Christopher SebelaHow far would you go to earn a living? In the brilliant High Crimes from MonkeyBrain Comics lead characters Zan and Haskell go literally to the top of the world – Everest to be precise – in order to lower themselves to the bottom of the moral barrel as they attempt to swindle money out of the family’s of deceased climbers. With this brilliantly original premise at the heart of High Crimes we wanted to know whether writer Christopher Sebela was as intrepid as his lead characters and whether he would pay to get his loved ones off the worlds highest peak!

Transformers Monstrosity O01_CVRFollowing in the metallic footsteps of last years Transformers: Autocracy from IDW Publishing comes another digital exclusive title in the form of Transformers: Monstrosity. Written by the same time of Chris Metzen and Flint Dille and with the stunning painted artwork of Livio Ramondelli it continues the story of the early days of the Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron. Following on from the events in Autocracy, Orion Pax has assumed the title of Optimus Prime after ousting the despotic Zeta Prime and defeating the rebellious Decepticons – who had aided his coup d’état but betrayed him and left him for dead before he uncovered the Matrix of Leadership and vanquished the duplicitous Megatron.

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

You wait for months for an exciting new digital comic to come along and then two come along at once with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite and a new Atomic Robo!

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!

It’s another big week for MonkeyBrain Comics this week, with a new issue of the excellent High Crimes and another new series in the form of the brilliantly titled Mask of the Red Panda by Gregg Taylor and Dean Kotz.

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.