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.

After a hard fought campaign, and the most votes ever cast in a Pipedream Comics poll, we are delighted to announce that the winner of Small Press and Indie Comic of the Year 2018 is…

It’s that time at last! We’ve whittled down the contenders from a long list of over 100 to this final 10 who represent the very best in indie and small press publishing in 2018. There’s superheroes, science-fiction, slice of life, humour, horror, pirates, gangsters and even family holidays! But which is the best? That’s up to you to decide. So read through our pick of our favourite books of the year, but only you can choose the winner.
So VOTE HERE NOW for your pick the Best Indie and Small Press Comic of 2018
Voting closes at midnight on Friday December 14th!

As we close in on the top 10 for Indie and Small Press Comic of the Year 2018 we have a motley bunch of books that include skeletal villains, sweary superheros, 60s spaceships, fantasy adventures, flawed writers, bawdy tales and giant space cathedrals!

Wolf is our first time reading the work of the incredible Rachael Ball, who is best known for creating The Inflatable Woman. Despite the overtly lupin name, it is actually a nostalgic look back at a childhood summer from a non-specific time in the 1970s and mixes what feels like very personal reflection on grief and loss with the tale of a bunch of kids creating a go kart and hiding from a creepy neighbour.

As you might expect from indie legends like David Hine and Mark Stafford, their new book Lip Hook from SelfMAdeHero, starts off as a fairly traditional crime story, but when Vince and his moll Sofia end up in the foggy village of Lip Hook, things soon begin to take a turn for the darker, involving insect factories, lesbian witches and ancient pagan blood rituals.

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?!

For their follow up to the zany Last Driver and eclectic sci-fi anthology Adventures in Science, Chris Baker and Matt Fitch have opted for an equally out of this world subject – the Apollo moon landing. Teaming up with veteran artist Mike Collins they look to tell the story of man’s first mission to the moon as only they can, but will it be out of this world or no go on lift off.

For their follow up to the gonzo world of Last Driver and the future gazing of Adventures in Science, Chris Baker and Matt Fitch of Dead Canary Comics have another out of this world story to tell, but one with a much more down to earth core to it – the Apollo moon landing. Teaming up with veteran artist Mike Collins and publisher SelfMadeHero we find out more about why the moon landing was such a landmark event that warranted being immortalised in comic book form!