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!

image003ABC News and Marvel have announced MADAYA MOM, an original digital comic detailing the harrowing true story of one family’s struggle to survive in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. An extraordinary tale of courage and resilience, the heroic MADAYA MOM shows strength in the midst of tragedy, turning an incredibly difficult situation into an opportunity to give a voice to her people.  

nottingham-comic-conAs well as running a fantastic convention, the folk over at Nottingham Comic Convention have put together a Kickstarter to fund an amazing looking indie anthology called Forest Tales volume 1. Featuring stories from some of the best indie talent around, including Marc Laming, Andy Bloor, Nich Angell, Vince Hunt, Gavin Mitchell and Emily Owen, it also has a stunning a cover by Random Trials‘ Dean Beattie.

Pull List 03The new issue of our indie comics fanzine The Pull List is out now and in it we celebrate the best of small press and the independent spirit of comics! We have an exclusive interview from UK comics legend Shaky Kane, discussing his new book Last Driver, with exclusive looks at some of the stunning artwork involved. and even have an exclusive variant cover for this issue! You can purchase it for £0.99 from Gumroad!

Small press Day 2016This weekend sees the first ever Small Press Day, a celebration of the world of indie and small press comics, take over the UK’s comic book stores with signings and events galore . We hope it is set to be a new annual event day for comic fans in the same vein as Free Comic Book Day has become and so take a look at some of the events going on around the country.

Small Press Factor Twitter Card  FINALIf you think you’ve got what it takes to become a small press creator, then why not enter The Small Press Factor, a new competition from the founders of Leam Comic Con to get a table at their event in 2017 and promotional support for your comic, which includes an interview on the Awesome Comics Podcast and here on Pipedream Comics!