Failing Sky 1010 01The latest in our series of interviews with the nominees for the 2014 Best Digital/Web Comic Eisner Award sees us catch up with the truly unique Dax Tran-Caffee. The brains behind the truly innovative Failing Sky web comic that takes the traditional rules of linear story-telling and throws them out of the window in order to make up a whole new structure and approach to telling a story. With pages that scroll up, down, left, right and even leap to completely different chapters it’s a truly special series that is unlike anything else out there (plus it’s all hand drawn in paper and pencil!) so we were keen to catch up with Dax and discover the secrets to this avant-garde comics adventure.

Maverick Aussie webcomic creator Sutu, the brains behind award winning webcomics Nawlz and NEOMAD, has launched a Kickstarter for his latest augmented reality series Modern Polaxis. The story features a paranoid time traveller whose world we see via his private journal that is packed full of hidden information that can only be revealed via the AR app.

This week’s best of ComiXology Submit features: a Brit sci-fi anthology in 100% Biodegradable volume 4; a drunken bear who goes to war in a home-made tank in The Trials of Francis The Bear; some genuinely unsettling horror tales in the vampire and zombie free The Sleep of Reason; and the a new collected edition of app-based digital comic Upgrade Soul. All of these are available on ComiXology this week.

The Last Mechanical Monster thumbnailAs part of our build up to this year’s Eisner Award for Best Digital / WebComic we talk to Brian Fies, create of The Last Mechanical Monster. Fies is no stranger to the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, having won the inaugural prize back in 2005 for his emotive series ‘Mom’s Cancer’. This year he is nominated for the very different work, The Last Mechanical Monster is the tale of a mad scientist from a 1930s Max Fleischer Superman cartoon who is released from prison in the present day only to go in search of his last remaining fire-breathing flying robot. It’s brilliant mix of post-modernism with a generous dose of nostalgia so we contacted Brian to find out more about how this project came about.
This week’s new Monkeybrain Comics feature pul adventuring in The Red Panda #6: Night of the Red Panda part 3 and gothic horror from Cullen Bunn and A.C. Zamudio in The Remains #3. We take a first look at these titles available on ComiXology this week.

High_Crimes_01With San Diego Comic Con just around the corner, that means the annual Eisner Awards – the comic industry’s leading prize – is also about to be upon us. As well as the usual back-slapping and hand shaking for the comic world’s leading titles from the big publishers, six fantastic comics will be vying for the prize of ‘Digital/Web Comic of the Year’. One of those is Everest-set crime thriller High Crimes, from digital-first publisher MonkeyBrain Comics. We catch up with writer Christopher Sebela to find out about the impact of this prestigious nomination, the secrets to writing a story at high altitude and  who he’d cast in the movie of the series.

Welcome to our newest column, The Garcia Method: Or How To Write A Digital Comic. You’ve all heard of the Marvel Method for writing print comics, but what about the brave new world of digital comics?  Let us introduce to Ryan Garcia, an aspiring digital comic book author who is on a journey to share his experience with the world. And he’s going to start by sharing it with our readers.

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Brian Winkeler and Robert WIlson IV’s slacker superhero series Knuckleheads, is affectionately known as our ‘11th favourite MonkeyBrain title’ after narrowly missing out on a spot on our rundown of the digital first publishers best titles. However with the first story arc now finished and the first 8 issues set to be collected into a print edition from IDW Publishing called Knuckleheads: Fist Contact we are rethinking that moniker and changing it to our ‘#1 vomiting superhero book’ (and new favourite graphic novel!). We catch up with Brian and Robert to find out how things are going for our nausea-challenged hero Trevor K Trevinski (a.k.a. The Crystal Fist) and friends.

This week’s best of ComiXology Submit features twisted circus performers in Clown by James Maddox, self-defence and feminism lessons in Go For The Eyes by Monica Gallagher, rose-tinted ennui in House Party by Rachael Smith and a mysterious world underneath a house in The Undergrounds #1.

Like many of Marvel’s characters who have transitioned to the big screen, the Marvel Cosmic’s deadliest bad guy  Thanos has received his own title, which is now being released under their Infinite comics stable. But can Thanos: A God Up There Listening #1 dominate the Infinite universe or is that something not even the Infinity Gauntlet can help it achieve?

Top digital comic creators from both sides of the Atlantic are set to form part of this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival line-up, at Kendall in the United Kingdom this October thanks to support from SEQUENTIAL the digital graphic novel app.