Welcome to another entry in the 2014 SPX Spotlight series! For the next month, Panel Patter will be highlighting creators and publishers who will be at one of the best conventions, the Small Press Expo. You can check out all of Panel Patter's spotlights for SPX from both this year and prior years here.
Once upon a time, Alternative Comics was an amazing publisher. Then, sadly, it had to stop producing new books. Enter Marc Arsenault, the new publisher of Alternative Comics, who took over in 2012 and by 2013 had Alternative Comics at SPX with a set of strong titles and plans to match.
Now it's 2014, and Marc and Alternative Comics are kicking ass and taking names, with both print and digital offerings that put them on par with similar publishers, and I couldn't be happier about that. We are seeing some really strong small/micro press publishers right now, as the market grows for quality independent comics. As with Annie at Koyama or Box at Retrofit, Marc's taste in terms of creators and books is top-notch, and he's able to find both well-known names and those you may be less familiar with under the Alternative Comics banner.
And if Marc did nothing else for me, I will never stop thanking him for bringing Sam Henderson and the amazing Magic Whistle series to my attention. Sam was at SPX 2013, and while he sadly won't be able to make the show this time around (neither will I), you definitely should make sure that at least one of the comics you buy from Marc at the Alternative table is an issue (or three) of Magic Whistle.
What you will find at the Alternative table this year is a lot of fun. In addition to some of his back titles, Marc will have a new book from SPX guest Derf Backderf, who is part of the Alt Weekly focus this year. They're also planning a get together for Big Feminist Butt, as contributors Gabrielle Bell, Mari Naomi , Emily Flake, and MK Reed will all be at the show. Alternative will be hanging with the folks from Kilgore, which means you can also meet Noah Van Sciver, who has a digital comic out with Alternative right now. And Malachi Ward, whose book Ritual Three: Vile Decay I reviewed here will also be in attendance.
Though I was unable to read everything in time to do some full reviews in advance of SPX, here are some previews for you of the latest from Alternative Comics.
Alternative Comics is a great publisher, and I really hope you'll stop by the table at SPX. If you like high quality work in a variety of styles, with a definite edge towards humor/weird/strange stuff, Marc's your guy, and Alternative is your publisher. Go see for yourself!
Can't make SPX? The Alternative Comics website is here.
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