So after locking myself in the nerd cave, I'm thrilled to reenter the civilized world again, clutching the floor plan for #TBCF2017, which I can share with you here and tell you who will be where on the day (so you can start planning your walk of the floor).
We're thrilled to say that not only does 2017 have one of the largest number of tables we've had on offer, it also has one of our best selections of Guests, Small Press, Artists, Exhibitors and Traders (all with a huge selection of back issue comics and merch & collectibles!
So please take the time to check out the list below and start your planning now!
A1W Collective = B4 Anastasia Catris - Artist & Writer = J5 Andrew Wildman = H22
Andy Bloor = F2 Art Of Tom Malin = B8 Ash Pure = K12 Attic Studios = H12-13
Bears & Balloons = Z15 Ben Oliver = H17 Beyond The Bunker = Z9
Big Punch Studios = C1-2 Biglin Graphics = D1-2 Blackveil Entertaiment = Z22
Blue Fayt = Z14
Cam Smith = H5 Casey Millin Illustration & Bored Bear = M5 Cats Protection = M11
CCTVYLLE = A10 Chris Imber = J6 Chris Sides/Chris Travell = K4 CJBArt = A1-2
Collectors Assemble = Z5-6 Comic Connections = B9-10 Comic Guy = B1-3
Curious Creations = Z1-2 CuriousHerring & Hunter = M10
David Broughton Comics = A13 Dead Canary Comics = E6 Death By Heroism = J3
Des Taylor = H16 Dylan Teague = H14
Eggabeg = F11 Enthusiast = F8 E-Shop-Toys = G5 Etherington Brothers = H8
Eva Lynch Illustration = F3 Evil Kat Studios = J12 Explosive Barrel = M7
Failboat Press = C7-8 Fandom Strangers Comics = N8 Faye Simms = F4
Flutterby = Z3 Flying Bear Productions = M9 Flying Viper Illustration = A12
Frisson Comics = J9 Funky Spaceport = B6
G. Owen Illustration = F9 GalaXafreaks = F5 Geekycool = E1-2 Genki Gear = G6-7
G-Man Comics = N2 Goldflower Illustrations = C5 Good Comics = L4
Grayham Puttock = K11 Great Escape = L5 GRS Collectables = B5
Hellbound Media = H1-2 Heroes For Hire = F1 Horns Of Odin = F14
I Am Zoot = The Zoot Spot I Want To Believe = B7 Ian Blakeman Illustration = M6
Inheretic = C3
Jack Devereaux = E3 Jack Lawrence = H21 Janine Van Moosel = G1-2
Japan All Stars = L7-8 Jazzuar and Tocsidiser = N5 Jess Bradley = H19
Jessica Martin = H15 John Higgins = H6 John-Paul Bove = H20
Jon Turner Illustration = K1-2 Joseph Oliveira = D11 JP Covers = F10
Keith Chan = D4 Kev Brett Cartoons = K6 Kev Crossley = M4 Kinga Korska = E5
Kloob Comics = C11
Lady Gabe = N1 Level 8 Comics = K3 Little Crow Customs = M8
Little Shoppe Of Holdalls = F7 Lovecomicsuk = C10 Lynne Morgan Ltd = K10
Mad Robot Comics = Z8 Mango Dragons = N7 Manhua Cha = Z16
Marvelous Man = N12 Matilda Dawes = Z13 Metaphoric Media = E4
Mike Collins = H4 Mission Collectables = Z10-12 Moving Ink Studios = D12
Moving Pictures = Z20
Neal Clutterbuck = N4 Nick Gribbon = Z18-19 Nick Prolix Comics = H7
Ninth Circle = J4
Orang Utan Comics = E12
P M Buchan & Martin Simmonds = D6 Paul Grist = H11 PetiteCreme = D10
PhaseChan = N3 Philip Davis Art = E11 Pipedream Comics = H18 PJJArtworks = Z7
Pockett Comics = C4 Proud Lion Comics = A4-5
Rachael Smith = H9 Rebecca Mansfield and Vanessa Hill = D5
Retro Grade Future = E10 Richard Rudge = C9 RNG Comics = N6
Rocks Comics = N10
Saa Iko = A7-9 Sally Jane Thompson = H3 Samsun Lobe = J10-11
Sarah Graley = M1 Sara's Attic = J7-8 Scentopia = Z4
Science Fiction Collectables = D9 Sibéal Madden and Abi Delaney = N9
Smither & Jones/Knitted By Nails = M12 Spa Town Comics = D3
Square Orange Games = L1-2 Stained Ribs = A6 Steve Sims = L9 Stu Perrins = K9
Suicidaltoys = L10 Sweet Dee's Bakery = E9
Tanra Studios = A3 techibears.com = Z17 Teeth = L11
Things From Dimension X = G8-9 Toby Lee Illustration = F6 Toggery = M13-14
Tom Graham Illustration = L6 TrainStop Jewellery = M3
Trolltooth Wars/Gavin Mitchell = C6 True Heart & Soul Design Studios = E7-8
TTT Gifts = F12 Twisted Art = L3
Untold Production = F13
Venus's Vault = G3-4 Victorian Geek = A14-15 Vince Hunt = H10
