Indie Comics News
The latest indie comics news and previews of the best small press friendly comic conventions
Here at Pipedream Comics we regularly contribute pages to ComicScene, the UK’s best comics focused magazine. And we’re delighted to reveal that this month we have been working on an entire issue dedicated to the subject of indie and small press comics. The ComicScene State of Indpendents Yearbook 2020 brings together some of our favourite […]
“This will be used to start a discussion – between you and I and everyone else making comics” UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry launches UK Comics Creator Survey
It’s pretty safe to say that UK comics scene has undergone something of a resurgence in the last few years. Powered forward by crowdfunding, cheaper printing and online communities, it has enabled creators to bring their visions of a great comic to the world like never before. While this outbreak of creativity has allowed many […]
“We want to bring all these creators together and create a place for them to show the world the amazing stuff they are creating” Aaron Rackley on the inspiration for SparkCon 2020 a new kind of virtual comic convention
SparkCon 2020 is the latest online comic convention that is helping to fill our schedules now that Coronavirus has seen all the real world convention cancelled. Hot on the heels of last month’s #KitchenCon, this one is being run by the fantastic team at Little Heroes Comic Kits and Fairspark Books (publisher of The Spark, […]
“It’s a completely free, inclusive event. All comic creators need are books, personality, a smartphone, and an internet connection!” We talk to Tom Ward about this weekend’s virtual comic con #KitchenCon
Even the world of indie comics is not immune to the effects of the Coronavirus. While for many the chance to self isolate and catch up on their reading list sounds like a great use of their time, bear a thought for those who rely on comic conventions and interactions with fans to make a […]
It’s been an amazing year for ComicScene magazine, but 2020 is set to be even more exciting! We catch up with editor Tony Foster to find out more!
With no snow or rainstorms to battle this year, we headed to Cheltenham for True Believers Comic Festival 2020, one of the best days out for UK comic fans!
With Christmas and New Year disappearing into the distant past, it’s time to start thinking about comic conventions again, and this means we turn our attention to the traditional season opener The True Believers Comic Festival 2020, which is held in Jury’s Inn, Cheltenham on Saturday 1st February 2020. One of our favourite events of […]
News: Good Comics and Ben Mitchell raise funds for Australian charities with new limited edition Storm Clouds Collected Edition
Even if you rarely step outside the indie comics bubble, you can’t have missed hearing about the devastating fires that have affected Australia in the past few weeks. As part of an effort to help fund relief effort for those affected, our good friends at Good Comics have joined forces with Aussie comic creator Ben […]
We are delighted to announce that MANU by Gustaffo Vargas has been awarded Indie Comic of the Year 2019 – as chosen by the readers of Pipedream Comics, A Place To Hang Your Cape and ComicScene magazine. This dystopian sci-fi tale, set in the dank jungles of Peru where cybernetic jaguars defend their mistress from […]
News: Pipedream Comics and A Place To Hang Your Cape presents Indie Comic of the Year 2019 (in association with ComicScene)
If you thought Avengers Endgame or DC TV’s Crisis on Infinite Earth was going to be the ultimate comics crossover this year, then think again. The teams at Pipedream Comics and A Place to Hang Your Cape have united to bring you this year’s Indie Comic Of The Year 2019 award. And they are ably […]
This years Thought Bubble festival saw it move from its traditional home of Leeds to the picturesque spa town of Harrogate. But would this be a move be a better fir for the annual highlight of the comics calendar? Or would it see Thought Bubbie lose its unique identity?
The fantastic Nottingham Comic Convention 2019 will be returning to Xxx on October 16th. One of the most enjoyable events of the year with a great focus on indie and small press comics, alongside some great big names, this years event is set to feature: Staz Johnson, Rachael Smith (Wired Up Wrong), Sally Jane Thompson […]
This November the annual Thought Bubble comic convention returns. With a new venue in Harrogate, to looks set to continue it’s role as the focal point of the UK comic convention calendar thanks to it’s fantastic mix of high profile comic creators from around the world as well as the best of UK indie and […]
Now entering it’s fifth year, the briliant Leamington Comic Convention returns this October with it’s usual mix of indie friendly exhibitors alongside writers and artists who have worked on some of the biggest titles in comics. Taking place on Saturday the 5th of October, it is returning to the fantastic All Saints Parish Church in […]
It’s been a strong year for digital comics giant ComiXology and their creator-owned series released under the ComiXology Originals banner. Along with a new ‘season’ for small press stalwart The Pride, we’ve seen stand out title like Delver and The Stone King join established titles like Richard Starkings’ Elephantmen 2261 and more. This autumn, ComiXology […]
Comic book printers Mixam launch into US and offer UK creators an easy way to release books overseas
Mixam, the UK based print company have extended their operations overseas, looking to break into the US comic scene, while also providing UK comic creators with easy access to this lucrative market.
