As The Crow Flies web comicThis year’s shortlist for the Best Digital/Web Comic Eisner Award is one of the most diverse we’ve  seen and one of the most insightful is Melanie Gilman’s As The Crow Flies webcomic. The tale of a gay African American teen on a Christian hiking trip touches issues of homophobia, racism and gender, all within the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains. With beautiful hand drawn pencil artwork, Melanie’s work informs, educates and entertains without ever feeling preachy, so we got in touch to find out more about experiences on teenage camping retreats and how the industry recognition as helped develop this wonderful web comic.

Failing Sky 1010 01The latest in our series of interviews with the nominees for the 2014 Best Digital/Web Comic Eisner Award sees us catch up with the truly unique Dax Tran-Caffee. The brains behind the truly innovative Failing Sky web comic that takes the traditional rules of linear story-telling and throws them out of the window in order to make up a whole new structure and approach to telling a story. With pages that scroll up, down, left, right and even leap to completely different chapters it’s a truly special series that is unlike anything else out there (plus it’s all hand drawn in paper and pencil!) so we were keen to catch up with Dax and discover the secrets to this avant-garde comics adventure.

The Last Mechanical Monster thumbnailAs part of our build up to this year’s Eisner Award for Best Digital / WebComic we talk to Brian Fies, create of The Last Mechanical Monster. Fies is no stranger to the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, having won the inaugural prize back in 2005 for his emotive series ‘Mom’s Cancer’. This year he is nominated for the very different work, The Last Mechanical Monster is the tale of a mad scientist from a 1930s Max Fleischer Superman cartoon who is released from prison in the present day only to go in search of his last remaining fire-breathing flying robot. It’s brilliant mix of post-modernism with a generous dose of nostalgia so we contacted Brian to find out more about how this project came about.

High_Crimes_01With San Diego Comic Con just around the corner, that means the annual Eisner Awards – the comic industry’s leading prize – is also about to be upon us. As well as the usual back-slapping and hand shaking for the comic world’s leading titles from the big publishers, six fantastic comics will be vying for the prize of ‘Digital/Web Comic of the Year’. One of those is Everest-set crime thriller High Crimes, from digital-first publisher MonkeyBrain Comics. We catch up with writer Christopher Sebela to find out about the impact of this prestigious nomination, the secrets to writing a story at high altitude and  who he’d cast in the movie of the series.

One of the main complaints about the ComiXology platform, when it came to buying and reading your digital comics (at least before the Amazon buy out) was the fact that your comics weren’t yours to download and back up on your PC. Well, today during their panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego that is about to change thanks to ComiXology DRM-free backups being made available, allowing readers to download and store copies of their favourite digital comics.

It may be a bit of a wait for all you hardcore Cap fans, but it’ll be worth it, as this October, ahead of the highly anticipated new series All-New Captain America, you can get a first taste of Sam Wilson wielding the shield in all-new Captain America: Fear Him Infinite comic, the latest 6-issue digital-first mini series from Marvel Comics!

IDW Publishing have announced a digital comic collection for San Diego Comic-Con that is “more than meets the eye”. Thanks to a partnership with Humble Bundle, Transformer fans can pay what they want for a batch of 48 fantastic digital comics while also supporting a child-focused charity in the Transformers Humble Bundle presented by IDW Publishing.

ComiXology, the world’s leading digital comics platform, celebrates their 5-year anniversary this week by offering 100 books from their comiXology Submit self-publishing program for just US$10 (for UK readers that’s £6.99 and for our European readers that’s €8.99) —all of which adds up a savings of 94% off the cover price.

Whether you know him as Hulk Hogan’s nemesis at Wrestlemania III or Fessick in cult movie the Princess Bride, Andre Rousimoff was quite literally one of wrestling largest characters and in this new biography Andre the Giant Life and Legend cartoonist Box Brown takes an unconventional look at his story.