A new year and new convention season is here again, and so it’s time for Stuart Mulrain and his team of agents to lead the charge as the True Believers Comic Festival (TBCF) kicks off 2018’s event season. Now into its fourth year, TBCF doesn’t look like it plans to go anywhere any time soon, but can they continue to impress as with prior events or is this a convention which has reached its peak?

This week, we take a look at Nic Paul and Rory Donald’s first issue of their comic book, Resurrection Men, a tale about a man who discovers he can undo death and begins a battle against those who desire this power. But can this series live on and on in the minds of readers or will it be a title which will die and death without hope of return?

With the new year comes a new raft of Kickstarters from some of our favourite creators, and this week’s pick is one of the best, as the wonderful Steve Tanner is back with a new volume of his 18th century adventure anthology Flintlock. Featuring the ongoing adventures of highwaywoman Lady Flintlock and the awesome Shanti Pirate Queen, Flintlock has a real classic vibe to it, as well as having strong female protagonists at the core of the book which is a real plus. For book three Steve is also introducing two new characters into this extended 64 page bumper issue as we see the debuts of Onna (a blind geisha) and Molly and The Trickster Thief (about a pair of con artists in 18th century London. Steve has already hit his modest target but be sure to keep backing this great project in order to unlock some of the superb stretch goals, including prints from Pipedream favourites like Sarah Milman. You can pledge your support here.

 

This weekend sees convention season get off to a flying start with the brilliant True Believers Comic Festival in Cheltenham. And with the start of Con season, comes a raft of exciting new titles, as the UK’s best small press creators reveal what they’ve been working on in the cold winter months. We’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak look at some of these titles round-up some of the books you really need to check out this Saturday!

The first time we encountered Ken Reynolds Sliced Quarterly it was a digital only experimental comic that was looking to push the boundaries of what a comic could be. Two years on, and it has become a fixture of the independent scene and one of the most interesting and eclectic series going. As Ken launches a Kickstarter for the second printed volume of Sliced we talk to him about how the book has changed since that first issue and why the small press scene needs comics like Sliced Quarterly

The Valiant Universe is a thrilling alternative to the DC-Marvel duopoly. While these two titans of the comic book world are busy copyrighting the word superhero and milking endless reboots in the cinemas, Valiant have quietly got on with the task of entertaining fans with well-fleshed out characters.

We’re still catching up on reading from after Christmas and so this week we have mixed bunch that we;ve loosely grouped together in a kind of sci-fi/action collection. They include: dystopian sci-fi Peace of Mind; Ram V’s stunning debut for Image Comics, Paradiso; and a slice of crazy action from the excellent Luzasz Kowalczuk in Strike Team Code Name DIamond Force.

Growing on it’s success from 2017, Coventry Comic Con has had a makeover for the new year and moving forward will be officially known as Covcon, after a public vote. Our roving reporter Olly MacNamee is part of Covcon’s inner circle and so gives us the lowdown on what’s happening in the world of comics in Coventry this September.

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.