Outside of bigger publishers such as Marvel and DC, what are the realities of actually making comics?
The question will be explored at 'The Comics Summit', a brand-new event set up by creators, for creators, that will examine the joys and pitfalls of making comics on an independent level for professionals and amateurs alike.
Jon Lock, of the Cheltenham-based Big Punch Studios, which publishes well-known independent titles Afterlife Inc., 7STRING and Extraversal, has organised the event to address the challenges affecting an often under-represented industry.
"The Comics Summit is an opportunity for creators to come together, outside of a convention setting to share ideas, tips and tricks and to start a discussion about our community," he explains. "We hope that the Comics Summit will be a chance for creators to talk in a relaxed setting and share good practice so that we can better do the things we love."
The Summit will be held at Comics Uncovered, a not-for-profit event for aspiring and professional comic creators, featuring seminars, workshops and masterclasses from top creators at the UK's Birmingham Conference and Events Centre on 14-15 July.
For more information, visit https://comicssummit.wordpress.com.