While comics are mainly seen as escapist entertainment, they also can also be used to deal with highly personal and troubling events, working as outlets for those who experienced them and support for those who might be going through something similar. The latest book to join the growing roster of highly intimate small press books is Face Down in the Mud, a very personal tale by David B. Cooper regarding a terrible trauma he experienced and the ongoing struggle to recover from it.

alexautomatic_coverLike an amnesiac Inspector Gadget battling a James Bond villain’s henchman, but drawn by Jack Kirby, Fraser Campbell’s Alex Automatic takes those classic spy-fi conventions of the 1960s and mixes in a generous dose of paranoia and PTSD to make a truly unique creation. but will his amnesiac agent be another Winter Soldier wannabe or a hero in his own right?