Comics based on video games have a varied track record, for every Sonic The Comic, there are a dozen lazy cash ins. Fortunately, video game journalist Dan Whitehead has avoided some of those perils by picking an obscure ‘classic’ from the late 1980s for his comic book Midwinter and turned it into a smart survivalist thriller. We catch up with him to find out why Midwinter was so far ahead of it’s time!
Digital comics trailblazer SUTU is at it again, creating a new collection of augmented reality paintings in an art book called Prosthetic Reality, which he is looking to get funded on Kickstarter. We’ve seen SUTU’s augmented reality work before in the amazing Modern Polaxis comic (which was a previous nominee for our Digital Comic Of The Year award) as well as his cutting edge story-telling in webcomics like These Memories Won’t Last, however this time he has brought along some other digital comics pioneers to help him, including Upgrade Soul’s Ezra Clayton Daniels and many more from all over the globe. Although it is a much more traditional book in the sense that it has individual pieces of artwork on a printed page, the addition of an augmented reality layer provided via a free to download introduce some truly staggering new dimensions to already amazing looking pieces of artwork. Words can’t really do it justice, so check out the Kickstarter video below and if you like what you see then pledge to the Kickstarter here.
Treading the boards via TPub (home of Tortured Life, Twisted Dark and Turncoat), writer Neil Gibson is taking a bow with Theatrics webcomic, about an actor who uses his talent to reinvent himself after a life changing attack. But will Theatrics belong on the stage with TPub’s other fantastic titles, or will it be in need of an early curtain close?
The sleepy market town of Melksham in Wiltshire might not seem like the obvious place for a comic convention, but it has become one of the crown jewels of the UK convention scene, thanks to a friendly inclusive atmosphere and a great emphasis on small press and new UK creators. We head down to the West Country to check out Melksham Comic Convention 2016 and celebrate their Fifth Anniversary, but will it live up to it’s billing of being bigger and better than ever?!
The types of comic books available today are seemingly endless. Most of us know the series from big name publishers like DC and Marvel, and even smaller names like IDW and Valiant have become very well-known over the years. Still, there also exists a niche of indie comic book creators and publishers that have become more visible in recent years due in part to the internet.
It’s a ridiculously busy week for new indie comics Kickstarter’s this week, which has made the choice for our Kickstarter of the Week extra tough. However, we’ve decided to nominate the wonderful Jon Lock’s new volume of Afterlife Inc. aka Man Made God for the prestigious title. The adventures of Jack Fortune and his super duper tie, continue as he looks after the private enterprise that is the after life, along with his motley cast of misfit sidekicks. Jon’s work has a truly epic scale to it, and the world building he packs into every issue is unbelievable, not to mention the trademark Jon Lock humour which helps make each volume of Afterlife Inc darn readable as well.
If you want to back the Afterlife Inc Kickstarter then click here, but first why not watch the pledge video below…
The new issue of our indie comics fanzine The Pull List is out now and in it we celebrate the best of small press and the independent spirit of comics! We have an exclusive interview from UK comics legend Shaky Kane, discussing his new book Last Driver, with exclusive looks at some of the stunning artwork involved. and even have an exclusive variant cover for this issue! You can purchase it for £0.99 from Gumroad!
With 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.
Collecting 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.