Convention season is just around the corner, and it gets underway with one of our favourite events of the whole year – True Believers Comic Festival 2018 in Cheltenham. Now in it’s 4th year, we can’t wait to head to this fantastic event, but don’t just take our word for it. We catch up with organiser Stuart Murrain to find out more about what will be going on this year True Believers Comic Festival 2018.

2018 was a stellar year for writer Matt Garvey, with the debut of the critically acclaimed white NOIR and The Ether, as well another issue of the ongoing Chunks. But never one to rest on his laurels, Garvey has started 2018 with another debut – this time the superhero horror book The Devil In Disguise! So how does he manage to keep churning out so many great books? We find out if Matt has his own Faustian pact and why variety is so important for his creative ambitions!

We always love discovering a story about how comics can help people, as well as entertain, and so Little Heroes project really warmed our hearts on these cold January days. Set up by Aaron Rackley, they provide packs of resources for kids in hospitals to help them make comics, but this month they are taking things a step further and crowd-funding their own anthology featuring some familiar names from the world of small press.  We catch up with Aaron to find out what it takes to be a Little Hero.

Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus’ Turncoat fired it’s way onto our Top 10 Indie Comics Of The Year for 2016 with it’s hilarious tale of a super villain hitman. So when we discovered Ryan and Plaid were uniting again for a new book at Image, then we knew we were in for another twisted treat! We catch up with Ryan to find out more about this psychedelic space adventure and what it’s like going from the indies to Image!

Having started a successful indie comics website selling platform, and launched a critically acclaimed anthology, we couldn’t help but wonder what Pete Genepool and the Comichaus guys would get up to next? Well it turns out they are branching into the world of digital comics, to launch a streaming service they are dubbing ‘a Netflix for indie comics’. With it’s mix of indie and digital comics being right up our alley, we knew we had to find out more!

We’ve had those moment where we want to try a new career direction and it hasn’t worked out, but in It’s Cold In The River At Night, the new book from Alex Potts and Avery Hill, our hero Carl takes on the challenge of building coffins for a surly local craftsmen, and gets much more than he bargained for. With it’s mix of melancholic isolation and futility in the face of attempted self discovery, we caught up with Alex to find out more about what drives Carl and co to do what they do.

What if a rock star was elected prime minister of the UK?! That’s the premise for the new Lizard Men mini series from Comichaus and writer Steve Horry that’s debuting on Kickstarter this week. With all the political upheaval in the past 2 years, this isn’t as ridiculous as it might seem (after all there’s a reality TV star in the White House), especially if the reason for this shock election was mysterious reptilian men who secretly run everything behind the scenes. We catch up with Steve to chat conspiracy theories and political upsets.

An artist struggling with missing sculptures, flowers exploding out of buildings courtesy of some eco-anarchist and mysterious singing neighbours. These are the stars of the debut graphic novel from B.Mure that was released by Avery Hill at the Bristol Comics and Zine Fair in October. We catch up with B to find out the secrets of the wonderful world of Ismyre.

East London is filled with some pretty kooky character, but none as strange as the giant monsters and gaudy street gangs who populate the world of Dilraj Mann’s debut graphic novel Dalston Monsterzz. Another truly one of a kind book from the wonderful Nobrow Press we catch up with Dilraj to find out the secret to monsters in East London and why the location is so important to his story.

Mo Ali and Andy Bloor’s Midnight Man has been been something of a cult favourite here at Pipedream HQ and every time we bumped into Andy at a convention we would pester him for news of a follow up! So when he let slip at this year’s True Believers: Summer Variant that issue #2 was nearly finished we were over the moon. And that’s very apt seeing Midnight Man is set to blast off into space in the all new Midnight Man: Gunspace that debuts at this weekend’s Nottingham Comic Con. We catch up with Mo and Andy to find out more about the mysterious Midnight Man, plus intergalactic planet babies and flashbacks to 70s TV series.