Saturday, 22 November 2014

ALLEY CATS is here!

The first (and maybe only) issue of ALLEY CATS is finished and available for sale. Download a copy here:

Alley Cats is a series of one and two-page stories revolving around four anthropomorphic cats who hang out in a back alley and get into trouble. It's hilarious!

Written & Created by Brandon Rhiness.
Artwork by Ember Cescon

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

MISFITS #4 is here!

At long last, MISFITS #4 is finished. You can download a copy here:

Print copies will be available on September 15, 2014. Go to for more details.

In this issue:
The Misfits battle a giant, mutated lizard!

Grindcore gets Telex, the alien telepath, high for the first time.

Demonman meets his girlfriend's parents and it doesn't go well.

Friendships begin to form within the team as they continue their downward spiral.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Ghoul Squad #3 Cover

Here's a look at the cover to the upcoming Ghoul Squad #3! The team battles a Manticore.

Great artwork from Carlos Trigo. Colors by Nick O'Gorman.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Chainsaw Reindeer - A new comic book from The Higher Universe Comics

"Shunned by humanity, abused by Santa Claus, introducing...Chainsaw Reindeer."

Coming soon from Higher Universe Comics! Written and created by Brandon Rhiness.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Detective Tokyo, a new comic book series from The Higher Universe Comics!

Here is some concept artwork from a new series we're producing called Detective Tokyo. The series was created by Brandon Rhiness and the concept artwork is by Brandon Robinson.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Get a free digital copy of Ghoul Squad #1!

We're giving away free digital copies of Ghoul Squad #1. This is the black & white version. Carlos Trigo's pencils and inks were so great we wanted to release a version of the comic before it gets colored.

The colored version will be out this summer.

Here is the link to download your free copy:

Sunday, 16 March 2014

MALICE - Pure Heavy Metal

As many of you probably know, Adam Storoschuk and I are big fans of heavy metal here at the Higher Universe. I recently had the chance to interview Rayman James and Sheridan Dolan from the heavy metal band Malice.

This interview will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Misfits. Here is what the guys had to say:

BRANDON:       What kind of music do you play?

RAYMAN:          We play what a lot of people refer to as “True Metal”, or what I like to refer to as “Pure Heavy Fucking Metal”, which means we just play from the heart, what we like and what we feel.  It’s not about following trends or trying to be the next mainstream sensation and landing multimillion dollar record deals.   We play and write what we like and what we want. 

The bands we are compared to a lot would be Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Manowar.  I guess I have heard a few other comparisons too, but those are the most common. And rightfully so because those are my 3 biggest influences.    But you know fans will hear what they want to hear and make the comparisons they want. A Manowar fan will hear hints of Manowar, and a Hammerfall fan will hear hints of Hammerfall in there.  

But whatever or whoever we are compared to, we are just going to be ourselves and do exactly what we do, and how we choose to do it.   

BRANDON:       How long have you been together? And how did you meet?

RAYMAN:          I started the band a long while back, but I met Sheridan 6 years ago while I was recording the demos for the first album, and asked him if he would be interested in joining a band.  In September of 2010 we started recording the First album “Triumph and Glory” which didn’t get finished and released until May of 2012.  

So Sheridan and I have been together for 6 years now.  We had a few other members come and go over the years.   But the core of the band has been Sheridan and I and we are working on new songs that we should begin recording soon.       

BRANDON:       How many albums do you have out?

RAYMAN:          As of right now we just have the debut “Triumph and Glory” but we have a single called “Fight” that was released earlier this year.  And we are always working on more material and writing more songs.

BRANDON:       Where are you based out of?

RAYMAN:          We are from the land of the Vikings in America.

BRANDON:       Where can people check out your music?

RAYMAN:          Well I think we have pretty much all the sites on the net that a band can have. and  and of course the main one which is where you can buy all our stuff. 

You can also buy our songs off ITunes and or reverbnation too.  I think we have a soundcloud and bandcamp as well but the website is the best place to go to buy anything, because it is our actual home site.  We actually make the money from there not like the millions of other places you can download our stuff and we get a fraction of a penny.   But the most important thing is to get our music heard and probably Facebook would be the best for that we also have a lot of stuff up on Youtube as well. 

BRANDON:       What kind of music are you guys listening to these days?

SHERIDAN DOLAN:  Mainly always metal or some form of it, perhaps throw some classical in there too. I’m currently listening to Opeth and The Human Abstract.

RAYMAN:          For me it really never changes, I listen to the Traditional heavy metal style.  Stuff like what we play, Power Metal like Edguy or Rhapsody of Fire.  Also I am a big fan of the “oldies” , such as Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond.  Classical music and opera are also great as well.  

BRANDON:       What do you think about the state of music in general?

SHERIDAN:         It is going downhill, the market is so flooded with simple-minded and sheeple music that it doesn’t allow musicians with actual talent to be heard.

BRANDON:       What advice do you have for people just starting out their music career?

SHERIDAN:       Don’t ever give up always stay motivated and make sure the product you are selling is the best it can be.

RAYMAN:          If you are in the business to get rich, then leave now.   If you are doing it because you love music and are passionate about what you do then do let anything stop you.  But it is a lot more work than anyone thinks or imagines it is.   It takes a lot of time and money.   You cannot be shy about promoting yourself and getting your name out there.   A lot of bands seem to think that promotion is a dirty word or that they are above doing that.  But if you want your music heard you have to get it out there, you can’t expect people to just find you.

BRANDON:       So are you guys into comic books? If so, what comics are you reading at the moment?

SHERIDAN:       I have always liked comics, but that being said I am by no means an avid reader.  I’m not reading anything currently but I did check out the Mass Effect series of comic books.

BRANDON:       What do you like better for comics – digital or print?

