a free download of a two page prequel which has only appeared in a special "Dead Universe: Year One” anthology book- currently out of print. The short story has links to future issues so you don’t want to miss it. Great art by Lee.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

Writing, especially comic books, is the greatest excuse to create anything your imagination desires. When I sit down to write (with a coffee- there’s a theme here), usually the plan I had for the script changes organically. That sounds slightly pretentious but I love being surprised by a character when I realise they’re dictating to me how the story develops. The effect is even more astounding when the art comes back from the (significantly more talented) artist and reveals some new elements to the story you hadn’t even thought of. The collaborative process of creating comic books is one of constant excitement because you never really know how different the end result is going to be from the original concept. For instance, there are many times while writing "Kaiju Steel" or "The Mystery Boys" when the dialogue would change at the lettering stage purely because it made more sense in conjunction with an expression or action the artist had put down. It’s a fluid process and I like that. With film, you have to write to various logistical and budgetary constraints (unless you’re James Cameron) so it’s quite a freeing form.

What was the first comic you collected?

I have to admit I arrived quite late on the comics scene in collector’s sense and perhaps I still wouldn’t class myself as a “collector" per se. I like what I like. I read a bunch of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Spider-Man" and "The Beano" as a kid. I guess the first one I had to read on day of release every week was the excellent "Sonic The Comic” or “STC." That book ran for well over 100 issues in the UK and was kind of an anthology book collecting stories from various Sega characters. Sonic, Decap Attack, Shinobi… The art, character design and storytelling was incredible and the pinups plastered the walls of my room for years. The writer/ artist team ups between Nigel Kitching and Richard Elson are phenomenal. It still runs online by fans and I have a dream of having something Sonic based made eventually. I absolutely hate that I got rid of those comics. Little did I know what I would eventually do later on in life! 

After that title ended it was many years later until I returned to comics after discovering “Powers" by Bendis and Oeming. It was unlike any book I’d ever read and I still love it to this day. The letters pages and script excerpts in the back were both hilarious, invaluable, and tight me a lot about pacing and dialogue structure. The deluxe collected editions are some of my favourite books on my shelves. If you’re a kid and reading this, don’t even look at this title until you’re at least 15 though! "Usagi Yojimbo" by the insanely talented Stan Sakai would be my other favourite. That’s series is, in my opinion, probably the finest example of long running storytelling, adventure, mythology and character and it’s been going since 1984! What a guy. "TMNT," both the old collections and new, brilliant IDW “TMNT” titles are also still a big part of my collection and are one of the main reasons I attempt to do what I do.

If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?

Wow! Tough question. There are people I know who are far more read than I am who would have a better opinion than me! I’m not sure about ever but I’ll tell you something I read recently that I really enjoyed. As a Star Wars fan, I was really excited to read the new Marvel titles based on classic characters. I thought the “Lando” limited series by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev was great fun. The writing really understood the character, the art was gorgeous and consistent and the ending was really satisfying. I’m not putting this above ever other comic out there but this title could have been a massive failure and actually turned out to be hugely enjoyable. 

Special shout out to everyone involved in Dead Universe Publishing who put out my books. Great bunch of talented humans. Now where’s that coffee..?

Thanks Steve.

Be sure to check out the Kaiju Steel Facebook page and stop by Steve's Table at #TBCF2016 and say "Hello"

The 5 Question Interview #47 with Philip Davis

We put 5 Questions to Creature & Animal artist Philip Davis...

Who are you and what do you do? 

My name's Philip Davis and I'm a Cheltenham-based digital artist. I undertake commissions for portraiture and technical work and draw Creature & Animal! I did a handful of comicons last year and True Believers 2015 was my first one! 

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

Lovestruck aliens and bright colours. Signed prints, mugs, T-shirts as game and a raffle with several prizes. Come and say hi!

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

I'd probably go a bit crazy if I didn't have a creative outlet, so probably the process itself. I enjoy thinking of new ways to torture Animal... does that make me a bad person?

I enjoy the sense of achievement when I finish a piece, and it's always nice when a perfect stranger takes the time to look at your stuff and compliments you on it. 

What was the first comic you collected?

The Beano! A British institution. I also love 2000AD an in my teens collected several X-Men titles, which I still enjoy reading.

If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?

Wow difficult question. There's so much good stuff out there.  I love the Beano's classic Calamity James, I loved the X-Men Onslaught and Age of Apocalypse arcs. Anything by Matsuda,  Campbell, Turner or Madureira. There's also some great talent in Europe. A special mention to Frank Cho's Liberty Meadows too. That guy's draughtsmanship is off the chart.  

