Digital comics giant comiXology have today shaken up the world of digital comics by unveiling a new subscription service called comiXology Unlimited. Similar to services already offered by Marvel (Marvel Unlimited), ComicsFix and Scribd, the main difference is that comiXology Unlimited are the only subscription service to include titles from Image Comics and Dark Horse. But how will this affect indie and small press publishers?
We never tire of referring to Stu ‘SUTU’ Campbell as a webcomic trailblazer and pioneer, because his titles like Nawlz, Neomad and Modern Polaxis are some of the most dynamic and exciting digital comics we have seen. His latest work, These Memories Won’t Last is much more personal though, telling the story of his grandfather’s dementia. but still features his unique cutting edge brand of story-telling. We catch up with Stu to find out the secrets behind this wonderful webcomic.
These days it seems that whilst there are still bad guys and super villains roaming the streets, the heroes just can’t seem to focus on anything but their own squabbles. This has become the centrepiece in movies like Batman V Superman and Captain America: Civil War, but what about some of the heroes that were left out of the limelight in these films? We look at some great examples of superhero strife on comiXology that could make the next batch of superhero movies even better.
Brambletyne’s A-J Foulkes has brought together a group of some of the most exciting artist on the UK small press scene to create Project Autumn #1, the first instalment of his long awaited story about a man jumping between worlds. But can Foulkes and his cream of the artistic crop produce a book which matches both the talent and the hype?
Webcomic pioneer SUTU (aka Stu Campbell) has been a regular fixture on our digital comic of the year awards with titles like Nawlz, Neomad and Polaxis. However his latest pioneering work, These Memories Won’t Last, is also his most personal, dealing with his grandfather’s dementia and fading memories. But can this trailblazing digital comics creator (working under his own name for the first time) continue to push boundaries with such an intimate subject matter?
We’re recommending another creepy aquatic based horror story this week, as we introduce you to the world of Tom Smith and Katie Wittle’s Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Footprints. With a creepy hand drawn and inked style from artist Katie, with muted watercolour washes, the artwork seams to be soaked in ennui and melancholy and looks like the perfect showcase for Tom’s dark and unsettling story. If you’re interested in backing them you can find their Kickstarter here, and you can view their pledge video below…
The unstoppable Kickstarter machine, Mike (The Kill Screen) Garley is back with a new volume of the relentless killing machine known as the Samurai Slasher! Featuring art from the likes of Casper (Limbo) Wjingaard, Chris (Operation Boom) Imber and original Slasher artist Andy W Clift, it’s another superb looking collection of stories featuring the slasher and his unfortunate victims. It even boasts a section in 3D to fully embrace the 80s video nasty vibe that this series is soaked in. You’d better hurry if you want to back it though as it will only be running for 13 days, so back it here, or watch their pledge video below…
This week’s indie comics round-up feature 4 eclectic all-ages tales featuring: a struggling artist discovering a new vocation in Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting; surreal fantasy from Todd McCullough in Land of the Witching Hour; monsters under the bed in Edie OP’s Maleficium; and re-telling of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale of a mongoose in Rikki.
After the success of any first issue, it then becomes a fine balancing act to maintain that success; keeping what works and losing what doesn’t while moving the story forward. Well, Close 2 Immortality members Jon Laight and Level 8 Comics hope to to release a worthy follow up with issue two of Brethren Born, a superhero comic with a very extraterrestrial twist. But can this second issue build on the magic caused by the first or will Brethren Born simply be a one hit wonder?
Meeting once a month, the Birmingham chapter of Laydeez Do Comics clubbed together to celebrate their first anniversary in style, with their first publication, Hometown: An Anthology, and asking the regular attendees to contribute on the theme of, well, hometowns and what this conjures up in their minds. The result is a B+W anthology comic that encouraged the members of this growing community to create comic strips that has resulted in a very hefty and handsome looking comic book packed with some very diverse interpretations on the theme of Hometowns and what this term means to the different creators featured.