From our inception 5 years ago, Pipedream Comics has been a huge advocate of the world of digital comics. So we were honoured to be contacted by a team at the British Library who were looking to investigate British Digital Comics and how they can be preserved and archived. But they need your help. So please read their statement below and find out how you can help preserve the world of UK digital comics for posterity!

This weekend saw the great and the good of the UK indie and small press scene descend of the Cardiff Masonic Hall for the Cardiff Independent Comic Expo. Although we couldn’t make it on the day, we were lucky enough to be sent some preview copies of 4 of the fantastic books being released this weekend at CICE, so here is our pick of what we would have got, if we’d been able to make it to Wales!

We see plenty of anthologies in the small press scene, but none quite like Transience: An Unforgettable Anthology. Now being funded on Kickstarter, it collects together a variety of stories set in a world where people can no longer make short term memories to create a unique mix of anthology and ongoing series. But will it succeed in drawing in readers or will it be another anthology which just fades into memory?

We’ve seen plenty of anthologies in our time, and also plenty of post-event book as well, but we can’t remember seeing a post-event anthology with quite the ambition and originality as we have with Transience. Conceived by Ricardo Mo and Leo Johnson it’s a collection of stories from across the globe, in a world where the whole population has only a day’s worth of memory. We catch up with Ricardo and Leo before they forget how they came up with this unique idea!

For this new book from Nobrow Press, writer Jamie Rhodes spent a year at Scotney Castle in Kent, researching the family history and soaking in the legacy of this unique building. But rather than turn it into a dry prose book that would languish on a gift shop shelf, he chose to tell the stories he found as comics. Recruiting 5 artists and getting each to create a truly unique look for the stories about this ancient building and its residents, this fresh approach to historical comics, combined with Nobrow’s exceptional production values, gives you a really unique read that is sure to liven up any National Trust gift shop!

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.