Many people new to the awesome world of comic books run into the term “indie”, get confused, and wonder what the moniker really means. For that matter, the term indie confuses some veteran comic book fans. There are many differences between huge commercial comic book franchises and independent comics, some glaring and others more subtle.

For the third track of his epic musical fantasy series 7String, creator Nich Angell has changed key mid-track and gone off in a new digital direction. Now available online as well as via webcomic portal Tapastic, we tune up the band and aim to strike a chord with the continuing adventures of sword wielding maestro Zach Briarpatch and co.

If ever you needed a bit of reassurance that the world of US politics couldn’t get any crazier after last year’s election, we’ve been sent a rather alarming video from the creators of Man vs. Rock which makes the current political scenario in the USA seem like a a sedate garden party on the croquet lawn at Downton Abbey! That’s right Pipedreamers, we bring you Buck Stone: President of the USA!

on-a-sunbeam-winnerOn A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

After an incredible back and forth race, that went down to the wire. Tillie Walden’s sublime webcomic On A Sunbeam has won our popular vote to be crowned indie Comic of the Year 2016!

When told her of these Tillie had this to say… “So pleased that On A Sunbeam could win this award. I’m surprised because OAS is such a luxury for me – I make this comic solely because I enjoy doing it, and I’m honored that people enjoy it along with me.”

The rest of the line up was as follows…

1. On A Sunbeam
2. Last Driver
3. Cognition
4. Deer Editor
5. Alex Automatic
6. The Last Sheriff
7. Comichaus
8. Space Captain
9. Turncoat
10. Mordawwa

A huge thank you for everyone who voted and took part in this amazing competition!

True Believers 2016Convention season is nearly upon us, and the now traditional opening event of the year for us at Pipedream Comics is the wonderful True Believers Comic Festival in Cheltenham. With a great mix of creators and some of the best small press and indie stars around, it’s everything that a comic convention should be. With the convention scene getting tougher than ever, we catch up with founder Stuart Mulrain to find out what they have planned for the True Believers in 2017!

icoty2016Compiling our list of the best indie comics of 2016 has not been an easy task! There have been so many amazing books that narrowing it down to just 50 great titles was tough, let alone picking our 10 favourite. However after all the bickering and squabbling among the Pipedream team we have narrowed it down the 10 best, and what a collection we have! But now it’s up to you! Just as we do with our Digital Comic of the Year award, we are going to leave it up to you to pick a winner.
You can vote for the Indie Comic of the Year 2016 here!​ (Polling ends at midnight on January 5th!)

icoty2016Our rundown of the 50 best indie comics of 2016 is closing in on the top 10, which means we’re getting close to declaring our first ever Indie Comic of the Year 2016! Our latest collection group feature anthropomorphic mice, nameless travelling apes and killer samurais, as well as new books from some of the very best indie publishers on the market!

icoty2016Our rundown of Indie Comic of the Year 2016 continues with numbers 21 to 30 and features some awesome anthologies, simian secret agents, Victorian detectives and ultra-violent webcomics.

You can read our picks for #31-40 here and #41-50 here.

icoty2016Our rundown of the top 50 indie comics of 2016 continues. This selection includes shanti pirates, fantastical beast, time-travelling spies, magical thieves, tea-making deities and friendly ghosts! Keep reading as we get closer close to revealing our shortlist for the Indie Comic of the Year 2016!

Read Indie Comic of the Year 2016 #50-#41 here

icoty2016Following in the footsteps of our Digital Comic Of The Year poll, we are introducing a new award this year – Indie Comic of the Year 2016. Celebrating the fantastic variety of indie and small press books which we have covered on the site in the past 12 months. We’ll give you a shortlist of the top 10 for voting on December 26th, but in the meantime we’ll countdown the 50 best indie comics of the year and remind you of what a great year it has been for indie and small press comics!