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.
We talk to the biggest names in digital comics about their work.
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…
With this year’s San Diego Comic Con done and dusted, we take a look at some of the smaller UK based conventions which are coming up in the following months. First up is a convention that is making it’s debut this year in the shape of the Leamington Comic Con. Making it’s debut in the town of Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire on the weekend of October 18th, we caught up with the Dan Mallier the man who has taken it on his shoulders to give Leamington it’s first ever comic convention and to find out what makes his convention different from all the rest.
This year’s shortlist for the Best Digital/Web Comic Eisner Award is one of the most diverse we’ve seen and one of the most insightful is Melanie Gilman’s As The Crow Flies webcomic. The tale of a gay African American teen on a Christian hiking trip touches issues of homophobia, racism and gender, all within the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains. With beautiful hand drawn pencil artwork, Melanie’s work informs, educates and entertains without ever feeling preachy, so we got in touch to find out more about experiences on teenage camping retreats and how the industry recognition as helped develop this wonderful web comic.
The latest in our series of interviews with the nominees for the 2014 Best Digital/Web Comic Eisner Award sees us catch up with the truly unique Dax Tran-Caffee. The brains behind the truly innovative Failing Sky web comic that takes the traditional rules of linear story-telling and throws them out of the window in order to make up a whole new structure and approach to telling a story. With pages that scroll up, down, left, right and even leap to completely different chapters it’s a truly special series that is unlike anything else out there (plus it’s all hand drawn in paper and pencil!) so we were keen to catch up with Dax and discover the secrets to this avant-garde comics adventure.
As part of our build up to this year’s Eisner Award for Best Digital / WebComic we talk to Brian Fies, create of The Last Mechanical Monster. Fies is no stranger to the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, having won the inaugural prize back in 2005 for his emotive series ‘Mom’s Cancer’. This year he is nominated for the very different work, The Last Mechanical Monster is the tale of a mad scientist from a 1930s Max Fleischer Superman cartoon who is released from prison in the present day only to go in search of his last remaining fire-breathing flying robot. It’s brilliant mix of post-modernism with a generous dose of nostalgia so we contacted Brian to find out more about how this project came about.
With San Diego Comic Con just around the corner, that means the annual Eisner Awards – the comic industry’s leading prize – is also about to be upon us. As well as the usual back-slapping and hand shaking for the comic world’s leading titles from the big publishers, six fantastic comics will be vying for the prize of ‘Digital/Web Comic of the Year’. One of those is Everest-set crime thriller High Crimes, from digital-first publisher MonkeyBrain Comics. We catch up with writer Christopher Sebela to find out about the impact of this prestigious nomination, the secrets to writing a story at high altitude and who he’d cast in the movie of the series.
Brian Winkeler and Robert WIlson IV’s slacker superhero series Knuckleheads, is affectionately known as our ‘11th favourite MonkeyBrain title’ after narrowly missing out on a spot on our rundown of the digital first publishers best titles. However with the first story arc now finished and the first 8 issues set to be collected into a print edition from IDW Publishing called Knuckleheads: Fist Contact we are rethinking that moniker and changing it to our ‘#1 vomiting superhero book’ (and new favourite graphic novel!). We catch up with Brian and Robert to find out how things are going for our nausea-challenged hero Trevor K Trevinski (a.k.a. The Crystal Fist) and friends.
Electricomics is a pioneering new digital comics project that is being overseen by Leah Moore, daughter of legendary Watchmen creator Alan Moore. This UK government funded arts project is aiming to develop an open source toolkit for digital comics creators with the aim of bringing this exciting medium to the masses via a cutting edge iPad app. Most excitingly for fans it will also feature exclusive Alan Moore digital comics as well as new titles from a host of big name writers and artists. Leah and developer Ed Moore [no relation] give us exclusive insights into this ground-breaking new project.