With it’s mix of classic old school crime noir and golden age sci-fi silliness, Russell Olson’s Gateway City has been one of our favourite discoveries of the year. With the latest issue in the bag and a new collected edition on the way, we catch up with the man behind it all, to find out why he wanted to mix things up with a whole new way of looking at the world of science fiction and crime noir!

Our latest spotlight on the world of small press comics features: A Projection, a new slice of interesting avant garde comics from Avery Hill; Samuel London’s quirky and quant debut Milford Green; and 10 page freebie comic The Train Terminates Here that is anything but cheap and cheerful!

With it’s unique location in a medieval friary, and it’s chilled out atmosphere, the True Believers Summer Variant was one of our highlights of last year’s convention circuit. With only a week to go until the big day this year (August 5th at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester), we caught up with organiser Stuart Mulrain to find out more about what’s in store and the pros of running an event in a quirky venue!

This July sees the first ever Comics Summit, a chance for indie and small press comic creators to share their knowledge and experience with each other, without the stresses of also having to man a comic convention table and make sales! The brainchild of Big Punch Studios’ Jon Lock, we caught him on a rare moment between marketing, making videos and re-organising venues to find out more about what The Comics Summit is all about.

This month’s small press spotlight looks at three very different genre tales: starting off with the collected edition of Jordan Kroeger’s crazy combat comic The Fist; following that is goth monsters in the wild west courtesy of Frankenstein Texas; and last but by no means least is wordless zombie sci-fi comic Z from D4VE’s Valentin Ramon.

The latest book from Brighton’s Mad Robot Comics, home to Cadavers and Last Exit to Brighton, sees a tough as nails London detective investigate some grisly murders in a quaint country village. But will Murder Most Mundane manage to be more meaningful than it’s murders.

The ‘annoyingly good’ Matt Garvey returns with yet another new title this month in Red Rocket Comet the tale of an aging hero plagued by nightmares from the past. The prolific creator of white NOIR, The Ether and The Devil In Disguise has teamed up with Circusside’s Grayham Puttock and Captain Cosmic’s Andy W. Clift to create a dark and twisted superhero tale that reads like Watchmen reimagined by Mark Millar or Ed Brubaker. So buckle up for launch!

For our latest dive into the world of small press we take a look at three highly personal projects: Aaron rackley’s Little Heroes Anthology, the second issue of this fantastic collection that also helps fundraise for comic based resources in hospitals; Good Comics’ Sam Williams has created a highly personal look into fatherhood with Daddy Day; and finally Nicole Bate’s look at anxiety in a beautiful wordless comics called Anxiety Me.

From the opening scenes involving a row over a cup of tea in the workplace, you can’t help but be drawn into Joe Palmer’s scintilating sci-fi one shot Grind. The workplace banter is instantly familliar, but the world it is set in is one of a kind and it’s this perfect combination of the fresh and the familliar which make Grind such a fantastic read.

Launching at the upcoming East London Comics Art Festival, Tim Bird’s latest offering from Avery Hill, The Great North Wood, has been met with a glowing review already. But we were keen to find out more about the secrets of this subtle and meandering read, so we thought we could get in touch with Tim in order to see if we could see the wood for the trees.