We love shining a spotlght on the world of small press and we’ve decided to shine that spotlight even brighter with a new small press focused column which looks specifically at the DIY publishing end of the comics spectrum. We start with 3 fantastic example in the shape of Good Comics’ The Time I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes, John Tuckers’ Bald and Steven Ingram’s Left.

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 weekend the Incredible Comic Shop in Swindon held its second such event – our roving reporter Andy CT headed along!

Hellbound Media’s all action, monster hunting heroine returns for a new adventure, this time reducing missing children from a mysterious villain known only as the Spindly Man. But will this latest adventure for Mandy The Monster Hunter be another heroic outing, or will The Legend of The Spindly Man simply be too monstrous?

Black Panther, the latest in a long line of Marvel films to hit the big screen, has been exceptionally well received by almosy everyone who has watched it. It sees T’Challa, who is the King and protector of Wakanda, rise to the throne of the advanced African nation, but he’s challenged by an outsider who holds a grudge after a mistake made by T’Challa’s father. The film itself is great and with most film buffs rating the movie as one of the best ever, it might be best to discover where it all started, in the comic book world.

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 awards which celebrates the best of comics in the UK and around the world.

The thing about positive gender representation, is that it’s about more than just creating a bunch of cookie cutter characters in order to fulfil a quota. To get true equality the characters also have to be meaningful and engaging – and that means making them unlikeable as well as likeable. And that is definitely what Ryan Heshka has done with his new book The Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn, which features a bunch of hell raising, ass kicking women who make the residents of Bitch Planet look like the Downton Abbey Women’s Institute!

To paraphrase the line that opens the comic itself, small towns can often hide big secrets. While, in many real life small communities, this is limited to infrequent scandal over doping at the local pumpkin growing contest or the occasional local vicar syphoning off bake sale funds to fund the construction of a monument to his dark lord Cthulhu. In White Ash by Charlie Stickney however, the titular small town is hiding something far bigger.

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 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 the website, but we take a look at why you should be heading to the heart of Wales for a day of quality indie comics!