Among the huge selection of small press titles that will be available on the convention floor at #TBCF2018, we are thrilled to have the following titles launching/making their convention debut* at the event...
We will be updating this page in the run up to the event, so keep checking back here (or follow us on social media) to see what new titles have been added.
by KEV BRETT
"It’s easy making comics." "Comic creators are so fun and easy going." Think again. Here’s what really goes on in the life of a comic creator.
From the “genius” mind that brought you “The Making of a Comic Con” and “WORK”, comes a new comic about the trials and tribulations of being a comic book creator.*
* He realises that it’s a bit of a cop out to make comics about making comics...but it was a slow day at the office!
Available for the first time at True Believers 2018 and from www.piddleypix.com thereafter.
AWESOME COMICS ANTHOLOGY #1
It started with a podcast. Now it's an anthology.
Three stories of murderous ghosts, vigilante cops and street fighting femme fatales, all told over four issues. Horror, humour and hectic action somehow packed into 36 pages, Awesome Comics issue 1 is something not to be missed!
Devised and created by the people behind The Awesome Comics Podcast - Vince Hunt (The Red Mask From Mars), Dan Butcher (Vanguard) and Tony Esmond (Down the Tubes), with help from Nick Prolix (The Sheep and the Wolves) and Daniel Marc Chant (Sinister Horror Company).
*SUGGESTED FOR MATURE READERS*
by TODD OLIVER
Boxes 4 consists of several short stories focusing on dark humoured, surreal comedy. This issue introduces a new character, Angry Eric, who pretty much hates everything who has a habit of dying. There's also the return of a few soon-to-be classic characters, including Worm Man and Dr O.Doctor.
CAPTAIN YEAH! & THE MULTIVERSE
by ANDREW PAWLEY
Andrew Pawley, creator of the weird and wonderful, far out science fiction comics GalaXafreaks will be launching issue #1 of his new title ‘Captain Yeah!’ comics at TBCF. The comic is currently live on Kickstarter and Andrew has added an extra pledge level especially for True Believers! The True Believers Pick Up pledge enables backers to pledge without paying shipping and then pick their comic up from his table at the Con (D5)! The comic is finished and already at the printers, so will be ready for the convention. Backers will also get a complimentary sticker set and a 10% discount on all comics and trade papers on Andrew’s table at TBCF! Cosmic!
visit the Kickstarter and get a ten page preview.
by GRAYHAM PUTTOCK
Queequeg's Circus is in town for the Bank Holiday weekend but not everyone in the rural English town of Gwynn Gallows is happy to welcome the struggling travelling show, as prejudice, long-buried secrets and the emergence of a very-ancient evil compete to tear the circus apart. Circuside is a 44-page, large-format comicbook filled with horror and drama, coal-black humour and gorgeous, highly-detailed black and white artwork .
HEX LOADER #3
by DAN WHITEHEAD & CONOR BOYLE
Issue 3 of weird retro-gaming horror comic Hex Loader will be making its debut at True Believers Comic Festival this year. Written by Dan Whitehead, with art by Conor Boyle (Hookjaw), the series is set in the late 80s and follows directionless games programmer David as he is initiated into a surreal world of underground artists, techno-magic, and gun-toting wombats after unpacking cursed computer code. In Issue 3, David ventures far beyond his comfort zone and finds himself in London, living with a commune of aspiring magic practitioners, where he discovers that the war for the future of art and magic is only just beginning.
"The logical and necessary collision between Hellblazer and Jet Set Willy" - Kieron Gillen, The Wicked + The Divine
MANDY THE MONSTER HUNTER: THE LEGEND OF THE SPINDLY MAN #1 (of 4)
by MATT WARNER, MARK ADAMS, LYNDON WHITE & NIKKI FOXROBOT
Hellbound Media will be launching their most ambitious project yet – their first full colour mini-series.
Launching at True Believers, issue one (of four) of The Legend of the Spindly Man is a terrifying tale of fear and adventure. The comic is written by Hellbound Media co-founders Matt Warner and Mark Adams, with art by rising star Lyndon White (Hexes, Dracula, Sparks) and lettering by the legendary Nikki Foxrobot (Salvage).
A kickstarter campaign is currently running to fund the printing of issue one, giving a great opportunity for comic fans attending True Believers. Anyone backing the original art reward can choose their page at the con, have it signed by Lyndon (and the writers if they wish), and Hellbound Media might even throw in some extra bits and bobs.
Find out more on the KickStarter page.
Mandy hunts monsters. Her name is whispered on the playground, a legend among the children of the world. Whatever creature troubles you, when the adults won't listen, it is Mandy that can help you out. All you need to do is draw a picture of the beast, and it will reach her.
