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Here at STARBURST, we've enjoyed the offerings of indie comics producers Madius Comics -  Rob Jones, Mike Sambrook, Nick Gonzo, and Brad Holman - so much, we thought it was time to have a few words with them and see what makes them tick. STARBURST: What’s the history behind getting together and wanting to create comics? Mike Sambrook: We will stand aside for a moment and let some of the incredible artists we’ve collaborated with tell you how we managed to coerce them into our weird world. Living ...
... teams are true to themselves by telling the tales they want and are doing so with great skill; mountains were climbed last year, but judging by this offering the stars are certainly within reach. PAPERCUTS & INKSTAINS #5 / WRITER: MIKE SAMBROOK, ROB JONES / ARTIST: BOB TURNER, PAUL MOORE, MIKE SMITH / PUBLISHER: MADIUS COMICS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW ...
It’s been a great year for the creative team behind Madius Comics and, not content with the overwhelming success of their Griff Gristle Kickstarter, a sixth issue of Papercuts & Inkstains has been unleashed. It’s a special treat, a bumper issue so thick that staples cannot take it, presented in a gorgeous cover by Angela Sprecher that evokes the VHS movie casings of old. Inside are four feature-length stories written by Jones and Sambrook, all tips of their hats to films and TV shows that they ...
... definition to every panel, allowing them to range from the cinematic to the subtle.  What’s been impressive about the Madius Comics over the last couple of years is their consistency, and this is no exception. The team have clearly taken their time to produce this, and as always their enthusiasm and talent has shone through. At the time of writing, the Kickstarter project is still live; fans of the first issue are sure to love this next instalment, and we hope Griff continues for many more ...
... of Sherlock Holmes. His work is just incredible; I honestly don't think I could have made a better choice for artist. Robin is one of the masterminds behind Madius Comics, but he's also a quality letterer. The process of picking the team involved lots of tweeting for recommendations, seeking out portfolios and checking out other small press titles for talent. It took ages, but I think it paid off. What’s next? We're jumping straight into NESS 2. It's a four-book story arc, a mini-series, and each ...
Here Be Monsters, the first Kickstarter project from Madius Comics, introduces the character of Griff Gristle. He’s a salty old sea-dog, suitably rough, ready and thick of beard, the type of veteran who has been there and seen it all. There’s danger of cliché here, but in the hands of Madius creators Jones and Sambrook, Griff rises above such tropes, and it is gradually revealed that he’s more than he seems; not all of his experiences have been entirely successful, nor without deep loss. In just ...
The Madius Comics train keeps on rolling with Papercuts & Inkstains #4 and once again, it's good to be on board. Things feel a little bit different this time, as all three stories have a definite sense of continuity to them, although the cover proclaims that the two newcomers are here for ‘tonight only’. The first story The Forebearer, is an absolute gem, featuring the barbarian Hogarth son of Fugazi. It goes beyond tongue in cheek, poking it right through and giving a wiggle; without giving ...
... from start to finish, which makes Papercuts and Inkstains vitally refreshing, a brilliant and hilarious publication that should make Madius Comics and all concerned incredibly proud. PAPERCUTS AND INKSTAINS #2 / WRITER: ROB JONES, MIKE SAMBROOK / ARTIST: RORY DONALD, JIM LAVERY, MIKE SMITH / PUBLISHER: MADIUS COMICS / RELEASE DATE: JULY 15TH  ...
The folks from Madius Comics are back with the third issue of Papercuts and Inkstains. It comes in two parts, 3A and 3B, giving readers twice as many stories to enjoy this time round. It's a gamble, given the quality of previous issues was so high, but the writers and artists have maintained the high standard that makes this comic so refreshing. 3A offers a trio of standalone tales. The first, A Roll of the Dice, is a caper that takes place in the Wild West, as a disgruntled saloon owner plans to ...
COMIC BOOK REVIEW: PAPERCUTS AND INKSTAINS #1 / WRITER: ROB JONES / ARTIST: VARIOUS / PUBLISHER: MADIUS COMICS / RELEASE DATE: MARCH (TBC DATE) Madius Comics unleash their first anthology issue Papercuts and Inkstains, which is a sci-fi, horror and comedy mish-mash. While it sounds like it might be a recipe for disaster, the folks at Madius, including writer of all three stories Rob Jones and artists Nick Gonzo, Mike Smith, Kevin Pospisil and Dan Butcher, all deliver and makes the first issue of ...
The holidays are over and its back to the daily grind, but with shiny new comics raining down from the heavens, every Wednesday is a reason for celebration. This week’s offerings give us a little bit of everything, including Time Lords, beer floods, romps in space, conspiracies galore, and adventures a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Ghost #3 Story by: Kelly Sue DeConnick / Art by: Phil Noto From Dark Horse: Ghost finally discovers her true name and identity! As they investigate the ...
The weather outside may be frightful – and it certainly is here in New York – but there’s a veritable cornucopia of delightful new comics out this week to keep you warm. This week’s slate features not one, but two books lovingly drawn by Battlepug artist Mike Norton, the start of a new arc by Mind MGMT’s Matt Kindt, a handful of formidable heroines from DC and Marvel, and an Avengers team for a new generation. The Answer! #1 (of 4) Story by: Dennis Hopeless / Art by: Mike Norton  From Dark ...
Rejoice, loyal Starburst readers, for New Comic Book Day is upon us once more, but you better start scouring the couch cushions for loose change because there are a slew of essential titles coming out this week. From 20th century American icons to an ancient Hindu deity, this week’s new releases bring you the very best in the Big 2 and creator-owned work. Avengers #1   Story by: Jonathan Hickman / Art by: Jerome Opena From Marvel: The greatest heroes in comics together on one unbeatable ...
It’s an exciting week for comics, with a slew of noteworthy new issues hitting the shelves with all the force of a great typhoon (pat yourself on the back if you got the Mulan reference). This week, we welcome a Strange addition to the family, get cozy with the Joker, celebrate the Doctor’s big 5-0, and support Hurricane Sandy relief with the help of Matt Fraction and Hawkeye. And that’s just the tip of the comic book iceberg. Emily and the Strangers #1 Written by Mariah Huehner & Rob Reger / ...
We hope you’ve been saving your pennies because today is Wednesday and you know what that means: New Comic Book Day! This week’s offerings feature a handful of Bats, a Joker at his worst, a few hungry Hollows, morally ambiguous mutants on the lam, and a Battle Royale for a new generation.  Batgirl #15 Story by: Gail Simone / Art by: Ed Benes From DC Comics: A “DEATH OF THE FAMILY” tie-in! With so many funerals planned, The Joker decides it’s time for a wedding! Barbara’s first confrontation ...
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