Start planning your trip to The True Believers Summer Variant Edition with this handy (ish) sneak peak at the venue layout for Blackfriars Priory (with added pictures)!
As well as everything else that is going on - including panels and workshops - we'll have 34 tables (which will be occupied by these awesome people) split over two halls and will be revealing who is at what table (very) soon.
If you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our Ticket Page now to get yours.
We're delighted to announce that the fantastic Sam Webster has joined our TBCF2018 Charity Comic (working title) and will be providing a story featuring his character Claris from his comic series Unfamiliar Skies.
As well as Unfamiliar Skies, Sam is also the creative brains behind the comic series Joe Cape, Arcadia and also the host of his comic themed YouTube series Monday Musings and Fan Art Friday.
You can find the original announcement of the charity comic and who else is involved HERE and we'll be announcing more details on the project - including the title - as we have them.
You can also find more of Sam online at his website and in person at True Believers 2018.
We are delighted to announce that the first panel at the True Believers Summer Variant Event will be another in our Discover Something New series and will this time feature the team behind the award winning comic King Legacy.
Join Jay, Dave & Liam for their first panel, as they talk about creating King Legacy, their journey to get issue 1 made, what we can look forward to next and maybe even answer some of your questions too.
To celebrate the release of Spider-Man Homecoming and the forthcoming True Believers Summer Variant Event, we're holding a special competition, with the above prizes up for grabs.
To be in with a chance of winning our Spidey Prize Bundle - which includes a Spider-Man (Homemade Costume) & Vulture Funko Pop! and a DVD of the Original Spider-Man Cartoon (the 60's one) Season 1 & 2 - all you have to do is buy your tickets to the TBCF Summer Variant Event before midnight on Saturday 8th July 2017 (so if you've already bought your tickets you've already entered).
Your name will be entered into the draw for each ticket that you buy and the draw will be made (and the winner announced) on Sunday 9th July 2017. So if you're planning on coming to the summer event and haven't bought your tickets yet, why not head to our Ticket Page and buy yours now. Tickets are just £5 each (with under 13's getting in for free) and at least £1 from every ticket sold will go to the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, so not only are you buying a ticket to an awesome event and getting the chance to win some Spidey stuff, but you're also doing your bit to help an awesome cause as well!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- To be in with a chance of winning, tickets must be purchased by midnight on Saturday 8th July 2017.
- This competition is open to UK residents only.
- Your name will be entered into the prize draw for each ticket you buy.
- The winning name will be drawn on Sunday 9th July 2017 and the winner will be contacted via email on the same day.
- The prizes will posted to the winner.
We're delighted to welcome the fantastic Kev Hopgood as our guest at True Believers Comic Festival 2018.
Kev's comic book career began in the 1980's working on Tharg's Future Shock, Judge 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.
And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our Ticket Page now to get yours
The Nerds Who Haunted Themselves is taking a step into the world of publishing comics with the launch of the - as yet untitled - True Believers Comic Festival Charity Showcase, a comic that will showcase exclusive short comics from some of the top names from the UK small press scene.
The comic will feature comics by Vince Hunt (The Red Mask From Mars), Andy Bloor (Midnight Man), Mike Garley (Samurai Slasher), Susie Gander (Perry Winkle), Jon Laight (Brethren Born), Robin Jones (Griff Gristle), Leon Reichel & Stuart Jackson (The Inheretic) and Craig Turl (Wages Of Sindy), all set in the world of or featuring characters they have created, making it the perfect jumping on point to discover their work and the worlds they've created.
The comic will have a limited print run and will be available to buy at True Believers Comic Festival 2018 or to pre-order (via our website) before the event. The comic will be sold in memory of John Lawson (Stuart's brother in law) in aid of The Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, with all money from the sale of each copy going to the charity.
