What a weekend! And What a great venue too! A comic con within spitting distance of Brighton beach! After a rather chilling week, it was nice to see the sun coming out in all its glory especially for this first-time show on the south coast as our roving reporter (and panel moderator extraordinaire) Olly MacNamee packs his bags and heads for ICE Brighton

This week’s Kickstarter of the Week comes courtesy of Emily Owen, whose zine Brain Shoodles is now looking for a very modest funding. It’s a great book looking at issues of metal health courtesy of Emily’s own experiences, but just don’t believe us, here is a quick outline from the creator herself… “Shoodles (a portmanteau of s**t doodles) was never meant to be a comic. It started as my way of trying to make sense of my thoughts and one day, while feeling unusually cavalier, I posted some on twitter. It took  quite a while to get the collection together, such is the nature of anxiety and depression, but here it is. My aim when compiling the zine was to make it accessible and relatable, and hopefully by sharing my experience someone out there reading it might feel less alone.” With not long left till it finishes, be sure to get involved here and support this fantastic book.

If only small press fans had a day to celebrate the art form, like Free Comic Book Day? Well, thanks to a valiant group of small press devotees, this July will sees the second annual Small Press Day – a day dedicated to DIY comics and micro publishing. We catch up with one it’s organisers, Broken Frontier‘s Editor In Chief Andy Oliver.

Avery Hill continue their run of unique and exciting comics for 2017 with Something City, the debut book from Ellice Weaver. This landscape orientated collection of short stories focuses on the interconnected lives of a group of people living in the titular city and features everything from hip young things, to prisoners in a minimum security prison to nudists! We catch up with Ellice to find out more about the inspiration behind the stories as well as how she created the unique and colourful look.

Josh Hicks delightfully daft Glorious Wrestling Alliance has been one of our favourite books of the last few years, so when we found out he was putting together a collection of short that were being released by the guys at Good Comics we couldn’t wait. With Human Garbage set to debut at the upcoming ELCAF on June 16th, we caught up with Josh to find out why he thought calling his work garbage was a good idea and why his team up with Good Comics can only lead to great things!

Now in it’s 6th year, the East London Comics Arts Festival (better known as ELCAF) is one of the premier events for small press comics and zines in the UK. Founded by the wonderful Nobrow Press in 2012 it is a three day celebration of the artier end of the comics spectrum and features a whos who of indie small press creators alongside the a selection of the most exciting up and coming new artist and illustrators looking to break into this wonderful scene.

This year’s Comic Con essential event is the ‘Summer Variant’ – there’s True Believers’ in August, but first it’s the turn of the International Comic Expo (ICE) and their Brighton event on June 10th. So if you’re heading to the coast that weekend and fancy heading to a convention featuring some of the biggest names in British comics alongside a plethora of indie and small press stars then be sure to pop along to ICE Brighton – Summer Special

Sarah Millman burst on to the indie scene with her pug based adventure Heart Of Time. However her new series NPC-Tea with it’s tale of an ancient deity working in a Cardiff tea shop, combined with some of Sarah’s best artwork to date (including a stunning blue and pink colour scheme) may be about to become her new signature title. We catch up with Sarah to find out about orcs and goblins in the real world and just what is her favourite tea?

When it comes to Comic Conventions loaded with small press talent, then there are few with a guest list that can rival this year’s Nottingham Comic Convention. Having established a reputation as one of the best small press friendly conventions on the scene, Kev Brett’s fantastic event returns of the Nottingham Conference Centre on October 14th, we take a look at what’s in store for the day!