Launching at the upcoming East London Comics Art Festival, Tim Bird’s latest offering from Avery Hill, The Great North Wood, has been met with a glowing review already. But we were keen to find out more about the secrets of this subtle and meandering read, so we thought we could get in touch with Tim in order to see if we could see the wood for the trees.

Thanks to books like Our Town and From The City To The Sea, Tim Bird has created a unique voice for himself in the UK small press scene, thanks to his thoughtful musings on the modern world told via an almost analytical look at the geography of the world around us. After a brief sojourn into snooker with The Rocket, Tim has headed back into the woods to tell a story of urban growth and decay, via the nocturnal habits of a fox and a late night chicken shop in The Great North Wood.  

indie-round-upWe’re still buzzing after the excellent Bristol Comics and Zines Fair and so thought we would take a look at some of the books we picked up from creators who we encountered for the first time at the show. These include Tim Bird’s Grey Area from Avery Hill, Cristian Ortiz’s military fantasy adventure in Golden Campaign and Hamish Steele’s hilarious retelling of Egyptian Mythology in Pantheon.

If you like your reads at the bczf2016artier end of the comics spectrum – and live outside the M25 and so don’t get to go to events like LCAF – then the Bristol Comics and Zine Fair is a perfect day out for you. Now in it’s sixth year the event is held in the old fire station in the city centre, and features a fantastic range of genuine small press talents, from ‘names’ like Avery Hill and Mike Medaglia, to up and coming artists and zine makers from all over the country, not just the West Country.

Reads vol 2 #4 coverAlongside their high profile releases, Artificial Flowers and A City Inside, Avery Hill are also releasing the 4th issue of their acclaimed (and highly underrated) anthology Reads this spring. Unlike most indie anthologies, Reads features 4 recurring tales, with topics as diverse as silver age comic creators, the history of cinema and drunk Victorian archaeologists. We catch up with editor Ricky Miller, along with creators Edie OP, Owen D Pomery, Tim Bird and Luke Haskell to find the secret to a good read(s).