Small Press means different things to different people. For some, it’s a world of art students producing hand-printed fanzines put together with long-armed staplers. While for others, it represents the freedom to tell interesting and eclectic stories without needing approval from a publisher. And it’s this diversity that we love – so we chose to celebrate it in the latest issue of our indie comics fanzine The Pull List, with our Discover Small Press issue! Available now from our Gumroad Store!

For as long we can remember Matthew Dooley and Dirty Rotten Comics seem to have been intertwined in our consciousness as we discovered them both at the same time and they continue have a bizarre symmetry with the latest releases. Keen to perpetuate this connection we take a look at Matthew’s new book The Practical Implications of Immortality as well as the bumper 10th issue of the wonderful Dirty Rotten Comics.

Last year was a banner year for cartoonist Matthew Dooley as he released his excellent collection Meanderings, but also scooped the prestigious Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story prize as a result. The story that won him the prize was a tale about a tall milkman and is the centrepiece in his latest collection Practical Implications of Immortality, alongside sweary birds and auto-biographical stories that literally see him laid bare – so we decided to find out more about his unique world view.

DRC7Mixing sharp satire with surreal nonsense, Dirty Rotten Comics is the coolest small press anthology out there. Along with Meanderings, a short collection from artist Matthew Dooley, they make up the roster of the newly formed Throwaway Press and we catch up with editor Gary Clapp to find out why you definitely shouldn’t be discarding either of these amazing indie collections.