APITW_coverWith so many video games being turned into comic books you’d think Valve’s classic first-person shooter Half-Life would be ripe for conversion? Well thanks to writers Ross Joseph Gardner and Michael Pelletier a Half-Life comic has become a reality as a self-published web series. Developing their story in the expanded universe of the hit video game Gardner and Pelletier have created a high quality unofficial tie-in that will keep fans of the Half-Life universe more than happy as they wait for the next instalment of the game. We spoke to co-creator Gardner to find out more.

Giant Days #3John Allison’s Giant Days is the tale of 3 misfit female students and was originally conceived as a plan b in case his main book, Bad Machinery, didn’t work out. However now on it’s 3rd issue it has become a superb comic slice of life that will resonate with anyone who misses those heady days of youthful exuberance from their student days, as well as those are really glad they’ve put those socially awkward years behind them. We offer to buy John a pint from the student union bar before we head down to the indie disco.

Modern PolaxisWeb comic creator Sutu is one of digital comics great mavericks, seamlessly mixing multimedia content with cutting edge graphics and compelling stories in critically acclaimed series like Neomad and NAWLZ. His latest foray into the brave new world of digital comics is an augmented reality series called Modern Polaxis, which he is looking to get funded via Kickstarter. We’ve seen AR before in from Marvel and in the Anomaly graphic novel. but nothing like this. We were keen to find out how this latest venture from Sutu was set to tear through the bleeding edge of comic story-telling and into a whole new place and time so we contacted him to find out more.

Congratulations to Matthew Inman’s The Oatmeal for scooping the best digital/webcomic prize at the Eisner Awards 2014, presented at the San Diego Comic Con 2014. This superb collection of pop culture memes, quizzes, and stories is one of the most shared sites on the internet with a huge and dedicated following.

As The Crow Flies web comicThis year’s shortlist for the Best Digital/Web Comic Eisner Award is one of the most diverse we’ve  seen and one of the most insightful is Melanie Gilman’s As The Crow Flies webcomic. The tale of a gay African American teen on a Christian hiking trip touches issues of homophobia, racism and gender, all within the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains. With beautiful hand drawn pencil artwork, Melanie’s work informs, educates and entertains without ever feeling preachy, so we got in touch to find out more about experiences on teenage camping retreats and how the industry recognition as helped develop this wonderful web comic.

Maverick Aussie webcomic creator Sutu, the brains behind award winning webcomics Nawlz and NEOMAD, has launched a Kickstarter for his latest augmented reality series Modern Polaxis. The story features a paranoid time traveller whose world we see via his private journal that is packed full of hidden information that can only be revealed via the AR app.

The Last Mechanical Monster thumbnailAs part of our build up to this year’s Eisner Award for Best Digital / WebComic we talk to Brian Fies, create of The Last Mechanical Monster. Fies is no stranger to the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, having won the inaugural prize back in 2005 for his emotive series ‘Mom’s Cancer’. This year he is nominated for the very different work, The Last Mechanical Monster is the tale of a mad scientist from a 1930s Max Fleischer Superman cartoon who is released from prison in the present day only to go in search of his last remaining fire-breathing flying robot. It’s brilliant mix of post-modernism with a generous dose of nostalgia so we contacted Brian to find out more about how this project came about.

Superstar writer Fred Van Lente comes together with Dark Horse to bring about new webcomic Project Black Sky to complement its recent free comic book day entry. This webcomic describes the tales of a secret Government agency that, throughout the 20th Century have dealt with the extraterrestrial threats which plague the Earth. But is this project a success or will it need to be covered up?

Chang King TapasticDescribing itself as the YouTube of web comics app, we featured the excellent Tapastic Comics in last week’s Pipedream Pull List, calling it “A slick and stylish portal for collecting webcomics into one place… the perfect way to read webcomics on an iPhone“. Keen to find out more about the story and people behind this great open publishing service for webcomic creators, we got in touch with its creators, Tapas Media and CEO and founder Chang Kim.

Hugh & Bot creator Drew CrowleyMixing 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.