This weekend saw the great and the good of the UK indie and small press scene descend of the Cardiff Masonic Hall for the Cardiff Independent Comic Expo. Although we couldn’t make it on the day, we were lucky enough to be sent some preview copies of 4 of the fantastic books being released this weekend at CICE, so here is our pick of what we would have got, if we’d been able to make it to Wales!

We see plenty of anthologies in the small press scene, but none quite like Transience: An Unforgettable Anthology. Now being funded on Kickstarter, it collects together a variety of stories set in a world where people can no longer make short term memories to create a unique mix of anthology and ongoing series. But will it succeed in drawing in readers or will it be another anthology which just fades into memory?

For this new book from Nobrow Press, writer Jamie Rhodes spent a year at Scotney Castle in Kent, researching the family history and soaking in the legacy of this unique building. But rather than turn it into a dry prose book that would languish on a gift shop shelf, he chose to tell the stories he found as comics. Recruiting 5 artists and getting each to create a truly unique look for the stories about this ancient building and its residents, this fresh approach to historical comics, combined with Nobrow’s exceptional production values, gives you a really unique read that is sure to liven up any National Trust gift shop!

For their follow up to the critically acclaimed Propeller, writer Ricardo Mo and artist Albert Muriel have teamed up with the guys at Vault Comics (a new publisher who we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on) for Colossi. A glorious slice of retro futuristic sci-fi about (literal) small people in very big world and see if it will make a big impact or will just shrink into the background.

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?