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!

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!

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!

We’re living in turbulent times politically and although we may feel that our love of comics is a way to escape the harsh realities of real life, they can also be a fantastic medium for exploring the issues of the world around us. A great example of how comics can be politicised for good is the newly launched Draw the Line, a lively, visual guide to positive political action that anyone can take that has been compiled by more than 100 comics artists and illustrators from around the world, including big names like Dave McKean, Steven Appleby and Woodrow Phoenix.

If you’re in the Brighton area in May during the Open Arts Festival, then be sure to take a look inside the new Comic Pop Up store which will be running in Hanover Pub and Restaurant on May 13th. It’s a great event being put together by Simon Russell as his way to try and get new fans into the world of indie comics and will include work from a host of great creators for sale, as well as artists on hand during the day.

We always love an indie success story as it’s a fantastic reminder that plugging away at this self-publishing malarkey can actually lead somewhere. A great example of this is Planet Jimbot’s cult indie hit Savant, which is set to be serialised from March onwards in no less a title than Dark Horse Presents – which you have to reckon is a fantastic achievement from Jim Alexander, Will Pickering and co.

If ever you needed a bit of reassurance that the world of US politics couldn’t get any crazier after last year’s election, we’ve been sent a rather alarming video from the creators of Man vs. Rock which makes the current political scenario in the USA seem like a a sedate garden party on the croquet lawn at Downton Abbey! That’s right Pipedreamers, we bring you Buck Stone: President of the USA!