Butterfly GateFollowing the huge critical success of Porcelain: Bone China and Briar, we take a look at Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose’s forgotten masterpiece, the dialogue free Butterfly Gate. But will this piece of ambitious story-telling being able to compete with the rich world building and stunning characterisation that we are used to from Read and Wildgoose?

BoneChina_coverIf you’ve paid attention to the site over the last few weeks then you might have noticed that we were rather fond of Porcelain: Bone China – the new book from Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose at Improper Books. Having regained some semblance of our journalistic impartiality, and packed away the porcelain puns, we caught up with Chris to discuss his amazing work on the steampunk sequel and to [hopefully] find out out more about the possibility of a third installment!

SEQUENTIAL_app_2016-Feb-08With the judges at the recent Angouleme comics festival struggling to nominate a single female creator, a new exhibition in London called Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics is setting out to prove just how innovative and exciting female comic creators can be. And for those who can’t make it to London this spring, SEQUENTIAL, the iPad app for digital graphic novels, are providing a free digital guide.

DCAPPOTY2015-logoIn 2014 Madefire were crowned the best Digital Comics App of the year for their mix of innovative motion comics and growing platform of new titles from major publishers. But how will they fair this year, in the face of opposition from new publishing platforms, digital innovators and a few old rivals who are getting stronger and stronger!

sequential app iconNow proclaiming themselves the ‘indie graphic novels app’ SEQUENTIAL have added to their roster of great titles with Cartoon Books, home to Jeff Smith’s Bone and Abrams Comic Arts debuting on the platform. They have also released a version 2.0 of the SEQUENTIAL comics app with a raft of new features (including visual contents and a unique take on double page spreads) as they attempt to compete with the giant that is ComiXology!

Porcelain_coverIt’s been a bumper year for UK indie publisher Improper Books with titles like Briar and Night Post being met with critical praise. So we look back at their debut book, Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose’s Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale, to see if this delicate story is too fragile to stand up to the rigours of time?

indie-round-upWe take a look at some more great digital indie comics including: 90s cyberpunk inspired web comic Drugs and Wires; Tillie Walden’s haunting and beautiful teenage love story, I Love This Part; Laura Trinder’s nocturnal mail man and his misadventures in The Night Post; and 80s video game inspired lunacy in the form of Satan Ninja 198X.

Briar_cover01Benjamin Read and Christian Wildgoose, the team behind sublime Porcelain: A Gothic Fairytale, have taken elements from the classic fairytale of Briar Rose and given it a 21st century update adding in bits of the Hunger Games and Game of Thrones to create a thoroughly modern take on the classic imprisoned princess. But will this post-modern approach make for thorny read?

indie-round-upOur latest round-up of the best indie digital comics features: a psychic hairdresser taking on Anime-inspired beasties in Bob: Non Union Psychic; psychic alien children on the run in Brethren Born #1; a surreal teenage angst adventure in Rachael Smith’s The Rabbit; and an anthropomortphic archaeological mice in a pulp adventure called Mulp: The Sceptre of the Sun..