With our reviews list creaking under the weight of so many titles pre-Thought Bubble, we thought we would collect together an eclectic group of essential reads that include: a collection of Tom Gauld’s wonderful strips from the Guardian in Baking With Kafka; the complete Deadline strips of Shaky Kane in Good News Bible from Breakdown Press; and the latest chapter in David Lumsden’s bleak post-event world Boat.

vesselsWith some extra time on his hands thanks to the school holidays, our indie comics expert Olly MacNamee takes a few hours out from sunning himself to cast an eye over three more great indie titles in this month’s Olly’s World of Indie. They include: Dave Cook’s new fantasy story Vessels; anarchic music inspired series Iron Bard Ballisto; and both volumes of David Lumsden’s Boat, based on his short film.

Boat volume 1We’re used to the world of comics inspiring our cinema. But film maker David Lumsden chose to do things the other way round with his short film Boat, about a post-event Scotland which is now underwater, and turned it into a series of stunning black and white graphic novels. We catch up with David to find out more about turning films into comics, the rules of No Land, and how he’d survive on a boat.