Hometown AnthologyMeeting once a month, the Birmingham chapter of Laydeez Do Comics clubbed together to celebrate their first anniversary in style, with their first publication, Hometown: An Anthology, and asking the regular attendees to contribute on the theme of, well, hometowns and what this conjures up in their minds. The result is a B+W anthology comic that encouraged the members of this growing community to create comic strips that has resulted in a very hefty and handsome looking comic book packed with some very diverse interpretations on the theme of Hometowns and what this term means to the different creators featured.

birmingham-comics-festivalWhat a month we had celebrating all things comics and comic book related over April at the Birmingham Comics Festival 2016. Building on last year’s freshman offerings, this sophomore showing was braver and bolder, with a good mix of events both entertaining and informative, and all inclusive in one way or another. A festival for the people, if you will. Our roving reporter Olly MacNamee gives us his guide to the month’s activities.

Flintlock 1Ahead of the Birmingham Comics’ Festival this coming weekend, I thought I would mark the debut of my new reviews column ‘Olly’s World of Indie‘ by looking at three titles debuting at the festival. Even if you’re not there, but like the sound of ‘em, hunt them down, or speak to your local comic book store. Indie is where it’s at, and these independent titles can often offer something completely different to your average superhero diet.

The Birmingham Comics’ Festival: The full scheduleThe full list of all the Birmingham Comics Festival’s events running across April have now all been confirmed and set in stone, from a Mike Carey signing, to a very special one-off exclusive screening of Future Shock! The 2000AD Story at the Mac, Birmingham with guest speakers Ian Edginton, Jimmy Broxton, Ian Richardson and Phil Winslade, the list has grown and expanded to encourage all ages, all interested parties, to get involved. As you can see for yourselves, below:

FLINTLOCK#1 PREVIEW coverWith a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign behind him, Steve Tanner, Flintlock writer and Time Bomb Comics’ Godfatherly figure, has kindly offered us here at Pipedream Comics a first look at this debut issue. The comic itself intends to create a shared universe of characters set in the 18th century and will span the entire century as the stories progress and unfold.