screendiver-iconWhen we first launched, one of the incredibly innovative series we discovered was Ezra Clayton Daniels’ Upgrade Soul – a mix of surreal sci-fi and cutting edge digital story-telling. Over the years, Upgrade Soul has been through many incarnations but along the way Ezra has gained some unique insights into digital story-telling and is now looking to share that knowledge with a new digital comics manifesto and a website called Screendiver.com, we catch up with him to find out more!

ComixologySubmitIt’s been another outstanding year for ComiXology’s indie publishing arm Submit. With hundreds of titles published every month, there has never been a better time to publish digitally or get into reading independent digital comics. Not every great comic this year has been published by one of the big three, so in case you missed any of these great titles or would just like to find out where to start, here is our round up of the very Best of ComiXology Submit 2014.

ComixologySubmitThis week’s best of ComiXology Submit features: a Brit sci-fi anthology in 100% Biodegradable volume 4; a drunken bear who goes to war in a home-made tank in The Trials of Francis The Bear; some genuinely unsettling horror tales in the vampire and zombie free The Sleep of Reason; and the a new collected edition of app-based digital comic Upgrade Soul. All of these are available on ComiXology this week.

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.

Pipedream Comic logoIt’s been a landmark year for digital comics in 2012. We’ve seen them develop from simple page turners from a few leading lights to an increasingly diverse and exciting medium with offerings from the world’s biggest comics companies, alongside a whole host of new digital exclusive publishers and app creators. From Madefire and Marvel Infinite to MonkeyBrain and more, we have seen animated pages, immersive soundtracks and new companies developing comics and apps with new and exciting characters in new and exciting formats.

To celebrate this we want you the readers to help us choose the very best digital comic of the year 2012. Below is our shortlist of the top 10 titles we’ve seen this year and we want you to vote on them here at our Facebook page. Voting closes on Friday January 4th and we’ll announce the winner the winner on Monday January 7th so be sure to get voting!

Upgrade Soul is the new digital comics project from artist Ezra Claytan Daniels, developer Erik Loyer and composer Alexis Gideon. It’s a fantastic sci-fi graphic novel in app form with it’s own unique audio soundtrack it tells the story of aging couple, Hank and Molly Nonnar who are given the chance to extend their lives by upgrading their souls. But all is not as simple as it might seem and the events play out with exquisite, highly detailed artwork from writer/artist Daniels and moody atmospheric music from Gideon. It’s so much more than just a page turner though with a fantastically readable user interface and motion graphic elements within each page that help it really come to life. Upgrade Soul is an absolute gem of a title, so we got in touch with Ezra, Erik and Alexis to find out just how this fantastic project came into being.