We are very pleased to be back in print this month after a brief break over summer with online issues decorated by coLor and Mila K. This month it is the turn of San Francisco Bay painter and illustrator Deth P Sun, an artist who we have wanted on our pages from day one. Deth’s characters are distinctive and absorbing; the intrepid cat – part moomin, part Edward Gorey brainchild – the reassuring ghost, the inquisitive wolf. Read about his inspirations and working methods on page 35.

Words wise, we’ve got loads of content for you this month. Sara Hill reports from Edinburgh and Chella Quint explores cuts to library services. I talk to comedian, political activist and opera lover Mark Thomas on page 8, while Jack Opus interviews London house and techno duo Dusky on page 51.

We are always keen to make new connections. If you are new to the city – promoter, artist, musician, writer, independent business owner – get in touch with us. By working together we can strengthen each other’s ventures, and perhaps do a little to keep this city as individual and innovative as it continually proves to be.