This summer, Swindon’s Incredible Comic Shop joins the growing list of stores to celebrate small press as they hold signing event featuring some of the medium’s most predominant creators. In the run up to this, we’ve sent our own Swindon boy, James Blundell, to speak with store co-owner Troy Loveday and event organiser Sarah Harris about what we can expect.

Hot on the heels of ELCAF, comes another new comics and zines fair based in the capital. The South London Comic and Zine Fair (SLCZF) is set to take place at Stanley Halls South Norwood on the 15th July and will again shine a light on the London based self & micro publishing community with a selection of fantastic creators showcasing their wares!

For their follow up to the critically acclaimed Propeller, writer Ricardo Mo and artist Albert Muriel have teamed up with the guys at Vault Comics (a new publisher who we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on) for Colossi. A glorious slice of retro futuristic sci-fi about (literal) small people in very big world and see if it will make a big impact or will just shrink into the background.

It was a hot and sweaty Saturday in East London as we headed to the picturesque round house chapel in Hackney for the sixth annual East London Comic Art Festival (ELCAF). Our first visit to what we have been told is the premier event of the year for small press comic creators, and a festival with an emphasis on the DIY and micro-publishing world, where  the talk would be about litho printing and long arm staplers  rather than the latest superheroes! And we couldn’t wait!

This July the comic creators of Wales will all be congregating in the Masonic Hall in Cardiff for the annual Cardiff Independent Comic Expo (CICE). Alongside fantastic guests such as 2000 AD stalwarts like Jon Davis-Hunt and Henry Flint, will be some of the most exciting small press creators going, including some who aren’t even from Wales! We catch up with event organiser Iz McAuliffe to find out more about this year’s next must attend comic convention.

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.