Thanks Philip.

Be sure to check out the Creature & Animal Facebook page and stop by Philip's table at #TBCF2016 and say "Hello"

The 5 Question Interview #46 with Steve Thompson

We put 5 Questions to Steve Thompson...

Who are you and what do you do? 

I am a writer, working on my own comics as well as creating content at London's Southbank Centre. I published 4 comics in the ongoing Street Fighting Women series (a thriller set in the 1920s in the world of Women's Wrestling which I also drew) and collected them into one graphic novel with more on the way!

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

I will be selling Street Fighting Woman Part 1 as well as a series of prints based on frames from the comic. I will also be offering to draw inked portraits on the day.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

What I like best about what I do is finally getting all the crazy out of my head and onto the page! And if someone says they like what I do then that is the icing on the cake!

What was the first comic you collected?

The first comic I bought was a UK horror anthology called Scream! which was sold in newsagents. It was scary and silly and I loved it. The comic which got me into serious collecting was Marvel's Alpha Flight by John Byrne (issue 7!). I read it was transfixed by the idea of superheroes with serious personal problems who also had to put that aside to save the world (or Canada, which is where they were based)

If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?

Please read all of the original 70s Howard The Duck issues by Steve Gerber! Those comics are funny, dark, sardonic, satirical and very well drawn by the likes of Frank Brunner and Gene Colan.

Thanks Steve.

Be sure to check out the Kloob Komics website and stop by Steve's table at #TBCF2016 and say "hello"

The 5 Question Interview #45 with Hand. Drawn. Fyre

We put 5 Questions to Jake, Gabbie and Jaime from Hand. Drawn. Fyre...

Who are you and what do you do?

JH - Hi I am Jake Heddershaw, and I am currently a third year Graphic Design student, I have a heavy interest however in illustration and chiefly concept art, which I plan to move into as a career in my future. 

GS - I'm Gabbie aka handscribbles I'm an illustrator and fledgling comic book artist! I work mainly traditionally with ink and enjoy expressing narrative with characters expression and paneling. 

JS - My full name is Jaime Louise Staite, but online I am known as Fyreflysky.  I draw mostly fantasy and animal orientated stuff, including characters from original series that I like.  My art is mostly watercolour or digital.  I am best at character design and creating interesting situations for my characters to be in.   I also love to do fanart, such as changing mainstream human characters into animals and dragons.

Painted Leif (Jake Heddershaw).jpeg

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

JH -Mostly prints, including some fan art, alongside some type work and my own concept art that I am currently working on.

GS - Short handmade comic books, original prints and some fan art prints too and of course a friendly face to chat with!

JS - You can expect to find bookmarks, prints and cards, and maybe small booklets.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

JH - I love breathing life into characters and locations, bringing something from my mind into the world to share with others, hopefully something they enjoy too.

GS - I guess never being bored, having a lot of stories and ideas for pieces in your head at the same time can get overwhelming but it's a great to take time and watch each one take shape and get wrapped up in the process of creating 

JS - Designing characters, worlds and situations.   I love story oriented art with lots of colour and fresh designs.

What was the first comic you collected?

JH - The first comic I collected was probably the Mouseguard series by David Petersen, the first comic book I bought  was probably NYX, an X-23 graphic novel.

GS - The first comic I collected was Deadly Class volume 1 which was embarrassingly not that long ago! It was quite a turning point for me because I had been more into manga the years before that and didn't know the comic medium was more fitting with the work I wanted to produce. 

JS - The first ever comic I bought was a manga called ‘Blue exorcist’ by Kazue Kato.  The first western series I collected was the ‘Mouse guard’ series by David Peterson.  

If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?:

JH - Definitely Mouseguard, absolutely fantastic art and story, with delightful characters and a wonderful immersion into a world where everything is bigger than you.

GS - WicDiv no doubt about it. Fantastic idea and just such an immersive story! It's my dream to create something that original and game-changing... or just anything that people like half that much!

JS - ‘Mouse guard’ for its intriguing plotline and characters.  It is easy to read and get into, and the mythos surrounding the mouse territories will captivate readers both young and old.   If you like anthropomorphic mice carrying around swords and daggers, wearing cloaks and going on adventures through a dangerous world, then this is a brilliant series for you.

Thanks folks.

Be sure to stop by the Hand. Drawn. Fyre table at #TBCF2016 and say "Hello"

Plan Your Day at #TBCF2016: Table Plan

At the time of posting this, there are just two Saturdays between you and True Believers 2016 and that means it's time to start planning your day. We'll be posting the full panel and workshop details later, but to get things started, here's the map of the table plan for the main festival floor along with the list (in alphabetical order by Exhibitor, Trader or Guest). 