This weekend we heady to the sunny south coast and the Portsmouth International Comic Convention. A joint venture put on my Tripwire and the Portsmouth Guildhall this two day event had it all, from comics to cosplay to TV and film and more. Set it the truly spectacular Portsmouth Guidhall, we arrived at the Portsmouth […]
This weekend we’ll be heading to the south coast, and the Portsmouth Independent Comic Convention. Situated in the city’s historic Guildhall it claims to be the largest convention on the south coast, and will feature the usual mix of guest panels, signings, showcases, competitions, cosplay, special events and merchandise. While the show’s main focus will […]
Cardiff Comics Carnival took place under glorious Welsh sunshine in the heart of the capital at 10 Feet Tall on Sunday 24th March. The event was launched by a local group of comics’ creators including Ioan Morris and Josh Hicks along with fellow Cardiffian and local musician Andrew Rhys Lewis. With no Cardiff Comics Expo […]
Part of the Laydeez Day Festival, the Laydeez Do Comics Award 2019 is given to the best graphic novel in progress by a female identifying UK-based creator.
New thrill-packed issue of ComicScene magazine now available
One of the UK comic scene’s most iconic conventions now has a new venue and a new date as Thought Bubble Comic Festival 2019 moves to Harrogate in November.
With much of the country covered in snow and ice, it was time for the UK comic scene to begin with True Believers Comic Festival 2019.
The latest issue of ComicScene Magazine is due out 21st February in select newsagents, Comic Shops in the UK & Europe and online
We take a look ahead to this year’s True Believers Comic Festival 2019, including some of the amazing small press comics that will be launching on the day.
The new issue of ComicScene will now be available in selected newsagents around the UK
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 […]
It was an incredibly strong year for Avery Hill Publishing in 2018, with critically acclaimed books like Follow Me In, The Great North Wood and On A Sunbeam joining their already stellar line up on titles. With the new just around the corner, we’ve had a sneak peak at for Avery Hill Publishing in 2019 […]
BHP Comics acquire small press standouts Rolled A One and Dungeon Fun, as well as new international distribution deal
Having made a name for themselves with books like Rok of The Reds, Killtopia, Freedom Bound and Full Colour, Scottish indie publishers BHP Comics are set to have an even more exciting 2019 thanks to acquiring the rights to publish two of our favourite small press titles along with a new international publishing deals.
After the hectic release fest that was this year’s Thought Bubble it was time for a more serene event this weekend as we headed to Bristol for the annual Bristol Comics and Zine Fair 2018, one of our favourite events on the indie and small press friendly convention circuit.
That time of year where the great and the good of the comics world congrgates on Leeds for the Thought Bubble 2018 Comics Art Festival. Running over the weekend of September 22nd it’s the event of the year for launching and showcasing new work, so here we highlight some of our favourites which will be […]
Image Comics to release new anthology 24 Panels in honour of Grenfell Towers, features work from Alan Moore, Kieron Gillen and a host of UK Small Press creators
Although we don’t usually cover Image Comics books here on the site, we are making an exception for their new anthology 24 Panels. Not only is it for a fantastic cause, as it is intended to to honour those who were affected by last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy here in the UK. But it also […]
Small Press writer Matt Garvey to release ‘Gotta Start Somewhere’ a new anthology for unpublished creators – find out how to get involved!
As well as writing stellar small press comics like white NOIR, The Ether, Chunks and the recent Red Rocket Comet, Matt Garvey has turned all altruistic and offered to self finance a small press anthology – called Gotta Start Somewhere – for creators who have never been published before which he will help get into […]
“Wailin’ and a screechin’ like a banshee stuck in a blender comes the Mega Meaty Monster Comics Giveaway.” This was the message which greeted our inbox from 100% Biodegradable Editor David Hailwood who has compiled a new FREE indie comics anthology via a service called Instafreebie and is available only from August 12th – 26th!.
“There’s something very cool about seeing a medieval priory come to life with colourful art and cosplay that makes the event kind of unique and quirky!” Stuart Mulrain tells all about the True Believers Summer Variant 2018
With it’s unique location in a medieval friary, and it’s chilled out atmosphere, the True Believers Summer Variant was one of our highlights of last year’s convention circuit. With only a week to go until the big day this year (August 5th at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester), we caught up with organiser Stuart Mulrain to […]
This weekend saw the first ever Comics Summit in Cheltenham, the brain child of Big Punch Studios’ Jon Lock it was a chance for indie comics creators and newbies alike, to find out more and discuss the wonderful world of indie comics with their peers, without the need to have a table and sell your […]
“Whether you’re just starting out, or if you’re already creating comics and want to spend time with your peers, I hope there’ll be something for everyone.” Jon Lock on The Comics Summit in Cheltenham on July 14th and 15th
This July sees the first ever Comics Summit, a chance for indie and small press comic creators to share their knowledge and experience with each other, without the stresses of also having to man a comic convention table and make sales! The brainchild of Big Punch Studios’ Jon Lock, we caught him on a rare […]
At the beginning of the year, Big Punch Studios Jon Lock shared his frustrations at the world of independent comics with the world via an epic blog post. In it he called for a number of suggestions of how the indie comic scene could come together and make things better for itself, and one of […]
A glorious venue, a beautiful sunny day and a great selection of comics to check out – you couldn’t have asked for a better set of circumstances for the fourth Leamington Comic Con. Our roving reporter Alex Thomas heads up the M5 for weekend of small press comics in a truly unique setting.
“I really feel that we’ve taken it up another level this year and 2018 is our biggest convention yet” Dan Mallier on what to look forward to at this year’s Leamington Comic Con 2018
This weekend see the return of the fantastic Leamington Comic Con, one of the countries best small comic cons with an emphasis on comics and small press at it’s heart. With this year’s event seeing appearances from 2000 AD legend John Wagner and Marvel writer Al Ewing as well as the best of small press […]