This year’s True Believers has been one of our favourite conventions of the year so far, and so we were delighted to learn that Stuart and co were also going to be running a Summer Variant event in Gloucester this August. With a host of a great small press creators on hand, all in the name of a good cause, and set in a stunning location we couldn’t help but sign up to exhibit there! But what and who else can you see in Blackfriars Priory on Sunday 20th August.

With a host of great comic events coming our way this summer we take a look at a few of our favourites. We start out with the Cardiff Independent Comic Expo which will be taking place at Cardif Masonic Hall on Saturday July 8th and features a fantastic mix of name guests and indie and small press superstars!

The new issue of indie comics fanzine The Pull List is out now for just £0.99 from our digital store! 

This issue we look at the world of crowd-funding with our Kickstarter Secrets special! Kickstarter has become an essential part of the indie comics scene, so to find out more about how our favourite creators make the most of the crowd-funding platform we talk to a panel of experts to find out their essential secrets.

We also talk to Aussie King of Kickstarter Ryan K Lindsay about his new all-ages book Ink Island, Chris Baldie about his moustachioed hero Space Captain, and Tom Ward about the gothic world of Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman.

We also have reviews of the best new indie and small press comics, previews of up and coming titles in our gallery, and show reports from True Believers and Leamington Comic Convention.

You can download it from our Gumroad Store here!

From Mad Robot Comics, the team behind the recent Cadavers series, comes a new collected edition of Last Exit To Brighton, one of the first collaborations between writer Matt Hardy and artist Ed Bentley. Available in glossy colour for the first time, Ed’s awesome watercolour art has been given some extra zing to bring it bang up to date, while the story and lettering have also been given a quick tidy up by Matt and letterer extraordinaire Rob Jones. It means that our tale of a pair of mismatched detectives hunting an occult serial killer in post-apocalyptic Brighton is now even more weird and wonderful than ever before, and is a great chance to get a look at the early work of this really exciting and original indie teams!
You can find out more on the Kickstarter page here. And you can watch the pledge video below.

We’ve been looking forward to this one ever since we discovered the wacky world of the Etherington Brothers back at the end of last year, and the early images of this book was one of the main reason we picked them to be a part of our Indie Showcase Special of The Pull List. Created by the mysterious alter ego of Lorenzeo Etherington, it’s filled with mix of trademark, high energy Etherington artwork and quirky characters, but rendered with a halftone-tastic sheen and a generous dose of retro styling to create a book that looks effortlessly cool and totally unique – it even comes with its own 3D section and 3D glasses! So get behind this brilliant book and make sure it is added to your collection soon by pledging for it here. And watch the pledge video below!

Having caught up with AP2HYC editor David Moloksky at last month’s Leamington Comic Con, we were excited to discover that the guys from A Place To Hang Your Cape have launched an official podcast – PodCapers! – which means we have a chance to discover even more great comics and geeky chat from this awesome website.

While chatting to the fine folks from Good Comics at Leamington this weekend they told us some very exciting news about their next book, Human Garbage, which is set to be a collection of stories from the awesome Josh Hicks, creator of the brilliantly bonkers Glorious Wrestling Alliance. They gave us a sneak preview of the cover for Human Garbage at the convention, but here are some more amazing pages for you to check out!

Back in August we spoke to Leigh Jaffrey, about her new venture ComixCentral which was designed to be an indie comics hub designed to bring all the disparate elements of the indie world in to one happy family. Well after months of beta testing and public forums ComixCentral has finally gone live we hear from Leigh to find out more about the launch!

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.