SHERIDAN:         It’s is always nice to have the actual comic just so you can hold something real in your hands, but digital is a nice way to go seeing as you can have an entire collection in one place as well as having a backlit screen.

BRANDON:       Who are your favourite superheroes?

SHERIDAN:       Batman and the Martian Manhunter!

RAYMAN:          Batman and Thor.  Batman because he is just the normal guy that wanted to make a difference he could be anyone of us, he had no special super power other than being rich.  And Thor because he is the Norse God of Thunder of course. 

In 2014 we plan to begin recording our next full length album.  We have it written already in fact the next 3 or 4 albums are all written.    And hopefully each album we release will out do the previous ones.  

We are also planning our 2014 US tour as well.  Which will include a few festival dates, so just another year of making kick ass metal and having fun.  Be sure to watch all our YouTube videos which are up on Iron Valkyries Records YouTube Channel  

Watch our Facebook page for news and updates and random photos of really smoking hot women wearing Malice gear.  Also we love having people send us their photos of them with Malice gear. 

Make sure to get our music buy it from us is the best way click on the merchandise tab, or buy down loads from Reverbnation or ITunes or cdbaby.   Hell if you have to steal it then steal it just so you get our music in your collection and tell your friends about us, but tell your friends to buy it.

If you don’t like us then tell your enemies about us so they can listen to our music as they kick your ass for being a punk that doesn’t like Pure Heavy Fucking Metal!

Sunday, 23 February 2014


Recently, I was lucky enough to have Chris King Robinson take the time out of his busy schedule to do an interview with me. The interview appeared in the pages of the STARGIRL comic book.

Chris is a talented blues guitar player from the U.K.  His hit single "Lipstick On Her Cigar" is gaining in popularity and he's hoping to have his first album out soon. You really need to check this guy out!

Here's what Chris had to say when I interviewed him.

BRANDON: Hey, Chris. Thanks for talking with me today.

CHRIS: My pleasure. Was really glad to be asked.

BRANDON: So if you don’t mind me asking, how old are you?

CHRIS: I’m now 19 years old.

BRANDON: How did you first get into playing guitar and who were your early influences?

CHRIS: I first got into playing guitar by hearing old Stevie Ray Vaughan records played around the house. From that moment onwards SRV has always been my main influence and biggest hero.

BRANDON: Tell me about your first single “Lipstick on Her Cigar”. How did this song come about and where can people find it?

CHRIS: My first single is an old sounding psychedelic guitar instrumental that came about from just noodling around on my guitar. It has a certain appeal I believe that even non guitar fans can appreciate. You can find this track on Amazon & iTunes by searching “Lipstick on her cigar”.

BRANDON: Your song seems to be getting lots of attention on YouTube and Twitter. Why do you think this song resonates with so many people?

CHRIS: I was as surprised as anyone else to find out so many people enjoyed it. I think it’s just a style of music you don’t really hear anymore and people actually do love it if they discover it.

BRANDON: Do you have plans to make a full album? What can people expect from you in the near future?

CHRIS: I’m hoping to produce a full length album in 2014, as well as play all around the country with my band.

BRANDON: How do you feel about the general state of the music industry these days? Where do you see things going? What would you like to see more of? Less of?

CHRIS: I find that there is such a huge selection of music out there now that you can make whatever you want out of the music industry, I am hoping one day that I can turn a whole generation of pop fans into blues fans; like what John Mayer has done.

BRANDON: Your song is available on iTunes. That’s something that wasn’t available to musicians who were just starting out years go. But at the same time it now means that anybody can get a song out to the public, and they might not always be good songs. How do you feel about the current methods of distributing music and do you think you have advantages that were not available to the guitarists you grew up listening to?

CHRIS: That’s a tough question. I do believe it gives me a huge advantage over the guitarists I grew up listening to, but then that advantage is cancelled out by all of the millions of musicians doing the same thing as me today.

BRANDON: What advice do you have for people just starting out with music?

CHRIS: Don’t start out with the intention of being rich & famous, if you make people happy with your music then that’s all that matters.

BRANDON: Some of our readers will probably want to know – are you a comic book fan? If so, what are some of your favourite comics and superheroes?

CHRIS: I used to love BananaMan as a kid haha!!


BRANDON: Where can people connect with you?

BRANDON: Is there anything else you want to say to our readers before you go?

CHRIS: Thanks for reading, please check out my new single “Lipstick On Her Cigar” and follow me on Twitter etc. Many thanks!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Misfits #3 is out!

Buy a copy of Misfits #3!

Adam Storoschuk, Nick O'Gorman, Eugene Betivu and I put a lot of work into this issue so please help support us by buying a digital copy! Print copies are on the way, too. Email us at for details on ordering a print copy.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

What's new with Michael Piccard?

I also got an update from Michael Piccard of No Longer the Hero today! These guys are busy. This is what Michael had to say:

Since we had our interview, I’ve been at work on a lot of different projects. Demetrius and I are hosting our radio show, Vigilantes Radio, on weekly. Writing interview questions and discussing possible show topics passes the time nicely. I’m working on a lot of different solo music, different genres, and working as hard as I can to become a better singer. No Longer the Hero is progressing nicely; we have a few more demos in place and ones that need a verse or two to be completed. Demetrius has a single being released soon that we’re excited about. Long live the Higher Universe!

Thanks, Michael!

New Single from NO LONGER THE HERO!

Hey everybody, I just got a message from Demetrius of No Longer the Hero. He's announcing the upcoming release of a new single. It's called "Road So Long" and it's being released on Feb. 18th.
New single
Road So Long (Remix)
DJ Big KraQ x Whodini Blak of NLTH
Releasing on Feb. 18th

We'll talk to Demetrius about the new song closer to the release date. In the meantime check out their awesome video for "On My Way"