Thought Bubble continue to be the pinnacle of the Comic Convention calendar for indie and small press comic creators, and this year’s event looks set to be even bigger and better than ever! With a guest list that include some of the biggest names in comics (such as Brian K Vaughan, Sara Pichelli and more) alongside the very best of the UK indie scene it’s a must attend event for anyone who loves comics. We take a look at some of the books being released on the weekend.

We’ve dubbed Mike Garley’s new book Samurai Slasher: Late Fees the first ever ‘slash of life’ tale as it mixes poignant and personal story telling with head slashing 80s infused action. Teaming up with Polish small press superstar Lukasz Kowalczuk, Garley has created a totally unique mix of horror and slice of life, but is worth renting again or should you return it early?

We caught up with Glorious Wrestling Alliance’s Josh Hicks back at ELCAF in June and he mentioned that a new volume his zany ode to the craziness of pro-wrestling, Glorious Wrestling Alliance: Grappling Road, would be debuting at this year’s Thought Bubble. So we were super excited when these previews pages arrived in our Inbox as they look to continue the awesome style of first volume and head straight for the main event!

This October sees the return of the Nottingham Comic Convention, featuring a guest list packed full of awesome comic professionals alongside the best of the small press (including our good selves). So as we begin to look forward to this fantastic comics focused event, we catch up with organiser Kev Brett to find out more about why Nottingham is a convention you need to support and also get the lowdown on the new NCC Anthology, now funding on Kickstarter!

With our reviews list creaking under the weight of so many titles pre-Thought Bubble, we thought we would collect together an eclectic group of essential reads that include: a collection of Tom Gauld’s wonderful strips from the Guardian in Baking With Kafka; the complete Deadline strips of Shaky Kane in Good News Bible from Breakdown Press; and the latest chapter in David Lumsden’s bleak post-event world Boat.

With Thought Bubble just around the corner, we are excited to find out that the team at Good Comics are following the release of the wonderful Cosmos and Other Stories and Human Garbage, by releasing not one new book, but three, including a new line of DIY comics from some of UK scene’s most exciting creators. Pre-orders for all titles are now open at goodshop.bigcartel.com and all three titles will be available at Thought Bubble.

After the successful release of his breakout series, Cognition, with artistic partner Sam Bentley, writer Ken Reynolds has now opted for a different tack in the interim as he focuses on a more personal story. His new book, In Trouble follows a young lady discovering she’s pregnant… just as she learns the World will end. Is In Trouble a comic that can breathe new life into slice of life comics or will it be obliterated upon release?

Not only will October 14th be the date of the excellent Nottingham Comic Convention (more on that soon), but it will also be the anniversay of one of the small press scene’s most charming publishers – Steve Tanner and Time Bomb Comics willbe celebrating a decade of small press and to celebrate this, will be releasing a revived version of their first ever book. We step bak in time with Steve to find out why!

‘The world’s first ‘slash of life’ comic’ – that’s the best way we could think to describe Samurai Slasher: Late Fees, the new book from The Kill Screen’s Mike Garley and Knock Off Wars’ Lukasz Kowalczuk. A mix of personal and poignant story-telling, head-chopping Samurai action and 80s video shop nostalgia all rendered in Lukasz’s crazy technicolour style. Ahead of a launch event at Orbital Comic on September 8th we caught up with Mike to find out more about this truly unique collaboration!