One of the great things about comics is that they can give a voice to those in society who may not always be represented by mainstream books or stories. Whether it’s the big-hitters like the X-Men and Spider-Man or more indie examples like The Pride or Valiant’s Faith, we’ve all been brought up on a diet of superheroes who challenge the norms and create outsider who we can rally behind, and so we should celebrate the way comics can promote inclusion, and still tell exciting stories at the same time. A fantastic example of this has been brought to our attention by friend of the site Garrick Webster – the editor of the CrimeFictionLover website for whom, we have provided the odd story for. He sent us some details of a really fantastic new book called Metaphase, which features a superhero character with Downs Syndrome. It’s a subject that is close to his heart and so he conducted an interview with the book’s creator Chip Reece to discuss the issues featured in the comic. It’s a fantastic read and we wanted to share it with you to help bring more attention to this fantastic series, so please be sure to check it out and if you like what you read then be sure to pick up Metaphase on ComiXology.
You can read the full interview with Chip Reece discussing Metaphase and Downs-Syndrome superheroes here

It’s going to be a busy year for Pat Mills in 2017, not only will he be part of the epic celebrations for the 40th anniversary of a little comic he created called 2000 AD. But he’s also released his debut novel Read Em And Weep: Serial Killer , co-written with longtime pal Kevin O’Neill. We catch up with Pat to discover the inner secrets of Britain’s laziest serial killer!

Calling all kid comic creators! If you’ve ever fancied having one of your characters appear in the pages of an actual comic (and are aged between 5 and 15!) then Jon Laight and Matt Strott have just the competition for you. Send them your creation by February 5th or give it to them at True Believers and you could be in with a chance of it appearing in the pages of their new comic Late Knights: A Sense Of Steel! We catch up with writer Jon Laight to find out all about it…

For the third track of his epic musical fantasy series 7String, creator Nich Angell has changed key mid-track and gone off in a new digital direction. Now available online as well as via webcomic portal Tapastic, we tune up the band and aim to strike a chord with the continuing adventures of sword wielding maestro Zach Briarpatch and co.

True Believers 2016Convention season is nearly upon us, and the now traditional opening event of the year for us at Pipedream Comics is the wonderful True Believers Comic Festival in Cheltenham. With a great mix of creators and some of the best small press and indie stars around, it’s everything that a comic convention should be. With the convention scene getting tougher than ever, we catch up with founder Stuart Mulrain to find out what they have planned for the True Believers in 2017!

War comics were once a staple of the newsstand, and in recent years their popularity have dwindled. But that does not mean that they do not still have a relevancy. Writer Dan Hill takes a unique look at the horrors of war in the south pacific and the effects on those returning home in his new comic Go Home. We talk to Dan about why he feels war comics still have a place in today’s market.

paradox-girl-5Time travel is a funny old thing. Although it can add a little something extra to a humdrum tale, it can also turn a decent yarn into a convoluted mess. However rather than worry about the vagaries of the space time continuum, Cayti Bourgeon has embraced the confusion and created a heroine who is the living embodiment of a paradox. We try to make sense of the world of Paradox Girl.

ness03Although we’re the wrong side of Halloween, Chris Welsh’s dark, dank monster book Ness is still giving us nightmares. The tale of a group of teenagers who get drawn into a world of tentacled beasties and supernatural Celtic cults is back on Kickstarter to get the final two issues funded and so we caught up with creator, Chris Welsh to get to the bottom of the monstrous world of Ness.

dark-matter-ii-coverIt’s a great time for indie anthologies,and returning to the fray is the second volume of Dark Matter from writer Chris Sides. After a triumphant and eclectic debut, this new collection is set to launch at Birmingham’s MCM on November 19th, so we caught up with Chris Sides to get an in-depth rundown of the stories and creators and find out why Dark Matter stands out from the crowd.

merrickWhen we reached the end of Treves: A Restless Night (the recent spin off to Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman) it left us clamouring for more adventures of the Victorian sideshow superhero. And fortunately we have not had to wait long, as writer Tom Ward and artist Luke Parker are back, with a new two part story, The Gamblers Cards, on Kickstarter now. We catch up with Tom to find out if introducing the first super villain of the Merrick universe was any kind of gamble, or always a sure-thing?