It’s that time of year again where we begin to rundown the best indie and small press comics in time for our Indie Comic Of The Year poll. We start with a demonic superhero, a dystopian hi-tech future, the most action-packed comic of the year and the finale of a small press stalwart. As well as some exciting debuts and the return of some old friends.

Joining the excellent 32 Kills as the latest part of the Comichaus publishing push is Close, which is written by Impossible’s Chris Sides and long time collaborator Chris Travell. Released from the pages of the Comichaus Anthology, Close is a slice of contemporary crime drama that sees a stalker wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. So is this a book one you should be keeping an eye on or one that needs locking up?

Comichaus’ streaming app has been rightly hailed as ‘Netflix for indie comics’, and so to celebrate this fantastic service we are going to run a regular column looking at some of the best new books available for the bargain price of £3 a month. If you like what you see, you can download the Comichaus App for iOS from comichaus.com/app and get a free 14 day trial to check out any of these books today.

The last time we saw Andy W Clift’s work on show was in the blood-soaked pages of Mike Garley’s Samurai Slasher, so were a little bit surprised when we heard his newest book was an all-ages sci-fi adventure about a father and daughter superhero family in space called Captain Cosmic. Released via the Comichaus app, we caught up with Andy to find more about his love of silver age comics and what inspired him to make an all ages family adventure. 

It’s been another amazing year for independent and small press comics, and so picking our favourites from the year has not been an easy task. It has meant missing out some big hitters from previous years line-ups, but this is a reflection of the calibre and quality of books we have discovered this year, many of which were from first time creators dipping their toe in the world of self publishing for the first time!

With their quarterly anthology, upcoming comic app and hundreds of titles within their ever expanding library, Comichaus are cementing their place as a publisher on the rise. In this new mini-series, writer Steve Horry, artist Catia Fantini and team hope to add to this success with Lizard Men, which sees a rockstar become leader of the British People and discovering a dark enemy hiding in the shadows. But is this new comic another sure-fire hit or will it receive a cold(blooded) reception?

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!

What if a rock star was elected prime minister of the UK?! That’s the premise for the new Lizard Men mini series from Comichaus and writer Steve Horry that’s debuting on Kickstarter this week. With all the political upheaval in the past 2 years, this isn’t as ridiculous as it might seem (after all there’s a reality TV star in the White House), especially if the reason for this shock election was mysterious reptilian men who secretly run everything behind the scenes. We catch up with Steve to chat conspiracy theories and political upsets.

We ‘ve not reviewed Comichaus since a glowing write-up of their first issue, but in that time this anthology has gone from strength to strength and even secured a nomination as one of our 10 best comics of 2016. So we thought it was about time we looked at the latest issue of this indie anthology and we were immediately taken by just how far this indie anthology has come in a very short amount of time.

Calling all kid comic creators! If you’ve ever fancied having one of your characters appear in the pages of an actual comic (and are aged between 5 and 15!) then Jon Laight and Matt Strott have just the competition for you. Send them your creation by February 5th or give it to them at True Believers and you could be in with a chance of it appearing in the pages of their new comic Late Knights: A Sense Of Steel! We catch up with writer Jon Laight to find out all about it…