In late 1979 Atari released Adventure on its 2600 console, a landmark title in the archives of video game history as it featured the first documented “Easter Egg” when Warren Robinett secretly coded his name into a hidden screen of the gam, influencing countless others over the subsequent years. Fast forward 39 years to 2018 and video games have become a huge element of popular culture, a significant proportion of the entertainment industry, the subject of ongoing debate as to what can be considered art and, perhaps most importantly, a core theme in the story of Hex Loader, the third issue of which launched at the recent True Believers Comic Festival.

This week, we check out Alterna Comics’ new Post-Apocalyptic Horror story The XII: The Father by Patrick Trahey, Luis Suarez and Magnus which follows a family as they attempt to survive the hell of the apocalypse while avoiding a mythical band of boogeymen. Can this title reach the promised land of sales success or will it, too, end up getting marked?

After coming a valiant 2nd in our 2016 Indie Comic of the Year chart, the team at Dead Canary Comics have kept a relatively low profile in 2017, but it turns out that’s because they’ve been working on a new sci-fi themed anthology called Adventures in Science. As they set themselves to blast off into this new futuristic world we catch up with Matt Fitch and Chris ‘C.S.’ Baker to find out more about this collection of ‘dreamy’ and ‘twisted’ stories.

With comics now firmly part of mainstream culture, it feels like there is a gap in the market for a publication about comics. (It’s certainly part of the reason we started The Pull List). As someone who grew up reading Wizard and Comics International there isn’t a really high profile magazine about the industry any more, let alone one that looks at it’s cultural impact as well. The likes of SFX and Starburst pay lip service with some content and magazines like Comic Heroes come and go but there isn’t anything with a mature and intelligent way of looking at the comics world – until now. Full Bleed is the first issue of a new quarterly anthology from IDW imprint PDX and is headed up by longtime IDW editor Dirk Wood.

We’re a bit late to the party when it comes to Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss’ pre-teen crime drama 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank from Black Mask Studios, as we only discovered it via a number of end of year lists. However if we’d reviewed in time, then it definitely would have made our top ten, but why is 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank so good?

One of our favourite discoveries at this year’s True Believers was The Show by Jed McPherson – who launched the first issue that weekend. This tale of a crazy reality show run by a drug addled TV exec was a really exciting find, but it also led to us discovering his amazing previous work like Deadbeat and Jacob. Keen to discover more about this exciting new talent we caught up with Jed to talk gonzo reality TV, crime noir and deadbeat dads.

Dan Butcher. Vince Hunt. Tony Esmond. Together they form the Awesome Comics Podcast, a motley bunch of small press comic creators whose weekly broadcast has grown into an essential backbone of the UK small press community. Now, the trio have taken their brand a step further with Awesome Comics #1, an anthology featuring stories from each member. In the aftermath of its release at True Believers, we at take a look and see if it’s truly deserving of the name ‘awesome’.

What if Victorians encountered aliens, is the fantastic premise of Samuel George London’s new Kickstarter comic Milford Green. We were drawn in by this superb premise, as well as the beautiful concept artwork which we’d seen on social media, and so when we got a chance to catch up with Sam at this weekend’s True Believers Comic Festival we thought we would ask him some more information about this exciting upcoming story.

Tillie Walden’s mind-bending webcomic On A Sunbeam was deservedly crowned our Indie Comic of the Year for 2016 (as well as being nominated for an Eisner and some other lesser awards!) and so we were delighted to learn that Avery Hill will be releasing a printed collection of this epic tale later in the year. But for those of you who might be new to this, or to Tillie’s work then here is a quick look at what you can expect.

This week marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the UK, and as a stark reminder that we have come a long way since then (but perhaps not as far as we should!) 404 Ink and BHP Comic have teamed up to create a graphic novel looking at female political firsts – We Will Fight Until We Win – which they are now funding on Kickstarter. We Will Fight Till We Win is a 64 page graphic novel featuring work from creators like Hannah Berry, Jenny Bloomfield and Denise Minna that will look at prominent political women from Emmeline Pankhurst through to the the first women MPs and beyond, even looking at those who are set to make an impact in the coming years. It’s a fantastic sounding title and with 404 Ink and BHP’s pedigree in this area should be another stunning and thought provoking collection. You can lend your support here.