A glorious venue, a beautiful sunny day and a great selection of comics to check out – you couldn’t have asked for a better set of circumstances for the fourth Leamington Comic Con. Our roving reporter Alex Thomas heads up the M5 for weekend of small press comics in a truly unique setting.

After discovering the vintage sci-fi brilliance of Gateway City at this year’s True Believers, we were even more ecstatic to discover artist Russell Mark Olson has also been turning his hand to the 80s LA noir of Cult Empire’s new series Lady Hollywood. As it entices new readers in via Kickstarter thanks to it’s neon colours and in your face action, we catch up with Russell and writer/publisher George Lennox to find out more about this enticing new heroine!

As huge fans of Chris Baldie’s Space Captain series (thanks to its perfect blend of emotive story telling, stunning art and awesome mustachioed hero) we very excited to discover Chris was producing a new series – I Rolled A One – this time set in the world of table top role-playing games. We warm up our 20 sided dice in anticipation of some epic questing!

This weekend sees the return of the Leamington Comic Con, and one of it’s main guests is comic book royalty John Wagner. As well as being the creator of Judge Dredd, and writer of History of Violence, Button Man and more, he is also the co-creator of our favourite alien football adventure Rok Of The Reds. We caught up with John ahead of the launch of the collected edition at Leamington to find out if he is still match fit?

It takes a lot to stand out from the crowd in the world of indie horror comics, but one artist who is really starting to make waves for himself is Lyndon White. Whether it is via his creator owned work like The Mind of James Svengla, or the recent Mandy The Monster Hunter series The Spindly Man, White’s unique mixed media style has a real uniqueness to it, which is set to be further showcased via a concertina Cthulu Collection, which is currently funding on Kickstarter. We caught up with the man himself to find out more.

While Superheroes are by no means a new idea, the notion that these same heroes need retiring and/or controlling in some fashion is one which has only been around since the arrival of Watchmen and one which continues to grow in recent years with comics such as Civil War. This week we take a look at More than Men by Evan Waterman and Butch Mapa, as it focuses on a superhero team in a world full of superpowers and asks ‘are heroes still relevant’?

As the weather begins to warm and comic fans and creators begin to brave stepping outside their front door, convention season begins to spark into life. The next on our calendar is the always excellent Leamington Comic Con on April 14th, which is set to feature a guest appearance from Judge Dredd creator John Wagner, Loki writer Al Ewing as well as a host of great indie and small pressers as well! We take a look at what you can enjoy on the day!

With comics now firmly part of mainstream culture, it feels like there is a gap in the market for a publication about comics. (It’s certainly part of the reason we started The Pull List). As someone who grew up reading Wizard and Comics International there isn’t a really high profile magazine about the industry any more, let alone one that looks at it’s cultural impact as well. The likes of SFX and Starburst pay lip service with some content and magazines like Comic Heroes come and go but there isn’t anything with a mature and intelligent way of looking at the comics world – until now. Full Bleed is the first issue of a new quarterly anthology from IDW imprint PDX and is headed up by longtime IDW editor Dirk Wood.

One of our favourite discoveries at this year’s True Believers was The Show by Jed McPherson – who launched the first issue that weekend. This tale of a crazy reality show run by a drug addled TV exec was a really exciting find, but it also led to us discovering his amazing previous work like Deadbeat and Jacob. Keen to discover more about this exciting new talent we caught up with Jed to talk gonzo reality TV, crime noir and deadbeat dads.

A new year and new convention season is here again, and so it’s time for Stuart Mulrain and his team of agents to lead the charge as the True Believers Comic Festival (TBCF) kicks off 2018’s event season. Now into its fourth year, TBCF doesn’t look like it plans to go anywhere any time soon, but can they continue to impress as with prior events or is this a convention which has reached its peak?