Having earned a just deserved second place in our recent rundown of the best small press and indie comics of the year 2018, we caught up with Wolf creator Rachael Ball to find out more about the personal influences on it contains and the inspirations for her emotional and complex tale of grief and childhood in the 1970s.

Fabian Grolleau and Jérémie Royer’s follow up to Audubon: On The Wings of the World, continues the same beautiful and thought provoking look at the history of a prominent 18th century scientist, but this time it’s the slightly more well known Charles Darwin whose life and learning comes under the microscope in Darwin: An Unexpected Journey.

It’s only a few weeks now until the start of the UK comic convention circuit and our annual trip to Cheltenham for the True Belivers’ Comic Festival 2019. Consistently one of our favourite events of the year, we take a look at some of things on offer at this year’s event, including some of the amazing small press comics that will be launching on the day itself!

Based in the steamy sub continent in the 18th century, with These Savage Shores, writer Ram V continues to build on his excellent 2018 resume with this new tale of vampires and shape changers in a pre-colonial world. If you ever wondered if there was a supernatural force more powerful than a blood sucker, you are about to find out!

While we don’t often review books from Image Comics on here, 24 Panels is more than just your average anthology. Complied by Wicked and Divine creator Kieron Gillen, Steve Thompson and Rhona Martin, with proceeds going to survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire (especially those with PTSD), it features an all star roster of creators like Gillen himself, Al Ewing, Caspar Wjingaard, Dan Watters, and some chap called Alan Moore, alongside some of the best of the UK small press thanks to an open submissions policy.

The Lady Doctor is our first foray into the world of books from Myriad Editions and we are hoping it won’t be our last. Ian Williams’ latest is the follow up to his previous The Bad Doctor and continues to mix outlandishly funny tales about life in the NHS with an undercurrent of real emotional pathos, that reminds us how human these doctors who treat us, really are.

After the excitement of our year end polls, we return to our regular review schedule here on Pipedream Comics, with a look at Tales of Fractured Worlds, the follow up to Roddy McCance’s successful mental health anthology Tales of the Fractured Mind. With a new selection of sci-fi stories, a new band of talented artists and a new underlying message focusing on the environmental problems going on around us, can Tales of Fractured Worlds repeat its predecessor’s success?

We countdown of the best indie and small press comics of year continues our journey to finding out the Indie Comic of the Year 2018. This time we look at Victorian superheros, caffeine addicted journalists, retro bad girls, warrior sword maidens, South American drug mules and demonic theme parks.