It’s not often you get a book that involves cannibals, magic flies, the resurrected body of Karl Marx and a demonic goat – not to mention Tory politicians in gimp outfits – but Charlie Gillespie’s new series The Many which debuts via ComiXology Submit this week covers all those bases. Mixing the weird psychedelia of Grant Morrison with the politics of Alan Moore and the dark humour of Garth Ennis, this first volume in the adventures of Thomas Darker defies description at times, so we contacted the man behind it in order to get his take on his truly unique world view.
After last week’s flurry of activity it’s a quiet week in the world of MonkeyBrain Comics this week, with just the one new issue on sale on ComiXology. We take a first look at Alex De-Gruchy and Michael Montenat’s western mini-series The Fallen #2.
If you look at the titles on the Madefire app, alongside big names like Injustice: Gods Among Us or Hellboy in Hell and Madefire originals like Mono or Captain Stone Is Missing, is a title called ‘Walk Don’t Run’ that you might just have missed. It’s not got a big name publisher or a big name creator behind it, but it’s one of the most exciting motion books around. The brain child of Scottish writers Fin Cramb and Sean Watson, it’s set in a teenage high school where the students are literally fighting for survival at every moment. It’s like the Breakfast Club meets Battle Royale, but at no point is what is actually happened explained to you. Keen to get to the bottom of exactly what we were reading we caught up with Fin and Sean after the release of the second instalment of WDR to find out more about this undiscovered motion book marvel!
While everyone loves to see their favorite comic book characters up on the silver screen, some of these movies either didn’t do our heroes the justice they deserved the last time around, or the aging technology used to make them leaves us with something more to be desired today. Lucky for us, there’s always a new company looking to make some money off the reboots of our beloved stories. Even if they didn’t start out as comic characters, their adventures in graphic novels over the years have us excited to check out their remakes expected to hit theatres soon.
Every year at the San Diego Comic Convention, the great and the good of the comic industry are acknowledged via the Eisner Awards. Ahead of this year’s event on July 25th today the shortlist of nominees have been announced. Alongside the big hitters from Marvel, DC and Image are one list which we here at Pipedream Comics are particularly interested in – Best Digital/Webcomic series. Now in it’s second year it was won by MonkeyBrain’s outstanding Bandette in 2013, and this year sees another nomination for the digital first publisher, in the shape of Christophe Sebela and Ibrahim Mustafa’s Everest set crime thriller High Crimes (which is also nominated for best new series). Also on the list are a pair of stunningly rendered hand drawn web comics in Melanie Gillman’s As The Crow Flies and Dax Tran-Caffee’s Falling Sky, Brian Fies ‘work in progress’ The Last Mechanical Monster and Matthew Inman’s The Oatmeal.
- As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman, www.melaniegillman.com
- Failing Sky, by Dax Tran-Caffee, failingsky.com
- High Crimes, by Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (Monkeybrain), www.monkeybraincomics.com/titles/high-crimes/
- The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies, lastmechanicalmonster.blogspot.com
- The Oatmeal by Matthew Inman, theoatmeal.com
This weekend’s must-read digital comics include: Marvel’s latest cinematic movie prequel in Amazing Spider-man Infinite; Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks, a hypnotic new indie series from Oni Press; and Needles and Dust an Israeli digital graphic novel app from Tsach Weinberg.
It’s not often we get genuine game-changing news in the world of digital comics, but today’s announcement that Amazon.com has acquired ComiXology is a real sign that digital comics are more than just a niche interest.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is no mental trickery! Oni Press’s Archer Coe And The Thousand Natural Shocks by Jamie S. Rich And Dan Christensen is the latest title to make its digital debut early as it appears on ComiXology this week.
Things take a turn for the horrific in this week’s MonkeyBrain Comics line-up with new issue of Cullen Bunn’s The Remains #2 (the scariest MonkeyBrain comic yet) alongside serial killer psychoanalysis story Headspace and Anti-Hero #8. All three are available from ComiXology on Wednesday and we’ve got a first look.
Cullen Bunn’s American gothic supernatural horror story The Remains has been giving us nightmares since the first issue was published with it’s haunting tale of a mysterious stranger who visits a family in a rural American farm and has a creepy effect on it’s local rat population. Keen to find out where this terrifying idea came from we contacted the man behind it, writer Cullen Bunn to find out how he created such a nightmarish concept for his first book with MonkeyBrain Comics.
Fresh from pounding the aisles at the London Exel Centre last month, our intrepid columnist Lizzie Boyle Says reports in with some small press observations in with her London Super Comic Con review.
This week’s must-read digital comics include a prequel to a Marvel blockbuster in Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite, a new instalment of BKV’s outstanding The Private Eye as well as a great new indie series, The Tellurian, which takes dedication in creating a comic to new levels. There’s also a great indie showcase from aspiring writer Jesse Young.
Last summer, hen we produced our list of the top 10 MonkeyBrain Comics titles to celebrate their 1st anniversary, one of the titles which just missed out on the list was the brilliant Knuckleheads from Brian Winkeler and Robert Wilson IV. As a result it became unofficially dubbed the ’11th best MonkeyBrain Comics title’, but that might be about to change as Knuckleheads is set to come to the world of print this summer in a collected edition courtesy of IDW Publishing.
The release of DC Comics & Madefire’s Batman: Arkham Origins DC2 Multiverse graphic novel was one of the most ground-breaking developments of 2013. And they are about to push the boundaries even further by bringing the finale to the small screen for the first time with the Batman: Arkham Origins iPhone edition.