This July sees the first ever Comics Summit, a chance for indie and small press comic creators to share their knowledge and experience with each other, without the stresses of also having to man a comic convention table and make sales! The brainchild of Big Punch Studios’ Jon Lock, we caught him on a rare moment between marketing, making videos and re-organising venues to find out more about what The Comics Summit is all about.

This month’s small press spotlight looks at three very different genre tales: starting off with the collected edition of Jordan Kroeger’s crazy combat comic The Fist; following that is goth monsters in the wild west courtesy of Frankenstein Texas; and last but by no means least is wordless zombie sci-fi comic Z from D4VE’s Valentin Ramon.

The latest book from Brighton’s Mad Robot Comics, home to Cadavers and Last Exit to Brighton, sees a tough as nails London detective investigate some grisly murders in a quaint country village. But will Murder Most Mundane manage to be more meaningful than it’s murders.

The ‘annoyingly good’ Matt Garvey returns with yet another new title this month in Red Rocket Comet the tale of an aging hero plagued by nightmares from the past. The prolific creator of white NOIR, The Ether and The Devil In Disguise has teamed up with Circusside’s Grayham Puttock and Captain Cosmic’s Andy W. Clift to create a dark and twisted superhero tale that reads like Watchmen reimagined by Mark Millar or Ed Brubaker. So buckle up for launch!

For our latest dive into the world of small press we take a look at three highly personal projects: Aaron rackley’s Little Heroes Anthology, the second issue of this fantastic collection that also helps fundraise for comic based resources in hospitals; Good Comics’ Sam Williams has created a highly personal look into fatherhood with Daddy Day; and finally Nicole Bate’s look at anxiety in a beautiful wordless comics called Anxiety Me.

Although we don’t often find ourselves covering ‘the galaxy’s greatest comic’ on here, we thought we’d make an exception for this year’s 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special as it features an all female team of writers and artists tackling the world of Dredd and co for the very first time. It’s a veritable who’s who of UK talent from established names like Leah Moore and Alex de Campi alongside up and comers like Olivia Hicks and Abigail Bulmer, as well as a FutureShock from the incomparable Tillie Walden, which is reason enough to pick it up in our book!

With books like Our Super Adventure, Pizza Witch and Kim Reaper, writer/artist Sarah Graley has become one of the rising stars of the UK scene and a regular at conventions all over the world. With recent announcements that Oni Press will be republishing Our Super Adventure, along with a new Kim Reaper comic called Vampire Island, we caught up with Sarah to find out about what inspires her and the secret to a good diary comic! 

For their follow up to the zany Last Driver and eclectic sci-fi anthology Adventures in Science, Chris Baker and Matt Fitch have opted for an equally out of this world subject – the Apollo moon landing. Teaming up with veteran artist Mike Collins they look to tell the story of man’s first mission to the moon as only they can, but will it be out of this world or no go on lift off.