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.

We’re living in a world run by digital assistants, and so it’s inevitable that their ominous presence should make an appearance in sci-fi comics. Writer Alex Paknadel and artist Martin Simmonds have taken things to the extreme in Friendo though, with a malevolent and destructive digital buddy who not only encourages excessive spending but much worse along the way!

Having finally got up to speed on the amazing Death Sentence, we are over the moon that it is back with a new Kickstarter funded series, Death Sentence Liberty Girl. Monty Nero and Martin Simmonds visceral tale of sex, drugs and superpowers feels like it hasn’t missed a beat as this new series smashes you in the face with another dose of sweary, sexy, smart, super-powered stories.

The debut graphic novel from writer/artist Al Gofa and our first experience of books from Peow Studios is one of the most unforgettable mixes of small press cool, science fiction silliness and outlandish violence that we have seen. So what is about Al Gofa’s Dark Angels Of Darkness that makes it so unique?

As we found out in our recent review, Tumult is a super stylish, tense and taught psychological thriller that poses more questions than it answers. So we contacted it’s writer, John Harris Dunning to find out more about the significance of video directors going through mid-life crises, femme fatales with multiple personalities and what is it with all those tarot cards and Russian dolls?!

Once you’ve completed your comics masterpiece, the next tricky part in the puzzle is getting you indie comics printed. But don’t be put off by the potential pitfalls of creating a print ready PDF, we’ve teamed up with the folk at Mixam to bring you a fantastic guide to getting your comic printed. From bleed and trim sizes, to binding and finishes, we’ve got it all. Click here to read more!

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time for our taste in comics to take a slightly darker and more gruesome tone, and what better place to start that with Our Final Halloween, the latest offering from The Kill Screen’s Mike Garley and Dead Roots‘ Mike Lee-Graham. Funding now on Kickstarter and released digitally on October 31st, it sees a group of teens wake up in a spooky house covered in blood. So how would are creators cope with this scenario?

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?

Katriona Chapman’s Katzine has been a fixture of the UK small press scene for the last few years, but for her debut graphic novel Follow Me In, she has expanded her short but sweet travelogues into something much more epic. It’s like the difference between a short mini break and a full on gap year!