And the winner of Digital Comic of the Year 2016 is…

dcoty2016It’s been another amazing year for digital comics with our shortlist for Digital Comic of the year featuring cutting edge motion books, avant grade webcomics and crowd-funding sensations, all of which push the boundaries of the medium of digital comics.

But with a landslide of a victory, we are proud to announce that the winner of the Digital Comic of the Year 2016 is…


Written by PJ Haarsma and Alan Tudyk with art by Sarah Stone, and published by Con Man Comics and released as a motion book by Madefire.

“With a truly all conquering victory, this makes it an incredible 3/5 wins for Madefire!” Pipedream Comics editor Alex Thomas said, when the result was revealed.

“Spectrum follows in the footsteps of Captain Stone Is Missing and Mono: Pacific! as a winer of the prize and Madefire truly capture the innovative spirit and cutting edge story-telling that we wanted to celebrate with this award. After all it it is a motion book of a comic published within a web series, put out by an online TV channel launched out of a Comic Convention! It couldn’t be any more digital if it tried?!”

Ben Wolstenholme, co-founder and CEO, Madefire told us “We’re very proud of the reaction. It’s a huge compliment to see a Motion Book series win this poll for the third time in 5 years. The Motion Book Tool enables a much more expressive telling of the story with motion and sound – while keeping the integrity of a comic reading experience. At the end of the day, everything has to be in service of the story and that’s what the Spectrum team has made – a killer story and stunning art. Congratulations to PJ Haarsma, Alan Tudyk, and Shannon Denton on this win – and thanks for using Madefire!” 

The final result breakdown was as follows…

1. Spectrum (65%)

2. Aces Weekly (20%)

3. On A Sunbeam (5%)

4. Deer Editor (5%)

5. The Walking Dead: Alien (4%)

6. Theatrics (4%)

7. These Memories Won’t Last (2%)

8. Scurry (2%)

9. Dark Pulsar (1%)

10. Phallaina (1%)

“We’d like to take this time to thank all those who voted” said Pipedream Comics Editor Alex Thomas. “Over 1200 people had their say and we are pleased that we were able to engage communities all over the world and get them to help us choose our winner. All the comics featured on the list are winners in their own right and we hope we were able to introduce our readers to some of the most exciting and innovative digital comics around. (Unlike some awards for best digital comics, that seem unwilling to celebrate innovation and imagination!)”