indie-round-upWe’re still buzzing after the excellent Bristol Comics and Zines Fair and so thought we would take a look at some of the books we picked up from creators who we encountered for the first time at the show. These include Tim Bird’s Grey Area from Avery Hill, Cristian Ortiz’s military fantasy adventure in Golden Campaign and Hamish Steele’s hilarious retelling of Egyptian Mythology in Pantheon.

alexautomatic_coverLike an amnesiac Inspector Gadget battling a James Bond villain’s henchman, but drawn by Jack Kirby, Fraser Campbell’s Alex Automatic takes those classic spy-fi conventions of the 1960s and mixes in a generous dose of paranoia and PTSD to make a truly unique creation. but will his amnesiac agent be another Winter Soldier wannabe or a hero in his own right?

cold-colonyAlongside his earlier works like Delta and Mack & Mondo SJ McCune’s Cold Colony was successfully backed on kickstarter earlier this year, and has now been released on Comixology, so we take a look at this new one-shot about a murder mystery taking place within the colony of a cold planet. Will this addition to his bibliography be a case worth solving or will it just be another title left out in the cold?

stitch_coverIn the run up to Halloween we take a bite out of Stitches, a macabre comedy with a big appetite which sees introduces us to the dark world of Edward Ables, an undead funeral home director with a taste for human flesh. And if that sentence alone isn’t enough to spark a morbid interest in this book then we’re not sure what will!

scurry-book-1We’ve seen some successful Kickstarters in our time, but Mac Smith’s recent campaign for a collected edition of his webcomic Scurry seems to have eclipsed all others with over $100,000 pledged – which is not bad for a campaign with an $8k goal! So what’s all the fuss about? With the first volume still available online we check out Mac’s story about a colony of mice as they try to survive in a dark and dangerous world.

bee-stingMatthew D. Smith and Jeremy Massie have come together to create Bee Sting, a slasher-inspired comic book with all the tropes and cliches you could shake a stick at. But when there are hundreds of slasher-inspired comic books out there, can this creative duo present something fresh and a little different?

audubonWe’ve looked at some pretty unusual subjects for comics this year, from tall ships to t-rex surgeons, but we never thought we’d find ourselves reviewing a book about a 19th century naturalist on a mission to illustrate every bird in America. But that’s exactly what Audubon, On the Wings of the World is all about and we definitely didn’t expect to find ourselves enjoying it quite  as much as we have.

dark-pulsar-2-v2It’s been a while since we’ve covered some genuinely exciting and innovative digital comics on the site, and after our chat with Ezra Clayton Daniels we were introduced to a couple of really exciting new projects. First up is cutting edge motion comic Dark Pulsar from Expanded Comics, which takes the world of motion comics into a whole new world. And secondly is Phallaina, a scrolling graphic novel that manages to balance innovative story-telling and a mythologically inspired story perfectly.