This weekend’s Nottingham Comic Con is shaping up to be a triumphant end to the indie and small press calendar with an incredible roster of talent exhibiting on the day and some fantastic books making their debut. We round-up some of our favourites that will be available including: Late Knights: A Sense Of Steel, Stuff and Stuff, Unfamilliar Skies, Descending Outlands and the NCC Anthology – Outlaws Wanted.

Mo Ali and Andy Bloor’s Midnight Man has been been something of a cult favourite here at Pipedream HQ and every time we bumped into Andy at a convention we would pester him for news of a follow up! So when he let slip at this year’s True Believers: Summer Variant that issue #2 was nearly finished we were over the moon. And that’s very apt seeing Midnight Man is set to blast off into space in the all new Midnight Man: Gunspace that debuts at this weekend’s Nottingham Comic Con. We catch up with Mo and Andy to find out more about the mysterious Midnight Man, plus intergalactic planet babies and flashbacks to 70s TV series.

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!

As one of our favourite events from 2016, this year’s Bristol Comics and Zine Fair had sky high expectations, but they managed to more than managed to live up these high hopes thanks to an incredibly well run event packed full of exciting and diverse creators in a really fun and packed (and most importantly full!) venue.

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.

The first arc of Mike Garley and Joshua Sherwell’s The Kill Screen introduced us to their digital dystopian world where corrupted computer user ran rampant across a broken near future and those who were unaffected by the event known as The Kill Screen battled for survival. Well, now they’re back with a new format and an origin story for the world they have created, but will it be another high tech hit or should it be sent to the trash?

Rachael Smith’s Wired Up Wrong was one of our highlights of 2017 – a collection of personal tales about her depression and anxiety, that was a funny and poignant read tackling a difficult subject with incredible wit and originality. A year on, Rachael is back with a new deluxe edition of the book on Kickstarter so we caught up with her to find out about how the book has helped people as well as entertained them.

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 his previous titles, Drones and Karma Police, are anything to go by, writer Chris Lewis has a penchant for humour and satire in his stories. This doesn’t look to be about to change with recent Kickstarter success Mitch Hammer: Construction Mutant #1, about a smart-mouthed construction foreman made a superhero after a freak accident. But can Lewis build on the success of his prior titles or will Mitch Hammer struggle to chisel out a place on people’s pull lists?