For our latest round up of the best of small press, we take a look at three very diverse publications that will make you think as much as they will entertain you. First up is music themed anthology Radio On Broadcast #4 featuring some of our favourite small press voices, followed by a really interesting collection showcasing the roster of micro publisher Good Comics in the Good Comics Reader, and finally David Ziggy Greene’s latest collection, Times Like These.

As UK comics institution The Beano celebrates it’s 80th birthday, and 2000 AD it’s 40th last year, the subject of ‘the state of British comics’ has become a real hot button issue online. As people lament the lack of newsstand presence for British comics and claim the the UK comics scene is in decline, we wholeheartedly disagree (at least with the latter). So we’ve decided to run down 10 of our favourite British comics which we think prove that the UK comics scene has never been more vibrant and diverse – you just have to know where to look for them!

Comichaus’ streaming app has been rightly hailed as ‘Netflix for indie comics’, and so to celebrate this fantastic service we are going to run a regular column looking at some of the best new books available for the bargain price of £3 a month. If you like what you see, you can download the Comichaus App for iOS from comichaus.com/app and get a free 14 day trial to check out any of these books today.

Richy K. Chandlers’ When Are You Going To Get A Proper Job, the tale of a comic artists dad struggling to balance freelance life and fatherhood, was a title that really resonated with us, as it was very close to home. So we caught up with Richy to find out more about what inspired him to share his experiences with the world and how those experience have made him a better artist and parent.

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.