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.

In our continued search to bring you the best comics focused UK conventions and festivals, we chat to Goons of the Galaxy creator (and The Pull List contributor) Marc Jackson about the up coming MACC-POW! – a comics art festival, coming Macclesfield on July 1st.  We find out why this little convention based in the north of England is managing to stand out from the crowd!

JD Oliva’s New Orleans based flood drama, Deluge, has been a long time favourite of ours, and so we were excited to discover JD was bringing a completely new tale to Kickstarter, Red Sunrise, featuring vampires in feudal Japan. We catch up with JD and find out why his take on the world of the undead manages to reinvent the formula in ways we’ve never seen before, and why you should support it on Kickstarter here.

Christopher Sebela’s High Crimes was one of our favourite crime books of recent years, mixing criminality and mountain climbing in a truly unique digital-first package (and ended up bagging a well deserved Eisner nomination). So, when we heard he was heading back to the crime genre, and to Kickstarter, with a new book entitled Short Order Crooks all about crooks and cooking, we knew we had to drop him a line and put in an order!

Having started a successful indie comics website selling platform, and launched a critically acclaimed anthology, we couldn’t help but wonder what Pete Genepool and the Comichaus guys would get up to next? Well it turns out they are branching into the world of digital comics, to launch a streaming service they are dubbing ‘a Netflix for indie comics’. With it’s mix of indie and digital comics being right up our alley, we knew we had to find out more!

Pirates, highwaymen and clockwork soldiers, set in the 18th century – it’s a pretty unique premise for an indie book and it’s why Steve Tanner’s Flintlock is one of the most interesting reads on the small press scene. Keen to find out why he set his book in the 1700s and the merits of a great female lead, we caught up with Steve to find out more.