It’s only a few weeks now until the start of the UK comic convention circuit and our annual trip to Cheltenham for the True Belivers’ Comic Festival 2019. Consistently one of our favourite events of the year, we take a look at some of things on offer at this year’s event, including some of the amazing small press comics that will be launching on the day itself!

Terrible Means is the follow up to Ismyre, one of our favourite Avery Hill books of 2017 from B. Mure. While it is more of a prequel/parallel tale than a direct sequel it does a fantastic job of build more depth and layers into the curious and quirky mythology of this wonderfully weird watercolour world.

While we don’t often review books from Image Comics on here, 24 Panels is more than just your average anthology. Complied by Wicked and Divine creator Kieron Gillen, Steve Thompson and Rhona Martin, with proceeds going to survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire (especially those with PTSD), it features an all star roster of creators like Gillen himself, Al Ewing, Caspar Wjingaard, Dan Watters, and some chap called Alan Moore, alongside some of the best of the UK small press thanks to an open submissions policy.

After the excitement of our year end polls, we return to our regular review schedule here on Pipedream Comics, with a look at Tales of Fractured Worlds, the follow up to Roddy McCance’s successful mental health anthology Tales of the Fractured Mind. With a new selection of sci-fi stories, a new band of talented artists and a new underlying message focusing on the environmental problems going on around us, can Tales of Fractured Worlds repeat its predecessor’s success?

We countdown of the best indie and small press comics of year continues our journey to finding out the Indie Comic of the Year 2018. This time we look at Victorian superheros, caffeine addicted journalists, retro bad girls, warrior sword maidens, South American drug mules and demonic theme parks.

An evil skull face villain attempting to take over the universe may sound like a familiar tale from Saturday morning cartoons of our youth, but Steve Gregson and Matt Simmons’ Bastard Galaxia takes some of the more ludicrous ideas from those cartoons and milks them for everything they’re worth in this hilarious webcomic, which is now collected into an epic trade.

Our latest round-up of the best of small press sees us check out: the finale of small press cult classic Hitsville UK from John Riordan and Dan Cox; the antics of a group of skeletal teens in a housing estate in The Little Deaths of Watson Tower; and practice a bit of mindfulness with the new book from Richy K Chandler, What The Hell Just Happened?!

The debut graphic novel from writer/artist Al Gofa and our first experience of books from Peow Studios is one of the most unforgettable mixes of small press cool, science fiction silliness and outlandish violence that we have seen. So what is about Dark Angels Of Darkness that makes it so unique?

Although they made their names with books like Shock Value and Slaughterhouse Farm, Hellbound Media’s real star is a monster hunter called Mandy who helps save kids from the beasts under their bed. With their latest and best series, The Legend of The Spindly Man coming to a close very soon, we caught up with co-creator Mark Adams to find out the secret to a great scary monster and why he and co-creator Matt Warner chose to make Mandy The Monster Hunter into an all ages adventure.

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.