After 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!
The 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.)
We 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 – 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.
Comics 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!
In 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?
At 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.
Tillie 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.
Ahead 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.
Our latest round-up of indie digital comics picks a selection of surreal slice of life books that may look they’re based in the real world, but are actually anything but! They include: monstrous bedtime story Good Night; anti-bullying and trolling story Hiddenfolk; Bath based magical fantasy Knockout; and the second volume of free digital anthology Sliced Quarterly.