Tales From Beyond Infinity #2

Who doesn't love a team up or a crossover?  How exciting must it have been to see Batman and Superman team up for the first time?  Or to see Superman finally meet Spider-Man?  Or those couple of panels in Thor #341 where the God Of Thunder knocks Clark Kent over?  Or that time Boy George teamed up with The A-Team?  Whether it's a full blown team up or a brief crossing of the paths of some characters we love, for most fans, there's nothing more exciting or bigger than great team up!  The MCU gets it, building their whole release plan around bringing their characters together.

But - as cool as all that stuff is - you're wondering what this has to do with the second issue of our little charity comic?  Well the theme for Tales #2 is Team Up/Crossover (bet you didn't see that coming) and we're looking for creators to be a part of the anthology.  We'd previously announced the project on the Awesome Comics Talk group and were lucky enough to have a few creators jump on board from that announcement, who we'll hopefully be announcing at the Summer Variant Event this August.

For this issue we're looking for short comic stories (1-4 pages) that sees characters teaming up.  It could be two characters from different creators coming together (not sure that will actually happen, but it would be amazing if it did), or a creator bringing two of their characters together for a story or some new characters coming together for a brand new story.  They could be teaming up to fight a major threat, helping each other to change a tyre or just getting together to grab a coffee.  

As with the first issue, it will be sold in aid of the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and will launch at our February event.  This time though, we're planning to take it to KickStarter ahead of the physical launch, in the hope that it will make more of an event of pre-ordering it and allow the issue to reach a wider audience.  At the moment, we're falling back on the "more details will be released in the coming months stance", but we wanted to officially announce that the comic is officially in the works and give you an - admittedly vague - idea of what you can expect from it.

In the meantime, if you're interested in getting involved in the project, either creating a story for the issue or creating a pin up for the KickStarter, we'd love to hear from you so please drop us an email at oktruebelievers@gmail.com.  If you're just excited to find out more info about the comic, you'll find it posted here and in all the usual places as we have it.

This piece was originally published in the Troobs Mailer 07/05/2018

True Believers 2019 at Jurys Inn Cheltenham

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So you've probably heard by now that we're not able to return to Cheltenham Racecourse for our 2019 event, which left us with something of a dilemma when it came to moving forward with our 5th year.  After careful consideration we decided that - in a convention calendar that is already tight to the point of bursting - moving our date wasn't really an option.  Similarly, we decided that taking the year off wasn't an option, for a variety of reasons but mainly because we'd miss doing it and we know some of you would miss it too (even if you won't admit it).

So with that in mind, we began the search for a new venue for the event, eventually finding it at Jurys Inn Cheltenham.  Jurys sits nicely between Cheltenham and Gloucester on the Gloucester Road (near to GCHQ), which makes it perfectly situated to get to by bus or car.

Moving to Jury's will mean that the event will be smaller (we'll have about half of the tables we have at the Racecourse) and we will need to change and adapt to the new venue, but it will be run with the same passion and heart you've come to expect from us.   

As always, full details on the event will be announced in the coming months.

You can find the official Facebook Event Page HERE.

TABLE BOOKINGS - If you're interested in booking a table at the event, please email us at oktruebelievers@gmail.com. 

TICKETS - Tickets will be available to buy from Monday 6th August 2018 from this very site.

You can also keep up to date on all things TBCF by signing up to our weekly mailer (don't worry it's full of good stuff too) at Tinyletter

Tales From at Proud Lion Comics

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We're delighted to announce that you can now buy your copy of Tales From Beyond Infinity #1 at Proud Lion Comics in Cheltenham. 

You can pick up your copy in store for just £5, with all of the money going to the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

So far the comic has raised £560 for the charity, which has blown us away and we're thrilled that Proud Lion are supporting the comic and the cause. 

You can find Proud Lion at 293 High Street, Cheltenham,
GL50 3HL or online at their Website, where you can also click and collect your copy.

If you're not sure what Tales From Beyond Infinity #1 is or the comicy goodness you'll find inside, click here for more information.

TRUE BELIEVERS COMIC FESTIVAL 2019: CON ON THE RUN!

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2019 will see True Believers in exile as we relocate to a new venue for the event. 

Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict, we are unable to return to Cheltenham Racecourse for TBCF2019, leaving us to relocate venues for next year’s event.

The news that we would be unable to return to the Racecourse left us with a difficult decision to make with regard to moving forward with the event.  We knew didn’t want to move dates to another time of year as we are very fond of the place we have and like that people know when True Believers will be happening and look forward to it each year.  We also knew that we didn’t want to take a year off (as tempting as that is sometimes) for the same reason and so we began searching for a new venue that we can call home for 2019.

After some searching, we’ve found a new venue in Cheltenham that we’re happy with and will be announcing it once we have crossed all the t’s and dotted all the lowercase j’s.  The change in venue will mean that the event will unfortunately be smaller than previous years, but it’s one that we’re very happy meets our criteria for a TBCF venue and in which feel we can deliver the usual standard of True Believers event that you’ve come to expect from us, albeit with a few alterations to the scale of the event.

We will be making announcements with regard to table bookings once we have confirmed our booking with the new venue and have worked out our new floor plan.

Tabletop Gaming at #TBCF2018

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We're delighted that the awesome folks from Proud Lion Gaming Centre will again be running our tabletop gaming zone at True Believers 2018.

This year they will be running the following games on the day;

Pokémon Trading Card Game

Harry Potter Hogwarts Deck Building Game

Doctor Who Fluxx

Star Wars: Destiny

Go Nuts for Donuts

Age of War

Whether you're a seasoned player or fancy trying something different, why not take a short break from the convention floor and try your hand at a game or two?

The #TBCF2018 Charity Raffle

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We'll again be holding a charity raffle at True Believers 2018 this Saturday, with all money raised by it going to The Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

As with last years event, you could be in with a chance of winning a one of a kind True Believers Jam Piece, featuring art from some of the #TBCF2018 guests.

If you're not sure what a Jam Piece is, here's a picture of last years.

Tickets are just £1 each and can be purchased from Table H1 on the day (where you can also buy the official TBCF charity anthology comic; Tales From Beyond Infinity).

TBCF2018 Panel #3

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We're delighted to announce that our third True Believers 2018 Panel will take a look at the various methods of crowdfunding your comic projects.

Have you ever wondered what’s the best way to fund your comic project?  Is crowdfunding the way to go?  Join Antony Esmond (Awesome Comics Podcast) as he talks with panelists Robin Jones (Paperback & Inkstains), Sarah Millman (NPC Tea), Lyndon White (Lost & Found) & Jon Laight (Brethren Born) as they share their experiences of using crowdfunding to make their projects happen and talk through the highs and lows of crowdfunding a project and offer hints & tips on running a successful campaign.

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 #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.

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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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BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM Double pack

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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.