More details on the comics featured in the showcase will be announced over the coming months, but to whet your appetite here is some info and a sneak peek at a page from Mike Garley's exclusive Samurai Slasher story;
The Samurai Slasher VS the Curiosity Charity Auction
Mike Garley’s Samurai Slasher gets caught up in the middle of a curiosity charity auction. With Michael Lee-Graham on art duties, this tale promises to be a bizarre and bloody extravaganza, and all for a great cause!
Stories that are produced exclusively for this showcase may appear in other volumes or collected editions at a later date.
Here at True Believers, we love to see people create art, characters and stories and support anything that encourages people to do so, so we're really excited about the latest competition from The Phoenix Comic, who are inviting children to create a new comic hero or heroine, with the chance to win some awesome prizes.
The winner will see their character feature in a special 16 page comic story that will be drawn Neill Cameron (Mega Robo Bros, How To Make Awesome Comics) and will run for 4 weeks starting with issue 300. As if that wasn't enough, the winner will also receive a special bound edition of the story, a full set of The Phoenix Presents books and a annual subscription to The Phoenix for them or their school.
To be in with a chance of winning, just follow the following 3 steps to create your character;
1) Get drawing and create a new comic character! This could be your alter ego, an awesome new hero/heroine or maybe even you!
2) Show what makes that character awesome - Like a secret power or ability.
3) All great comic characters have an arch enemy, so draw them too!
The competition is open to all children aged 18 and under and the deadline for entries is at 11:59pm on Wednesday 31st May 2017.
Entries can be sent by post or email to the addresses below;
By email: email@example.com
By post: Phoenix Superstar, The Phoenix comic, 29 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2NP
You can find more information and Terms & Conditions on The Competition Page and you can check out The Phoenix on their website.
We're delighted to welcome the fantastic Rachael Smith back to Cheltenham Racecourse for True Believers 2018.
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.
And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our Ticket Page now to get yours
We're delighted to welcome the high energy duo The Etherington Brothers back to Cheltenham Racecourse for True Believers Comic Festival 2018.
Robin & Lorenzo are the writer/artist siblings behind Long Gone Don, Baggage, Von 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.
And don't forget you can buy your tickets for the event from our ticket page now.
We're delighted to welcome the fantastic Phil Winslade to the True Believer Family and as our guest at #TBCF2018.
Over his career in comics, Phil has worked for 2000AD, DC Comics, Vertigo and Marvel, working on titles including Goddess (with Garth Ennis), Daredevil/Spider-Man, Judge Dredd, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Howard 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.
If you would like to meet Phil at True Believers, head to our Ticket Page to buy your tickets now.
We're delighted to announce that the fantastic Mike Collins will be joining us for a fourth year as our guest at True Believers 2018.
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 2000AD, DC 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 Who, Sherlock (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.
And if you haven't bought your tickets to #TBCF2018 yet, head to our Ticket Page now.
After the success of this years appearance at True Believers, we're delighted to welcome The Awesome Comics Podcast team 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 Mars, Vanguard and Down The Tubes.
Don't miss out on the Awesome Pod at TBCF, buy your tickets now from our ticket page.
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 Academy, Manga Shakespeare, Avalon Chronicles and Marvel's Young Avengers.
You can find more of Emma online at her website.
And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, be sure to head over to our ticket page now.
We're delighted to welcome the fantastic Sarah Graley as our guest at True Believers 2018.
Sarah is both the writer and artist on the Rick and Morty 'Lil' Poopy Superstar miniseries published by Oni Press, as well as on her creator-owned comic Kim Reaper (also published by Oni Press and out now!) and the 24 page adventure story Pizza Witch.
She is also the brains behind the popular webcomic series Our Super Adventure, which has been collected into a fantastic hardcover collection of 200 Our Super Adventure comics!
You can find more of Sarah on her website.
And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head over to our Ticket Page now to get yours.
If you've been to any of the previous True Believers events, you may well have gotten your hands on one of our True Believer Lanyards. For the last two years, we've been lucky enough to have Transformers: The Lost Light artist Jack Lawrence providing the art for the lanyards and we're thrilled to say that Jack will be doing the art for our 2018 True Believer Lanyard too!
