TBCF2018 Panel #2

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We're delighted to announce that our second panel will see the next installment in our Comics As Education series and this time we'll be looking at writing comics. 

Join Antony Johnston (The Coldest City/Atomic Blonde, Wasteland), Rachael Smith (The Rabbit, Wired Up Wrong) and Mike Garley (The Kill Screen, Samurai Slasher) who will be talking with Antony Esmond (The Awesome Comics Podcast, Never Iron Anything) about writing comics, their process, inspirations and more, as well as answering some of your questions too.

You can find out more about the panelists and their work by clicking on their names above, and if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now. 

TBCF2018 Panel #1

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We're delighted to announce that the first True Believers 2018 panel will see the return of the Discover Something New panel.  If you're looking for your new favourite comic or creator, then this is the panel for you. 

We're thrilled that the 2018 panel will see the fantastic Small Press creators Elizabeth Querstret (Querstret), Susie Gander (Perrywinkle) and Bryony Evans & Claire Spiller (Wine & Zine) talking with Iz McAuliffe (Cardiff Independent Comic Expo) about their work, process and more, as well as answering some of your questions too. 

You can find out more about the panelists and their work by clicking on their names above, and if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now.

TBCF2018 Workshop #2

Following on from the success of our 2017 workshops, we will again be offering a great selection of new and returning workshops at True Believers 2018.

We're delighted to announce the second of our 2018 workshops, which will see the return of...

SUPERHERO LIFE DRAWING

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Superhero Life Drawing returns to True Believers Comic Festival for another session of sketching fun!

For those who haven't been before, this workshop is a short drawing session, which will see Limegreenjelly Cosplay model (character to be announced) for the group to draw. 

The session lasts for around 30 minutes and is open to all ages and artistic abilities.  We'll provide you with paper and pencils (although if you prefer to use your own or a tablet, feel free to bring those along) and a fun half hour of drawing. 

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Full details on what time the workshop takes place and info on all our other workshops will be available on this site soon.

Not got your tickets yet?  Head to our Ticket Page now to get yours.

TBCF2018 Workshop #1

Following on from the success of our 2017 workshops, we will again be offering a great selection of new and returning workshops at True Believers 2018.

We're delighted to announce the first of our 2018 workshops, which will be run by the awesome Sarah Millman (Heart Of Time, NPC Tea)...

MAKE A ZINE WITH SARAH MILLMAN!

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Add 1 sheet of A4 paper, some pens and a dollop of creativity into a blender and mix for an an hour and a half and what you do get? A pulpy, inky mess!

Swap the blender part for help from comic artist Sarah Millman, and you’ll end up with a short six page comic or zine.

Join Sarah as she talks you through the basics you need to create your own mini-comic/zine in just an hour or two.  

You can then either stay and soak up the creativity on the day to create your mini-comic, or take everything you've learned home at the end of the day and get creating in your own time.

This workshop is open to all ages and there is no drawing or writing experience necessary to take part.  Along with everything you need to create your comic, Sarah will also have some plot ideas to get you started (if you require any).

Full details on what time the workshop takes place and info on all our other workshops will be available on this site soon.

Not got your tickets yet?  Head to our Ticket Page now to get yours.

David Leach at #TBCF2018

We're delighted to welcome David Leach to Cheltenham Racecourse as our guest at True Believers 2018.

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David has over 30 years experience in the comic industry.  As an editor he worked for Marvel UK, Panini, Fleetway, Egmont and is currently working for Titan Comics where he edits FIGHTING AMERICAN, DAN DARE, CAPTAIN KRONOS, THE MUMMY and THE PRISONER. He's also written for and edited the WALLACE & GROMIT newspaper strip for THE SUN newspaper.  As a cartoonist he created PSYCHO GRAN for the cult kid's comic OINK! back in 1987 and is still drawing her to this day.  For the cult early 90s comic TOXIC! he co-created and drew THE DRIVER as well as writing and drawing THE DINNER LADIES FROM HELL.  He has also written and drawn an honest-to-goodness Marvel comic, THE TOXIC CRUSADERS, issue #8.

He will be selling copies of PSYCHO GRAN VS... a glorious, brutal book of wanton OAP violence directed squarely at a host of well-known superheroes and movie characters.  He will also selling copies of the first two issues of his four book autobiographical comic DAVID LEACH CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE.

You can find more of David online at the Psycho Gran Facebook Page. 

And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our Ticket Page now to get yours.

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Antony Johnston at #TBCF2018

We're delighted to welcome Antony Johnston as our guest at Cheltenham Racecourse for True Believers 2018.

Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling graphic novelist, author, and games writer. The Charlize Theron movie ATOMIC BLONDE is based on his graphic novel THE COLDEST CITY. His epic series WASTELAND is one of only a handful of such longform stories in comics. His first video game, DEAD SPACE, redefined a genre.