Violet Dragon = N11 Viva Hate = K7-8
Werepuppy Creations = A11 Wiggly Pet Press = C12 Wobbly Rock = L12
Wolfskulljack = D7-8 WP Comics Ltd. = J1-2 Wrench Productions = M2
YWJ Entertainment = K5
As True Believers Comic Festival rapidly approaches, it's time to start thinking about your commissions! Booking your commissions in advance helps to save you time on the day and also ensure that your art will be there for you on the day. Some guests also prefer to take commissions in advance rather than doing them on the spot, so it never hurts to find out in advance.
When a guest opens their commission list, we'll let you know here, starting with;
Artist and inker Cam Smith has opened up his sketch list for True Believers 2017. If you'd like a sketch from Cam, he prefers to do a more finished piece than an on the spot sketch, so prefers to do them in advance of the event and in ink, so contacting him in advance is the best way to ensure you get your sketch.
You can contact Cam by sending him a private message via his Facebook page with your sketch requests.
Some examples of Cam's sketch commissions can be found below;
So True Believers Comic Festival 2017 draws ever closer and, we're not going to lie, we're getting excited for it. Even though most of the day goes by for us in a blur, it's one of the highlights of our year. Even better though is the moments after the event, when we get to see your photos, comments and experiences of the day through social media posts, emails and photos. But while we love to see your photos of the day, we realised that there is a whole journey that leads up to the event as well that we never really get to see.
A lot of work goes into making True Believers happen and a lot of works goes into preparing your tables, cosplay and visit to the event, so this year we're launching the True Believer Selfie and we want you to be involved. We'd like you to share your journey to True Believers 2017 by posting your selfies on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and using the hashtag #TBCFSelfie.
We'll get as many as we can and put them into a gallery on our website and (if all goes to plan) display them on a screen at True Believers 2017 too!
And don't forget, if you haven't bought your #TBCF2017 tickets yet, you can get them now from the website.
Okay, so we know what you're thinking; "didn't you guys make your final guest announcement already?" Well, yes we did, but then we had the chance to get the fantastic Etherington Brothers and their fantastic collection of all ages comic work at the event and when that happens, it's time to make a final, final guest announcement!
The Etherington Brothers have been making all-ages comic adventures for over a decade, and are the creators of Long Gone Don, Monkey Nuts, Freaky and Fearless, Baggage and Von Doogan. They have created comics, stories and art for Star Wars, Transformers, The Phoenix, How to Train Your Dragon, The Dandy, Kung Fu Panda, Wallace & Gromit, Madagascar and James Bond. Their client list includes Disney, Dreamworks, Aardman, the BBC, and many of the world's largest book publishers.
The brothers have toured the world performing sold out shows on creativity and storytelling. Using their unique blend of humour, improvisation and enthusiasm, they have empowered hundreds of thousands of children to take their first creative steps into the greatest storytelling medium on earth - COMICS!
At the True Believers Comic Festival the Etherington Brothers will be bringing their full back catalogue of books, and the show will be the convention debut of their new Long Gone Don adventure - The Terror-Cotta Army!
You can find more of the Etherington Brothers online at their website, Facebook and on Twitter @EtheringtonBros
As we reach our final guest announcement for True Believers 2017, we're delighted to welcome the fantastic Cam Smith as our guest for True Believers 2017!
