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.