british-showcase-anthologyIt’s a bumper time for British indie comics anthologies as we have another you to get your teeth into! The British Showcase Anthology Volume 2 is packed full of indie comic greatness contained in a well put together product that gained attention from all corners of the scene. But how will this patriotic collection fare against anthology big hitters like Dark Matter and Comichaus?

comichaus3It’s an exciting time to be a part of the indie comic scene at the moment and one of the main reasons is anthologies and monthly serials. Along with Dark Matter, which we reviewed earlier in the week, one of the most exciting has to be Comichaus – The British Independent Monthly, which collects serials and one off’s from a batch of very talented creators and presenting them in a well polished, high end product.

Split LipWe love a good scare at Pipedream Comics, and one series which has really unsettled us in recent times has been the Split Lip Horror Comic Antholology. A new discovery for us here in the UK, it has a well-established pedigree in the US and some of the scariest stories are being collected into an anthology via Kickstarter. We catch up with creator Sam Costello to find out what has inspired him to keep freaking people out after a decade of Split Lip.

Broken FrontierIt’s a cliche that bears repeating but anthologies are the lifeblood of indie comics, bringing new talent to a wider audience in an eclectic setting. But often it is difficult for editors to maintain consistency of quality or bring in big names to contribute to their fledgling collection. But this is where the team from the Broken Frontier Anthology are trying to rewrite the rules and break down the frontiers of indie publishing by paying them creators up front, but will these big names deliver or just leave the reader broken?

Faction volume 1With a cover that features Godzilla attacking downtown Auckland, Kiwi comics anthology Faction volume 1 is looking to take over the world of digital comics just like it’s cover star. Released via ComiXology Submit, Faction volume 1 takes work by some of New Zealands best up-and-coming comic superstars and combines them into an eclectic must-read collection. From the silence of outer space to laser abusing couriers to a clown hunting a whale, Faction is a ‘stupendous comic hodgepodge’ and we were keen to find out more about it so we got in touch with editor Damon Keen to get the inside story!

OUTRE_issue1_1Free Comic Book Day was a fantastic way to help bring people into the world of comics and get them into comic book stores. But for those operating in the digital space it was also a great opportunity to pick up new readers at a time when comics have never been cooler. One of the small publishers looking to make to the most of FCBD are Norwegian publishers Outré Press. The first issue of their anthology of themed comic stories was released this Saturday via their website as a PDF, CBR or CBZ file. Featuring a fantastic mix of diverse and enthralling art and stories this first issue, based around the theme of ‘responsibility’, features work from writers and artists from all over the world – as well as featuring an interview with Saga artist Fiona Staples.  To find out more about the launch of this exciting new project we contacted editor Glenn Møane to get the bottom of just what Outré Press was all about – including that enigmatic name!

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!