Cam's career in comics began at Marvel UK in the early 90’s where he worked mostly as an inker (but also providing full art sometimes too) collaborating there with likes of Doug Braithwaite, Carlos Pacheco, Bryan Hitch and Liam Sharp, before eventually teaming up with Gary Frank (on Motormouth).
He then moved to Marvel US, working on The Incredible Hulk with Frank before teaming up again with Pacheco for the Bishop and Starjammers projects for Marvel’s X-Men. After a run on Uncanny X-Men (inking Andy Kubert) he moved over to DC in the late 90's, where he worked on Supergirl (again with Gary Frank) and then did a three year run on Superman inking Ed McGuinness before returning to Marvel for various projects (including Fantastic Four and The Amazing Spider-Man).
Make sure you stop by Cam's table at True Believers 2017 and say "Hello!"
And don't forget to buy your True Believers tickets now from our website and be a part of something awesome.
We are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Sally Jane Thompson as our guest at True Believers 2017!
Sally is the author of coming-of-age graphic novel Atomic Sheep, from AAM Markosia, as well as numerous short comics for web and print. Her freelance work covers books, magazines, educational materials, heritage projects and staff training materials and she strongly believes in the effectiveness of comics in a huge range of contexts!
Her work tends towards gentle, contemplative stories grounded in real life, often with a magic realist twist.
As well as Atomic Sheep, Sally's work has featured in Liberator Vol 1 (Black Mask Studios), Womanthology: Space (IDW), Thought Bubble Vol 1 (Image Comics), Kerrang! magazine, Digital Artist, Apps and Advanced Photoshop magazines (Imagine Publishing), 1000 Ideas by 100 Manga Artists (Rockport Publishers Inc). Her most recent work is one of the series in Oni/Rosy Press' Eisner Nominated Fresh Romance, as well as Great Artists for Oxford University Press' new non-fiction kids comics line (edited by Dave Gibbons).
If you can't wait until February to see Sally, you can find more of her online at her website, Facebook and Twitter @SallyThompson
And don't forget to buy your tickets to True Believers 2017 from our website now!
We are thrilled to welcome the fantastic Des Taylor to the True Believers family and as our guest at True Believers Comic Festival 2017!
Des is known for his pop art animation style and retro pin up girl art that has led to him providing distinct variant covers for titles such as Titan's Doctor Who and some of DC's variant covers for Bombshell's Month, including Superman/Batman, Suicide Squad & Catwoman!
Des has also created his own comics, including The Vesha Valentine Story, The Trouble With Katie Rogers and Scarlett Couture. Des is also one third of the team that make up Sky One's DC Fancast, on which he is the resident comic book expert, regularly giving back information on the source comics that inspire the shows and taking part in drawing challenges during an episode as well. If you can't wait until February to see Des in person, you can find more of him online at DeviantArt and on Twitter @DESPOPART!
And don't forget, you can buy your tickets to True Believers 2017 on our website.
We're delighted to welcome the fantastic Andrew Wildman as our guest at True Believers Comic Festival 2017!
If you grew up reading Marvel UK's comics in the 1980's then there's a very good chance Andrew has worked on one of the ones you read, most notably cartoon series tie-in comics such as The Real Ghostbusters, Thundercats and Transformers. Andrew has gone on to work on Transformers for various publishers.
Away from Transformers, Andrew worked for Marvel US on X-Men Adventures (which adapted stories from the 90's animated series), G.I. Joe, Spider-Man, Black Cat, Spider-Man 2099 and Venom.
You can find more of Andrew online at the links below;
Website / Facebook / Twitter @apwildman
With the launch of True Believers regular Collette J. Ellis' first KickStarter on Friday, we tracked her down and asked some questions about the campaign...
First off, congratulations on hitting your funding goal in the first two days, that must feel pretty good?
I’m still shocked and wasn’t expecting to fund the project the day it was launched! It’s really exciting that this project is already a reality!
What is An Illustrated Guide to Welsh Monsters and Mythical Beasts?
The book is a 50 page illustrated guide to the creatures and mythical beasts believed to inhabit the lands of Wales. It contains creature profiles and legends each with an accompanying illustration.
There’s also a limited edition deluxe version of the book, which will only be available during the Kickstarter.
What inspired you to create the book?
I’ve always had a passion for mythology and monsters. Wales is my home country and holds a special place in my heart; I grew up surrounded by dramatic landscapes, legends of King Arthur, dragons and folk tales.
