Leamington Comic Convention avatarAs well as the big global comic conventions like NYCC or SDCC there are also loads of great small conventions based in the UK which fans who can’t make a trip across the pond should really check out. Making it’s debut this year is the Leamington Comic Con on October 18th 2014 and to celebrate adding another event great comics date to our diary we caught up with it’s founder Dan Mallier to find out what makes his convention different from all the rest.

Bestselling graphic novelist Dave Gibbons is to become the first Comics Laureate. The announcement was made by internationally acclaimed comics authority and graphic novelist Scott McCloud at the launch of new charity Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on 17th October 2014.

TBCFCheltenham in the UK is famous for it’s festivals, from horse-racing to literature and more, but it’s about to get a new event which comics geeks like us are probably much more interested in! That’s right in February 2015 the True Believers Comic Festival is coming to this famous old spa city and so to find out more we talked to founder Stuart Mulrain as tickets go on sale for 2015′s first must-visit comics event.

So Buttons 7Ever considered transferring your life’s most poignant (and mundane) moments to a comic book page? Well that’s exactly what New Yorker Jonathan Baylis did with the superb So Buttons comics anthology. From his childhood to meeting his wife, to his internship at Marvel and more, this fantastic slice-of-life collection was inspired by the likes of Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb and features a soul-bearing look into the life and mind of a normal guy – we find out more.

Cimarronin #1 coverNo stranger to digital comics thanks to their purchase of Comixology, Amazon’s own imprint, Jet City Comics was launched as their own attempt to gain a market share, which continues with the first issue of Cimarronin: A Samurai in New Spain #1. But can this book continue to help them fly in terms of selling comics, or will it stall during lift off?