Sabertooth Swordsman cover 1This week sees the release of Sabertooth Swordsman an inspired new digital first series from Dark Horse Comics unlike anything else you’ll read this year. Written by Damon Gentry and with art from Aaron Conley it’s a tripped-out, blood-soaked, indie-spirited adventure comic packed full of Cloud Gods, Mastodon Mathematicians and much much more. we contacted Doug and Aaron to discover more about this weird and wonderful world and to find out who really is the best animal based swordfighter.

According to writer Ben Abernathy, Madefire‘s new series The Heroes Club is packed full of insider jokes and subtle references to the Madefire world, but what (or rather who) on earth could this bully be referring to when confronting Captain Stone?

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Download the whole of The Heroes Club #1 now via the Madefire app

 

scrapbook_034aThis week we revealed an innovative new digital comics app for iPad called Scrollon. From filmmaker Doug Lefler it uses a unique sideways scrolling interface that lets readers consumer their digital comics as one long narrative based on Chinese Scrolls. It’s available to download now from the iTunes Store and is a truly unique reading experience and one we wanted to find out more about so we contacted Doug to try and get to the bottom, or should that the end, of this exciting new concept in digital comics.

James Tynion IV and Jeremy RockWhat do you get if you cross political TV series The West Wing with classic 80s horror movie John Carpenter’s The Thing? Well if that sounds like your kind of thing then The Eighth Seal is your kind of book. From the twisted minds of James Tynion IV and Jeremy Rock this brilliant politico-horror book first showed it’s hideous face on Mark Waid’s Thrillbent site, but has now been given the full ComiXology treatment. To find out more on the best way to scare the bejesus out of your readers we got in touch with James and Jeremy and in doing so, they gave us an exclusive look at the new cover – but be warned!

scrollon_logo_1New to the app store this week comes Scrollon an innovative new digital comics apps from the folks at Literate Imagery, Inc. Scrollon offers original, color illustrated content presented as a seemingly unending image which is advanced by scrolling with your finger or tapping the screen. Download it from the iTunes Store here for free and you can try out the Scrollon experience to see what it is like to not only read stories, but travel through them.  

benwolstenholmeEarlier this week we grilled Madefire‘s Ben Wolstenholme about the secrets behind the creation of his man-monster MONO and his series The Old Curiosity Shop, but what about the man himself? Where does he see Madefire heading in the next 12 months, how does it impact upon his agency Moving Brands and how the hell did he get involved this crazy world of Motion Books anyway? (And why so many brands beginning with the letter M?!) The story continues… 

Madefire ComicsIf you’ve read our exclusive interview with Ben Wolstenhome then you’ll know that Madefire has not only redefined digital comics with their unique brand of Motion Books but were also included in  The App Store’s Best of 2012 list as well as securing the inaugural ‘Digital Comic of the Year 2012’ from this very site for Captain Stone is Missing.

With 32 episodes released to date through their renowned iOS app and a partnership with social media giant deviantART offering the titles to the web, they’ve had a busy 2013. But what’s next for the studio that brought acclaimed titles like Treatment, Mono, Captain Stone is Missing…, and Houses of the Holy to fans worldwide? More Motion Books, of course – and we’ve got an amazing sneak peak!

benwolstenholmeIn the world of Madefire motion books, Ben Wolstenholme is often the forgotten man, cast into the shadow of comic luminaries Liam Sharp and Dave Gibbons – however he is every bit as vital to the company’s success as his more famous co-founders.  If Sharp and Gibbons are Lennon and McCartney then Wolstenholme is George Harrison bringing a different dimension to this band of digital comic pioneers. In the case of Wolstenholme (and to keep this metaphor running!) it’s not Eastern mysticism that he brings, but a unique blend of graphic design savvy and commercial illustration nous that are helping to push Madefire‘s motion books to new heights. Keen to find out his story, we contacted Ben to learn more about the man behind Madefire, Moving Brands and man-mountain Mono