The 5 Question Interview #44 with Snikt and Bamf

We put 5 Questions to Jess from Snikt and Bamf...

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jess and I design and make geeky acrylic jewellery for my company snikt and bamf.

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

People can expect to find a wide range of comic, science fiction,  and gaming inspired laser cut acrylic jewellery and homeware. All designed and made by us.
 

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

My favourite thing about my job is that it allows me to really indulge my nerdy side. I spend my time reading comics and watching films for inspiration. It also means I attended a lot of comic conventions as a trader and through that I've met some amazing people from fellow traders and cosplayers, to organisers,  artists,  and celebrities.  What's not to love? 

What was the first comic you collected?

The very first comic book series I collected was Neil Gaimans sandman series. They're what got me into comics and k still love them.

If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?

A comic I would recommend is one that I'm currently re-reading, The transmetropolitan series.

Thanks Jess.

 

 

Be sure to check out the Snikt & Bamf website and stop by their table at #TBCF2016 and say "Hello".

The 5 Question Interview #43 with The Inheretic

We put 5 Questions to Stuart & Leon, the folks behind The Inheretic...

Who are you and what do you do?

We are Stuart Jackson and Leon Reichel the artists behind The Inheretic a four part 124 page, full colour, graphic novel. It took 5 years to complete in our spare time, initially available on iTunes to fund the eventual print cost. We are now working on our second comic this time a more sensible 32 pager which will hopefully be out in time for True Believers 2017 (yes folks we are true believers in True Believers)

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

We will have for sale the printed graphic novel as well as the digital versions on display on our iPads for anyone to flick through. We also have available 2 poster designs of the most popular pages from The Inheretic as well as stickers and leaflets.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

Drawing! We are both Illustrators in our day jobs and our spare time. When we’re not drawing we spend our time thinking about drawing. We use our comics as a vehicle to illustrate in every style we can.

What was the first comic you collected?

Commando. War comics. Wonderfully crafted illustrations, a real inspiration. From a time when men were men and drawings were drawings!

If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?

Well we’ve already mentioned Commando, so in order for you not to think we are stuck in a rut, how about Modesty Blaise. Written by Peter O’Donnell and illustrated by Jim Holdaway.

Thanks guys.

Be sure to check out The Inheretic Facebook page and stop by their table at #TBCF2016 and say "Hello".

The 5 Question Interview #42 with Werepuppy Creations

We put 5 Questions to Heather and Blake from Werepuppy Creations...

Who are you and what do you do?

Puppy: My name is Heather, I’m a Furry Artist, specialising in digital artwork, as well as fursuit craft, plushies, cross stitch, and anything else craft wise I can come up with!

Kanjou: Hi there. I’m Puppy’s husband, Blake; known more as Tamashii Kanjou. I don’t really do that much...
Puppy: Kanjou!

Kanjou: Okay... I am currently working on breaking out into the tabletop market with ideas for board (and card) games. I also cosplay, and stream games over on Twitch... I’m not that good, though...

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

Puppy: Handmade Plushies, Cross stitch charms/keychains & Yarn Tails.

Kanjou: Pretty much Puppy’s stuff; I’m really just there to help out. No harm in promoting my tabletop stuff; it’s always good to hear people’s opinions on these sort of ideas~ ^^

 

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

Puppy: Coming up with new designs / patterns or brand new ideas that I can make into a craft product.

Kanjou: Playing a wide variety of games to see what works, what doesn’t, and falling for anything that inspires me. Also, bouncing ideas between my wife and my brothers helps greatly~ XD

What was the first comic you collected?

Puppy: I think it was Akira.

Kanjou: For me, Hellsing... I think that was 2008...

Puppy: Wow, I think mine was even earlier than that!

If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?

Puppy: With The Light, it's a slice of life manga about a woman in Japan growing up with an Autistic child, in an era that didn't quite know what it was yet. It's a fascinating and heart-warming read and currently have 6 volumes of it.

Kanjou: Can I say Touhou?

Puppy: What about No Game No Life?

Kanjou: No Game only has one volume so far; plus, it’s originally a novel series, not a manga. Pandora Hearts is certainly the series I have the most volumes of, and I love the story so much!

Puppy: So not Touhou?

Kanjou: Touhou is a game series! But still, Wild and Horned Hermit is such a nice one to read...

Puppy: KANJOU!

 

Be sure to check out Heather’s website, Blake’s Twitter and stop by their table at #TBCF2016 and say "hello".

