We’re living in turbulent times politically and although we may feel that our love of comics is a way to escape the harsh realities of real life, they can also be a fantastic medium for exploring the issues of the world around us. A great example of how comics can be politicised for good is the newly launched Draw the Line, a lively, visual guide to positive political action that anyone can take that has been compiled by more than 100 comics artists and illustrators from around the world, including big names like Dave McKean, Steven Appleby and Woodrow Phoenix.

If you’re in the Brighton area in May during the Open Arts Festival, then be sure to take a look inside the new Comic Pop Up store which will be running in Hanover Pub and Restaurant on May 13th. It’s a great event being put together by Simon Russell as his way to try and get new fans into the world of indie comics and will include work from a host of great creators for sale, as well as artists on hand during the day.

We’ve finally reached the end of our True Believers reading list and there are a couple of crackers on it including: a sampler of a dark folk-horror comic called Heretics; a quirky romance that starts on a late night platform in Last Train Home; some zany all-ages action in the Etherington Brothers Monkey Nuts; and some pyromanic fun in Rachael Smith’s I Am Fire.

The latest selection of fantastic indie comics, hand picked by our intrepid reporter Olly MacNamee at last month’s True Believers Comic Festival, features: the latest issue The London Horror Comic, John Pearson’s artbook Dreadline, and Wrench Productions’ Bizarre Dimensions.

Deep Space Canine is a bit like the small press equivalent of a mighty Marvel team-up, as Hannah Chapman’s Comic Book Slumber Party crew join forces with the awesome Avery Hill to bring us this fantastic anthology starring CBSP’s galaxy trotting, hydro-herb smoking heroine Captain Greasy.

“When the realms of reality and dreams start to merge, a gifted young woman steps up to save her world from total collapse.”  this is the synopsis of Vessels #2 the new series from Dave Cook’s Card Shark Comics. Back in August Olly featured issue #1 in one of his round-ups and he tells us “I thought Vessels No.1 showed great promise as a sword and sorcery epic in the making, and so it is with no hesitation that I would point readers to this new Kickstarter campaign!”

A time travelling secret agent with a cat’s head (who only ever says the phrase RAWR) takes on a despicable Soviet general with intergalactic evil plans in this week’s pick of Kickstarter. This crazy premise is the set-up for the superbly titled Time Cheetah, from writers Carlos Guzman and Alejandro Verdugo and artists Matt Cossin & Mikey Cossin. It’s a superb mix of thrilling spy-fi action, Saturday morning cartoon craziness and a truly one of a kind hero, that also has a fiendish adult sense of humour. Time Cheetah also has a really manic sense of fun and energy, which is perfectly captured in their hilarious pledge video and if you want to find out more you can read the book online for free at timecheetahcomic.com. However if you want to see the Cheetah in print then it’s time to get involved. The guys have already hit their pledge goal, but are looking to expand their stretch goals, so don’t miss your chance to get involved in this adventure today – after all, you can’t travel back in time like the Cheetah can, so pledge here and watch the video below.

A trip to a comic convention always brings a whole treasure trove of new comics. Some by writers and artists already established on the circuit while others by creators who are a little more new to the game. Today we focus on one of the later with Untold, an unnerving horror title by Daniel Farrand, Johannes Vick and the rest of their creative team, Untold Productions. Will this comic be a treat or will it scare the readers away?

It’s Valentines, the day of love, but if you’re after an alternative to the usual hearts and flowers comics then we take a look at Brain Fetish a comic book which attempts to explain the dynamics of love and relationships in a very different way. Will this be a title which captures your heart or will it be left on the shelf alone?

We are in the middle of another Kickstarter bonanza for indie comics right now, but one which stands out from the crowd in our minds, is the awesome El Marvo from newcomers Hawk and Cleaver – the tale of a super powered Mexican wrestler fighting evil in a dystopian future, it has an awesome premise that is backed up with art from Vanguard’s Dan Butcher so it has winner written all over it. We catch up with El Marvo’s masters Ben Errington and Luke Kondor to find out the secrets of the masked man!