Opinion LogoThe types of comic books available today are seemingly endless. Most of us know the series from big name publishers like DC and Marvel, and even smaller names like IDW and Valiant have become very well-known over the years. Still, there also exists a niche of indie comic book creators and publishers that have become more visible in recent years due in part to the internet. 

CXC_logo_vert_redAs the world of indie comics grown bigger every week, the decision of where to look for the best new indie book becomes ever more difficult. If only there were a central resource where indie comics fans and creators alike could get together in one place to sell, buy and share the best new indie books from all over the world? Well that is the goal of ComixCentral founder Leigh Jeffrey and we caught up with her to find out more.

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.

newheaderAfter a 2 year hiatus, Bristol Comic Expo returns to the Double Tree by Hilton on Saturday 6th August 2016, for a special showcase event with big name comic guests, a small press spotlight, expo exclusives from creators and much more! Now being run by the team behind the excellent Cardiff Independent Comics Expo we have high hopes for this year’s event and so take a look at what will be happening at this year’s jam packed event!

Samurai Slasher vol 2The logic behind Mike Garley’s Samurai Slasher is simple: samurais are cool, slasher movies are cool; therefore a comics about a Samurai Slasher must be the coolest thing ever? Well after reading Samurai Slasher Volume 2 then you can’t help but fault Garley’s logic as this is his best set of head-chopping, blood-splattering, undead Japanese warrior stories yet. (With added discos, pagan rituals and even a bit of 3D thrown in for good measure.)

Comichaus #2 coverWe love a good indie anthology, and one of the collections which is getting us most excited at the moment is the Comichaus Monthly Anthology which is currently being Kickstarted. Produced by Pete Genepool and Jim McCulloch, the brains behind the online indie comic store of the same name, Comichaus collects together exclusive stories from some of the UK indie scenes most exciting names into a new ongoing monthly black and white series.

Geis_cover_rgbGeis – pronounced Gesh – is a Gallic word meaning curse or taboo and this new book from Nobrow Press is anything but cursed! It sees a group of nobles compete to be chief of their town after a sorceress curses the will of their chief and mixes a European fairytale feel with the high production values that Nobrow have made their signature. We catch up with creator Alexis Deacon to find out the real secrets behind this delightfully dark new graphic novel and it’s cursed name.

Pull List 02_smallComics have never been cooler, and at Pipedream Comics, we think indie comics are the coolest of the cool. So, in the latest issue of our indie comics magazine The Pull List, we celebrate their all-round brilliance by putting together a list of our favourite comic creators and small-press publishers that we’ve called ‘The Indie Cool List’. You can read the full list by purchasing The Pull List #2 from Gumroad here!

TransferIn the last year, creator Matt Garvey has exploded on to the UK small press scene to produce some very eclectic and enjoyable comics, in particular his breakout title Chunks. Now he moves away from prior genres to create sci-fi thriller Transfer with artist Eder Messiah and we’ve been given a fantastic early look. But will this be another Chunks-like success, or will Transfer end up being somewhat null and void?

BRICKMAN_coverAt this weekend’s Birmingham Comic Con, part of the Birmingham Comics Festival, our roving reporter Olly MacNamee caught up with Brit comic stalwart Lew Stringer.  man who has made a career in the UK and abroad as both a versatile writer and artist, with comical comicstrips as diverse as The Beano and Combat Colin. We talk about his early career, his republished Brickman comic as well as some sound advice for would-be comic book creators.