icoty2016Following in the footsteps of our Digital Comic Of The Year poll, we are introducing a new award this year – Indie Comic of the Year 2016. Celebrating the fantastic variety of indie and small press books which we have covered on the site in the past 12 months. We’ll give you a shortlist of the top 10 for voting on December 26th, but in the meantime we’ll countdown the 50 best indie comics of the year and remind you of what a great year it has been for indie and small press comics!

ness03Although we’re the wrong side of Halloween, Chris Welsh’s dark, dank monster book Ness is still giving us nightmares. The tale of a group of teenagers who get drawn into a world of tentacled beasties and supernatural Celtic cults is back on Kickstarter to get the final two issues funded and so we caught up with creator, Chris Welsh to get to the bottom of the monstrous world of Ness.

thoughtbubble-logo2016-200This weekend saw the great and the good of the UK comic scene descend on Leeds for the annual Thought Bubble Comics Arts Festival. As well as featuring big names from the mainstream it was also one of the most important weekend’s for the indie and small press scene with dozens of new books being released and showcased. We take a look at some of our favourites – and we’ll keep updating it as we gradually work our way through our pile of books to read from the weekend!

kickstarter_of_the_weekFrom the Lovecraft addled brain of Chris Welsh the writer of Wart, and Irish artist Robert Carey, comes a new slimy and spooky horror book called Ness. An absolute no-brainer for Kickstarter of the Week, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a new release from Image rather than a crowd-funded book as the story is that creepy and the art is that damn good. Based on the half dozen preview pages we’ve seen, we can;t help but expect the package to ooze with stagnant water and a tentacle burst out when it arrives on our doorstep once this Kickstarter has been funded! Watch the dank and murky pledge video below and help support this superb soggy horror book here!