For her first article on the site, our new US correspondent Rebecca Hail takes a look at four of the best Web Comics that she recommends as a quick way to get a laugh in your day. From Tumblr to Twitter, you’ll be sure to find one to brighten your day and make you chuckle so we pick four of our favourites that you have got to know about.

They’ve been off saving the world (or something perhaps coping with the fall out from Secret Empire), but we’re pleased to announce that the Paradox Comics Group are back from their brief hiatus with their latest round-up of the best mainstream digital comics on ComiXology featuring: Secret Empire, Britannia, A.D., Weapon X and Black Monday Murders,.

With only a few weeks until the UK general election, we thought we’d get into the political spirit. Well, with that in mind, what better way than by reading Queen #1, a political crime drama about corruption and hacktivism within the British Government, currently running a Kickstarter for issues 1 and 2. But is this a comic which can really pick up the votes?

It’s a big old world when there’s no one else to share it with. From I am Legend to Wall-E and The Last Man on Earth, the lone figure of the last survivor in a world devoid of other people is a fascinating one, and The Incredible Plight of Tony Featherneck by Owen Sherwood offers a quirky spin on the premise.

Despite the variety that comes along in small press comics, traditional fantasy stories involving elves and fairies seem to be something of a rarity. That’s why, when one hits our (metaphorical) desk, we at take note. This week, James Blundell does just that with the first issue of Plague, which sees these fantastical beings surviving in the midst of a very human ailment.

One of the most eagerly anticipated indie books of recent years is PJ Montgomery and Gavin Mitchell’s adaption of Steve Jackson’s The Trolltooth Wars in graphic novel form. Two years in since it was first funded on Kickstarter,  it has achieved near mythic status on the small press scene, as speculation about when it would finally see the light of day has grown with every pasing month. But as we discovered in our recent interview, it’s finally here and we’ve been given a fantastic first look – so does it live up to the wait?

After coming in third of our best comic of the year award (a noble position, given the array of quality titles in the running), writer Ken Reynolds, along with partner in crime Sam Bentley, didn’t rest on their laurels and returned to Kickstarter with a new issues Cognition #2: Black Shuck. With the rewards now being sent out we take a look at this latest instalment and see how it lives up to past efforts!.

The new issue of indie comics fanzine The Pull List is out now for just £0.99 from our digital store! 

This issue we look at the world of crowd-funding with our Kickstarter Secrets special! Kickstarter has become an essential part of the indie comics scene, so to find out more about how our favourite creators make the most of the crowd-funding platform we talk to a panel of experts to find out their essential secrets.

We also talk to Aussie King of Kickstarter Ryan K Lindsay about his new all-ages book Ink Island, Chris Baldie about his moustachioed hero Space Captain, and Tom Ward about the gothic world of Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman.

We also have reviews of the best new indie and small press comics, previews of up and coming titles in our gallery, and show reports from True Believers and Leamington Comic Convention.

You can download it from our Gumroad Store here!

For all the big, loud and epic events which are portrayed within their pages, comics continue to be a good way to ‘peek behind the curtain’ and see other aspects of real life. However, one aspect which is rarely shown convincingly, no matter how much the noble intentions, is issues concerning mental health. This week, we get a chance to view a book which may actually do just that in The War for Kaleb, which attempts to give an insight in anxiety disorder.