Unlike the previous two years, where we put it to a vote to see which character will be featured on the lanyard, this time we have decided to celebrate Superman's 80th Birthday with a special Superman True Believer Lanyard.
Superman is a hugely important character in both the world of comics and for us here at True Believers, so it seemed only right to honour The Man Of Steel in our own special way (and if all goes to plan, we'll have a few Superman related things going on at the event too).
The True Believers Lanyard is available with all tickets (for a limited time) and makes a nice souvenir of the event (a few of our regulars have a nice collection going) at no extra cost! If you buy your tickets before Sunday 7th May 2017 you will get your lanyard tickets at a special early bird price as well, making them an even better buy than they are already!
You can check out the 2016 & 2017 lanyards below and the 2018 one will be revealed in a few months, but to make sure you get yours head to our Tickets Page now.
We're delighted to announce that The Etherington Brothers will be joining us again for the Summer event. If you missed them at True Believers in Feb, you'll definitely want to catch them this summer.
Robin & Lorenzo are the writer/artist siblings behind Long Gone Don, Baggage, Von Doogan and Monkey Nuts. They are also regulars in The Phoenix, where they not only have great stories, but Lorenzo also does drawing tutorials.
As well as comics, they also run regular comic workshops in which they talk comics and share tips with children interested in creating comics.
You can find more on The Etherington Brothers on their website.
And don't forget to buy your tickets now. It's just £5 per adult (with £1 from every ticket being donated to the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice) and kids under 13 get in for free with a paying adult.
Calling all artists! Would you like to win some cool prizes and see your artwork hanging around the necks of people at the True Believers Comic Festival 2018?
We're looking for some budding artists to create some cool looking artwork for our Press, Photographer, Exhibitor, Celebrate Cosplay or Guest Lanyards that will be used at True Believers 2018.
The winners will receive two free adult tickets or one family ticket to True Believers Comic Festival 2018 and a special framed edition of the True Believers 2018 lanyards (much like the 2017 lanyards in the picture).
The deadline for entries is Saturday 5th August 2017. The winners will be selected by our panel and announced here (and on our Facebook and Twitter pages) on Friday 1st September 2017.
TERMS OF ENTRY
- Finished artwork should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as a high resolution PDF or jPEG file by 11:59pm on Saturday 5th August 2017
- There are 5 sets of prizes to be won.
- Each winning artist will be credited for their work both online and on the lanyard itself.
- A maximum of one entry per person is allowed.
- The artwork must be an original piece by the artist. Any entries that use another artists work (either redrawn, traced or morphed into a new image) will be disqualified from the competition.
- The judges panel will include people directly and indirectly involved with True Believers. Submissions will be presented to them for judging without the artists names to avoid any conflicts when voting.
- The judges decision is final.
- Each winners tickets will be posted to them before True Believers Comic Festival 2018 and the framed Lanyards will be available to collect from reception at TBCF2018.
- If you have already purchased tickets to the event prior to winning, your purchase will be refunded if required.
Sometimes getting to a comic con is half the battle, especially if you can't drive. So we're delighted to be able to offer a solution for #TBCF2017 in the form of The True Believers Bus, which will take you from Cheltenham Town Centre straight to The Racecourse.
The bus will run from outside Boston Tea Party, Clarence Street, Cheltenham at the following times;
9:30, 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 14:00, 14:45, 15:30, 16:15
The bus will also take people back to the Boston Tea Party stop from the event, between these times, but we do not have set return journey times, with the exception of the last two trips of the day, which will be at 16:45 & 17:35 from The Racecourse.
The bus will cost a suggested minimum donation or £1 per person per trip, with all fares going to The Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice (so please make a donation if you can).
As well as raising money for Sue Ryder with the bus, we'll also be holding a charity raffle at the event as well. Full details of which can be found here.