Ever considered transferring your life’s most poignant (and mundane) moments to a comic book page? Well that’s exactly what New Yorker Jonathan Baylis did with the superb So Buttons comics anthology. From his childhood to meeting his wife, to his internship at Marvel and more, this fantastic slice-of-life collection was inspired by the likes of Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb and features a soul-bearing look into the life and mind of a normal guy – we find out more.
Every now and again a comic book comes along that is so completely new and original that reminds you of that initial thrill you had as a kid discovering the classics for the first time. One book that did that for us recently was Matthew Petz’s outstanding War of the Woods. It’s such an original idea that you just cannot fathom why no-one has thought of it before! Told from the point of view of a young otter called Phin, it starts out as a wholesome animal-based adventure but soon morphs into something truly out of this world as aliens invade Phin’s New Jersery habitat, and he and his father Nathaniel and a turtle called Issac set out to save the world. Keen to find out more about this incredible book we contacted writer artist Matthew Petz to discover the inspiration for Phin and friends and find out just where the idea for that iconic cover image came from.
Molly Danger from Jamal ‘Supergirl’ Igle and Action Lab Comics is one of our favourite new titles in ComiXology’s Guided View section. Mixing the action-packed world of superheroes and giant robots with a coming of age story of a girl who is trying to deal with fame, celebrity and being a 10 year old superhero who has been saving the city of Coopersville for over 20 years! It’s a really refreshing and original read in a saturated market which does a great job of maximising the world of Guided View. It’s also a digital exclusive, funded by Kickstarter, which makes it right up our street, so we contacted creator Jamal Igle to discover more about Molly-world!
Our new series of guest columns on ‘why I love digital comics’, continues this week with a controversial entry from Disconnected Press‘ Lizzie Boyle.
Nestled in the new ComiXology Guided View section between Batman and Wolverine you might have noticed a new title called Hurry – Adventures of the Rabbitoid Knight. Rubbing shoulders with the big boys of digital comics, Hurry is the self published adventures of a space rabbit in the L Dimension that is written and drawn by writers, artists and podcasters, Don Garvey and Mike Connelly. If that title hasn’t been enough to tempt you into checking it out, we’ve got the full down from Don and Mike on how they got into self publishing and how a little rabbitoid knight found himself a home alongside some of comics biggest characters.
We’ve raved about the awesome, Detectobot from Bobby and Peter Timony on here before, but this week sees Bobby go solo with the awesome Goblin Hood and his Merry Monsters available now via ComiXology. We recommended you check it out in this week’s Sunday Digest, so you’ll no doubt know what a fantastic read it is, but we were keen to find out more, so got in touch with Bobby to ask him whether this was just an excuse to come up with some great puns around the Robin Hood myth and what the worst twin related questions he’s ever been asked is!
Mixing the humour of the Odd Couple with the attitude of Atomic Robo and the can-do spirit of digital comics, Drew Crowley’s Hugh and Bot is the latest web comic sensation to land on your iPad thanks to ComiXology’s Submit. Fresh from an appearance in this weekend’s Sunday Digest, we contacted Drew to find out more about the lovelorn slacker Hugh and the work out the best way to cope with a robotic roommate like Bot.
We’ve covered the work of awesome Derry/Londonderry based media studio Uproar Comics before with their self published zombies anthology Zombies Hi. However this month they are set to bring their comics to life by launching the Digital Experience Comic app (DEC) which will launch on App Store on the 31st of July and should take their world of the undead to a whole new level.
Back in the 1990s we were all believers in the things that went bump in the night thanks to shows like the X-Files, but these days everyone is much more sceptical. Well writer/artist Erik Evensen is set to change all that with his brilliant new graphic novel The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay released this week via ComiXology. This self-published supernatural story sees struggling palaeoanthropologist Brian and folklorist Winifred investigate mysterious disappearances in the small town of Wolfe’s Bay that may or may not be connected to a mysterious gorilla like figure seen at the scene of the crime. Winifired’s sheriff father is convinced it’s got a supernatural subtext, but who or what is really behind it all? Packed full of twists, turns and terror, but with a brilliant light tone that’s reminiscent of Scooby Doo, The Beast of Wolf’es Bay is a fantastic read, and so, like Mulder and Scully, we set out to find more about this small town’s secrets and contacted Erik hoping to find out the truth behind this mysterious beast.
Some say he is a force of nature. Others say is a reject of a hormone injected time gone by. The facts are, he’s the most unstoppable cop on the force. This high octane splatterfest will follow BPC and his partner as they battle the notorious Fuster Cluck gang. King Bone Press will bring you a 32 1/3 page one shot comic featuring a tale of the cock with a glock and they are looking for your help to fund it via Kickstarter launched today.
In last week’s Sunday Digest we told you about a brilliant self-published indie anthology from King Bone Press called Bandthology. A collection of awesome music themed comics from a variety of talented writers and artists across the US, all with a musical/band related theme. We were keen to find out more about the story behind it, as well as the other King Bone titles (and not to mention that slightly risque name), so we contacted ‘King Bone’ himself Bobgar Ornelas as well as writer Jon Westhoff to find out the back story of this unique indie self publisher.
Joe Martino’s The Mighty Titan is a Kickstarter funded superhero spectacular that uses the emotive issue of cancer to make his tales of heroes and villains resonate with a real emotional core. Fresh from the success of issue 1 which we reviewed back in May, issue 2 was successfully funded in just 30 hours and is set to hit the newsstands in August. Keen to find out the secret to crowd sourced comics we got in touch with Joe to ask him all about it and also to give us his own take on the fascinating and very personal journey that brought us The Mighty Titan.
Volume Five of Aces Weekly, the brilliant digital comic art weekly from V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd, begins its latest seven-issue, seven-week run this week and we’ve got a fantastic preview of what’s inside. Including a new series from one of the greatest and wittiest creators of US comics – Batton Lash – the guy who produced the memorable, Wolff and Byrd – Counselors of The Macabre!
Motion comics publishers Narr8 have today announced a new multimedia editing tool called Story Builder that lets you build your own interactive digital comics. Simply create your comic using their online editor and upload it to their online catalogue for the world to download.