After the hectic release fest that was this year’s Thought Bubble it was time for a more serene event this weekend as we headed to Bristol for the annual Bristol Comics and Zine Festival, one of our favourite events on the indie and small press friendly convention circuit.

Our latest small press spotlight sees us take a look at: Adrift the new book from Bald’s John Tucker; Mixtape an anthology of short stories from Irish writer Gary Moloney; and the fourth and final instalment of Good Comics’ Dead Singers Society anthology.

This weekend see the return of the fantastic Leamington Comic Con, one of the countries best small comic cons with an emphasis on comics and small press at it’s heart. With this year’s event seeing appearances from 2000 AD legend John Wagner and Marvel writer Al Ewing as well as the best of small press and Cosplay, we caught up with organiser Dan Mallier to find out what’s in store!

We love shining a spotlght on the world of small press and we’ve decided to shine that spotlight even brighter with a new small press focused column which looks specifically at the DIY publishing end of the comics spectrum. We start with 3 fantastic example in the shape of Good Comics’ The Time I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes, John Tuckers’ Bald and Steven Ingram’s Left.

As one of our favourite events from 2016, this year’s Bristol Comics and Zine Fair had sky high expectations, but they managed to more than managed to live up these high hopes thanks to an incredibly well run event packed full of exciting and diverse creators in a really fun and packed (and most importantly full!) venue.

This weekend sees the Bristol Comics and Zine Fair return to The Station in Bristol between 12.00 and 6.00. This free to enter event was one of our favourite shows last year and this year’s event features an amazing line up of exhibitors, many of whom are familiar names for readers of the site, as well as some fantastic new up and coming creators.

Good Comics continue to make a really interesting name for themselves on the UK small press scene, as publishers of diverse and challenging comics, as well as some classic lo-fi zines via their new Good Zines imprint! Their Autumn line-up features the challenging SID from Olivia Sullivan, as well as New York (A Holiday To Remember) from Elizabeth Querstret and Sarah Crosby’s Stir Fry.

With Thought Bubble just around the corner, we are excited to find out that the team at Good Comics are following the release of the wonderful Cosmos and Other Stories and Human Garbage, by releasing not one new book, but three, including a new line of DIY comics from some of UK scene’s most exciting creators. Pre-orders for all titles are now open at goodshop.bigcartel.com and all three titles will be available at Thought Bubble.

Josh Hicks delightfully daft Glorious Wrestling Alliance has been one of our favourite books of the last few years, so when we found out he was putting together a collection of short that were being released by the guys at Good Comics we couldn’t wait. With Human Garbage set to debut at the upcoming ELCAF on June 16th, we caught up with Josh to find out why he thought calling his work garbage was a good idea and why his team up with Good Comics can only lead to great things!

Small press sensation Rozi Hathaway is making quite the name for herself on the indie scene with her beautiful, through-provoking, poetic style. With a  dreamy mix of painted artwork and minimalist story-telling, her latest book Cosmos And Other Stories was launched at Leamington Comic Con to critical acclaim, so we caught up with Rozi to find out more about what inspires her highly personal style of comic.