With so many video games being turned into comic books you’d think Valve’s classic first-person shooter Half-Life would be ripe for conversion? Well thanks to writers Ross Joseph Gardner and Michael Pelletier a Half-Life comic has become a reality as a self-published web series. Developing their story in the expanded universe of the hit video game Gardner and Pelletier have created a high quality unofficial tie-in that will keep fans of the Half-Life universe more than happy as they wait for the next instalment of the game. We spoke to co-creator Gardner to find out more.
We talk to the biggest names in digital comics about their work.
Ever considered transferring your life’s most poignant (and mundane) moments to a comic book page? Well that’s exactly what New Yorker Jonathan Baylis did with the superb So Buttons comics anthology. From his childhood to meeting his wife, to his internship at Marvel and more, this fantastic slice-of-life collection was inspired by the likes of Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb and features a soul-bearing look into the life and mind of a normal guy – we find out more.
Second Sight Studios founder Bradley Golden is on a mission to prove to the world of comics that indie publishers can be just as successful in the new digital world as the Big Two. With two great new titles, Hunt and Orision already launched on ComiXology, and a load more to come, Bradley and his team of pro-digital creators are making a mark for themselves with their own brand of monochrome mayhem and black & white bloodshed. We caught up with Bradley to find out why digital comics fans should give Second Sight a first look.
We often hear digital comics described as a brave new world, but Guy Hasson has taken that description literally and used it as the name for his new line of digital comics. With a mix of dystopian sci-fi and smutty humour, New Worlds Comics titles like Wynter and Goof are available via their own storefront app and from this month on ComiXology. We caught up with Guy to find out about his plans for a globe-spanning digital comics empire.
2000 AD creator and all-round British comics legend, Pat Mills is taking the world of digital comics by storm with his new digital imprint Millsverse. Following the success of the darkly terrifying PsychoKiller he is set to release his cult favourite Requiem Vampire Knight on ComiXology this month. We caught up with Pat to discuss his plans to bring this vampiric Romeo and Juliet to a whole new audience.
In the world of Madefire motion books there is more to a digital comic than just great art and compelling stories – there’s sound as well! Whether it’s creating the right ambience and mood for a character’s inner turmoil or soundtracking an epic battle, Madefire‘s audio experts like Wendell Yuponce bring life and soul to the static pages of some of the motion book publisher’s biggest titles. We catch up with Wendell to find out the secrets to a good motion book soundtrack.
Saga Comics may not be a name many fans are familiar with, but they should be after this month’s digital release of lost 1980s event epic, Saga of a Doomed Universe. After trawling the dark corners of the internet in search of the story behind this lost classic we managed to track down a phone number for elusive Saga editor Burt Colt, who gave us his unique insights [albeity briefly] into the shadowy events that surrounded this forgotten epic.
John Allison’s Giant Days is the tale of 3 misfit female students and was originally conceived as a plan b in case his main book, Bad Machinery, didn’t work out. However now on it’s 3rd issue it has become a superb comic slice of life that will resonate with anyone who misses those heady days of youthful exuberance from their student days, as well as those are really glad they’ve put those socially awkward years behind them. We offer to buy John a pint from the student union bar before we head down to the indie disco.
Tim West is known to many as the man behind Comicsy the online digital comic store. But now he has gone from publisher to writer with a new cutting edge web comic Kill Spree. Set to push the boundaries of what makes a digital/web comic Tim has taken the best elements of his favourite web comics and added great new features like animation and the ability to drill down through the page back to the pencils and script to create a truly unique and exciting way to tell stories. He’s also added in some violence and swearing just to make it a bit more lively! We catch up with Tim to find out more about the exciting and innovative world of Kill Spree.
The latest in our series of interviews with local UK Comic Conventions we catch up with the team behind Melksham Comic Con 2014. After the success of last year’s event (which was our favourite Con in the year) founder Hayley Spencer and her team of volunteers (affectionately known as the Brians) are expanding the event to two days, with a host of new events and activities that are set to takeover the sleepy Wiltshire town for a whole weekend. We caught up with Hayley to find out how the preparations are coming along…
As well as the big global comic conventions like NYCC or SDCC there are also loads of great small conventions based in the UK which fans who can’t make a trip across the pond should really check out. Making it’s debut this year is the Leamington Comic Con on October 18th 2014 and to celebrate adding another event great comics date to our diary we caught up with it’s founder Dan Mallier to find out what makes his convention different from all the rest.