Alternative Comics has announced several books, including imprints Study Group Comics and Floating World Comics, all distributed by Consortium. They’re also offering 15 recently acquired titles from backlist imprint Sparkplug , including books by Jason Shiga, Aron Nels Steinke and Renée French.
by Chris Taylor
A science-fiction soap opera featuring the exploits of a no-nonsense detective named NONO, who is a composite of two females named JO and DO. JO has the mysterious ability to ingest the milk from the Madeleine Flower and enter an ethereal realm known as PURE INTUITION where she can spy on the unconscious minds of humanity. Together, as NONO, they sell it to the highest bidder in the CLOUD…
120 page full color paperback
by Robert Beatty
Taking aesthetic cues from airbrushed cosmic album art and avant garde animation of decades past, Beatty updates the style utilizing an idiosyncratic combination of digital and hand drawn techniques resulting in a timeless feel.
Floodgate Companion is comprised of unseen artwork recalling the heyday of paperback sci-fi, experimental animation, and the outsider realm of artist-released jazz and psychedelic records.
112-page full-color soft cover book
by Noah Van Sciver & Paul Buhle
Johnny Appleseed, Green Dreamer of the American Frontier is the first scholar-based comic art biography of the legendary John Chapman. Chapman/Appleseed, an early follower of theologian Emanuel Swedenborg in the New World, made himself famous by spreading the seeds of apple trees from Pennsylvania to Indiana. Along with apple trees, he o ered the seeds of nonviolence and vegetarianism, good relations with Indians and peace among the settlers themselves.
112 page black & white hardcover
Magic Whistle 3.2
edited by Sam Henderson
& David Nuss
cover by Danny Hellman
The newly revamped Magic Whistle makes a strident return with its second issue as a humor anthology. Sam Henderson once again leads a crack team of tremendous talent featuring contributions from Seth Cooper (Paper Rodeo), Brigid Deacon, Jesi the Elder (Vanilla White), Amy Lockhart and Tom Van Deusen (Scorched Earth).
48 page B&W paperback book
by Kilian Eng
Object 15 is the third collection in Kilian Eng’s successful monograph series, following the acclaimed books, Object 5 and Object 10. Kilian’s images present alternate worlds where the environment plays a great role. Many of these sequences present visual stories, without any text. He is fascinated with the details that can create these imaginative worlds; colors and lighting, dimensions and sounds. His inspiration comes rom classic and futuristic architecture, surreal-ism, science ﬁction as well as natural and urban landscapes.
80 page full color paperback book
The Short Con
by Aleks Sennwald & Pete Toms
A loving and hilarious pastiche of the detective genre. Legendary kid detective “Pops” Popowski prefers to work alone. But when she’s saddled with a rookie partner named Mary Branwell, Pops won’t stop until she discovers who offed Mary’s parents, whether Branwell wants her to or not.
48 page full color soft cover paperback
by Jonathan Bayliss
In the tradition of Harvey Pekar, So Buttonscomix are full of funny and fascinating real-life personal stories written by critically-acclaimed indie auteur, Jonathan Baylis and illustrated by many well-known artists, including Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo, Fante Bukowski), Joseph Remnant (Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland), and Fred Hembeck with a cover by fan-favorite, Dean Haspiel (The Fox, Beef With Tomato). A selection of supporting art includes covers of the original issues by Jay Lynch (Garbage Pail Kids), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, Captain America), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree, Wizzywig) and Tom Scioli (G.I. Joe vs. Transformers, Godland)
184 page, full color soft cover paperback
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