Antony has written more than thirty graphic novels, comic series, and books, including THE FUSE, DAREDEVIL, JULIUS, CODENAME BABOUSHKA, WOLVERINE PRODIGAL SON, the ALEX RIDER graphic novels, DEAD SPACE transmedia comics, and the adaptation of Alan Moore's 'lost screenplay' FASHION BEAST.

His video games include SHADOW OF MORDOR, BLACKWOOD CROSSING, THE ASSEMBLY, DEAD SPACE EXTRACTION, ZOMBIU, and more.

Antony also hosts the podcast UNJUSTLY MALIGNED, and records music under the alias SILENCAEON.

You can find more of Antony online at his website

And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our Ticket Page now to get yours.

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Christian Wildgoose at #TBCF2018

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We’re delighted to welcome Christian Wildgoose as our guest at Cheltenham Racecourse for True Believers 2018.

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 Briar, Butterfly 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

And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our Ticket Page now to get yours.

Jack Lawrence at #TBCF2018

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We are delighted to welcome Jack Lawrence back to the True Believers Comic Festival for #TBCF2018.  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

And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our Ticket Page now to get yours.

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True Believer Lanyard 2018 (available with 2018 tickets)

True Believer Lanyard 2018 (available with 2018 tickets)

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Dylan Teague at #TBCF2018

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We're delighted to welcome TBCF regular Dylan Teague back to True Believers for a fourth year.  Like Mike Collins, Dylan has been a part of the True Believers family since our first event in 2015 and we are thrilled that he will again be a part of our event in 2018.

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

And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our Ticket Page now to get yours.

 

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Guillermo Ortego at #TBCF2018

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Were delighted to welcome the fantastic Guillermo Ortego as our guest at True Believers Comic Festival 2018. 

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

And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our Ticket Page now to get yours.

Staz Johnson at #TBCF2018

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Were delighted to welcome the incredible Staz Johnson as our guest at True Believers Comic Festival 2018. 

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

And if you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our Ticket Page now to get yours.

Batman: The Animated Series Giveaway

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September 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series hitting TV screens, cementing its place as (arguably - because we're nerds, someone will always argue) the best comic book animated series and introducing the world to the phenomenon that is Harley Quinn.  

To celebrate, we have a Batman: TAS goody bundle to giveaway, which contains a Harley Quinn Kawaii Cube Plush, a Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm figure double pack and the new Batman & Harley Quinn animated movie on blu-ray (limited edition minifigure set).

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To be in with a chance of winning this bundle, all you have to do is buy your tickets to True Believers Comic Festival 2018 before midnight on Saturday 30th September 2017.  If you already have your tickets then you've already entered, but if you haven't head over to our Ticket Page now to buy yours (and get an exclusive Superman True Believer Lanyard too).  

The winners name will be drawn on Sunday 1st October 2017.

The 2018 True Believer Lanyard revealed...

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(The final Lanyard will not have TBCF2018 across the artwork)

At True Believers 2018 we'll be celebrating 80 years of The Man Of Steel, with an exclusive and limited edition Superman True Believer lanyard, featuring this fantastic artwork by the awesome Jack Lawrence.

Not only is Superman a hugely important figure in the world of comics and the superhero genre, but he's also a favourite here in the True Believers Cave (and the reason why at least one of us fell in love with comics).  

We're delighted that Jack is again providing the artwork for the True Believer Lanyard, following up his 2016 Harley Quinn and 2017 Deadpool Lanyard with this exclusive Superman.  

As with the previous years lanyards, it's strictly limited edition and is only available for a limited time with all tickets bought from our Ticket Page.

TBCF2018 Lanyard Competition: The Winners

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This year saw the first True Believers Design A Lanyard Competition, which saw several budding artists put pencil to paper (or the digital alternative) and create some awesome entries.  After some deliberation and with the help of our judges, we are delighted to announce (and show) the winning entries to this years competition.

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By TOM MALIN

By TOM MALIN

The winning designs will be assigned to their respective lanyards (Guest, Small Press, Exhibitor, Trader & Press) at a later date and will be revealed at the event.  We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to enter the competition and support the event.

The entries were judged by Stuart Mulrain (TBCF co-founder & organiser), Andy Hanks (TBCF co-founder & graphic designer), Alex Thomas (Pipedream Comics), Jon Laight (Level 8 Comics & creator of Brethren Born) and Olly MacNamee (comic journalist & teacher).

True Believers Presents Sketchtember 2017

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As part of our ongoing mission to get people drawing, this September we will be launching the first True Believers SKETCHTEMBER! (No connection to Inktober, promise) and we want you to get involved.

