Indie Comics News
The latest indie comics news and previews of the best small press friendly comic conventions
This weekend we heady to the sunny south coast and the Portsmouth International Comic Convention. A joint venture put on my Tripwire and the Portsmouth Guildhall this two day event had it all, from comics to cosplay to TV and film and more. Set it the truly spectacular Portsmouth Guidhall, we arrived at the Portsmouth […]
This weekend we’ll be heading to the south coast, and the Portsmouth Independent Comic Convention. Situated in the city’s historic Guildhall it claims to be the largest convention on the south coast, and will feature the usual mix of guest panels, signings, showcases, competitions, cosplay, special events and merchandise. While the show’s main focus will […]
Cardiff Comics Carnival took place under glorious Welsh sunshine in the heart of the capital at 10 Feet Tall on Sunday 24th March. The event was launched by a local group of comics’ creators including Ioan Morris and Josh Hicks along with fellow Cardiffian and local musician Andrew Rhys Lewis. With no Cardiff Comics Expo […]
Part of the Laydeez Day Festival, the Laydeez Do Comics Award 2019 is given to the best graphic novel in progress by a female identifying UK-based creator.
New thrill-packed issue of ComicScene magazine now available
One of the UK comic scene’s most iconic conventions now has a new venue and a new date as Thought Bubble Comic Festival 2019 moves to Harrogate in November.
With much of the country covered in snow and ice, it was time for the UK comic scene to begin with True Believers Comic Festival 2019.
The latest issue of ComicScene Magazine is due out 21st February in select newsagents, Comic Shops in the UK & Europe and online
We take a look ahead to this year’s True Believers Comic Festival 2019, including some of the amazing small press comics that will be launching on the day.
The new issue of ComicScene will now be available in selected newsagents around the UK
As well as celebrating the best indie and small press comics of 2018, we also wanted to celebrate the UK and Small Press Community, with our first ever Community Champion Award. Community is such a thriving part of the UK comics scene. (In fact we have called it ‘the beating heart of the UK comics […]
It was an incredibly strong year for Avery Hill Publishing in 2018, with critically acclaimed books like Follow Me In, The Great North Wood and On A Sunbeam joining their already stellar line up on titles. With the new just around the corner, we’ve had a sneak peak at for Avery Hill Publishing in 2019 […]
BHP Comics acquire small press standouts Rolled A One and Dungeon Fun, as well as new international distribution deal
Having made a name for themselves with books like Rok of The Reds, Killtopia, Freedom Bound and Full Colour, Scottish indie publishers BHP Comics are set to have an even more exciting 2019 thanks to acquiring the rights to publish two of our favourite small press titles along with a new international publishing deals.
After the hectic release fest that was this year’s Thought Bubble it was time for a more serene event this weekend as we headed to Bristol for the annual Bristol Comics and Zine Fair 2018, one of our favourite events on the indie and small press friendly convention circuit.
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 […]
Image Comics to release new anthology 24 Panels in honour of Grenfell Towers, features work from Alan Moore, Kieron Gillen and a host of UK Small Press creators
Although we don’t usually cover Image Comics books here on the site, we are making an exception for their new anthology 24 Panels. Not only is it for a fantastic cause, as it is intended to to honour those who were affected by last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy here in the UK. But it also […]
Small Press writer Matt Garvey to release ‘Gotta Start Somewhere’ a new anthology for unpublished creators – find out how to get involved!
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 […]
“Wailin’ and a screechin’ like a banshee stuck in a blender comes the Mega Meaty Monster Comics Giveaway.” This was the message which greeted our inbox from 100% Biodegradable Editor David Hailwood who has compiled a new FREE indie comics anthology via a service called Instafreebie and is available only from August 12th – 26th!.
“There’s something very cool about seeing a medieval priory come to life with colourful art and cosplay that makes the event kind of unique and quirky!” Stuart Mulrain tells all about the True Believers Summer Variant 2018
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 […]
This weekend saw the first ever Comics Summit in Cheltenham, the brain child of Big Punch Studios’ Jon Lock it was a chance for indie comics creators and newbies alike, to find out more and discuss the wonderful world of indie comics with their peers, without the need to have a table and sell your […]
“Whether you’re just starting out, or if you’re already creating comics and want to spend time with your peers, I hope there’ll be something for everyone.” Jon Lock on The Comics Summit in Cheltenham on July 14th and 15th
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 […]
At the beginning of the year, Big Punch Studios Jon Lock shared his frustrations at the world of independent comics with the world via an epic blog post. In it he called for a number of suggestions of how the indie comic scene could come together and make things better for itself, and one of […]
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.
