We’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 artier 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.
Alongside 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).