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.

vesselsWith some extra time on his hands thanks to the school holidays, our indie comics expert Olly MacNamee takes a few hours out from sunning himself to cast an eye over three more great indie titles in this month’s Olly’s World of Indie. They include: Dave Cook’s new fantasy story Vessels; anarchic music inspired series Iron Bard Ballisto; and both volumes of David Lumsden’s Boat, based on his short film.

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.

Mandy The Monster HunterOlly’s World of Indie returns with a look at some of the best new titles on the indie scene today. They include: a modern take on Jerkyll and Hyde in Planet Jimbot’s Good Cop, Bad Cop; a monstrous indie anthology in Mandy The Monster Hunter; and a tense crime thriller in Rebirth of the Gangster.

Flintlock 1Ahead of the Birmingham Comics’ Festival this coming weekend, I thought I would mark the debut of my new reviews column ‘Olly’s World of Indie‘ by looking at three titles debuting at the festival. Even if you’re not there, but like the sound of ‘em, hunt them down, or speak to your local comic book store. Indie is where it’s at, and these independent titles can often offer something completely different to your average superhero diet.

kickstarter_of_the_weekIt’s Timecop meets Crocodile Dundee in our Kickstarter of the Week this week, as Kris Carter of Lou Scannon fame brings his time-traveling Australian detective Bruce Outback to the crowd-funding platform! You can view the hilarious video below (and make sure to watch right to the end) and pledge you support for them here.

Charlie-SaysIn her latest column Charlie Says: Body image in comic books seems only reserved for the incredibly skinny or muscular, and not usually indicative of the numerous body shapes and sizes that our society actually possesses (even when a comic book is supposed to be “realistic” and “grounded in real life”)

Charlie-Says“Gather round! Gather round! Today we’re going to look at all-age comics and why they’re beautiful and wonderful and address the fact that you’re probably not reading enough of them.” Columnist Charlie Says looks at why all ages books should be for everyone and not just for kids.