Small Press means different things to different people. For some, it’s a world of art students producing hand-printed fanzines put together with long-armed staplers. While for others, it represents the freedom to tell interesting and eclectic stories without needing approval from a publisher. And it's this diversity that we love – so we chose to celebrate it in this our Discover Small Press issue!
We were inspired after a visit to the East London Comic Arts Festival in June. The diversity of creators there was astounding and the mix of familiar and new faces led us to shine a spotlight on just what can be achieved when you do it yourself.
We’ve picked five of our favourite small-press creators (some of whom were at ELCAF – and a couple who should have been!) and talked to them about their inspirations and the stories behind their books. These include Jonathan Cape award-winner Matthew Dooley, Avery Hill's new superstar Ellice Weaver, Human Garbage creator Josh Hicks, NPC-Tea's Sarah Millman and Cosmos' Rozi Hathaway. All five of these creators encapsulate what is great about the world of small press and we hope that by discovering their work you can embrace the wonders of the community, too.
We also have an amazing cover from Sub Diablo creator Darrell Thorpe, whose work we have loved since discovering him at this year's Leamington Comic Con.
And, as ever, we have a reviews section packed with the best new indie and small press titles for you to discover, as well as show reports from ELCAF and ICE in Brighton. And look out for our amazing guest column from Afterlife Inc's Jon Lock looking at the struggles of being a small-presser at one of the UK's largest comic conventions.