Brambletyne’s A-J Foulkes has brought together a group of some of the most exciting artist on the UK small press scene to create Project Autumn #1, the first instalment of his long awaited story about a man jumping between worlds. But can Foulkes and his cream of the artistic crop produce a book which matches both the talent and the hype?
We review the newest and best digital comics, from big name titles on platforms like ComiXology to essential indie titles and the latest app-based publishers.
Webcomic pioneer SUTU (aka Stu Campbell) has been a regular fixture on our digital comic of the year awards with titles like Nawlz, Neomad and Polaxis. However his latest pioneering work, These Memories Won’t Last, is also his most personal, dealing with his grandfather’s dementia and fading memories. But can this trailblazing digital comics creator (working under his own name for the first time) continue to push boundaries with such an intimate subject matter?
This week’s indie comics round-up feature 4 eclectic all-ages tales featuring: a struggling artist discovering a new vocation in Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting; surreal fantasy from Todd McCullough in Land of the Witching Hour; monsters under the bed in Edie OP’s Maleficium; and re-telling of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale of a mongoose in Rikki.
After the success of any first issue, it then becomes a fine balancing act to maintain that success; keeping what works and losing what doesn’t while moving the story forward. Well, Close 2 Immortality members Jon Laight and Level 8 Comics hope to to release a worthy follow up with issue two of Brethren Born, a superhero comic with a very extraterrestrial twist. But can this second issue build on the magic caused by the first or will Brethren Born simply be a one hit wonder?
Meeting once a month, the Birmingham chapter of Laydeez Do Comics clubbed together to celebrate their first anniversary in style, with their first publication, Hometown: An Anthology, and asking the regular attendees to contribute on the theme of, well, hometowns and what this conjures up in their minds. The result is a B+W anthology comic that encouraged the members of this growing community to create comic strips that has resulted in a very hefty and handsome looking comic book packed with some very diverse interpretations on the theme of Hometowns and what this term means to the different creators featured.
For the follow up to her Eisner-nominated story I Love This Part, indie sensation Tillie Walden has concocted a surreal and dream-like tale called A City Inside. Focusing on a nameless protagonist it looks at life, love and living in the clouds to create a book that is completely unique and helps to further develop Walden’s place as one of the most exciting voices on the indie comics scene.
In the last year, creator Matt Garvey has exploded on to the UK small press scene to produce some very eclectic and enjoyable comics, in particular his breakout title Chunks. Now he moves away from prior genres to create sci-fi thriller Transfer with artist Eder Messiah and we’ve been given a fantastic early look. But will this be another Chunks-like success, or will Transfer end up being somewhat null and void?
We’ve an indie comics round-up featuring some of weirdest and most eclectic indie sci-fi comics around including: UK comics anthology 100% Biodegradable; surreal, psychedelia in Galaxafreaks; ass-kicking action in The Fist; and Slime! a spectacular showcase from artist Łukasz Kowalczuk.
With their anthology series Papercuts and Inkstains going from strength to strength, Madius Comics has decided to add another single story adventure to their stable with Griff Gristle – an elderly sailor with a very supernatural occupation/hobby. However, will this be yet another success for the publisher or will this title sink to the bottom of the sea of small press comics?