Resurgent Alternative Comics has just teamed up with comiXology to release their titles digitally. Five books—Karl Stevens’s Failure, Steve Cerio’s Pie, Sam Henderson’s Magic Whistle series including the Humor Can Be Funny collection and 2012’s twelfth issue of the long running humor comic—will be available to start.

“Alternative Comics has an extensive, hilarious and thought-provoking catalog of work by tremendous independent creators and we’re excited to be able to share these stories worldwide on comiXology,” said comiXology’s co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Now fans and newcomers alike will be able to get access to these great titles and experience them in a whole new way with our Guided View reading technology.”

“Making Alternative Comics available digitally on comiXology is a big step for us that we are truly excited to take,” said Alternative Comics General Manager Marc Arsenault. “Bringing high-quality independently created comics to a larger readership has always been our mission and having our extensive back list and all of our new books available through comiXology will give a whole new generation of comic fans access to our catalog.”

The Alternative Comics label—a keystone of 90s and early aughts indie publishing— was brought back last by Marc Arsenault, with a lineup of returning and new cartoonists. Future digital releases will include a day-and-date release Alternative Comics #4, coming June 26, 2013, and future books Peanut Butter & Jeremy’s Best Book Ever, by James Kochalka.

Links to the books available now:

Failure GN by Karl Stevens
Humor Can Be Funny (Magic Whistle) GN by Sam Henderson
Magic Whistle #7 by Sam Henderson
Magic Whistle #12 by Sam Henderson
Pie #1 by Steven Cerio

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Alternative Comics is an independent comic book publisher with an extensive back catalog of humor, satirical and original creator-owned titles. Jeff Mason ran the company from 1993 until 2008, and it was re-launched in June 2012 by industry veteran Marc Arsenault.


  1. I’m interested to see how this does. They had an amazing catalog, but even back then they weren’t super well known (despite the Eisner), and places like Comixology aren’t the first place fans like me usually look for comics.
    But it could successfully burst out into a whole new group of readers.

    I wish it the best.

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