vesselsWith some extra time on his hands thanks to the school holidays, our indie comics expert Olly MacNamee takes a few hours out from sunning himself to cast an eye over three more great indie titles in this month’s Olly’s World of Indie. They include: Dave Cook’s new fantasy story Vessels; anarchic music inspired series Iron Bard Ballisto; and both volumes of David Lumsden’s Boat, based on his short film.

kickstarter_of_the_weekCollecting together Robin Hoezlemann’s stunning period webcomic into a 200 page collection, Curia Regis: Volume 1 is one of those books that reminds you just how amazing and diverse the world of indie comics can be. Packed full of duels and battles and political machinations, but rendered in a beautiful way that evokes everything from Anime, to French Bande Designees to modern comics like Porcelain, Curia Regis is a sensational read and one which we highly recommend you check out. And for long time fans, this new collected edition will see the first chapter redrawn and coloured for the first time.
You can back Curia Regis on Kickstarter here and can watch the pledge video below.

DeadpoolAlthough Deadpool was undoubtedly one of the biggest comic-to-movie hits of 2016, there’s no doubt he wouldn’t have reached his legendary status without the help of his troublesome acquaintance, Jack Hammer. We delve into the back story of this unique character with a little bit of help from digital comics giant, ComiXology!

Boat volume 1We’re used to the world of comics inspiring our cinema. But film maker David Lumsden chose to do things the other way round with his short film Boat, about a post-event Scotland which is now underwater, and turned it into a series of stunning black and white graphic novels. We catch up with David to find out more about turning films into comics, the rules of No Land, and how he’d survive on a boat.

TheRedMaskFromMars_ISSUE3With a new issue set to launch at this weekend’s Bristol Comics Expo, we catch up with Vince Hunt creator of The Red Mask From Mars. As well as being a small press standout, he is also one third of the team behind the Awesome Comics Podcast so we turn the tables and get him to pitch his book to us as well as explain what the heck is up with all those spacesharks from the first two issues!

Opinion LogoThe nature of what makes a good review of an indie comic has been a major topic of conversation on social media in the UK indie scene this week after a particularly damning review went viral. Our regular reviewer James Blundell takes a look at the perils of reviewing small press and outlines his own personal thought on how indie critics should be.

kickstarter_of_the_weekAs well as being one of our favourite names for a comic, Kate Ashwin’s glorious webcomic Widdershins has been one of our very favourite discoveries this year. Which means it is a no brainer that her new Kickstarter for volume 6 of her Victorian magic and mystery adventure would end up as our Kickstarter of the Week. In Find The Lady we get to enjoy adventures from two generations of the Barber clan, as Harriet needs to use the knowledge of her father Henry to help save the town from a suave stranger. It’s packed with Kate’s usual mix of charming humour and stunning artwork and looks set to continue the wonderful legacy she has created in previous volumes – if you want to know what all the fuss is about, then you can read our review of the first 5 volumes here.

kickstarter_of_the_weekWe’re a bit behind on our Kickstarter coverage, but we were spurred into action when news about the stunning looking Cadavers 1: Doppelganger landed in our Inbox. You wouldn’t expect the words ‘stunning’ and ‘cadavers’ to be used in the same sentence, but Matt Hardy and Ed Bentley’s tale of a group of undead supernatural characters attempting to assimilate into the real world looks absolutely superb and when you dig deeper you discover a smart and intriguing concept for a book that feels like it could have tons of potential. This campaign is for the first of five issues, that are set to focus on each character per issue. Hardy’s story mixes a motley bunch of supernatural misfits with classic thriller tropes, while Bentley’s artwork has an incredibly slick finish to it that is reminiscent of classic Joe Madureira (which is always a favourite). Unlike many other pretenders who attempt to mimic that style, fortunately Cadavers has a really high level of polish to it that makes this whole series look like a real cut above your average indie fare and definitely one to watch!

Man vs RockWe won’t lie, we were a little bit apprehensive when we decided to get in touch with the creators of indie sensation Man vs. Rock, after all these are the people who created a character who has sexual relations with rocks and believes they are the source of all that is wrong and evil in the world! However when the answers to our tentative questions arrived in our inbox, we weren’t disappointed. So sit back and enjoy a glimpse into the truly indescribable world of Man vs. Rock!

Butterfly GateFollowing the huge critical success of Porcelain: Bone China and Briar, we take a look at Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose’s forgotten masterpiece, the dialogue free Butterfly Gate. But will this piece of ambitious story-telling being able to compete with the rich world building and stunning characterisation that we are used to from Read and Wildgoose?