COMICHAUS FRONT COVERWith 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!

Charlie-SaysLet’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.

Chum 01We’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!

Samurai Slasher vol 2The 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.)

Split LipWe 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.

kickstarter_of_the_weekIf 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!

SF BESTIARY #1 DIGITALThe 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.

Comichaus #2 coverWe 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.

kickstarter_of_the_weekIt’s a great time for indie comics anthologies, and joining the like of Papercuts & Inkstains and 100% Biodegradable is Comichaus, a new monthly British comics anthology, prroduced by the team at Comichaus, the indie comics website. As a gateway for some of the UK’s best new indie titles it means they are in the ideal position to capitalise on the current boom in indie and small press publishing and have cherry picked some of the best names from the UK scene to create exclusive new tales. These include Vanguard’s Dan Butcher, Brethren Born’s Jon Laight, Merrick’s Tom Ward and many more alongside editors Pete Genepool and James McCulloch. Committees will also be boasting covers from some big names in the comic industry, with issue 1 featuring work by Glenn Fabry and issue 2 slated to feature a cover by John McCrea.
If you need any more convincing then check out their fantastic Kickstarter video below and you can back them here.

kickstarter_of_the_weekWe love a gritty crime noir and this week’s Kickstarter of the Week gives the genre a unique twist by setting the tale in the murky streets of Mumbai instead of LA or London. Featuring four short stories, it contains all the classic elements of noir, from a brooding city to a weary inspector at the centre of everything as well as  a supernatural undertone which writer Ram Venkatasen uses to give the world of Black Mumba a sinister undercurrent, just like the sinister snake which it is named after. The slick black and white art is produced by 4 Indian artists and mixes watercolour washes and cross hatched inking to give the book a fantastic vintage feel as well as maximise the darkness of some Black Mumba’s more terrifying tales.
You can view the pledge video below and can support Black Mumba by backing it here