Alabaster ShadowsWhat is it about kids in comics moving to a new town and thinking everyone is up to no good? Well in the case of Oni Press’ new kids horror comics Alabaster Shadows then all really isn’t quite as it seems. This Goosebumps meets Goonies tale is being released digitally in weekly chapters on ComiXology and so we caught up with creators Matt Gardner and Rashad Doucet to find out whether their childhood homes had secret doorways to another world hidden inside them!

HellbreakAlongside his work for the big two, Cullen Bunn has carved a dark and foreboding niche for thanks to supernatural western The Sixth Gun and creepy indie series The Remains from MonkeyBrain Comics. Now, alongside artist Brian Churilla and colouring legend Dave Stewart, Bunn has quite literally taken a trip to hell and back with Hellbreak #1 for Oni Press. But will this demonic team book succeed in besting his western masterpiece?

Archer CoeWhen stage hypnotist Archer Coe is drawn into a marital dispute his very world begins to unravel around him, if only he had listened to the sage advice of his neighbourhood alley cats! James S. Rich and Dan Christensen’s noir-infused pulp thriller has been available as digital-first instalments since April, but now the collected edition is set to be released courtesy of Oni Press and fans can enjoys this mentalist masterpiece in all it’s twisty turny glory. To find out more about the mysterious world or Archer Coe we got in touch with Jame and Dan to get to the bottom of the mysterious world of Archer Coe and find out whether cats really do know the secret of everything, if only we asked them!

This weekend’s must-read digital comics include: Marvel’s latest cinematic movie prequel in Amazing Spider-man Infinite; Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks, a hypnotic new indie series from Oni Press; and Needles and Dust an Israeli digital graphic novel app from Tsach Weinberg.

This week’s must-read digital comics include three slices of sci-fi from different points on the spectrum. On the dark side are the official Dredd movie sequel comic book Judge Dredd: Underbelly and Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari’s dystopian time-travel series The Bunker and on the shinier side is Uproar Comics new sci-fi graphic novel Leap!

Down Set Fight 1 coverOni Press’ Down Set Fight is the comic equivalent of a punch to the face, with it’s a stunning mix of sports hero action, super villain style mascots and retro 70s visuals. From the writing team of Chad Bowers and Chris Sims, who we last saw working their magic on MonkeyBrain’s Sub Atomic Party Girls, and artist Scott Kowalchuk, it’s the story of a washed up football star who gets pursued by evil mascots looking to get their revenge. It’s like Scott Pilgrim versus John Madden.  Keen to find out more, we contacted writers Chris and Chad to find out if their own experiences of high school football training regimes had helped inspired them.

This weekend’s must-read digital comics in the Sunday Digest include more cutting edge motion books from DC Comics/Madefire with Injustice Gods Among Us #4-7, quirky sci-fi in D4VE from MonkeyBrain Comics, a sports mascot mashup in Down Set Fight from Oni Press and gentically modified dinosaurs from ‘Down Under’ in Blastosaurus

A clear sign that digital is slowly but surely taking over the world of comics is when digital first comics announce they are going into print – and not the other way round. The latest title to join that ever growing list of digital-first to print-second titles is Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurari’s bleak sci-fi tale The Bunker which has now found a home with the fine folks at Oni Press and will be available as a collected edition this February.

The growth of digital comics apps for the iPad has created an exciting new market place for independent comics publishers. With regular sales promoting titles from smaller publishers, ComiXology does a great job of getting it’s readers to check and out and sample new titles with the convenience of a digital download. One such title which I was tempted to check out for the the first time recently is The Sixth Gun from Oni Press. A supernatural western it combines all your favourite elements of the classic wild west with a brilliantly gothic under current that would make HP Lovecraft or Mike Mignola proud. The man behind the title is writer Cullen Bunn, who you might be more familiar with from his run on Marvel’s Fear Itself, so I got in touch with him to ask just what the effect of digital sales are having on books like The Sixth Gun.