Digital comics giant comiXology have today shaken up the world of digital comics by unveiling a new subscription service called comiXology Unlimited that sees them attempting to become the ‘Netflix of comics’. 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? And will this be the birth of the phrase “ComiXology and Chill”
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.
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…
If last week’s Kickstarter of the Week, Ness should be oozing stagnant water, then this week’s offering should reek of sea salt and be covered in barnacles. Madius Comics’ latest offering, and their first Kickstarter, is a nautical action adventure with spectacular supernatural undertones and stars a salty old seadog called Griff Gristle. With superb Mignola inspired artwork from Rory Donald, and a fantastic script from Madius’ main men Rob Jones and Mike Sambrook, this looks set to be their most complete book yet and an essential read for any fans of the producers of Papercuts and Inkstains. You can watch their video below and pledge here.
The nominees have been announced for the Eisner Awards 2016 – the annual comics awards bash held at San Diego Comic Con – and it features a fantastic selection of creators, many of whom have featured here on the site including: Stu (SutuEatsFlies) Campbell for his wonderful webcomic These Memories Won’t Last; Tillie Walden for I Love This Part; and John Allison for the incomparabale Giant Days. Here are some of our highlights…
If you like your comics to give you nightmares then you need to back Hellbound Media’s new one-shot The Disease. Based on a classic short story and featuring stunning digitally painted artwork from Pawel Kardis, The Disease is set to be a stomach churning shocker of a book. You can find out more by watching their gruesome pledge video below and you can back them here.
When a mysterious alien stranger is found by a farmer and his daughter, things take an unexpected twist when he decides to everything he can to protect his family in Alterna Comics sci-fi horror, Trespasser. Writer Justin Ryan tells us about the inspiration for his alien invasion series and why he decided to make the visitor a benign force, instead of a marauding invader!
This week’s indie comics round-up features 4 of the very best arthouse indie anthologies from the UK including: the latest instalment of Dirty Rotten Comics; Throwaway Press’ debut collection of eclectic short stories from Matt Dooley Meanderings; Avery Hill’s eclectic think piece Reads; and Sunday supplement meets art school review Save Our Souls.
The world of digital comics is a new and exciting one, but where should new readers begin? We take a look at five of the best digital comics from the world’s biggest publishers that are the perfect starting point for anyone looking to read comics on their tablet or smartphone.