With the days having become shorter and the mornings colder, Winter is here in all it’s glory. And with this change to the harshest of seasons, we  decided to take a look at a webcomic which is equally harsh and unforgiving in it’s setting. David Derrick Jr’s Ghost of the Gulag tells the story of a Tiger and the war of beliefs he becomes embroiled in, but will we warm to this anthropomorphic webcomic, or will it leave us as cold as the Siberian winter?

Collecting together chapters 6-9 of his webcomic, Vanguard Volume 2 is where Dan Butcher’s Brit superhero comic really begins to mature and evolve and become more than just another wannabe Big Two book – instead it becomes a compelling mix of gritty action and smart social satire with a really strong sense of where it’s heading.

A cherubic angel takes care of various supernatural charaters in Prague in the upber webcomic The Sorrowful Putto of Prague. Recently described by Samuel L Jackson as ‘dope ass’ we caught up with writer James Stafford to find out more about his angelic hero and his celebrity endorsement!

Don’t be fooled by the fact that the hero of The Sorrowful Putto of Prague is a cherubic angel, he’s anything but a cuddly representation of all things good. Instead, our hero Xavier, attempts to look after the mythical creatures of Prague which gets him into all sort of scrapes and gets himself out in some far from angelic ways! James Stafford’s webcomic mixes fantastical characters with a violent and a dark sense of humour to create a a legendary mix of stories.

Set in the seedy underbelly of 60s London, Nick Prolix’s webcomic The Sheep And The Wolves and it’s print spin-off Slang Pictorial, mixes vintage crime and newspaper strip capers as be-quiffed hitman Jimmy struts around town impressing the birds and trying to make a name for himself as an underworld player. Having met up with Nick at True Believers, we decided to pay a visit to his Cockney manor, have a cup of rosie lea and a bit of Frank and Pat about all things Sheep And Wolves!

We’ve seen some eclectic subjects for webcomic, from post-modern superheroes in Vanguard to post-apocalyptic rodents in Scurry. But next we look at Curia Regis, a political period drama set in a fictional version of 17th century France courtesy of creator Robin Hoelzemann about a group of friends revolting against the current establishment. However, will this series show itself to be king or will it end up on the (guillotine’s) chopping block?

For the third track of his epic musical fantasy series 7String, creator Nich Angell has changed key mid-track and gone off in a new digital direction. Now available online as well as via webcomic portal Tapastic, we tune up the band and aim to strike a chord with the continuing adventures of sword wielding maestro Zach Briarpatch and co.

kickstarter_of_the_weekDue to a technical error, TPub have restarted their Kickstarter for webcomic Theatrics, so we’re going to reboot our recommendation of it as well!

If you’ve read our review of TPub’s welcome Theatrics, then you’ll know we were rather big fans of it. And so it’s pretty much a no-brainer to see that the Kickstarter for the collected print edition is our pick of the week. In case you missed that review, well shame on you, but Theatrics is the tale of a Broadway star in the 1920s who gets mugged and disfigured and subsequently carves out a career as a prize fighting mad Count. From the brain of Twisted Dark maestro Neil Gibson and with stunning art from Leonardo Gonzalez, Jan Wijngaard and Jim Campbell it is a star turn of a comic! If this printed edition is half as good as the webcomic and a quarter as good as their last collection Turncoat, then Theatrics going to be a knockout read, so back it via the Kickstarter here and if you need some more persuading then watch the stunning pledge video below…

scurry-book-1We’ve seen some successful Kickstarters in our time, but Mac Smith’s recent campaign for a collected edition of his webcomic Scurry seems to have eclipsed all others with over $100,000 pledged – which is not bad for a campaign with an $8k goal! So what’s all the fuss about? With the first volume still available online we check out Mac’s story about a colony of mice as they try to survive in a dark and dangerous world.