That time of year where the great and the good of the comics world congrgates on Leeds for the Thought Bubble 2018 Comics Art Festival. Running over the weekend of September 22nd it’s the event of the year for launching and showcasing new work, so here we highlight some of our favourites which will be debuting! (We’ll keep updating it as we get closer to the event!)

Although we don’t usually cover Image Comics books here on the site, we are making an exception for their new anthology 24 Panels. Not only is it for a fantastic cause, as it is intended to to honour those who were affected by last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy here in the UK. But it also features new work from a stellar cast of UK comic creators, from big names like Alan Moore and co-curator Kieron Gillen, but also some of the stars of the UK small press scene, many of whom will not have been published by Image before.

As well as writing stellar small press comics like white NOIR, The Ether, Chunks and the recent Red Rocket Comet, Matt Garvey has turned all altruistic and offered to self finance a small press anthology – called Gotta Start Somewhere – for creators who have never been published before which he will help get into comic shops in the UK. The criteria for entering was originally published over at the MillarWorld forum but he has given us permission to repost it here in an attempt to get more people involved in this excellent project. So keep on reading and if you have ever wanted to make a comic, perhaps this is your way to get started!

“Wailin’ and a screechin’ like a banshee stuck in a blender comes the Mega Meaty Monster Comics Giveaway.” This was the message which greeted our inbox from 100% Biodegradable Editor David Hailwood who has compiled a new FREE indie comics anthology via a service called Instafreebie and is available only from August 12th – 26th!.

 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.

After lamenting the lack of a decent UK comics magazine in our recent review of IDW’s new comics quarterly Full Bleed, we were delighted to discover that the fine folk at Comics Flix are set to debut their own monthly magazine called ComicScene UK. A showcase for the latest news, classic comics and graphic novels, as well as UK fandom and cosplay it looks set to shine a much needed eye on the UK comic scene and we hope bring together all the disparate strands of the UK scene together to celebrate the greatness of UK comics.

Fancy winning £2,000 for your comic? Well the fine folk over at Laydeez Do Comics have announced a new female only graphic novel prize, which is the first of it’s kind in the UK. It’s all part of their mission to recognise and celebrate the wealth of comic being produced by female-identifying people in the UK and looks set to be a fantastic springboard for any aspiring comic creators who enter. Not only do you win a cash prize, but you also get your work critiqued by a panel of comic experts!

If you’re after a free digital comic and a history lesson about the north east of England, then Freedom City Comics have just the book for you! Their new anthology, which put together by Newcastle University alongside some of the team from Applied Comics, presents snapshots of the history of civil rights and politics on Tyneside, and you can read it for free now!

Just when you think the world can’t get any more crazy, then a press release from the Man vs Rock guys appears in our Inbox asking the question “When will Man vs. Rock finally be assassinated by a fascist, foreign dictator?” and giving us a sneak preview of the most explosive graphic novel of all time – UnPresidential!

From our inception 5 years ago, Pipedream Comics has been a huge advocate of the world of digital comics. So we were honoured to be contacted by a team at the British Library who were looking to investigate British Digital Comics and how they can be preserved and archived. But they need your help. So please read their statement below and find out how you can help preserve the world of UK digital comics for posterity!