“I really feel that we’ve taken it up another level this year and 2018 is our biggest convention yet” Dan Mallier on what to look forward to at this year’s Leamington Comic Con 2018
This weekend see the return of the fantastic Leamington Comic Con, one of the countries best small comic cons with an emphasis on comics and small press at it’s heart. With this year’s event seeing appearances from 2000 AD legend John Wagner and Marvel writer Al Ewing as well as the best of small press […]
As “Comicons” increase in number and the term becomes ever broader to describe events with varying focus on comics, cosplay, merch and media stars of yesteryear the UK small press community has increasingly turned to small press events at willing local comic shops to introduce more readers to the world of independent comics, and last […]
Part of the blossoming comics scene in Scotland, Edinburgh Comic Con will return this April 14th & 15th for the fifth year, featuring a fantastic roster to big name comics guests, alongside the best of small press (and also guests from the world of TV and Film!). They’ll also be hosting their annual Yancy Street […]
As convention season begins to pick up, we take a look ahead to Cardiff Indie Comic Expo (CICE) – billed as the return of Cardiff’s original independent comic show, it is taking place on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 in its original venue of the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Newport Rd, Cardiff. Tickets are available from […]
Preview: Leamington Comic Con 2018 – John Wagner to launch Rok Of The Reds collected edition exclusively!
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, […]
After lamenting the lack of a decent UK comics magazine in our recent review of IDW’s new comics quarterly Full Bleed, we were delighted to discover that the fine folk at Comics Flix are set to debut their own monthly magazine called ComicScene UK. A showcase for the latest news, classic comics and graphic novels, […]
Tillie Walden’s mind-bending webcomic On A Sunbeam was deservedly crowned our Indie Comic of the Year for 2016 (as well as being nominated for an Eisner and some other lesser awards!) and so we were delighted to learn that Avery Hill will be releasing a printed collection of this epic tale later in the year. […]
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, […]
Growing on it’s success from 2017, Coventry Comic Con has had a makeover for the new year and moving forward will be officially known as Covcon, after a public vote. Our roving reporter Olly MacNamee is part of Covcon’s inner circle and so gives us the lowdown on what’s happening in the world of comics in […]
Fancy winning £2,000 for your comic? Well the fine folk over at Laydeez Do Comics have announced a new female only graphic novel prize, which is the first of it’s kind in the UK. It’s all part of their mission to recognise and celebrate the wealth of comic being produced by female-identifying people in the UK and looks […]
When it comes to eagerly anticipated indie books, then top of the list of titles we could not wait to read in 2017 has to be Porcelain: Ivory Tower from Improper Books. The sequel to Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose’s epic steampunk fantasy, it made it’s tentative debut at this year’s Lakes festival but is set to […]
With a line up that featured a veritable who’s who of the U.K. Small press comic book scene, along with some top name guests from the Big Two and beyond, Nottingham Comic Con has become one of the most anticipated events of the year. So for our last convention of the year, we made the […]
It’s been a busy few month for writer Mike Garley. After the critically acclaimed Late Fees, came the latest volume of equally revered The Kill Screen with Everything Not Save Will Be Lost. And now, with Friday 13th just passed he’s started a new Kickstarter campaign for the final chapter in the epic, blood-soaked Samurai […]
One of the books we were hoping to see at Nottingham this weekend, was Reckless Hero’s The Last Sheriff #4 – the follow up to one of our top 10 books of 2016. Unfortunately due to some problems with the printing they didn’t have them available to sell on the day, however they are now […]
As one of our favourite events from 2016, this year’s Bristol Comics and Zine Fair had sky high expectations, but they managed to more than managed to live up these high hopes thanks to an incredibly well run event packed full of exciting and diverse creators in a really fun and packed (and most importantly […]
This weekend sees the Bristol Comics and Zine Fair return to The Station in Bristol between 12.00 and 6.00. This free to enter event was one of our favourite shows last year and this year’s event features an amazing line up of exhibitors, many of whom are familiar names for readers of the site, as […]
Freedom City Comics looks at history of civil rights and politics on Tyneside in FREE digital comic!
If you’re after a free digital comic and a history lesson about the north east of England, then Freedom City Comics have just the book for you! Their new anthology, which put together by Newcastle University alongside some of the team from Applied Comics, presents snapshots of the history of civil rights and politics on […]