ness03Although we’re the wrong side of Halloween, Chris Welsh’s dark, dank monster book Ness is still giving us nightmares. The tale of a group of teenagers who get drawn into a world of tentacled beasties and supernatural Celtic cults is back on Kickstarter to get the final two issues funded and so we caught up with creator, Chris Welsh to get to the bottom of the monstrous world of Ness.

thoughtbubble-logo2016-200This weekend saw the great and the good of the UK comic scene descend on Leeds for the annual Thought Bubble Comics Arts Festival. As well as featuring big names from the mainstream it was also one of the most important weekend’s for the indie and small press scene with dozens of new books being released and showcased. We take a look at some of our favourites – and we’ll keep updating it as we gradually work our way through our pile of books to read from the weekend!

Doc Dino #01Doc Dino is an interesting character. Not just because he is a dinosaur surgeon who keeps killing his patients, but because he is a great example of the unpredictable nature of Kickstarter. Having managed funding at the second attempt, can Merrick’s Tom Ward and Wart’s Chris Welsh fulfil the faith their fans have bestowed in them? And having avoided extinction, does Doc Dino have what it takes to evolve and survive?

kickstarter_of_the_weekFrom the Lovecraft addled brain of Chris Welsh the writer of Wart, and Irish artist Robert Carey, comes a new slimy and spooky horror book called Ness. An absolute no-brainer for Kickstarter of the Week, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a new release from Image rather than a crowd-funded book as the story is that creepy and the art is that damn good. Based on the half dozen preview pages we’ve seen, we can;t help but expect the package to ooze with stagnant water and a tentacle burst out when it arrives on our doorstep once this Kickstarter has been funded! Watch the dank and murky pledge video below and help support this superb soggy horror book here!

wart_book1Chris Welsh and Ammar Al Chalabi’s webcomic Wart – A Cosmic Horror Comic, is based on the works of HP Lovecraft – in other words it features dark and dank supernatural terrors and plenty of tentacled beasties – however unlike most books who cite the Master of Cthulu as an influence, Welsh and Chalabi have taken a cartoonish approach to the work dog Wart which actually gives the whole series a really refreshing edge.