Back after an 18 month hiatus, Leamington Comic Con returned to the UK convention calendar with a new venue and a line up promising, comics, cosplay and plenty of fun for all the family. Having finally recovered from last week’s MCM Birmingham, our roving reporter Olly MacNamee broke out his press pass to give us all the news from this year’s event.

Unbound is an American Kickstarter-like crowdfunding site which I’m beginning to hear more and more about from a few creators such as Ram V, author of last year’s Indian based crime-noir graphic Novel Black Mumba. He has chosen this site to raise the funds for Grafity’s Wall, a coming-of-age GN set against the South Asian continent’s own city that never sleeps, Mumbai. 

Set in the seedy underbelly of 60s London, Nick Prolix’s webcomic The Sheep And The Wolves and it’s print spin-off Slang Pictorial, mixes vintage crime and newspaper strip capers as be-quiffed hitman Jimmy struts around town impressing the birds and trying to make a name for himself as an underworld player. Having met up with Nick at True Believers, we decided to pay a visit to his Cockney manor, have a cup of rosie lea and a bit of Frank and Pat about all things Sheep And Wolves!

With Leamington Comic Con fast approaching us, we take a look at 4 books which are making their debut at this weekend’s event, featuring: Darrell Thorpe’s Sub Diablo: Great Titans; King Legacy #1, Rozi Hathaway’s Cosmo and Other Stories; and Paul Rainey’s Thunber Brother Special.

With the convention scene now in full swing, Alan Henderson, creator of webcomic Penned Guin shared these 9 essential convention tips over at the Awesome Comics Talk Facebook Group and he kindly agreed to let us share them with you here too. He told us he has learnt each of these from being on both sides of the con table for the last 18 years and they hopefully give some insights into how to run a successful small press table at a Con.

Just when we thought the Kickstarter scene had slowed down, then we get a message from our old friend Ken Reynolds of Sliced Quarterly fame, to tell us that he has a new campaign launching for the excellent Cognition. A worth nominee for our Indie Comic Of The Year award (gaining a healthy 3rd place!), Ken’s tale of occult investigators in Victorian London is a true one of a kind, and we can’t wait to find out what possessed automaton Cal and his rodent sidekick Sigma will be getting up to next – something about a legendary Demon Dog in Norfolk apparently! So be sure to pledge your support for this fantastic book here and watch the pledge video below to see why this is such a brilliant series.

In this day and age, new is always better (to quote Barney Stinson). However, we often forget about the classic comics which were released in the years gone by. One such example, that we picked up at the recent True Believers event, is Wolfmen and Fall of the Wolfmen from Accent UK which follows one man’s attempt to join a criminal gang who possess a very supernatural secret. But has time hurt this comic quality or is it a story which has become ageless?

Last summer we brought you news of a fantastic competition called The Small Press Factor, which was run by the team at Leamington Comic Con 2017. It was a chance for an up and coming comic book creator to win a table at the 2017 event, as well as some promotion for their comic, including an interview here on Pipedream Comics. So ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce to you, the winners of the Small Factor – King Legacy. We talk Elvis and aliens with writer Jay Frettingham!

Leamington Comic Con Logo 2015Having taken a year off in 2016, Leamington Comic Con is back with a new date, a new venue, and a line-up featuring some of the best of small press, as well as Big Two superstars Chris Wildgoose and Marc Laming. We catch up with organisers Dan Mallier and Lisa-Marie Nelson to find out what we can look forward to on March 25th!

Ahead of its launch at next weekend’s MCM Comic Con in Birmingham, Olly MacNamee met up with Rees Finlay at a local Laydeez Do Comics event where he spoke a bit about the personal journey he has taken over the last year or so, which is the basis for his very personal of stories, The Blue Flame