THE SPINDLY MAN
Children are vanishing. The police have no leads. A small town holds its breath in anticipation of the next disappearance. The children know what hunts them. An entity dismissed by adults, but that feeds on the fear and trauma of those around it. The Spindly Man has come, a modern legend given life, the terrified children as its prey.
Mandy is the thing that the things in the dark are afraid of... until now.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT MANDY
“A great concept and another great new female hero for the modern world, adding to an ever-growing cast of strong females that include Star Wars’ Rey and Disney’s Anna and Elsa. A hero that my daughter can root for.” - Pipedream Comics
“Read it late at night with the lights turned down. This is similar territory to 'The Babadook', only with a heroine as magical as it's villains.” - John A Short, Kult Creations
PROLIX SKETCHBOOK 1 / IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY
by NICK PROLIX
Nick's first original art sketchbook with examples of his black and white artwork from character sketches, commission pieces, comic pages all featuring his characterful European-inspired style.
Also he'll be launching his first comic-art zine, "It Always Rains On Sundays" a curated collection of rainy day artwork collected from a range of classic comics
THE SHOW #1 (of 4) - LIFE IN THE MACHINE
by JED McPHERSON, JOSEPH VELASQUEZ & F.P. SIOC JNR.
What happens when TV becomes your reality? For most folk it'd be a dream but Johnny Teevee it's a goddamn nightmare.
He's completely isolated from human contact and subjected to all kinds of cruel and unusual treatment - all for your entertainment. But what happens when he's pushed too far?
The Show is a F@%$ed up tale of reality TV and the lunatics that create it. It's the Truman Show on a shoe string budget with Hunter S. Thompson as the show runner.
It's, well, it's the greatest show on earth...
20 page - Full colour - Comic
“A SKETCHBOOK OF ROBOTS AND OTHER STUFF (BUT MAINLY ROBOTS)"
Andy Hanks loves drawing. He also loves robots…
For the last 3 years, Andy - also known as ‘Zoot’ has kept regular sketchbooks which he has tried to add to every day. The sketchbooks quickly turned from a chore and a practice exercise to a daily ritual and mild obsession.
The majority of the sketch book scribbles tended to be from his imagination, and the most of those turned out to robot based. After constant nagging from family and friends, he decided to put together a bound collection of pages from those sketchbooks which will be launching at True Believers 2018 at the 'I Am Zoot' table.
Go check it out!
SOMETIMES, I JUST WANT TO KILL YOU ALL - PUBLIC TRANSPORT
by SAM WEBSTER
"Every day, I get the bus into work and, every day, I lose a little more faith in humanity. Funnily enough, that's not a coincidence! Join me on a ranty, sweary, venty, cathartic journey through all of the reasons something as simple as getting to work, school, college, the shops, maybe even a Comic Con, can be absolutely infuriating!"
TAILS OF MYSTERY
by ASA WHEATLEY & KAT WILLOTT
A dark mystery about an old school private detective that, through a combined effort of bad luck and bad choices, gets stuck in the body of a black cat. But there is more at work and lurking in the shadows, a darker presence awaits. As a bonus to the normal Tails of Mystery story there is also a dungeons and dragons inspired short adventure, World Weary with Atlas & Roy.
TALES FROM BEYOND INFINITY
TBCF2018 will see the launch of the first True Believers Charity Comic; Tales From Beyond Infinity. The comic is available exclusively at True Believers 2018 and will be sold in aid of the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, with all money raised going to the charity.
This Anthology comic features short comic stories from the following creators and their comics;
VINCE HUNT with SHAUN DOBIE (The Red Mask From Mars), SAM WEBSTER (Unfamiliar Skies ), JON LAIGHT with DAN HARRIS (Brethren Born), ROB JONES, MIKE SAMBROOK & RORY DONALD (Griff Gristle), MO ALI & ANDY BLOOR (Midnight Man), SUSIE GANDER (Perrywinkle), MICHAEL GARLEY, MICHAEL LEE-GRAHAM & MICHAEL STOCK (Samurai Slasher), STUART JACKSON & LEON REICHEL (The Inheretic) and CRAIG TURL (The Wages Of Sindy).
2084: THE NEW ORDER
by AFTERLIGHT COMICS
A dystopian thriller full colour graphic novel series inspired by George Orwell's 1984. On may 5th 2064 London fell victim to one of the largest terrorist attacks ever committed. Britain’s borders have been closed for over 20 years in an attempt to reduce terrorism. Resources are running low due to lack of imports. In an already overpopulated country actions by an authoritarian led state must be taken against the poorest.
* Titles may have been previously available online, but will be making their physical event debut at True Believers 2018