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

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Today sees the launch of the latest project from digital publisher Russell Willis (Panel Nine) – a digital graphic novel platform known as Sequential. Available to download from the iTunes Store  Sequential offers readers a one-stop storefront to download works from writers like Alan Moore, David Lloyd, Eddie Campbell Brian Bolland, Hunt Emerson and more. Familliar Panel Nine titles like Dapper John, Kickback and The Certified Hunt Emerson are now available in one place, instead of as standalone apps, which makes for a great way to enjoy all these fantastic titles on your iPad.

Speaking to Paul Gravett at the app’s advanced preview,  Publisher Russell Willis had this to say “I have always been fascinated by graphic novels and sequential art… It seems that I am now in the right place and this is the right time to do something to help promote accessible, intelligent, entertaining and life-enhancing graphic novels and sequential art… “

Sequential uses the same deluxe graphic novel approach that we have seen with previous Panel Nine products, and looks to be another hit and a great way for comics fans to enjoy titles from legendary authors on their iPads.

Download it for free from here and check it out

Hot on the trail of the Hijacker, Leto and Saule set off in pursuit of a suspect who’s been seen at all their crime scenes and as his escape plan takes them deeper into The Irons they uncover more of the mysteries hidden within Madefire‘s dystopian sci-fi world. But will it help them find their killer?

Subatomic_Party_Girls_01-1What happens if you take a kick ass power-pop girl band and shoot them into space, only for it to go horribly wrong and for them to end up on the wrong side of the galaxy? Add in some space pirates and you have the brilliant new MonkeyBrain series Subatomic Party Girls. It’s a brilliant mix of everything from the Powerpuff Girls to Scott Pilgrim via the Fantastic Four, so to find out more we contacted the creative team of writers Chad Bowers and Chris Sim and the woman who bring the girls’ band Beryllium Steel to life, Erica Henderson, to find out the secret to the Subatomics space world and also to book the ultimate pop-culture super festival!.

Tim-Gibson-Profile_B-01Writer/artist Tim Gibson made his name working for Peter Jackson’s Weta in his native New Zealand, which may sound like a dream job for many, but what he really wanted to do was make comics. Thanks to the new ‘can do’ attitude of the digital comics revolution, and with a grant from the New Zealand government, he has made that dream become a reality as his awesome series Moth City has been released via ComiXology and also on Mark Waid’s Thrillbent site to critical acclaim (Read our review of season 1 here). To find out more about this Kiwi comics sensation we got in touch and asked him to reveal some of the secrets behind the mysterious Moth City!