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!)

We discovered the wonderful world of Jenny Clements’ webcomic Mias and Elle back at True Believers in February, and we were instantly drawn in by it’s bickering lead characters – the goody two shoes Elle and the despicably rogue-ish Mias who kidnaps her and takes her on an incredible journey. To find out more we caught up with writer/artist Jenny Clements to explore this magical world and the relationship between her two argumentative leads!

People sometimes think that comic books are quite a modern invention, but they go back a lot further than most people realize. Stories have been told using pictures from the days of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians. These stories became available for everyone with the invention of the printing press but in these days most of the printed word was to do with religion. This changed in the 18th Century when more commentary on political and social matters was published and this formed the basis of the comic books that we know today. The five oldest comic books that are known to have existed are listed below.

Think of Hollywood and you’ll most likely imagine a wonderland of film stars and high rollers, basking in big city lights. Of course, all of the bright lights, make the shadows seem all the darker. It’s into this seedy underbelly of LA’s Tinsel Town that we venture in Lady Hollywood from Cult Empire Comics.

For his follow up to the critically acclaimed How To Survive In The North, artist Luke Healy has teamed up with the excellent Avery Hill to produce a collection of three stories abot communication and miscommunication which bridge together to from one over arching graphic novel. We catch up with Luke to find out more about how these stories connect and how they reflect his own world view.

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.

Scottish small press superstars, Fraser Campbell and Iain Laurie are set to blow people’s mind with their new collaboration – The Edge Off, which is now funding on Kickstarter. It reads like the bastard lovechild of William Burroughs and Shaky Kane, brought up on a diet of Charles Bronson movies, and is a surreal, psychedelic crime thriller, that could only come from the twisted minds of these unique talents. We caught up with writer Fraser Campbell to find out what the hell The Edge Off is all about and what it’s like working with such a unique artist!