Kings and Canvas 3Just when you think you’ve seen it in all in the world of fantasy comics, then MonkeyBrain Comics manage to throw you a sneaky left hook with the delightfully weird Kings and Canvas. Mixing classic fantasy adventure with an enigmatic loner hero, but throwing in duels fought in boxing rings against diabolical dragons and rhinoceros mounted kings just to keep things interestomg! Pitched as Game of Thrones meets Rocky we caught up with master of ceremonies Neil Kleid to find out more.

Comicker DigitalNot content with just releasing digital comics online, Comicker Digital’s Sean E Williams is aiming for total domination of the market with a fantastic range of titles appearing on ComiXology, Drive Thru and a soon to be released app as well. We caught up with the digital publishing powerhouse to find out more.

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Instead of being just another Mulder and Scully wannabe, Strange Nation tells the story of a journalist from a small tabloid newspaper intent on bringing secrets and conspiracies out into the light. But will this digital-first from MonkeyBrain comics stop the presses or will it end up being something that shouldn’t be in circulation?

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!

eisner-awards1The nominations for this year’s Eisner Awards 2015 have been announced and it is another strong showing for the world of digital comics. Paul Tobin and Collette Coover’s Bandette received nominations for best continuing series, as well as featuring in the Best Digital/Web Comic category (which they won in 2013), while Brian K Vaughan’s ‘other book’ The Private Eye, which he writes with Marcos Martin for their Panel Syndicate publishing venture is up for best limited series as well as best digital/web comic.

Digital-Comic-of-the-YearThere were so many amazing digital comics on sale in 2014, from major publishers to up and coming indies and we really struggled to condense our favourites list down to just the Top 10 Digital Comics of 2014. So here are the honourable mentions, the ones who, despite their awesome-ness, didn’t quite make the shortlist for Digital Comic Of The Year – but are still just as deserving of a mention!

High_Crimes_01With San Diego Comic Con just around the corner, that means the annual Eisner Awards – the comic industry’s leading prize – is also about to be upon us. As well as the usual back-slapping and hand shaking for the comic world’s leading titles from the big publishers, six fantastic comics will be vying for the prize of ‘Digital/Web Comic of the Year’. One of those is Everest-set crime thriller High Crimes, from digital-first publisher MonkeyBrain Comics. We catch up with writer Christopher Sebela to find out about the impact of this prestigious nomination, the secrets to writing a story at high altitude and  who he’d cast in the movie of the series.