Thanks to titles like Brethren Born and Late Knights, Jon Laight has become a firm fixture of the UK small press comics scene. But for this latest, most ambitious title, Laight has joined up with Markosia Comics and the artistic talents of Grant Richards, Darren Stephens and Rob Jones to produce Away, a sci-fi story about a man who spends his dreams training to be the Earth’s ultimate saviour.

Think of Hollywood and you’ll most likely imagine a wonderland of film stars and high rollers, basking in big city lights. Of course, all of the bright lights, make the shadows seem all the darker. It’s into this seedy underbelly of LA’s Tinsel Town that we venture in Lady Hollywood from Cult Empire Comics.

Thanks to his mastery of Kickstarter, Ryan K Lindsay has become one of Small Press’ most prominent stars, with titles such as EIR, Deer Editor, Chum and more. Creating deep, meaningful and beautiful comics with a cavalcade of great artists, for his new book Eternal, Lindsay reunites with his Headspace cohorts Eric Zawadzki and Dee Cunniffe to bring us a tale of a Shieldmaiden locked in a vicious battle with an evil ghost.

Wolverton – Thief of Impossible Objects is a loving throwback to the days of pithy one liners and plucky adventurers overcoming adversity through quick wits, and occasionally quicker fists. The titular gentleman thief falling afoul of a variety of secret sects and scoundrels in the pursuit of a number of impossible objects, beginning with a shrivelled Monkey’s Paw.

We love shining a spotlght on the world of small press and we’ve decided to shine that spotlight even brighter with a new small press focused column which looks specifically at the DIY publishing end of the comics spectrum. We start with 3 fantastic example in the shape of Good Comics’ The Time I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes, John Tuckers’ Bald and Steven Ingram’s Left.

Hellbound Media’s all action, monster hunting heroine returns for a new adventure, this time reducing missing children from a mysterious villain known only as the Spindly Man. But will this latest adventure for Mandy The Monster Hunter be another heroic outing, or will The Legend of The Spindly Man simply be too monstrous?

The thing about positive gender representation, is that it’s about more than just creating a bunch of cookie cutter characters in order to fulfil a quota. To get true equality the characters also have to be meaningful and engaging – and that means making them unlikeable as well as likeable. And that is definitely what Ryan Heshka has done with his new book The Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn, which features a bunch of hell raising, ass kicking women who make the residents of Bitch Planet look like the Downton Abbey Women’s Institute!