We 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!
We talk to the biggest names in digital comics about their work.
Earlier in the year we attempted to catch up with the unstoppable force that are Big Punch Studios, to find out about their first 12 months of Big Punch Magazine, as well as look forward to new 7String and Afterlife Inc. Inevitably with a gang who write comics, publish magazines, create hit table top games and now podcast as well (not to mention have lives away from comics!), it’s taken them a little bit of time to reply! But we were lucky enough to catch up with Jon, Ali, Nich and Lucy on a rare pause on their journey towards global domination to ask them: how it’s all going?
If you’ve ever thought about entering the world of indie comics publishing, then you could do a lot worse than follow the advice of TPub’s Neil Gibson, who has put together a handy guide to making your own comics and shared it with the world – for free?! We catch up with the Twisted Dark publisher to find out the secret to publishing the TPub way, as well as find out about their new app and release of Twisted Dark volume 5!
Lucy Bellwood’s Baggywrinkles is one of those comics that had us intrigued from the first moment we heard the title. Which is a good thing because the synopsis of it being about life on tall ships might have put us off checking it out – which would have been a huge mistake! However thanks to it’s charming art and gentle humour we are now converts to these utterly delightful nautical tales and we felt compelled to get in touch with the creator of Baggywrinkles to find out more about this genuinely unique comic.
We love a good scare at Pipedream Comics, and one series which has really unsettled us in recent times has been the Split Lip Horror Comic Antholology. A new discovery for us here in the UK, it has a well-established pedigree in the US and some of the scariest stories are being collected into an anthology via Kickstarter. We catch up with creator Sam Costello to find out what has inspired him to keep freaking people out after a decade of Split Lip.
What have two unsuccessful arctic expeditions and an academic in the midst of a mid-life crisis got in common? Well they make up the three central threads of Luke Healy’s thought provoking new book, How To Survive In The North, from Nobrow Press. We caught up with Luke to find out how the world of historical explorers and fictional researchers blend together to create this unlikely of stories.
We love a good indie anthology, and one of the collections which is getting us most excited at the moment is the Comichaus Monthly Anthology which is currently being Kickstarted. Produced by Pete Genepool and Jim McCulloch, the brains behind the online indie comic store of the same name, Comichaus collects together exclusive stories from some of the UK indie scenes most exciting names into a new ongoing monthly black and white series.
Geis – pronounced Gesh – is a Gallic word meaning curse or taboo and this new book from Nobrow Press is anything but cursed! It sees a group of nobles compete to be chief of their town after a sorceress curses the will of their chief and mixes a European fairytale feel with the high production values that Nobrow have made their signature. We catch up with creator Alexis Deacon to find out the real secrets behind this delightfully dark new graphic novel and it’s cursed name.
We never tire of referring to Stu ‘SUTU’ Campbell as a webcomic trailblazer and pioneer, because his titles like Nawlz, Neomad and Modern Polaxis are some of the most dynamic and exciting digital comics we have seen. His latest work, These Memories Won’t Last is much more personal though, telling the story of his grandfather’s dementia. but still features his unique cutting edge brand of story-telling. We catch up with Stu to find out the secrets behind this wonderful webcomic.
Mixing sharp satire with surreal nonsense, Dirty Rotten Comics is the coolest small press anthology out there. Along with Meanderings, a short collection from artist Matthew Dooley, they make up the roster of the newly formed Throwaway Press and we catch up with editor Gary Clapp to find out why you definitely shouldn’t be discarding either of these amazing indie collections.