With the days having become shorter and the mornings colder, Winter is here in all it’s glory. And with this change to the harshest of seasons, we  decided to take a look at a webcomic which is equally harsh and unforgiving in it’s setting. David Derrick Jr’s Ghost of the Gulag tells the story of a Tiger and the war of beliefs he becomes embroiled in, but will we warm to this anthropomorphic webcomic, or will it leave us as cold as the Siberian winter?

With a line up that featured a veritable who’s who of the U.K. Small press comic book scene, along with some top name guests from the Big Two and beyond, Nottingham Comic Con has become one of the most anticipated events of the year. So for our last convention of the year, we made the trip up north for the first time, to enjoy a great day that not even a fire alarm could ruin!

It’s been a busy few month for writer Mike Garley. After the critically acclaimed Late Fees, came the latest volume of equally revered The Kill Screen with Everything Not Save Will Be Lost. And now, with Friday 13th just passed he’s started a new Kickstarter campaign for the final chapter in the epic, blood-soaked Samurai Slasher series. We get an exclusive sneak peak at some of the pages!

After the time travelling antics of Midnight Man’s debut issue that saw him take on the Chrononazi across the whole of history, things take a new intergalactic approach in this new issue from Mo Ali and Andy Bloor. Midnight Man: Gunspace sees our hero blast off into space, confront an alternate version of himself and learn more about his origin in this out of this world follow up to the small press cult favourite.

Inspired by her own fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Susie Gander’s Perrywinkle is a super powered allegory for her own battle against cancer that mixes superhero action with personal reflections on her illness. Collected together in a print volume for the first time at this weekend’s Nottingham Comic Convention, we find out that a comic about cancer doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom!

One of the most eagerly awaited debuts at this weekend’s Nottingham Comic Convention is Susie Gander’s Perrywinkle – a mix of personal reflections on her own battles with cancer, along with a kick ass super heroine who manifests as Susie’s voice of conscience during her treatment. Ahead of her convention debut we catch up with Susie to hear the inspiration behind her inspiring story.

This weekend sees the Bristol Comics and Zine Fair return to The Station in Bristol between 12.00 and 6.00. This free to enter event was one of our favourite shows last year and this year’s event features an amazing line up of exhibitors, many of whom are familiar names for readers of the site, as well as some fantastic new up and coming creators.

If you’re after a free digital comic and a history lesson about the north east of England, then Freedom City Comics have just the book for you! Their new anthology, which put together by Newcastle University alongside some of the team from Applied Comics, presents snapshots of the history of civil rights and politics on Tyneside, and you can read it for free now!

Not only will October 14th be the date of the excellent Nottingham Comic Convention (more on that soon), but it will also be the anniversay of one of the small press scene’s most charming publishers – Steve Tanner and Time Bomb Comics willbe celebrating a decade of small press and to celebrate this, will be releasing a revived version of their first ever book. We step bak in time with Steve to find out why!