For our final round-up of new small press comics debuting at this year’s Thought Bubble, we look at three connected books. First up is the new offering from Madius Comics and their violent fantasy one-shot  Ciccdian Rhythms; after that is a piece of solo work from Cicadian Rhythms’ artist Gustavo Vargas called L1MA; and finally is another new Madius book in the shape of The Incredible Bun.

Joining the excellent 32 Kills as the latest part of the Comichaus publishing push is Close, which is written by Impossible’s Chris Sides and long time collaborator Chris Travell. Released from the pages of the Comichaus Anthology, Close is a slice of contemporary crime drama that sees a stalker wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. So is this a book one you should be keeping an eye on or one that needs locking up?

Set on a mining colony in the depths of space Kristyna Baczynski’s Retrograde Orbit is a complex and poignant tale of a young alien girl trying to fit into a world that is different to her own. With it’s subtle look at immigration and identity, we caught up with it’s creator to find out more about about what it is like to be an alien in both senses of the word.

We continue to rundown some of the best small press comics debuting at this year’s Thought Bubble Comic Festival and this time we have three that will definitely make you laugh: caffeinated journo Chip McFitz is back for a new adventure from Mat Greaves; Josh Hicks’ gang from Glorious Wrestling are facing Apocalypse; and Todd Oliver’s latest collection of quirky strips in Not Your Cuppa Tea.

For her full length graphic novel debut, Follow Me In, Katriona Chapman has expanded the small but poignant world of her Katzine travelogues and turned into something much more epic. Chronicling her travels in Mexico and the breakdown of a relationship along the way, it’s part travelogue, part therapy session and so we caught up with Kat to find out how she managed to balance these two disparate elements of her story so well. 

We take a look at some of the exciting new small press titles being released at Thought Bubble at the end of the month, including: John Stone’s personal account of his life with a speech impediment in Stutter; Darrell Thorpe’s latest wierd and wacky new adventure in Eroll vs. Evil; and the first full collection from the Wine and Zine team in the aptly titled Wine And Zine Anthology!

Having been blown away by the Art Deco noir of Martin Simpson’s The Needleman from Soaring Penguin Press, we knew we had to find out more! However when we caught up with Martin, we were a little bit more gentle with our interrogation than Rasp, the sinister investigator and titular Needleman who uses a long spike to get info out of his victims. And we think we got better answers as a result!

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!)

One of three books being released by Avery Hill at this year’s Thought Bubble, Kristyna Baczynski’s Retrograde Orbit is a beautiful and poignant tale about about a young girl looking to find a sense of home and identity in a galaxy where she feels like doesn’t quite belong.

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!