To celebrate this festive time of year we have compiled a list of 10 essential Christmas digital comics for you to enjoy this yuletide. They include everything from Christmas classics and wintery slices of life, to child hating demons and some truly unique takes on the big FC – so there really is something for everyone!

This week’s must-read in the Sunday Digest include Dark Horse’s Catalyst Comix from Joe Casey, artist Mike Henderson’s writing debut on Masks and Mobsters #9, a look back at the first 6 issues of app-based digital comic Upgrade Soul and new web comic iPhone app Multiplex from Gordon McAlpin.

To celebrate their first year we thought we’d do a quick rundown of 10 favourite MonkeyBrain Comics. They’re all available via ComiXology so why not give them a try and let us know what you think on our Facebook page.

MonkeyBrain Logo 150px12 months ago today a little company called MonkeyBrain Comics announced itself to the world at SDCC. The brain child of writer Chris Roberson and his wife Allison Baker, it set out to be the place where a select bunch of writers and artists could publish creator-owned comics digitally, without having to rely on the whims of publishing deal. Over the course of the next year MonkeyBrain Comics has gone on to become one of the most innovative and exciting companies in the world of digital comics. From it’s initial run of 5 titles, MonkeyBrain has released over 20 titles from some of the comics worlds best names which have been met with critical acclaim. From regular titles like Edison Rex and Masks and Mobsters, to delightful one shots like The Stars Below and Thoughts on a Winter Morning from Astro City’s Kurt Busiek, MonkeyBrain’s titles have defied convention ranging from golden age superheroes and gangsters to supernatural real estate agents and animal allegories. But one thing has been constant – a level of high quality writing and art that cannot be beaten in the world of comics (digital or print!). You don’t always know what you’ll get in terms of content with a MonkeyBrain comic, but sure as hell know it’ll be of the absolute highest quality! To help celebrate this momentous first year we contaced co-founder Chris Roberson to get the inside scoop on this tremendous 12 months and to find out just why the heck he would name his company MonkeyBrain?!

At the opposite end of the digital comics spectrum to the Madefire’s motion comics bombast are the delightful monochrome musings of MonkeyBrain’s Kinksi and Masks and Mobsters, both of which have new issues out this new via ComiXology. Although completely different in form and content, it serves as a fantastic reminder of the broad nature of what makes a digital comic.

Masks_and_Mobsters_07-1It’s not often you get genuinely new ideas in the world of comics, but this month has seen two startingly original books hit the shelves. First there was Jamie McKelvie’s brilliant Young Avengers #4 which included an awesome isometically designed spread that blended the worlds of design and comic art to create something truly unique. While in Masks and Mobsters #7 from MonkeyBrain Comics, Josh Williamson and Mike Henderson build their story around an original structure that is so blissfully simple, yet ingeniously clever, that as soon as you reach the pay off at the end you just want to turn back to page 1 and read it all over again to make sure you have fully appreciated what you have just been a part of.

The Masks and Mobsters team of Josh Williamson and Mike Henderson have taken their world of 1940s pulp noir and infused it with a generous dose of ‘the best Christmas story ever told‘ – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – for this brilliant festive offering. As two hitmen try to hunt down a certain, Ebeneezer Scrooge, they are warned off their hit by some malevolent spirits who have other plans for Mr Scrooge.

One of our favourite titles from the recent MonkeyBrain launch was the brilliant crime noir superhero adventure Masks and Mobsters from Josh Williamson and Mike Henderson. With it’s stunning black and white artwork and it’s enthralling mix of golden age superheroes, mad scientists and 30s style gangsters it stood out as something really intresting and exciting – plus it had a fantastic twist to end the final issue. Reminding us of everything from Ed Brubaker’s Incognito to Will Eisner’s legendary Spirit we wanted to find out more about where the inspiration came from so we got in touch with both Josh and Mike to find out just what it’s like bringing Masks and Mobsters to MonkeyBrain .