We’ve finally reached the end of our True Believers reading list and there are a couple of crackers on it including: a sampler of a dark folk-horror comic called Heretics; a quirky romance that starts on a late night platform in Last Train Home; some zany all-ages action in the Etherington Brothers Monkey Nuts; and some pyromanic fun in Rachael Smith’s I Am Fire.

 

While nowhere near Springtime yet, I find my winter hibernation now over and done with, as I dust myself off and I find myself looking ahead to the slate of upcoming comic cons here in the Midlands area. First up, on Saturday February 4th, the third True Believers comic con once again sets up shop at the Cheltenham Racecourse facilities. So what does this season starter have to offer?

thoughtbubble-logo2016-200This weekend saw the great and the good of the UK comic scene descend on Leeds for the annual Thought Bubble Comics Arts Festival. As well as featuring big names from the mainstream it was also one of the most important weekend’s for the indie and small press scene with dozens of new books being released and showcased. We take a look at some of our favourites – and we’ll keep updating it as we gradually work our way through our pile of books to read from the weekend!

Artificial Flowers

For her follow up to the critically acclaimed The Rabbit, Rachael Smith brings back an old favourite in her new book Artificial Flowers from Avery Hill Publishing. But these days House Party’s Siobhan has more to more to worry about than a few unruly guests – she has to navigate the perils of the London art scene while also looking after her angsty teenage brother!

Artificial FlowersIn Artificial Flowers, the follow up to her critically acclaimed book The Rabbit, Rachael Smith has brought back fan-favourite character Siobhan from the brilliant House Party to take on the London art scene instead of drunken house guests! For those of you who are new to the world of Rachael, Artificial Flowers is the perfect start point so we got her to tell us about her work, from giant rabbits, to drunken artists via phone-box dwelling timelords!