Framed_Screen_01x1024A group of game developers from the fantastically named Loveshack Entertainment have announced a rather intriguing iOS game that mixes our two favourite things – comics and iPads. The game is called ‘Framed‘ and looks like an old style comic book page – but no ordinary one. Your character works his way through the panels in order, according to what the panel depicts – whatever the consequences might be – and as the player it’s up to you to prevent your hero from meeting a sticky end by rearranging the panels so he make it to the end of the page unharmed.

Marvel ComicsThis weekend Marvel unveiled 3 exciting new initiatives at the South by South West festival in Austin, Texas as they look to ‘re’-evolve’ the world of digital comics – their words, not ours! by releasing them at SXSW’s Interactive event, which is primarily focused on technology and interactive web design, Marvel made a clear statement of intent that the world of digital comics is one that will be the real driving force for them in 2013

VerityFair-Main-Menu-001-229x300The latest comic book to get the ‘Deluxe Digital Graphic Novel’ treatment from developers Panel Nine is Terry Wiley’s 2008 book Verity Fair. Telling the story of wannabe starlet Verity Bourneville (aka Tracey Perkins) and her various misadventures, from working in a fish shop to trying to make it as an actress. This is much more than just a ‘slice of life‘ Brit comic as Wiley’s captures the nuances of this eclectic 40-year old expertly. Creating a character who is both wildly entertaining and poignantly tragic in equal measures which in turn makes her a heroine whose stories are endlessly readable, whatever the format.

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Last week we reviewed the brilliant EEEK! from Asylum Press. A fantastic homage to the classic EC horror comics of the 1960s released in an exclusive digital only package. The man behind this brilliant blast from the past is Aussie writer/artist Jason Paulos.

We wanted to have a look behind the shadows to find out what was lurking there, so we got in touch with Jason and asked him what the secret to a great horror comic is.

Please help support this brilliant local convention which is run not too far from the Pipedream Comics offices. After a fantastic debut last year it is looking for help to run again in 2013. Offering the chance to meet writers and artists like Kieron Gillen, Andrew Wildman, Simon Furman, Mike Collins, Lee Townsend, Emma Vieceli, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield, Ben Oliver and Rob Williams, not to mention local comics fan from here in the south west, it’s already aiming to be bigger than last year so please lend a hand!

To donate please visit their Kickstarter which you can find my clicking here!

July 21, 2009 / Brad Guigar Portrait / Photo by Bob LaramieCartoonist Brad Guigar knows a thing or two about web comics having been producing them since 2003. Starting with Greystone InnPhables, and relationship advice strip Courting Disaster, he has been producing weekly comic strips for over a decade, but perhaps his best-known work is the brilliant web comic Evil Inc, which is set in the offices of a company run by villains – the aforementioned Evil Inc. Mixing brilliant jibes at superhero culture with the inanities of modern office life, it’s monthly anthologies are available on DriveThru Comics and will soo be available on ComiXology, so we got in touch with Brad asked him for some tips on the best way to run an evil conglomorate.

Hawkeye 7When it comes to weaving real life incidents into a comics storyline avoiding mawkishness and insensitivity is not easy and is the primary reason that many comics choose to base their books in fictitious cities or alternative timelines. However for a company like Marvel who pride themselves on their links to New York and the sense of realism it gives their stories then it means that when something as profound as Hurricane Sandy happens then they are almost duty bound to cover it, just as they did with 9/11 in 2001. However to get the tone right is not easy, reconciling the fantastic world of the Avengers with the real life heroics of everyday New Yorkers requires a subtle hand to avoid sensationalism and poor taste, but fortunately for Marvel they have an ace up their sleeve in Matt Fraction’s brilliant Hawkeye.

104686Ever since Bill Gaines’ iconic EC Comics titles bit the dust (thanks to the introduction of the Comics Code in the 1950s) there has been a space in the market for a fun, gruesome comic-horror anthology. Although there have been many excellent horror comics from the likes of DC, Chaos! and Dark Horse there hasn’t been a collection of tales fit to carry EC Comics torch. Until now.

EEEK! From Asylum Press/Rat Race Comics is a retro gem. It has captured the essence of EC‘s output and brought it kicking, screaming and stabbing into the 21st century. Creator Jason Paulos has expertly grasped the often missed humour bull by the horns and created a dark twisted niche for himself – and what’s even better is that it’s a digital exclusive!