EIR coverWhen you read a comic, more often than not it leads to an escape from the humdrum life of the reader. Well with his new comic, EIR, writer Ryan K Lindsay attempts to turn reality into fiction (or is it fiction into reality?) with a story of a young girl taken on an out of this world adventure by a talking helmet. Is this a comic which will shoot for the stars or is it a little too fantasy to catch on?

british-showcase-anthologyIt’s a bumper time for British indie comics anthologies as we have another you to get your teeth into! The British Showcase Anthology Volume 2 is packed full of indie comic greatness contained in a well put together product that gained attention from all corners of the scene. But how will this patriotic collection fare against anthology big hitters like Dark Matter and Comichaus?

comichaus3It’s an exciting time to be a part of the indie comic scene at the moment and one of the main reasons is anthologies and monthly serials. Along with Dark Matter, which we reviewed earlier in the week, one of the most exciting has to be Comichaus – The British Independent Monthly, which collects serials and one off’s from a batch of very talented creators and presenting them in a well polished, high end product.

dark-matter-ii-coverIt’s a great time for fans of indie comics anthologies right now with the likes of Comichaus and Papercuts and Inkstains setting a very high standard. The latest to throw their hat in the ring is Close 2 Immortality’s Chris Sides and Chris Travell whose Dark Matter volume 2, which is set to debut at MCM Birmingham. With the stories all written by Sides and featuring artwork from a roster of some of the small press scene’s finest, how will this new collection match up to the other anthologies on the block?

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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.