Alternative Announces Fall line with Van Sciver, Henderson, Eng and more


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. Afterland by Chris Taylor A science-fiction soap opera featuring the exploits of a […]

Review: ‘Ohio Is For Sale’ – Hilarious Slacker Comedy or Sisyphean Nightmare?


Settling in on the lives of three slacker type funny animals, Trevor, Patrick and Leonard — I thought it was two dogs and a cat, but I saw someone online mention it was two cats and a dog, and maybe it is, but it probably doesn’t actually matter much — Jon Allen’s web comic Ohio […]

Review: Science fiction gets meta in ‘From Now On’


This collection of short works by Malachi Ward and published by Alternative Comics announces itself with a verbal joke — From Now On is another way of saying the future, after all. Ward’s stories reflect the sensibility of the title, presenting familiar scenarios, but presenting them in an unexpected way that challenges the tropes we’ve embraced […]

Review: Melissa Mendes’ ‘Lou’ charts family dynamics in a charming, honest way


Massachusetts cartoonist Melissa Mendes has a knack for comics that not only center on kids, but present the world from their points of view with an unromantic honesty. Her first major work, the Freddy Stories collection, and her most recent project, the serialized webcomic The Weight both show off her prowess, and Lou, a collection […]

Fall Preview: Dean Haspiel’s Beef With Tomato sparks a “conversational flame”


Rolling along with the Fall line-up for comics, here’s another September release, Hang Dai Studios has teamed with Alternative Comics to release their fall schedule, which includes three titles Beef with Tomato by Dean Haspiel, Smoke by Gregory Benton, and Schmuck by Seth Kushner and an all-star line-up of cartoonists. It’s a powerhouse line-up of talent, each book with its […]

Fall Preview: Gregory Benton’s Smoke is a wordless fantasy

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Rolling along with the Fall line-up for comics, here’s another September release. Brooklyn’s Hang Dai Studios has teamed with Alternative Comics to release their fall schedule, which includes three titles Smoke by Gregory Benton, Beef with Tomato by Dean Haspiel, and Schmuck by Seth Kushner and an all-star line-up of cartoonists. It’s a powerhouse line-up of talent, each book with its own distinctive voice born of living life in New York City. In Benton’s case, however urban life has inspired a wordless fantasy epic about two kids, apparently the children of migrant workers, who are swept away to a magical land beset by perils who are befriended and protected by a magnificent dog straight from the Day of the Dead. It’s a wordless narrative that’s part Amulet, part Adventure Time, but all original, with a bittersweet ending that packs a punch. We emailed Benton with a few question about his work and Smoke:

Hang Dai Editions to publish via Alternative Comics


2015, the year of the team up. Brooklyn’s Hang Dai Editions, a studio whose members include Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, Seth Kushner, and Josh Neufeld, will team up with Alternative Comics for distribution and some publishing in 2015. Haspiel and Neufeld were previously published by Alternative during the early aughts when Geoffrey Mason ran the […]

Alternative Comics announces 2015 slate with Tommaso, Cerio, Ward, and more


Alternative Comics has announced a seven book spring 2015 season, with collections by some intriguing talents. Stephen Cerio hasn’t been seen in a while, and a round-up of Malachi Ward’s quirky comics is long overdue. Plus Rich Tommaso, Sam Henderson and a process guide from Tom Hart’s Sequential Arts Workshop—some good stuff here.

Alternative publisher Marc Arsenualt has also announced that Erik Aucoin will join Alternative as Associate Publisher. Aucoin’s background includes HR, law, being a record label co-owner and of course liking comics. a massive fan of comics familiar to many of today’s top creators. In the past Aucoin has worked for the US Congress, a lobbying firm and as a radio DJ so comics should be a snap for him. His duties will includes editing the anthology title Alternative Comics.

Consortium distributing more graphic novel publishers


Over at PW I reported on Consortium starting to distribute Alternative Comics and Secret Acres to bookstores. They currently distribute Uncivilized, Toon Books, Nobrow and Koyama Press, as well as publishers such as Fulcrum and Enchanted Lion who put out a lot of graphic novel material. (And a lot of other distinguished small press publishers […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 9/4/13: Alternative Comics is having a 20th Anniversary sale


Longtime alt publisher Wow Cool is having a 20th Anniversary Sale for Alternative Comics, which it purchased last year. Over 100 titles are on sale, spanning the last 20 years of indie comics. Hard to make a pick, but Grandon Graham’s early collection Elevator, some other early cartooning efforts by Ed Brubaker, Lauren Weinstein’s Inside […]