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.

Pantheon from Hamish Steele was one of our favourite books of last year, so we were delighted to hear that is latest webcomic Deadendia was about to get the same high class graphic novel treatment from the fine folk at Nobrow. As with PantheonDeadendia is another hilarious and hyper-colour adventure, with an eclectic and diverse range of characters – but this time is set in an amusement park that’s also a gateway to hell, rather than in the Nile delta. If you’ve ever wanted a book starring a demonically possessed pug, then this is the one for you!

This high-tech thriller from Gianluca Bonomo, Diego Blanda and Salvatore Porcaro sees three young misfits attempting to find their way in a world governed by creepy hybrid birds with cameras for heads. It’s a powerful visual and a great central premise for this tightly woven thriller, but is it one to keep an eye on, or should it just fly off into the distance?

Richy K. Chandlers’ When Are You Going To Get A Proper Job, the tale of a comic artists dad struggling to balance freelance life and fatherhood, was a title that really resonated with us, as it was very close to home. So we caught up with Richy to find out more about what inspired him to share his experiences with the world and how those experience have made him a better artist and parent.

Thanks to titles like Brethren Born and Late Knights, Jon Laight has become a firm fixture of the UK small press comics scene. But for this latest, most ambitious title, Laight has joined up with Markosia Comics and the artistic talents of Grant Richards, Darren Stephens and Rob Jones to produce Away, a sci-fi story about a man who spends his dreams training to be the Earth’s ultimate saviour.

One of our highlights from the recent Leamington Comic Con, was news of a new book from Wired Up Wrong‘s Rachael Smith called Isabella and Blodwen. As long time fans of her work, stretching back to the early days of House Party, we were super excited and even more intrigued to learn that not only would it be packed full of the beautiful art and pithy wit which we have come to love with her work, but also that she was embracing a new publishing platform, with crowd funding site Unbound. We caught up with Rachael to find out more about the conflicting worlds of ancient witches and contemporary funding platforms! (Which is much more interesting than it sounds!)

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!