After myself and my partner visited Iceland we noticed just how enthusiastic the people were about their mythology, Wales has such a rich array of mythical creatures and I felt there was a need to bring them back to the fore-front of our culture and introduce them to everyone!
Of all of the creatures featured in the book, do you have a favourite and which was the most fun to draw?
‘The Red Dragon’ has to be one of my favourite illustrations in the book; the concept was suggested by a friend I work with. She explained how the Welsh dragon should be a part of the landscape, I fell in love with the concept and started researching camouflaging lizards and gathered reference photos from my rambling trips into Snowdonia.
This is your first KickStarter, what made you choose to go down the crowd funding route?
I'm new to the world of publishing and this will be my first ever illustrated book. After witnessing many successful campaigns on KickStarter, I felt it was the best place to raise publicity for my project. It also grants backers the opportunity to grab originals and commission slots which are normally fully booked.
Now that you've hit your funding, will you be looking into stretch goal rewards and what, if any can people look forward to seeing on the project?
The first stretch goal is £5,000, which will add an additional desktop wallpaper to everyone who has pledged over £10. There are a couple more goals which will include bookmarks and additional mini prints.
You can find out more and pre-order Welsh Monsters and Mythical Beasts on the KickStarter Campaign Page and you can find more about Collette on her Website.
As if gearing up for their next con at the end of October wasn't enough, the brains behind Nottingham Comic Con have launched a KickStarter for the first volume of their Comic Anthology; Forest Tales! To celebrate, we asked them the What, How and Which of how the comic came together.
What is Forest Tales?
Forest Tales is the first in what we hope to be an ongoing, year on year comic anthology that brings together a whole bunch of awesome comic creators. It features 17 unique comic stories and strips (at the minute - we're trying to finalise a couple more stories). Once printed, the book will be available at Nottingham Comic Con to buy, with 100% of the profits going to our chosen charities (The Royal British Legion, The Ear Foundation and The Marfan Trust).
How did it all come together?
We love comics! We love putting comics together and we thought that this year we could try to put one together under the official NCC banner and make some money for charity. We asked a load of amazing creators that will either be at, or have been at Nottingham Comic Con before (as well as a couple of extras). Thankfully there are a LOT of generous and amazing creators out there!
Who are those generous and amazing creators?
There's a whole bunch of creators that we've managed to collar, Marc Laming, Roger Langridge, Steve Beckett, Nich Angel, Dean Beattie, Andy Bloor, Kel Brett, Umar Ditta, Tony Esmond, Katie Fleming, Matt Garvey, Ben Haith, Danny Hayles, Vince Hunt, Matt Loffhagen, Eric Merced, Gavin Mitchell, Emily Owen, Sally Jane Thompson, PLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE!!
Nottingham Comic Con is fast approaching, what can people look forward to at this years event?
It's getting ever closer...gulp! This year we'll have seminars, workshops, live music, a charity raffle, a short animated film programme, plus a whole bunch of guests and exhibitors who'll be well worth visiting, chatting with and buying comics from!!
If you could pick one line from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?
“We’re going in, we’re going in full throttle."
You can get your limited edition print copy of Forest Tales on the KickStarter Campaign Page and you can find more info on Nottingham Comic Con on their website and Facebook page and you can follow them on Twitter @NottinghamComic
We're thrilled to again be able to offer another exclusive and limited edition True Believer Lanyard for True Believers Comic Festival 2017.
We're doubly thrilled that our 2017 lanyard will again feature an exclusive image by #TBCF2017 guest Jack Lawrence, who follows up last years fantastic Harley Lanyard with Deadpool, who shocked nobody and won the vote on this years Lanyard Facebook poll.
The lanyard is our way of saying thank you to everyone who buys their tickets early and supports the event and we're thrilled that Jack was able to be our artist again. The final lanyard design will be released closer to the event, but Deadpool will be taking pride of place at the centre of the piece (the big TBCF2017 across the middle will be removed for the final design).
But how do I get mine, I hear you ask? Well, the lanyard is available for free (for a limited time) on all tickets bought from our website. The lanyard is strictly limited edition and is only available on advance tickets purchased directly from this site. The lanyard will then be handed out at reception on the day on all eligible tickets bought.