If you like your reads at the bczf2016artier end of the comics spectrum – and live outside the M25 and so don’t get to go to events like LCAF – then the Bristol Comics and Zine Fair is a perfect day out for you. Now in it’s sixth year the event is held in the old fire station in the city centre, and features a fantastic range of genuine small press talents, from ‘names’ like Avery Hill and Mike Medaglia, to up and coming artists and zine makers from all over the country, not just the West Country.

indie-round-upThis week’s indie round-up is a mixture of eclectic indie and small press titles, which range from: the best up and coming creators profiled in the Broken Frontier Small Press Yearbook; the latest adventures from Nobrow’s coolest scandi adventurer Hilda in The Bird Parade; the surreal world of a crazy wrestling federation in Joshua Hicks’ Glorious Wrestling Alliance; and the most unconventional book from Avery Hill’s excellent 2016 line-up, Internal Wilderness from Clare Scully.

Metroland #3Avery Hill continue their amazing run of new titles for 2016 with the third issue of Ricky Miller’s time-traveling psychedelic indie adventure Metroland. Olly MacNamee takes a looks at the continuing adventures of struggling rock star Ricky Stardust and the enigmatic Jessica Hill in a book that’s like a cross between Dr Who and Twin Peaks, with a heavy dose of NME to go.

Artificial Flowers

For her follow up to the critically acclaimed The Rabbit, Rachael Smith brings back an old favourite in her new book Artificial Flowers from Avery Hill Publishing. But these days House Party’s Siobhan has more to more to worry about than a few unruly guests – she has to navigate the perils of the London art scene while also looking after her angsty teenage brother!

ACI Front CoverFor the follow up to her Eisner-nominated story I Love This Part, indie sensation Tillie Walden has concocted a surreal and dream-like tale called A City Inside. Focusing on a nameless protagonist it looks at life, love and living in the clouds to create a book that is completely unique and helps to further develop Walden’s place as one of the most exciting voices on the indie comics scene.

Reads vol 2 #4 coverAlongside their high profile releases, Artificial Flowers and A City Inside, Avery Hill are also releasing the 4th issue of their acclaimed (and highly underrated) anthology Reads this spring. Unlike most indie anthologies, Reads features 4 recurring tales, with topics as diverse as silver age comic creators, the history of cinema and drunk Victorian archaeologists. We catch up with editor Ricky Miller, along with creators Edie OP, Owen D Pomery, Tim Bird and Luke Haskell to find the secret to a good read(s).

ACI Front CoverTillie Walden’s beautiful and unconventional love story, I Love This Part was one of our favourite books of 2015, and needless to say we were rather excited to find out she would be releasing a new book this spring called A City Inside, courtesy of Avery Hill. With a style that is totally unique and a dream-like structure that defies description we got in touch and asked Tillie to tell us more about her esoteric and unconventional approach to comics.

Artificial FlowersIn Artificial Flowers, the follow up to her critically acclaimed book The Rabbit, Rachael Smith has brought back fan-favourite character Siobhan from the brilliant House Party to take on the London art scene instead of drunken house guests! For those of you who are new to the world of Rachael, Artificial Flowers is the perfect start point so we got her to tell us about her work, from giant rabbits, to drunken artists via phone-box dwelling timelords!

indie-round-upThis week’s indie comics round-up features 4 of the very best arthouse indie anthologies from the UK including: the latest instalment of Dirty Rotten Comics; Throwaway Press’ debut collection of eclectic short stories from Matt Dooley Meanderings; Avery Hill’s eclectic think piece Reads; and Sunday supplement meets art school review Save Our Souls.

indie-round-upWe take a look at some more great digital indie comics including: 90s cyberpunk inspired web comic Drugs and Wires; Tillie Walden’s haunting and beautiful teenage love story, I Love This Part; Laura Trinder’s nocturnal mail man and his misadventures in The Night Post; and 80s video game inspired lunacy in the form of Satan Ninja 198X.