Deep Space Canine is a bit like the small press equivalent of a mighty Marvel team-up, as Hannah Chapman’s Comic Book Slumber Party crew join forces with the awesome Avery Hill to bring us this fantastic anthology starring CBSP’s galaxy trotting, hydro-herb smoking heroine Captain Greasy.
“When the realms of reality and dreams start to merge, a gifted young woman steps up to save her world from total collapse.” this is the synopsis of Vessels #2 the new series from Dave Cook’s Card Shark Comics. Back in August Olly featured issue #1 in one of his round-ups and he tells us “I thought Vessels No.1 showed great promise as a sword and sorcery epic in the making, and so it is with no hesitation that I would point readers to this new Kickstarter campaign!”
A time travelling secret agent with a cat’s head (who only ever says the phrase RAWR) takes on a despicable Soviet general with intergalactic evil plans in this week’s pick of Kickstarter. This crazy premise is the set-up for the superbly titled Time Cheetah, from writers Carlos Guzman and Alejandro Verdugo and artists Matt Cossin & Mikey Cossin. It’s a superb mix of thrilling spy-fi action, Saturday morning cartoon craziness and a truly one of a kind hero, that also has a fiendish adult sense of humour. Time Cheetah also has a really manic sense of fun and energy, which is perfectly captured in their hilarious pledge video and if you want to find out more you can read the book online for free at timecheetahcomic.com. However if you want to see the Cheetah in print then it’s time to get involved. The guys have already hit their pledge goal, but are looking to expand their stretch goals, so don’t miss your chance to get involved in this adventure today – after all, you can’t travel back in time like the Cheetah can, so pledge here and watch the video below.
After making it’s print debut at the True Believers Comic Festival, the new issue of our indie comics fanzine The Pull List is now available digitally as well!
It’s an indie showcase special, putting the spotlight on 6 of the most exciting creators on the indie scene today. They include, all-ages aces The Etherington Brothers, Planet of Dameons artist Paul Moore, Curia Regis creator Robin Hoelzemann, Comic Book Slumber Party’s Hannah Chapman, Queen of the fanzines Sammy Borras, and psychedelic superstar and king of the Galaxafreaks Andrew Pawley (who also provided is with an exclusive cover image!). We also run down the 10 best indie comics of 2016 as chosen by the readers of Pipedream Comicsin our recent Indie Comic of the Year poll!
The Pull List #5 is also available at Spa Town Comics in Leamington, and via Comichaus!
We always love an indie success story as it’s a fantastic reminder that plugging away at this self-publishing malarkey can actually lead somewhere. A great example of this is Planet Jimbot’s cult indie hit Savant, which is set to be serialised from March onwards in no less a title than Dark Horse Presents – which you have to reckon is a fantastic achievement from Jim Alexander, Will Pickering and co.
As well as picking up some great comics at this weekend’s True Believers we also got to hear about some fantastic crowd-funding projects that are underway. So rather than just pick one of them for our Kickstarter of the Week, we thought we’d shine a spotlight on a few of them as we take a look at Hotel by Nathan Hill, Cadavers: Poltergeist from Mad Robot Comics and Galaxafreaks: Time Songs.
One of the great things about comics is that they can give a voice to those in society who may not always be represented by mainstream books or stories. Whether it’s the big-hitters like the X-Men and Spider-Man or more indie examples like The Pride or Valiant’s Faith, we’ve all been brought up on a diet of superheroes who challenge the norms and create outsider who we can rally behind, and so we should celebrate the way comics can promote inclusion, and still tell exciting stories at the same time. A fantastic example of this has been brought to our attention by friend of the site Garrick Webster – the editor of the CrimeFictionLover website for whom, we have provided the odd story for. He sent us some details of a really fantastic new book called Metaphase, which features a superhero character with Downs Syndrome. It’s a subject that is close to his heart and so he conducted an interview with the book’s creator Chip Reece to discuss the issues featured in the comic. It’s a fantastic read and we wanted to share it with you to help bring more attention to this fantastic series, so please be sure to check it out and if you like what you read then be sure to pick up Metaphase on ComiXology.
You can read the full interview with Chip Reece discussing Metaphase and Downs-Syndrome superheroes here
The world is a pretty crazy place right now, but If you’re worried about everything going to hell in a hand basket, then just remember, things could be worse – what if the USA was ruled by Man vs. Rock’s Buck Stone – well thanks to the MvsR guys here’s the answer to your nightmares!!
We’ve seen our fair share of indie anthologies over the years, and one of our favourites is Ken Reynolds’ Sliced Quarterly, which has created a unique niche for itself as an experimental anthology, featuring a host of fantastic names from the indie scene, pushing the boundaries of what makes a comic a comic. With stories that have used cut out keep elements, Instagram comments sections and even PDF annotations, it’s a really interesting and eclectic group of stories, which Ken has released digitally for free over the last 12 months. So after a year of innovation, Ken has gone back to the old school world of print to collect together the first four volumes into one super smart volume. So, if you have read the first four issues and fancy seeing them in print, or want to read some interesting and innovative story telling, then give Ken your backing (and if he hits his stretch goals, you’ll even get a free copy of The Pull List as part of their Indie Digital Mega Bundle reward!)
You can watch the Sliced Quarterly pledge video below and click here to get backing!
Our first Kickstarter of the Week for 2017 is the seriously impressive looking sci-fi tale The Slip from writer Cody B Stewart and Vessels artist Rafael Desquitado. The tale of Solomon Burke, a lost soul dragged through a rift in space time into a limbo called the Slip which turns his life upside down and is inevitably forced to buddy up with a group of intergalactic misfits to survive. It’s a stunning looking project (especially the cover design!) with the guys looking for funding to finish off Rafael’s incredible artwork. We’re also hoping this will be the first of many ongoing collaborations as Stewart dips his toe into the world of comic book crowd-funding for the first time and this is one hell of a debut! Find out more and back it here. And watch the pledge video below…