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You’d be forgiven for thinking that Santa Claus vs. The Nazis was just a one note joke pitting the ultimate evil against the good. However thanks to a well rounded script and some excellent artwork, it is so much more than than high concept title might suggest, becoming a mix of throwback World War 2 action but with a genuine heart-warming core.

thoughtbubble-logo2016-200This weekend saw the great and the good of the UK comic scene descend on Leeds for the annual Thought Bubble Comics Arts Festival. As well as featuring big names from the mainstream it was also one of the most important weekend’s for the indie and small press scene with dozens of new books being released and showcased. We take a look at some of our favourites – and we’ll keep updating it as we gradually work our way through our pile of books to read from the weekend!

cops-vs-sharkwolvesWhat do you get if you combine 18 small press creators and get them to put together a free comic for Halloween? Why, Cops vs. Sharkwolves of course! The brainchild of And Then Emily Was Gone’s Iain Laurie and featuring some of the small press scene’s most interesting names, will this book’s exciting concept match it’s creator input or is it a book best left sleeping with the fishes?

Last Driver Official CoverWe’ve all had crappy days at work, but what would you do if that dull day in the office was suddenly interrupted by giant mutant space monsters smashing the world to bits? Well, if you’re Last Driver’s Frank Sudden, you pack up your stuff, steal your bosses car and head off onto the highway to kick ass and make dinosaur barbecue.

pcgblognewAlthough we’re all about indie and small press comics here at Pipedream Comics, we also love getting our mainstream books digitally. And so as part of a team up with the awesome Paradox Comics Group, their fantastic writers bring you a unique look at some of the best mainstream books currently available on ComiXology.

untitled_apeThe latest offering from Avery Hill Publishing, Steven Tillotson’s Untitled Ape’s Epic Adventure sees a ghostly purple ape creature head off on a globe-trotting journey to try and find his family in the jungle, with the help of a sarcastic cat companion. It’s a book that defies expectations and take you to places you never knew existed, but will it be an adventure of epic proportions or will it be over before it even begins?

TransferIn 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?

scavenger01A lesser known, yet consistent staple of the industry since 2005, UK publisher Markosia have brought out many interesting titles both in print and digitally. Now, they introduce us to the world of Scavenger, a comic about a poor scavenger taking on the might of an empire. But will this comic be a diamond in the rough or will it end up on the scrapheap?