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!

Produced by our own Andy CT, Horde Comics is more than just another small press anthology, thanks to a mix of exceptional production qualities and some smart and enjoyable stories. With plenty of thought and consideration having gone into every element of the book, Andy and his long time pal Gregg Mason have produced the kind of polished book (and Kickstarter campaign) that you would expect from a seasoned veteran, not a pair of debutants.

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!

 At the beginning of the year, Big Punch Studios Jon Lock shared his frustrations at the world of independent comics with the world via an epic blog post. In it he called for a number of suggestions of how the indie comic scene could come together and make things better for itself, and one of those ideas was an event where creators could swap ideas outside of the traditional convention arena. Well, rather than rely on someone else to organise this event for him, he has decided to put it on himself and so the Comics Summit was created. It will be part of the the Comics Uncovered event in Birmingham this July and we’ll have loads of coverage of this amazing event leading up to the day. But for now, here’s a quick look at what’s in store.

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!

It’s been just over a year since Ken Reynolds and Sam Bentley brought out their last instalment of their steampunk action/horror comic Cognition. In the run up to the Kickstarter for issue #3, we take a look at the new issue and see if Cal and Sigma can continue their spell binding success, or if the cogs are beginning to rust?

People sometimes think that comic books are quite a modern invention, but they go back a lot further than most people realize. Stories have been told using pictures from the days of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians. These stories became available for everyone with the invention of the printing press but in these days most of the printed word was to do with religion. This changed in the 18th Century when more commentary on political and social matters was published and this formed the basis of the comic books that we know today. The five oldest comic books that are known to have existed are listed below.

This weekend see the return of the fantastic Leamington Comic Con, one of the countries best small comic cons with an emphasis on comics and small press at it’s heart. With this year’s event seeing appearances from 2000 AD legend John Wagner and Marvel writer Al Ewing as well as the best of small press and Cosplay, we caught up with organiser Dan Mallier to find out what’s in store!