Comic books have been around for nearly a century now and in that time they have spawned some of the most loved characters of all time. Superman, Spiderman and Batman are all characters who first found fame in the pages of comic books before they went on to become household names after achieving further success in other areas of entertainment. Like most other industries comic books have gone through peaks and troughs when it comes to popularity.

Black Panther, the latest in a long line of Marvel films to hit the big screen, has been exceptionally well received by almosy everyone who has watched it. It sees T’Challa, who is the King and protector of Wakanda, rise to the throne of the advanced African nation, but he’s challenged by an outsider who holds a grudge after a mistake made by T’Challa’s father. The film itself is great and with most film buffs rating the movie as one of the best ever, it might be best to discover where it all started, in the comic book world.

The Valiant Universe is a thrilling alternative to the DC-Marvel duopoly. While these two titans of the comic book world are busy copyrighting the word superhero and milking endless reboots in the cinemas, Valiant have quietly got on with the task of entertaining fans with well-fleshed out characters.

Unless you are backed by the big boys at DC or Marvel, getting your comic to market can be almost as hard as coming up with the idea in the first place. Small press print runs still cost money, even if you run your new mag off and staple it yourself — and then you have to add distribution costs, marketing costs and everything else. Even with a dedicated bunch of friends, you still need funding from somewhere if you are to have any chance of real success

Following the footsteps of Ram V’s Grafity’s Wall, another indie creator, Owen Micheal Johnson (Beast Wagon) has set his sights on unbound.com for his next venture in self-publishing with a proposed new collection of his debut graphic novel from a few years ago now, Reel Love. Semi autobiographical, this is the story of.. well, I’ll let Owen tell you:

Take one rotten rival to Lady Flintlock’s highway shenanigans, one ship full of hungry and putrid and survey pirates and an ill thought our robbery and you have all the ingredients to Steve Tanner an friends’ newest offering, Flintlock No.2 from Time Bomb Comics, all sitting behind an Ian Kennedy cover no less.


Unbound is a new UK based trade publishing house that operates on a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding model which I’m beginning to hear more and more about from a few creators such as Ram V, author of last year’s Indian based crime-noir graphic Novel Black Mumba. He has chosen this site to raise the funds for Grafity’s Wall, a coming-of-age GN set against the South Asian continent’s own city that never sleeps, Mumbai. 

With the convention scene now in full swing, Alan Henderson, creator of webcomic Penned Guin shared these 9 essential convention tips over at the Awesome Comics Talk Facebook Group and he kindly agreed to let us share them with you here too. He told us he has learnt each of these from being on both sides of the con table for the last 18 years and they hopefully give some insights into how to run a successful small press table at a Con.