Celebrate Tabletop Gaming at #TBCF2016

Along with evrything you loved about last years True Believers, this year we'll be adding our Celebrate Tabletop Gaming area up on the balcony area.

The area will be run by Proud Lion, who will be demonstrating a selection of games on the day across 7 tables. Whether you're new to the world of Tabletop Gaming or have been playing for years, there is sure to be something there to inspire you dive into the world and Celebrate Tabletop Gaming!

There will be more information on what games will be being demonstrated on the day soon.

Tony's Toons At True Believers 2016

We're delighted to announce that Gloucester based Caricature Artist Tony Marriott of Tony's Toons will be at True Believers 2016 doing special 'On-The-Spot" caricatures to raise money in aid of Kidney Research UK.

So for a suggested donation of just £10, you can have a fantastic caricature of yourself as your favourite hero or comic book character (or just of you, non-comic related caricatures are available) for your wall and know that all of the money you paid for it is going straight to charity, making you a real life superhero!

As we have him as part of our event, we thought it would be a great time to put 5 Questions to him as well...

Q) How did you become a Caricature Artist?

A) From enjoying drawing celebrities and my family in my spare time and then jumping straight into it by hitting the street markets in Cheltenham after being made redundant from my job.  

Q) What’s your favourite thing about what you do?  

A) The reactions I get when I turn the paper around at a live gig. The smiles and laughter are why the job's so enjoyable.  

Q) What, if any, has been your favourite moment so far from your time doing caricatures?  

A) By getting the chance to meet one of my comedy heroes - Rik Mayall a few years back and presenting him with a 'Bottom' caricature illustration!

Q) At True Believers you’ll be doing caricatures to raise money in aid of Kidney Research. What made you chose that charity?  

A) My father was on kidney dialysis for many years and friends of mine have also had health issues linking to kidney failure. All the money raised by visitors to my area on the day - who have a caricature created - will go towards this great charity.

Q) Who, if you have one, is your favourite comic book character(s)?

A) Got to be Batman for me!

Thank you Tony.

Be sure to check out Tony's Facebook Page and stop by his station at #TBCF2016 and get yourself a caricature for charity.

Con Of The Year 2015

The Comic Conventions UK annual poll to find the UK's Comic Convention of the year is back and this year True Believers Comic Festival 2015 is a contender.

There are a lot of great cons out there throughout the year, so picking your favourite is tough, but if there is a possibility that True Believers was your favourite (or even your least worst experience of the year) it would mean a huge amount for all of the people who have helped to make the event happen (both in the organising and running on the day and all of the folks who have supported it).

None of us are expecting to be at the top, but to not be on the bottom would be great.

At the same time, if there was a comic con that you enjoyed more than True Believers, please take the time to give them a vote instead.

If you have a couple of seconds spare, you can vote here.

Thank you True Believers.

The True Believers Christmas Comic Fair 2015 at Smokey Joe's

On Sunday 29th November, we invaded Smokey Joe's Café in Cheltenham for the first True Believers Mini-Con. The True Believers Christmas Comic Fair 2015 was a free to enter even that saw 8 tables selling a selection of original art, comics, toys, merchandise and even tickets to a Cheltenham Comic Festival.

We'd like to thank everyone who came down on the day and supported the event. Thank you to everyone who came down in cosplay and posed for photos. Thank you to Michelle, Nick, Ben, Rae, Sarah, Rob, Jamie, Chevi, Stephanie and all the folks who helped them run their tables for being a part of the event. Thank you to Andy, Becky and Jack for helping run the day. And thank you to Vickie and all the folks at Smokey Joe's for letting the Nerds invade for the day and try something new.

If all goes to plan, we'll return to Smokey Joe's in 2016 with another Comic Fair event and also a regular monthly evening event (more details on that when we have them). In the mean time, why not join us at The Racecourse on Saturday 6th February 2016 for #TBCF2016 and find out what it's all about.

Below are a couple of photo galleries from the day. You can also find a gallery of photos taken by The Gloucestershire Echo at the link here.

The 5 Question Interview #41 with Kariss Jones

We put 5 Questions to Kariss Jones...

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a comic artist and writer, as well as a part time fan artist.

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

My table will be filled with promotional prints from both my hobby and fan art parodies such at "Metal Gear Ferret" and also an exclusive teaser booklet of the first 10 pages to my new graphic novel. I will also be taking sketch commissions for borderline anything you ask of me.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

The favourite thing? A hard one to choose. I think that has to be the fact that I discretely take the mick out of pop culture and tropes on my writing of my graphic novel.

