Shrewsbury Comic FestivalWe’re in the middle of convention series and one of the most interesting sounding (and potentially under-rated) events on the calendar is this weekend’s Shrewsbury International Comic Festival. Very much a ‘festival’ of comics in the vein of the Lakes or Thought Bubble, rather than another ‘Con’ it has a line up of international and UK guests and an approach of celebrating comics that may make it one of the best events of the year. Olly MacNamee takes a look at what’s going on.

Pull List 01After weeks of working behind closed doors we can finally reveal our brand new product from the team here at Pipedream Comics as we launch the first issue of The Pull List, a new quarterly magazine dedicated to the world of small press, indie and digital comics. This first issue is packed with exclusive news, reviews and interviews with some of comics’ biggest names and is available for the bargain price of 99p from our new store!

electricomicsThis weekend we crowned a new Digital Comics App of the Year, as Electricomics, Alan and Leah Moore’s open source publishing platform, saw off competition from all over the globe to be chosen as the best digital comic app of 2015. To celebrate we caught up with founder Leah Moore to discuss their triumph, as well find out more about Electricomics‘ first year and their plans for 2016.

It’s been another strong year for digital comics in 2015 as we have seen new publishers and platforms debut, as well as continued strong offerings from the Big Two, as well as an amazing selection of self-published stories released online and via platforms like ComiXology Submit. So sit back and enjoy our list of the 10 most exciting and innovative digital comics from the past 12 months.

DCAPPOTY2015-logoIn 2014 Madefire were crowned the best Digital Comics App of the year for their mix of innovative motion comics and growing platform of new titles from major publishers. But how will they fair this year, in the face of opposition from new publishing platforms, digital innovators and a few old rivals who are getting stronger and stronger!

Electricomics LogoElectricomics is a pioneering new digital comics project that is being overseen by Leah Moore, daughter of legendary Watchmen creator Alan Moore. This UK government funded arts project is aiming to develop an open source toolkit for digital comics creators with the aim of bringing this exciting medium to the masses via a cutting edge iPad app. Most excitingly for fans it will also feature exclusive Alan Moore digital comics as well as new titles from a host of big name writers and artists. Leah and developer Ed Moore [no relation] give us exclusive insights into this ground-breaking new project.

You might not expect legendary comic creator, Alan Moore to be an advocate of digital publishing, however the Watchmen co-creator is leading a research and development project to create an app enabling digital comics to be made by anyone. Alongside an open source tool kit for creators it will also include exclusive Alan Moore digital comics.