The Indie Cool List 2018 – in the latest issue of our indie comics magazine and small press fanzine, we celebrate 5 of the coolest indie creators in the world right now. They include: Kim Reaper’s Sarah Graley; Gateway City creator Russell Mark Olson; the creator of webcomic Mias and Elle, Jenny Clements; the brilliantly bonkers Todd Oliver; and Slang Pictorial’s Nick Prolix, who is also responsible for our awesome Stranski inspired cover.

A glorious venue, a beautiful sunny day and a great selection of comics to check out – you couldn’t have asked for a better set of circumstances for the fourth Leamington Comic Con. Our roving reporter Alex Thomas heads up the M5 for weekend of small press comics in a truly unique setting.

We’ve been huge fans of Nick Prolix’s retro cockney webcomic The Sheep And The Wolves since it was a few pages old, but this week sees him bring the third volume of their collected adventures to Kickstarter with his all new Slang Pictorial #3. We catch up with Nick to find out why he is braving Kickstarter all of a sudden as well as discuss the development of his retro style through the plehtora of projects he’s been working on in the past year.

Dan Butcher. Vince Hunt. Tony Esmond. Together they form the Awesome Comics Podcast, a motley bunch of small press comic creators whose weekly broadcast has grown into an essential backbone of the UK small press community. Now, the trio have taken their brand a step further with Awesome Comics #1, an anthology featuring stories from each member. In the aftermath of its release at True Believers, we at take a look and see if it’s truly deserving of the name ‘awesome’.

We always love discovering a story about how comics can help people, as well as entertain, and so Little Heroes project really warmed our hearts on these cold January days. Set up by Aaron Rackley, they provide packs of resources for kids in hospitals to help them make comics, but this month they are taking things a step further and crowd-funding their own anthology featuring some familiar names from the world of small press.  We catch up with Aaron to find out what it takes to be a Little Hero.

Set in the seedy underbelly of 60s London, Nick Prolix’s webcomic The Sheep And The Wolves and it’s print spin-off Slang Pictorial, mixes vintage crime and newspaper strip capers as be-quiffed hitman Jimmy struts around town impressing the birds and trying to make a name for himself as an underworld player. Having met up with Nick at True Believers, we decided to pay a visit to his Cockney manor, have a cup of rosie lea and a bit of Frank and Pat about all things Sheep And Wolves!

For our third look at this past weekend’s True Believers Comic Festival, we are going to take a glimpse at what life was like behind the table, as editor Alex Thomas makes his convention debut with Pipedream Comics and an Indie Shocase special edition of The Pull List!