Both Stuart and Andy have decided to sharpen their pencils and are attempting to produce a drawing for every day of September - that’s 30 drawings in 30 days! And because that’s not difficult enough (!) the drawings will be Themed! Andy has decided to do 30 drawings of his character ‘Zoot’ (its about time he learn’t how to draw him properly…), and Stuart has decided on marking the 25th Anniversary of 'Batman the Animated Series’ for his 30 draws.

They will be posting each image up daily on the TBCF Facebook page and are putting out the call to all the artistic bods out there who fancy a challenge and feel like taking part too! Whether you want to come up with a theme over the 30 days or just do some free sketching, we'd love to see what you create.

We'll be putting a post up everyday on the Facebook page so you can post your work in the comments, or if you prefer to post on Twitter or Instagram please use the hashtag #TBCFsketchtember so we can see what you've created.

Happy drawing True Believers.

TBCF: Summer Variant Edition - Schedule

We have a few things going on at the Summer Variant Edition that you might fancy heading along to.  To help you plan your day, here's the list of what's going on and when.  And remember, if you haven't bought your tickets yet, get them HERE before it's too late.

11:00 - EVENT OPENS

12:00 - DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW PANEL with 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.

12:45 - CELEBRATE COSPLAY presents HEROES VS VILLAINS WORKSHOP

This workshop will take a look at the difference between how you approach cosplaying as a character who is good or one who is bad (or one who is a little of both). Join our Celebrate Cosplay team as they talk about the mindset of approaching these characters and offer some posing suggestions that best fit the side you’re on!

13:30 - SUPERHERO LIFE DRAWING

Life drawing classes are a hugely popular tool for artists looking to hone their skills, with several top names in comics talking about how useful they are.  For our session though, we're going a little different and will have a cosplayer posing for artists to draw, so whether you're a seasoned artist or an occassional doodler, this life drawing session is perfect for you to come and have some fun and try something new.

Paper and Pencils will be provided on the day, or you can bring your own supplies if you prefer.

14:00 - COSPLAY GROUP PHOTO

Join us for the first official Celebrate Cosplay group photo.  If you'd like to be a part of the photo, please be in the Courtyard at 2pm.

14:15 - CREATING COMICS PANEL with ROBIN ETHERINGTON, SARAH MILLMAN & NICK PROLIX

If you've ever thought about creating your own comic, or are just interested in the creative process then this is the panel for you, so why join Robin, Sarah & Nick as they talk about the art of creating comics, characters, stories and more in this fun packed panel for all ages.

15:00 - CELEBRATE COSPLAY presents I LOVE COSPLAY BECAUSE... WORKSHOP

The Celebrate Cosplay team take a look at how cosplay can inspire, challenge and get your creative minds buzzing in a workshop that invites cosplayers new and old to get involved and share their wisdom and passion for cosplaying in a fun for all workshop all about loving cosplay!

16:00 - EVENT CLOSES

We will also have a table in the North Range, where our Draw Something Sunday Jam Piece will be.  This will be there throughout the event, so if you fancy adding something to the piece, head over to the table.  The piece is open to all ages (so please keep your drawings family friendly) and abilities and we'd love to see as many of you involved as possible.

Meet The TBCF Summer Tables #6

With the #TBCF2017: Summer Variant Edition mere days away, we take a look at some of the folks who will have tables at the event. For our sixth Meet The Tables, we're going to take a look at some more of the Artists tables and introduce you to I Am Zoot, Matilda Dawes, Mango Dragon and Nick Gribbon.

I AM ZOOT (South Range #16)

I Am Zoot! a graphic designer and artist with an unhealthy obsession with robots. I have a tendency to tell a story in one picture rather than a strip and will often start a piece of work with pencil and paper before moving to a digital media, where it can take me between 20 – 25 hours to paint up. I’m a True Believers Regular, and I will be selling my art prints, canvases and greetings cards on the day.

MATILDA DAWES (South Range #3)

I am an illustrator with a range of different subjects, and a sketchy naturalistic sort of style. I will be selling prints of my work, postcards, stickers and badges, as well as accepting commissions. I really enjoyed the last True Believers and can't wait for this one!

MANGO DRAGON (South Range #2)

Two sisters who love hand crafting items for the geek community. We will be selling hand painted fans, greeting cards and prints designed by ourselves, handmade oven gloves and handmade soy and gel candles.

NICK GRIBBON ILLUSTRATION: DEAD ALL OVER & THE DARK WOOD (South Range #7)

Dead All Over - Pop culture illustration inspired by movies/comic books/tv. Original artwork, sketch cover comic books, and prints.

The Dark Wood - Self published hand made books created using tradiobal art techniques including woodcut print, letterpress, screenprint, and bookbinding. Plus original wildlife artwork, prints, greetings cards, and badges.

You can find details on all of the tables at the event HERE and if you haven't bought your tickets yet, be sure to head to our TICKET PAGE to get yours now.

