Many people new to the awesome world of comic books run into the term “indie”, get confused, and wonder what the moniker really means. For that matter, the term indie confuses some veteran comic book fans. There are many differences between huge commercial comic book franchises and independent comics, some glaring and others more subtle.

pcgblognewThe fine folk from the PCG have sent us another round-up of the best mainstream digital comics, including A.D..: After Death Book One from Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire, who also supplies us a story for Old Man Logan. Plus Jason Aaron’s Unworthy Thor and Southern Bastards, and Dark Horse’s Ether.

Opinion LogoComic books were extremely popular with both the younger and older generation during the 1960s and 1990s but as print media began to slowly fade, the demand for the comic book heroes continued to grow so much so that a number of companies such as Marvel started introducing their comic book heroes into a number of different streams such as the movies, TV series, online games and various merchandise.

midwinter01_cover-350x534Last month we caught up with writer Dan Whitehead to discuss his 80s video games inspired series, Midwinter and Hex Loader. But don’t just take his word for how good they are, Olly MacNamee has given them a quick upload and tried to get his own high score in the latest Ollie’s World of Indie.

Charlie-SaysLadies, gentlemen and others. The representation of non-binary genders is seriously lacking in the comic-book world and it needs addressing. While, yes, non-binary gender is in the minority, it would be great to have more openly non-binary characters than what is currently on offer. And none of this ‘hinting’ that somebody may or may not be non-binary. It has to be canon.

Opinion LogoThe nature of what makes a good review of an indie comic has been a major topic of conversation on social media in the UK indie scene this week after a particularly damning review went viral. Our regular reviewer James Blundell takes a look at the perils of reviewing small press and outlines his own personal thought on how indie critics should be.

Small Press BrexitWe don’t normally get involved in politics, but with recent events in the UK reaching far beyond the polling booths and the palace of Westminster, we sent our intrepid reporter Olly MacNamee to look at the impact that a Vote to Leave The EU, has had on the UK Comic Community. He talks to comic creators and comic con organisers to find out the true impact that Brexit is having on the world of small press comics. 

Charlie-SaysLet’s take a ramble off the beaten track of comic books, away from the bigger publishers and those all important sales targets. Set course for adventure with the art of the crowd-funded comic book, where anybody can pitch an idea and bring together a like-minded group of people. As we regularly see on out Kickstarter Of The Week feature on the site, there are some absolute gems and we take a look at why you should looking at the world of crowd funding for your next favourite comic book.