Ahead of this weekend’s True Believers Comic Festival in Cheltenham, we take a look some of the fantastic books being released at the event, featuring: Greg Meldrum & David Broughton’s Detective Gallo and The Unholy Company, Mad Robot Comics’ Cadavers, Kev Brett’s The Making Of A Comic Con, Joseph Olivera’s Ghost Island, and Hellbound Media’s Mandy The Monster Hunter: The Face IN The Curtain.

It’s going to be a busy year for Pat Mills in 2017, not only will he be part of the epic celebrations for the 40th anniversary of a little comic he created called 2000 AD. But he’s also released his debut novel Read Em And Weep: Serial Killer , co-written with longtime pal Kevin O’Neill. We catch up with Pat to discover the inner secrets of Britain’s laziest serial killer!

kickstarter_of_the_weekWe’ve seen our fair share of indie anthologies over the years, and one of our favourites is Ken Reynolds’ Sliced Quarterly, which has created a unique niche for itself as an experimental anthology, featuring a host of fantastic names from the indie scene, pushing the boundaries of what makes a comic a comic. With stories that have used cut out keep elements, Instagram comments sections and even PDF annotations, it’s a really interesting and eclectic group of stories, which Ken has released digitally for free over the last 12 months. So after a year of innovation, Ken has gone back to the old school world of print to collect together the first four volumes into one super smart volume. So, if you have read the first four issues and fancy seeing them in print, or want to read some interesting and innovative story telling, then give Ken your backing (and if he hits his stretch goals, you’ll even get a free copy of The Pull List as part of their Indie Digital Mega Bundle reward!)
You can watch the Sliced Quarterly pledge video below and click here to get backing!

Calling all kid comic creators! If you’ve ever fancied having one of your characters appear in the pages of an actual comic (and are aged between 5 and 15!) then Jon Laight and Matt Strott have just the competition for you. Send them your creation by February 5th or give it to them at True Believers and you could be in with a chance of it appearing in the pages of their new comic Late Knights: A Sense Of Steel! We catch up with writer Jon Laight to find out all about it…

 

While nowhere near Springtime yet, I find my winter hibernation now over and done with, as I dust myself off and I find myself looking ahead to the slate of upcoming comic cons here in the Midlands area. First up, on Saturday February 4th, the third True Believers comic con once again sets up shop at the Cheltenham Racecourse facilities. So what does this season starter have to offer?

Our first Kickstarter of the Week for 2017 is the seriously impressive looking sci-fi tale The Slip from writer Cody B Stewart and Vessels artist Rafael Desquitado. The tale of Solomon Burke, a lost soul dragged through a rift in space time into a limbo called the Slip which turns his life upside down and is inevitably forced to buddy up with a group of intergalactic misfits to survive. It’s a stunning looking project (especially the cover design!) with the guys looking for funding to finish off Rafael’s incredible artwork. We’re also hoping this will be the first of many ongoing collaborations as Stewart dips his toe into the world of comic book crowd-funding for the first time and this is one hell of a debut! Find out more and back it here. And watch the pledge video below…

We’ve seen some eclectic subjects for webcomic, from post-modern superheroes in Vanguard to post-apocalyptic rodents in Scurry. But next we look at Curia Regis, a political period drama set in a fictional version of 17th century France courtesy of creator Robin Hoelzemann about a group of friends revolting against the current establishment. However, will this series show itself to be king or will it end up on the (guillotine’s) chopping block?