What was the first comic you collected?

My first comic that I collected was I believe Sin City, I love how the drawings and the subject matter compliment each other, and it is fantastically written.

If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?

I think it has to be Outcast by Robert Kirkman. Mainly because I feel people know so much about the classic favourites - and this newbee has had me hooked since page one.

Thank you Kariss.

Be sure to check out Kariss' website and stop by her table at #TBCF2016 and say "Hello"

The 5 Question Interview with I Am Zoot

We put 5 questions to the artist sometimes known as I Am Zoot, the real unsung hero behind the scenes at True Believers. Also known as Andy Hanks, he's the one who puts together the branding for True Believers and creates all of the posters and artwork you see as part of the event.

1) What is I Am Zoot?

In short, I Am Zoot is the name I have given myself as an artist.

A longer answer would be that Zoot is a little robot character I started drawing when I was 17, originally as a baddy for another character I used to draw a lot. I ended up liking him more than the 'hero' character.

I often draw and paint digitally using my 7 year old Wacom tablet. I think I have quite a varied portfolio but I love drawing faces, mainly because I think they are one of the hardest things to get right and a hell of a challenge. robots are still my favourite thing to doodle though. My goal is to illustrate a Children's book.

2) What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

I think I love setting the scene, having complete control over the drawing and developing it up to something I'm happy with. When I'm really into a drawing then that's all I can think about, I can get totally absorbed in it.

3) Which artists inspire you?

A big question, but I follow a lot of digital artists in the hope of picking up some of their tips and tricks. Matt Dixon is in my opinion the absolute master, and like me he has an obsession with robots. As a comic book fan I love Greg Capello and Skottie Young, and at the 2015 True Believers Comic Festival I got to meet and have a long chat with Dylan Teague. His work has always blown me away and he's also the nicest, most humblest guy too.

4) What was the first comic you collected?

Well the first comic I ever read was the Judge Dredd annual 1987 (I remember an awesome story about a plague of spiders) but the first book I actually collected was Spawn, from 1995 to 2001 roughly.

5) If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc), which would it be?

Hmm, I could be all cool and interesting and say something off field like Jeff Smith's Bone, or Lethargic Lad, but I can't remember a comic I enjoyed more than Ultimate Spider-Man. To me they got that character just right with the correct mix of action and humour. Brilliant comic.

Thanks Andy.

You can check out some of his non-True Believers work on his I Am Zoot Facebook page and while you're there, why not give it a like too.

About Bess - An Interview With Rachael Smith

Following on from the success of her debut graphic novel House Party in 2014 and this years The Rabbit, Rachael Smith is back with Bess, her new webcomic. We asked her some questions about Bess...

What is Bess?

Good starter question! Bess is a webcomic written and drawn by Rachael Smith (me!) which will update every Tuesday and Thursday here

Who is Bess?

This is a tricky one. I think the less spoilery answer is that she's a woman who Lyndsey meets. Once these two meet they start to change one another's lives. I think it's better if you get to know Bess through the comic rather than me telling you about her.

And what is Bess about?

It will largely follow two main female characters: Bess and Lyndsey. It's generally about feminism and ideals of beauty. It will heavily involve Japanese yokai and mythology too. Oh, and it's mainly set in a supermarket in Hull. It's a wild ride.

Can you tell us how the yokai element will play in the story or is it something we need to see unfold with the story?

Well, in the old yokai stories, yokai evolve right alongside humans - they change over time as the stories are retold. They inspire us to keep asking questions. I guess it's that nature that made me want to bring them into a modern environment. What would they question in this new world?  

Also, one common characteristic of yokai is their inbetween-ness. They are creatures who come out at dusk - half way between day and night. They live in places on the borders of towns, or in the mountains between villages, or bridges or tunnels. It's this idea of not fitting in that will endear Lyndsey to them - she is someone who feels like she doesn't fit in with anything, but in different ways.

As this is a twice weekly webcomic, do you have the story all planned out in advance with a definitive end or will it be an ongoing story that will grow organically as it's told? 

It's planned out to a certain point, but I haven't written an ending yet. One of the reasons I decided to do this story as a webcomic was because I didn't want to be bound by a page count right from the start. I wanted to be able to spend time with the characters and see them grow without worrying about print costs too much! I wanted to make a story that could just veer off to see what someone is doing and tell stories within stories. Organically is a good word for it actually!

Thank you Rachael.

The first 4 pages of Bess are online now, with a new page posted every Tuesday and Thursday.

You can find out more about Rachael at her website and see her at a conventions around the UK, including #TBCF2016