When it comes to Comic Conventions loaded with small press talent, then there are few with a guest list that can rival this year’s Nottingham Comic Convention. Having established a reputation as one of the best small press friendly conventions on the scene, Kev Brett’s fantastic event returns of the Nottingham Conference Centre on October 14th, we take a look at what’s in store for the day!

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.

This month we’ve seen two fantastic new books from Irish creator Leonie O’Moore appear on ComiXology. Invoked, a period piece about a family moving into a mysterious new house. And Don’t Fall, a fantastical fairytale about a brother and sister in peril. So rather than review them in isolation we thought we’d take a look at them both, and see how the two compare.

We first met Joseph Oliveira and read his ‘dark gem of a read’ Ghost Island at this year’s True Believers Comic Festival, where the book debuted and it has remained one of our favourite comics of the year so far. So with news that the second issue was about to hit Kickstarter we thought we should catch up with Joey and find out more about his world of ‘Jurassic Park with ghosts’ and his adventures with conventions and Kickstarter.

For as long we can remember Matthew Dooley and Dirty Rotten Comics seem to have been intertwined in our consciousness as we discovered them both at the same time and they continue have a bizarre symmetry with the latest releases. Keen to perpetuate this connection we take a look at Matthew’s new book The Practical Implications of Immortality as well as the bumper 10th issue of the wonderful Dirty Rotten Comics.

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,.

This year’s True Believers has been one of our favourite conventions of the year so far, and so we were delighted to learn that Stuart and co were also going to be running a Summer Variant event in Gloucester this August. With a host of a great small press creators on hand, all in the name of a good cause, and set in a stunning location we couldn’t help but sign up to exhibit there! But what and who else can you see in Blackfriars Priory on Sunday 20th August.

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.

Last year was a banner year for cartoonist Matthew Dooley as he released his excellent collection Meanderings, but also scooped the prestigious Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story prize as a result. The story that won him the prize was a tale about a tall milkman and is the centrepiece in his latest collection Practical Implications of Immortality, alongside sweary birds and auto-biographical stories that literally see him laid bare – so we decided to find out more about his unique world view.