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.

Thanks to indie hits like Chunks, Cordelia Swift and Transfer, writer Matt Garvey has become one of Small Press’ most prolific talents. This week, Garvey and new artist collaborator Dizevez have released the first issue of Ether, a dark crime thriller about a dangerous new costumed vigilante out to seek justice. Could this be yet another great feather in Garvey’s ever growing cap or will this be one book which should be lost in…. well,…. the ether?

Is the hero a time traveller flitting between the 1940s and a medieval world, or just a disturbed mental patient in an asylum hallucinating it all? This is the unsettling premise of Kevin Chilcoat’s new comic, Knight in the Snake Pit, about a man who believes he can live in the past just a little too literally. Could this comic be a dragon-slaying success, or is it a title better off left in the past?

Don’t be fooled by the fact that the hero of The Sorrowful Putto of Prague is a cherubic angel, he’s anything but a cuddly representation of all things good. Instead, our hero Xavier, attempts to look after the mythical creatures of Prague which gets him into all sort of scrapes and gets himself out in some far from angelic ways! James Stafford’s webcomic mixes fantastical characters with a violent and a dark sense of humour to create a a legendary mix of stories.

From the opening blood soaked page which sees hit woman Lon getting life advice from her most recent victim (who has a particularly large bullet hole in his head), then you know you are in for a bloody, violent and gritty crime tale with Beautiful Canvas, courtesy of the team behind Deer Editor and Chum and it definitely doesn’t disappoint!.