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.

As “Comicons” increase in number and the term becomes ever broader to describe events with varying focus on comics, cosplay, merch and media stars of yesteryear the UK small press community has increasingly turned to small press events at willing local comic shops to introduce more readers to the world of independent comics, and last weekend the Incredible Comic Shop in Swindon held its second such event – our roving reporter Andy CT headed along!

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.

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.