It’s been another amazing year for independent and small press comics, and so picking our favourites from the year has not been an easy task. It has meant missing out some big hitters from previous years line-ups, but this is a reflection of the calibre and quality of books we have discovered this year, many of which were from first time creators dipping their toe in the world of self publishing for the first time!

Inspired by her own fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Susie Gander’s Perrywinkle is a super powered allegory for her own battle against cancer that mixes superhero action with personal reflections on her illness. Collected together in a print volume for the first time at this weekend’s Nottingham Comic Convention, we find out that a comic about cancer doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom!

One of the most eagerly awaited debuts at this weekend’s Nottingham Comic Convention is Susie Gander’s Perrywinkle – a mix of personal reflections on her own battles with cancer, along with a kick ass super heroine who manifests as Susie’s voice of conscience during her treatment. Ahead of her convention debut we catch up with Susie to hear the inspiration behind her inspiring story.