Meet The TBCF Summer Tables #5

With the #TBCF2017: Summer Variant Edition mere days away, we take a look at some of the folks who will have tables at the event. For our fifth Meet The Tables, we're going to take a look at some more of the Small Press tables and introduce you to Beyond The Bunker, Pipedream Comics, Time Bomb Comics and The Psychedelic Journal (more info on pictures).

BEYOND THE BUNKER (North Range #6)

Beyond the Bunker represents the creators of the MOON series of comics . The comics are sold together with associated prints and posters.

PIPEDREAM COMICS (North Range #3)

Pipedream Comics is a website dedicated to the best of indie and small press comics, featuring news, reviews and interviews with some of the indie scene's most exciting creators. We are also the publishers of indie comics fanzine The Pull List which will have a new print issue available on the day.

TIME BOMB COMICS & FLINTLOCK (North Range #13)

Now in its 10th year of publishing Time Bomb Comics brings the acclaimed Flintlock historical anthology series to True Believers. Set in the 18th Century Flintlock features diverse characters in a shared timeline. 

THE PSYCHEDELIC JOURNAL (North Range #14)

The ultimate psychedelic small press comic anthology. Tales of the bizarre, the inexplicable and the outright batnads insane!

You can find details on all of the tables at the event HERE and if you haven't bought your tickets yet, be sure to head to our TICKET PAGE to get yours now.

Meet The TBCF Summer Tables #4

With the #TBCF2017: Summer Variant Edition mere days away, we take a look at some of the folks who will have tables at the event. For our fourth Meet The Tables, we're going to take a look at some of the trader tables and introduce you to Marvelous Man, Proud Lion, Square Orange Games and TTT Gifts (more info on pictures).

MARVELOUS MAN (South Range #1)

Officially licensed sellers of all things comic book related from apparel and snapbacks to bags and wallets/ purses - satisfying your inner geek! 

PROUD LION (North Range #4 & 5)

Proud Lion is Cheltenham's premier comic and gaming shop, owned and operated by PL Horizons Ltd.

Proud Lion was founded by Ben Fardon (Managing Director) in 2008. Ben has been a comic collector since he was young, with his early interests including Iron Man, Transformers, Batman Knightfall and Claremont & Lee's X-Men. After working in comic book retail for several years, he decided it was time to open his own shop in the heart of Cheltenham. Proud Lion celebrated its grand opening on Free Comic Book Day in 2008, and has been a hub for fans of both mainstream and indie comics ever since.

In recent years, Proud Lion has grown to become a family business, with Ben's partner Rae Hurley coming on board to expand gaming in the shop. She fell in love with board games with the discovery of Small World, and has been an avid gamer ever since. Now she regularly runs demo days, open play nights, RPG sessions, and tournaments to encourage other gamers to share her obsession.

SQUARE ORANGE GAMES (South Range #12)

Square Orange Games are an independent retailer of tabletop board and card games, selling great games at great prices.

TTT GIFTS (South Range #6)

I'm a local Gloucester girl who has been trading full time since December 2014. I sell gothic gifts, superhero merch, incense and manic panic hair dye.

You can find details on all of the tables at the event HERE and if you haven't bought your tickets yet, be sure to head to our TICKET PAGE to get yours now.

Meet The TBCF Summer Tables #3

With the #TBCF2017: Summer Variant Edition mere days away, we take a look at some of the folks who will have tables at the event. For our third Meet The Tables, we're going to take a look at some of the artist tables and introduce you to CJB Art, Explosive Barrel, Ian Blakeman Illustration and PhaseChan...

CJBart (South Range #10)

Chris is a self taught graphite artist from Cardiff living with Asperger Syndrome. Since leaving school at the age of 14 he has forged his way as a photo realistic artist and has produced artwork for the worlds number 1 dart player Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barneveld.
 

IAN BLAKEMAN ILLUSTRATION (South Range #13)

Even before I can remember, I loved to draw. I was a bit of a lonely child at first but as long as I had a stack of paper and a pencil i could create whole universes, helping me now as an illustrator fabricating ideas or twisting the normal into something marvelous.

For longest of times art became second to everything else because where I lived it was all sports and TV. But it never went away and I found it again aged 24 and started my education in art.

Now years later here I am...

EXPLOSIVE BARREL (South Range #15)

I'm a local Digital Artist whose work celebrates all areas of geek culture, from comics to video games! (and the rest!) 

PHASECHAN (South Range #4)

I'm an independent artist who specialises in digital and traditional artwork! I prefer a fantasy high contrast style but have quite a range of styles. I'll be selling prints and other merch!

You can find details on all of the tables at the event HERE and if you haven't bought your tickets yet, be sure to head to our TICKET PAGE to get yours now.