A new year and new convention season is here again, and so it’s time for Stuart Mulrain and his team of agents to lead the charge as the True Believers Comic Festival (TBCF) kicks off 2018’s event season. Now into its fourth year, TBCF doesn’t look like it plans to go anywhere any time soon, but can they continue to impress as with prior events or is this a convention which has reached its peak?

Growing on it’s success from 2017, Coventry Comic Con has had a makeover for the new year and moving forward will be officially known as Covcon, after a public vote. Our roving reporter Olly MacNamee is part of Covcon’s inner circle and so gives us the lowdown on what’s happening in the world of comics in Coventry this September.

As one of our favourite events from 2016, this year’s Bristol Comics and Zine Fair had sky high expectations, but they managed to more than managed to live up these high hopes thanks to an incredibly well run event packed full of exciting and diverse creators in a really fun and packed (and most importantly full!) venue.

Thought Bubble continue to be the pinnacle of the Comic Convention calendar for indie and small press comic creators, and this year’s event looks set to be even bigger and better than ever! With a guest list that include some of the biggest names in comics (such as Brian K Vaughan, Sara Pichelli and more) alongside the very best of the UK indie scene it’s a must attend event for anyone who loves comics. We take a look at some of the books being released on the weekend.

Hot on the heels of ELCAF, comes another new comics and zines fair based in the capital. The South London Comic and Zine Fair (SLCZF) is set to take place at Stanley Halls South Norwood on the 15th July and will again shine a light on the London based self & micro publishing community with a selection of fantastic creators showcasing their wares!

It was a hot and sweaty Saturday in East London as we headed to the picturesque round house chapel in Hackney for the sixth annual East London Comic Art Festival (ELCAF). Our first visit to what we have been told is the premier event of the year for small press comic creators, and a festival with an emphasis on the DIY and micro-publishing world, where  the talk would be about litho printing and long arm staplers  rather than the latest superheroes! And we couldn’t wait!

This July the comic creators of Wales will all be congregating in the Masonic Hall in Cardiff for the annual Cardiff Independent Comic Expo (CICE). Alongside fantastic guests such as 2000 AD stalwarts like Jon Davis-Hunt and Henry Flint, will be some of the most exciting small press creators going, including some who aren’t even from Wales! We catch up with event organiser Iz McAuliffe to find out more about this year’s next must attend comic convention.

What a weekend! And What a great venue too! A comic con within spitting distance of Brighton beach! After a rather chilling week, it was nice to see the sun coming out in all its glory especially for this first-time show on the south coast as our roving reporter (and panel moderator extraordinaire) Olly MacNamee packs his bags and heads for ICE Brighton

Now in it’s 6th year, the East London Comics Arts Festival (better known as ELCAF) is one of the premier events for small press comics and zines in the UK. Founded by the wonderful Nobrow Press in 2012 it is a three day celebration of the artier end of the comics spectrum and features a whos who of indie small press creators alongside the a selection of the most exciting up and coming new artist and illustrators looking to break into this wonderful scene.