We’re a bit behind on our Kickstarter coverage, but we were spurred into action when news about the stunning looking Cadavers 1: Doppelganger landed in our Inbox. You wouldn’t expect the words ‘stunning’ and ‘cadavers’ to be used in the same sentence, but Matt Hardy and Ed Bentley’s tale of a group of undead supernatural characters attempting to assimilate into the real world looks absolutely superb and when you dig deeper you discover a smart and intriguing concept for a book that feels like it could have tons of potential. This campaign is for the first of five issues, that are set to focus on each character per issue. Hardy’s story mixes a motley bunch of supernatural misfits with classic thriller tropes, while Bentley’s artwork has an incredibly slick finish to it that is reminiscent of classic Joe Madureira (which is always a favourite). Unlike many other pretenders who attempt to mimic that style, fortunately Cadavers has a really high level of polish to it that makes this whole series look like a real cut above your average indie fare and definitely one to watch!
We don’t normally get involved in politics, but with recent events in the UK reaching far beyond the polling booths and the palace of Westminster, we sent our intrepid reporter Olly MacNamee to look at the impact that a Vote to Leave The EU, has had on the UK Comic Community. He talks to comic creators and comic con organisers to find out the true impact that Brexit is having on the world of small press comics.
With a successful Kickstarter campaign completed, Comichaus (a new online indie comic book database), is set to release its own monthly anthology filled with amazing action and adventure from some of the UK’s most exciting small press creators. We were given a sneak peak at this dynamite new issue, including an exclusive first look at the cover by 2000 AD legend Glenn Fabry!
Let’s take a ramble off the beaten track of comic books, away from the bigger publishers and those all important sales targets. Set course for adventure with the art of the crowd-funded comic book, where anybody can pitch an idea and bring together a like-minded group of people. As we regularly see on out Kickstarter Of The Week feature on the site, there are some absolute gems and we take a look at why you should looking at the world of crowd funding for your next favourite comic book.
We’ve a special mini indie round-up this week as we look at a couple of highly original crime tales from Aussie writer Ryan K Lindsay and Finnish artist Smi Kivela. First up is the blood soaked and sun-baked surf noir of Chum from Comix Tribe and then we also look at the truly unique Deer Editor, a sublime slice of classic crime noir with a utterly unforgettable hero!
The logic behind Mike Garley’s Samurai Slasher is simple: samurais are cool, slasher movies are cool; therefore a comics about a Samurai Slasher must be the coolest thing ever? Well after reading Samurai Slasher Volume 2 then you can’t help but fault Garley’s logic as this is his best set of head-chopping, blood-splattering, undead Japanese warrior stories yet. (With added discos, pagan rituals and even a bit of 3D thrown in for good measure.)
We 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.
If you prefer your horror books to be sinister and unsettling rather than splattery and sickening, then you need to check out Split Lip Horror Comics Anthology from US writer Sam Costello. To celebrate the 10 years his webcomic has been publishing ‘weird fiction’ tales to the world he is releasing a special hardcover collection with some of the best and most twisted stories from the past decade of devilishness. Featuring artwork from UK artists like Gary Crutchley (WesterNOIR), Nelson Evergreen, Lee O’Connor, Shane Oakley (Cthulhu Tales, Channel Evil), David Hitchcock (Whitechapel Freak) and Brian Mcgleenhn it’s a dark and twisted series of short stories that will fill up your nightmares and fester in the dark recesses of your brain. So if that sounds like your kind of book then you need to help support them on Kickstarter. You can watch their pledge video below and back them here!
The Kickstarter community has seen fit to bless us with Shit Flingers: Bestiary. It’s rude and crude, a little bit rough around the edges, but golly there’s a lot of potential here. If you enjoy re-imaginings of history with comic twists – such as humans-turned-apes for protagonists – this may be something you want to check out. Leave maturity at the door.
We love a good indie anthology, and one of the collections which is getting us most excited at the moment is the Comichaus Monthly Anthology which is currently being Kickstarted. Produced by Pete Genepool and Jim McCulloch, the brains behind the online indie comic store of the same name, Comichaus collects together exclusive stories from some of the UK indie scenes most exciting names into a new ongoing monthly black and white series.