While comics are mainly seen as escapist entertainment, they also can also be used to deal with highly personal and troubling events, working as outlets for those who experienced them and support for those who might be going through something similar. The latest book to join the growing roster of highly intimate small press books is Face Down in the Mud, a very personal tale by David B. Cooper regarding a terrible trauma he experienced and the ongoing struggle to recover from it.

Our US correspondent and webcomic guru Rebecca Hail take a look at four more great 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.

Small Press comics have become a really powerful tool for exploring issues of mental health, such as anxiety and depression. Comics tackling this complicated topic range from the funny and quirky like Wired Up Wrong or Brain Shoodles to genre tales like At War With Kaleb. But whatever the format, the common thread is comic creators exploring their own struggles with mental health in an incredibly personal and laudable way. The latest to join this growing sub genre of fascinating books is Chris Browning’s Grey Fug: Discussions With My Cats About Depression.

This week, we go back in time (both in terms of the story and the title’s release itself) with Rum Row, a 1930’s set action adventure by Andrew Maxwell, Michele Bandini and their creative teams which follows an action packed adventure occurring on a blimp high in the sky. Will we toast to this comic’s great quality or will we need a stiff drink to forget about it?

Following up critically acclaimed debut is one pf the challenges every comic creator must face. Well, Sam Head, Rachel Nutkins and the team behind Mi Sweethart are about to face just that with the recent release of the second and third issues of their fantastic comic. But can this title once again make a killing or will it fall on the sword at the second (and third) hurdle?

Isaiah Jefferson is an idle soul, whiling away his days tormenting new souls. So when he gets offered the chance of access to heaven, in return for stealing a valuable object for an angel, he leaps at the chance. Writer Ben Kahn and artist Bruno Hidalgo’s afterlife heist tale is one of those books that completely took us by surprise, appearing out of nowhere and leaping to the top of our must read pile. So here’s why you should be checking out this awesome otherworldly adventure!

With the summer holidays just around the corner Olly MacNamee finds a forgotten gem on his reviews pile – Closely by Grayham Puttock. A claustrophobic crime thriller which reminds him of a classic bit of 70s Brit horror movie and stars a leading man with a familiar actorly face!

To help develop his world building skills, writer artist Mark Penman decided to start creating short stories rather than one single epic adventure. He has released the results under the Eimurian Tales banner as awesome webcomics, telling very different, but still connected, stories. we take a look at the first two chapters of these intriguing tales.