One of the more shy and retiring groups of comic creators on the UK independent scene right now are Robin Jones and Mike Sambrook from Madius Comics – home to Papercuts and Inkstains and the Profits of Doom. Not ones to shout about their new books all over social or constantly mention their up coming Kickstarter Griff Gristle, we thought we should give these timid young chaps the opportunity to tell the world about their fine array of comics!
We talk to the biggest names in digital comics about their work.
At this weekend’s Birmingham Comic Con, part of the Birmingham Comics Festival, our roving reporter Olly MacNamee caught up with Brit comic stalwart Lew Stringer. man who has made a career in the UK and abroad as both a versatile writer and artist, with comical comicstrips as diverse as The Beano and Combat Colin. We talk about his early career, his republished Brickman comic as well as some sound advice for would-be comic book creators.
Tillie Walden’s beautiful and unconventional love story, I Love This Part was one of our favourite books of 2015, and needless to say we were rather excited to find out she would be releasing a new book this spring called A City Inside, courtesy of Avery Hill. With a style that is totally unique and a dream-like structure that defies description we got in touch and asked Tillie to tell us more about her esoteric and unconventional approach to comics.
In Artificial Flowers, the follow up to her critically acclaimed book The Rabbit, Rachael Smith has brought back fan-favourite character Siobhan from the brilliant House Party to take on the London art scene instead of drunken house guests! For those of you who are new to the world of Rachael, Artificial Flowers is the perfect start point so we got her to tell us about her work, from giant rabbits, to drunken artists via phone-box dwelling timelords!
When a mysterious alien stranger is found by a farmer and his daughter, things take an unexpected twist when he decides to everything he can to protect his family in Alterna Comics sci-fi horror, Trespasser. Writer Justin Ryan tells us about the inspiration for his alien invasion series and why he decided to make the visitor a benign force, instead of a marauding invader!
New publishers on the block 21 Pulp, have produced two of our favourite books in recent months – superhero sit com Hero Hourly and twisty turny superhero tale Imposter. Keen to find out more about this fledgling operation we got in touch with writer James Patrick ti find out more about their plans for the future and see if they had any words of wisdom they could share with us.
One of our favourite encounters at London Super Comic Con 2016 was with Bad Machinery’s creator John Allison, who filled us in on the latest comings and goings of the wonderful Esther, Daisy and Susan from Giant Days, as well as showing us an exclusive look at his epic new webcomic Mordawwa! We share with you some of the best bits…
Want to get into comics, but not sure how? Well there’s a new way in thanks to Mike Schneider and his new indie anthology Octal Volume 1! What makes it different from all the other anthologies is that as well as featuring great stories and art, it also works as a collection of ‘pitch packets’ to showcase the comics off to editors and publishers on the lookout for the next big thing. We got in touch with Mike Schneider to find out just how we could break into the world of comics via Octal!
If you’ve paid attention to the site over the last few weeks then you might have noticed that we were rather fond of Porcelain: Bone China – the new book from Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose at Improper Books. Having regained some semblance of our journalistic impartiality, and packed away the porcelain puns, we caught up with Chris to discuss his amazing work on the steampunk sequel and to [hopefully] find out out more about the possibility of a third installment!
After a successful launch at this year’s London Super Comic Convention 2016, we catch up with the members of new indie comics collective Close 2 Immortality – Brethren Born’s Jon Laight, Redshift Press‘ Chris Sides & Chris Travell as well as Jay Martin the writer of their debut series ALV, and founder Phil Woodward – to hear all about the merits of joining forces in the competitive world of small press!