Small Press Factor Twitter Card  FINALIf you think you’ve got what it takes to become a small press creator, then why not enter The Small Press Factor, a new competition from the founders of Leam Comic Con to get a table at their event in 2017 and promotional support for your comic, which includes an interview on the Awesome Comics Podcast and here on Pipedream Comics!

DescendingOutlands 3After  bringing vibrancy to other creators’ indie comics, Shaun Dobie, colourist of the the Red Mask from Mars, has returned to his own book Descending Outlands in time for this weekend’s Melksham Comic Con which will see the debut of issue 3 of his interstellar caper. But can Dobie make another out of this world issue, or will it fall back down to Earth with a bump?

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Sam Webster is a veteran of the UK convention circuit thanks to his superhero series Joe Cape. However, Sam is now flexing his artistic muscles with Unfamiliar Skies, about a rebellious young girl adventuring through the cosmos. Launching at this weekend’s Melksham Comic Con after a successful Kickstarter campaign, will this title be another blast off success or will it end up lost in space?

MCC2016 logoCelebrating it’s fifth anniversary this summer, is Melksham Comic Con, one of the crown jewels in the UK indie comics scene and the ultimate fun packed comic day out (that actually places the emphasis on comics!). To celebrate this momentous anniversary they are back, bigger and better than ever on August 27th and 28th, across two days and three venues in the sleepy Wiltshire market town. To find out more about this years event we catch up with organiser Hayley Spencer.

Shaman KaneReleased at last weekend’s Bristol Comics Expo, David Broughton’s Shaman Kane feels like it could have been plucked from a classic edition of 2000 AD, which is no real surprise as he made his name on 2000 AD fanzines like Zarjaz and Dog Breath. But will his own comic about a space faring law man who deals with some very supernatural enemies be magical or will it be lost in space?

CoversPatreon is starting to become the destination for indie comic creators. The latest team to join the pledge based crowd funding platform are Mike Garley and Joshua Sherwell who are offering exclusive looks at new pages from The Kill Screen as well as spin offs, pin ups and even more unique content. We catch up with writer Mike Garley to find out what the perks are of Patreon.

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From the pages of our favourite Victorian superhero adventure, Merrick the Sensational Elephantman, comes Treves: A Restless Night. Writer Tom Ward and artist Luke Parker’s prequel/spin off explores the early days of Merrick’s long time ally Treves in India, complete with cursed locals, zombie stonemasons and sinister tentacled beasties. But will it be as sensational as the main man Merrick?

CXC_logo_vert_redAs the world of indie comics grown bigger every week, the decision of where to look for the best new indie book becomes ever more difficult. If only there were a central resource where indie comics fans and creators alike could get together in one place to sell, buy and share the best new indie books from all over the world? Well that is the goal of ComixCentral founder Leigh Jeffrey and we caught up with her to find out more.

vesselsWith some extra time on his hands thanks to the school holidays, our indie comics expert Olly MacNamee takes a few hours out from sunning himself to cast an eye over three more great indie titles in this month’s Olly’s World of Indie. They include: Dave Cook’s new fantasy story Vessels; anarchic music inspired series Iron Bard Ballisto; and both volumes of David Lumsden’s Boat, based on his short film.

kickstarter_of_the_weekCollecting together Robin Hoezlemann’s stunning period webcomic into a 200 page collection, Curia Regis: Volume 1 is one of those books that reminds you just how amazing and diverse the world of indie comics can be. Packed full of duels and battles and political machinations, but rendered in a beautiful way that evokes everything from Anime, to French Bande Designees to modern comics like Porcelain, Curia Regis is a sensational read and one which we highly recommend you check out. And for long time fans, this new collected edition will see the first chapter redrawn and coloured for the first time.
You can back Curia Regis on Kickstarter here and can watch the pledge video below.

DeadpoolAlthough Deadpool was undoubtedly one of the biggest comic-to-movie hits of 2016, there’s no doubt he wouldn’t have reached his legendary status without the help of his troublesome acquaintance, Jack Hammer. We delve into the back story of this unique character with a little bit of help from digital comics giant, ComiXology!