Gutter Magic #1IDW and Comic Experience’s Gutter Magic is a steampunk, urban fantasy set in a world where World War 2 was won by magic, trolls walk the street and the rougueish Cinder is looking to find out why he isn’t gifted with the same magical powers as the rest of his family. We catch up with writer Rich Douek to out why reallism is so important for world-building in the world of Gutter Magic

Comic ExperienceComics Experience started out as a teaching tool for aspiring pros, but they’ve branched out into the world of digital publishing with series like Tet, Gutter Magic and Deluge all debuting on ComiXology. Partnered with IDW Publishing they offer amazing new ways for creators to learn their skills and get work published. To find out more about we contacted founder Andy Schmidt to discover what the Comics Experience experience involves!

Gutter Magic #1Magic and the supernatural are nothing new in the world of comics, but outside the big two is where the magic happens in this genre. Rich Douek and Brett Barkley have decided to throw their mystical hat in the ring with IDW and Comics Experience to unleash Gutter Magic on the world, a tale of people trying to gain lost magic, so will this be a spellbinding tale or will it end up in the gutter?

StrangeNation_vol1_coverIn the weird and wonderful world of Strange Nation, investigative journalist Norma Parker gets caught up in the middle of an alien invasion, is chased by killer sasquatches and is the victim of a global conspiracy involving her entire family. Originally released as a digital-first series from MonkeyBrain Comics, it has now been collected together by IDW Publishing and released as a printed edition so we caught up with writer Paul Allor to find out if he is right to be paranoid about the world we live in!

scribdDubbed ‘Netflix for Comics’ by Wired, subscription reading service Scribd has changed the landscape of digital comics with two huge partnerships, bringing titles from Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing and Top Shelf Comics to it’s site. For less than $9 a month fans will have access to over 10,000 comics in a huge on demand library featuring some of their favourite titles from Spider-man and the Avengers to Star Trek, Transformers and more! But what does this mean for you the comics fan?

IDW Publishing have announced a digital comic collection for San Diego Comic-Con that is “more than meets the eye”. Thanks to a partnership with Humble Bundle, Transformer fans can pay what they want for a batch of 48 fantastic digital comics while also supporting a child-focused charity in the Transformers Humble Bundle presented by IDW Publishing.

On the Madefire platform this week are new episodes of Madefire original Mono #5, IDW Publishing’s Transformers – Robots in Disguse #4 and DC Comics’ Infinite Crisis #8, Injustice – Gods Among Us Year 1 #34 and Injustice – Gods Among Us Year 2 #14.

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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.

Madefire, the motion book publishers are set to develop their partnership with Hasbro and IDW Publishing by releasing 5 new episodes of the exclusive Transfomers: Punishment motion book through the Madefire app on Windows 8. These exclusive stories based on Hasbro’s iconic Transformers brand, will be available on all of the latest Windows 8 devices for no cost, and will provide a unique reading experience designed and built specifically for the digital screen.

Joining Clive Barker’s Next Testament and DC Comics’ Infinite Crisis on the Madefire roster this week is one of Star Trek’s most famous episodes, Harlan Ellison’s The City On The Edge of Tomorrow, converted into a motion book courtesy of IDW Publishing. We’ve got a fantastic preview of this unique Trek comic for you to enjoy. There’s also a first look at Transformers Robots in Disguise #4.