We’re hugely excited to unveil the new issue of our indie comics fanzine The Pull List which is all about Small Press Sci-fi. In it we take a look at some of the exciting indie and small press comics that are exploring brave new worlds in science fiction. These include: Andy Clift’s all ages space romp The Adventures of Captain Cosmic (with Andy also providing our awesome cover) ; Dead Canary Comics’ super cool anthology Adventures in Science; Luke Halsall and Cuttlefish’s hilarious Out Of Time; and Andy Bloor and Mo Ali’s mind-bending Midnight Man. We also have reviews of the best new indie and small press comics, and show reports from True Believers, Leamington and Swindon. So download it today for just £0.99!

As UK comics institution The Beano celebrates it’s 80th birthday, and 2000 AD it’s 40th last year, the subject of ‘the state of British comics’ has become a real hot button issue online. As people lament the lack of newsstand presence for British comics and claim the the UK comics scene is in decline, we wholeheartedly disagree (at least with the latter). So we’ve decided to run down 10 of our favourite British comics which we think prove that the UK comics scene has never been more vibrant and diverse – you just have to know where to look for them!

From the opening scenes involving a row over a cup of tea in the workplace, you can’t help but be drawn into Joe Palmer’s scintilating sci-fi one shot Grind. The workplace banter is instantly familliar, but the world it is set in is one of a kind and it’s this perfect combination of the fresh and the familliar which make Grind such a fantastic read.

This July sees the first ever Comics Summit, a chance for indie and small press comic creators to share their knowledge and experience with each other, without the stresses of also having to man a comic convention table and make sales! The brainchild of Big Punch Studios’ Jon Lock, we caught him on a rare moment between marketing, making videos and re-organising venues to find out more about what The Comics Summit is all about.

Launching at the upcoming East London Comics Art Festival, Tim Bird’s latest offering from Avery Hill, The Great North Wood, has been met with a glowing review already. But we were keen to find out more about the secrets of this subtle and meandering read, so we thought we could get in touch with Tim in order to see if we could see the wood for the trees.

For their follow up to last year’s excellent new issues of Merrick The Sensational Elephantman, writer Tom Ward and artist Luke Parker have teamed up with Dr Crowe creator Corey Friya to create an awesome Victorian crossover. With both characters have strong steam punk and golden age hero roots, it’s a perfect combination and has that classic Marvel team-up feel to it.

You don’t get a lot of bawdiness these days – it’s usually reserved to seaside postcards and 70s slap and tickle movies – but it is a very apt word to describe the adventures of Lazlo Cale – male prostitute turned art dealer and pan-dimensional adventurer. Discover the world of this enigmatic new hero in his debut adventure from Rum Row’s Andrew Maxwell and artist Goran Gligovic, soon to be pre-ordering on Kickstarter.

For their follow up to the gonzo world of Last Driver and the future gazing of Adventures in Science, Chris Baker and Matt Fitch of Dead Canary Comics have another out of this world story to tell, but one with a much more down to earth core to it – the Apollo moon landing. Teaming up with veteran artist Mike Collins and publisher SelfMadeHero we find out more about why the moon landing was such a landmark event that warranted being immortalised in comic book form!

Todd Oliver’s brilliantly bonkers Boxes was one of our favourite discoveries of last year, and so we were delighted to discover, when we met Todd at True Believers (way back in February), that his worm man character was going to get it’s own book! Well that book, Smedley, is finally about to be unleashed and so ahead of it’s launch at ELCAF we asked Todd about his weird and wonderful wormy world!

Pantheon from Hamish Steele was one of our favourite books of last year, so we were delighted to hear that is latest webcomic Deadendia was about to get the same high class graphic novel treatment from the fine folk at Nobrow. As with PantheonDeadendia is another hilarious and hyper-colour adventure, with an eclectic and diverse range of characters – but this time is set in an amusement park that’s also a gateway to hell, rather than in the Nile delta. If you’ve ever wanted a book starring a demonically possessed pug, then this is the one for you!