Every month in ComicScene magazine we write a column about a particular issue to do with indie and small press comics. For volume 2 issue 1 (now on sale here) we looked at 10 fantastic small press friendly comic conventions that we’re looking forward to in 2019.

As well as celebrating the best indie and small press comics of 2018, we also wanted to celebrate the UK and Small Press Community, with our first ever Community Champion Award. Community is such a thriving part of the UK comics scene. (In fact we have called it ‘the beating heart of the UK comics scene on several occasions!) and so to help celebrate this, we have teamed up with our friends at ComicScene to nominate those in the UK comic scene who we think have done the most to encourage this wonderful community which we are a part of.

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.

This weekend’s True Believers Comic Festival saw three members of the Pipedream Comics team in attendance, each with their own unique take on the day. Following hot on the footsteps of James Blundell’s thoughts from yesterday, our other intrepid reporter Olly MacNamee fills us in on his day at the races as he gets the comic con season underway at True Believers Comic Festival 2017.

With the arrival of February, begins the comic convention season of 2017. Once again, starting us off is Stuart Mulrain and his team’s True Believers Comic Festival (TBCF), back for it’s third year. Can this event build on the fantastic success of its first two outings or is this the year the bubble bursts? Our intrepid reporter James Blundell heads to Cheltenham to find out!