Based in the steamy sub continent in the 18th century, with These Savage Shores, writer Ram V continues to build on his excellent 2018 resume with this new tale of vampires and shape changers in a pre-colonial world. If you ever wondered if there was a supernatural force more powerful than a blood sucker, you are about to find out!

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!

We’re living in a world run by digital assistants, and so it’s inevitable that their ominous presence should make an appearance in sci-fi comics. Writer Alex Paknadel and artist Martin Simmonds have taken things to the extreme in Friendo though, with a malevolent and destructive digital buddy who not only encourages excessive spending but much worse along the way!

For his follow up to the psychedelic Void Trip, writer Ryan O’Sullivan’s latest creator-owned series for Vault Comics sees a failed writer wrongfully picked to be the saviour of mankind. Packed full of smart dialogue, stunning artwork and an arch deconstruction of comic book conventions, we see whether Fearscape is anything worth being afraid of.

After twisting our brains with psychedelic space adventure Void Trip, writer Ryan O’Sullivan is set to take us to yet another mind expanding world, this time the realm of fears known as the Fearscape. Frustrated writer Henry Henry is given the task of being earth’s saviour after being wrongly identified as our greatest story-teller, and has to enter the Fearscape to take on the world’s biggest fears. Ahead of it’s launch in September we catch up with Ryan to find out more about the terrifying world of the Fearscape and who he would pick as earth’s literary champion!

For their follow up to the critically acclaimed Propeller, writer Ricardo Mo and artist Albert Muriel have teamed up with the guys at Vault Comics (a new publisher who we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on) for Colossi. A glorious slice of retro futuristic sci-fi about (literal) small people in very big world and see if it will make a big impact or will just shrink into the background.