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Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 200 Sellers In August

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamonds top 100 sellers for June.


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, rather than focus exclusively on one publisher.

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list, but the only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for May’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why tresspasser 2they’re Underrated.

Trespasser #2 (Alterna)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: Unknown
The series about a father and his daughter struggling to survive in a post plague world on a farm, or in the rural countryside, when they’re visited by a harmless injured alien (a little green man type of alien to be specific). After starving for so long, once the alien leaves the family have some food again… The comic is a psychologically chilling tale that explores how far you would be willing to go to provide for your family, and whether sometimes a short term gain is really worth the anguish it will cause eventually.

SexCriminals_20-1.pngSex Criminals #20 (Image)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 297/5,691
When the two lead characters have sex they freeze time; the first time this happens they decide to rob  a bank (because why not?). The series has developed into a cult following, and it’s quality far exceeds the sales numbers on show here.

Unholy Grail #2 (Aftershock)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 254 /7,340
Set around the legend of King Arthur and Merlyn, this series reimagines the old wizard as a demon inhabiting an old man’s flesh. Kinda creepy, but a whole lot of awesome. If you’re a fan of comics without superheroes you could do a lot worse than checking this series out.

DIVINITY_ZERO_COVER-A_RYPDivinity #0 (Valiant)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 229 /8,692
Valiant’s Divinity is a fantastic story that spans three four issue miniseries, and four tie-in comics, which could be a little intimidating if you were to dive into them all at once (but it’s totally worth doing, however) which is where this zero issue comes into play. By giving you an in-story overview of the event Divinity #0 will both prepare you for the next chapter in this exciting series and refresh (or bring you up to date) with the story so far.

 


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Alterna Comics in October 2017

MOTHER RUSSIA #3 of 3

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(W/A/L) Jeff McComsey

Mother Russia and her new ally fight their way through a sea of the undead. With impossible odds stacked against them, it’s guaranteed that someone will become zombie food before the sun sets. Printed on newsprint. Perfect for fans of 28 Days Later and Sgt. Rock.

In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Black & White

SCRIMSHAW #3

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(W) Eric Borden
(A) Dave Mims
(L) Spike O’Laochdha

Cornered in a dangerous Chinatown alley, Taipuitea is forced to unleash one of the most brutal beatdowns in all of comics! With assassins at every turn, can the crew of the Runaway Horse get out in one piece? Printed on newsprint. Perfect for fans of X-Men and Suicide Squad.

In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

THE CHAIR #3 of 4

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(W/A/L) Peter Simeti
(A) Kevin Christensen

The lines between good and evil have been blurred and with each passing day, Sullivan loses his grip on reality. The tables have been turned and Sullivan must figure out if he wants forgiveness or vengeance. Printed on newsprint. Perfect for fans of The Punisher and Arkham Asylum.

In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $1.00
32 pages, Black & White

TRESPASSER #3 of 4

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(W) Justin M. Ryan
(A) Kristian Rossi
(L) DC Hopkins

While Hector’s illness escalates, Maria begins to piece together what happened. Stress and anxiety take their toll, driving a wedge between father and daughter. Turns out that both of them have been keeping deadly secrets. Printed on newsprint. Perfect for fans of The Walking Dead and The Road.

In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

THE WICKED RIGHTEOUS #2 of 6

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(W) Terry Mayo
(A) Lucas Romero, Chris Hall
(L) Brandon DeStefano

Lucas and his group find themselves cornered by the deadly Horsemen and are forced to put their trust in the mysterious Cross if they hope to make it out of the wastelands of San Diego alive. Printed on newsprint. Perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Mad Max.

In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

Alterna Comics Brings Comics Back to the Newsstand in Distribution Deal With PDG

On the heels of successfully bringing back newsprint comics to comic shops across the world, creator-owned comic book and graphic novel publisher Alterna Comics has signed a deal with PDG to distribute their comic books to newsstands as well.

Over 300 stores will be part of the initial test market for titles, which rolls out in full on August 1st but has already begun at larger chain retailers like Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

Alterna is also currently considering expansion into Five Below and Toys “R” Us stores and has begun talks with both retailers.

The Alterna Comics newsprint line features titles priced between $1.00 to $1.50 and includes all ages titles as well as titles for teens and adults.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Kill or Be Killed Vol. 2 TP (Image) – The fantastic crime thriller with a demon (yeah that’s right) keeps getting better. This is the second collected volume of the second arc that follows Dylan’s path into darkness.

Action Comics #984 (DC Comics) – You get a Superman! And you get a Supergirl! And you get a Super… Lex? This arc has been a blast. Take all of Supes’ big bad and put them against his super friends. It’s going down!

Black Hammer #11 (Dark Horse) – Lemire has been a writing machine as of late, and the quality hasn’t dipped. This is probably his best work, but that’s tough to say since he’s doing great work on a few series now.

Saga #45 (Image) – The best in the business keeps it interesting. Whether you read this book in single issue or trade, you’re always left on the edge of your seat. This is a truly special piece of art we are getting, and it’s going to go down as a classic.

Infamous Iron Man #10 (Marvel) – I was skeptical with this book for awhile, and have gone back and forth, but either way, I’ve still enjoyed almost every issue and loved Maleev’s beautiful art as well as the mystery Bendis is building with momma Doom.

 

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #5 (Valiant) – Without question the best looking comic right now, these issues never feel long enough – which for me is a good sign. If you’re even remotely curious as to Valiant’s comics, then this is a great place to start. Especially if you’re into what is essentially Conan mixed with Old Man Logan set in Star Wars.

Faith and the Future Force #1 (Valiant) – This is a bit of a cheat because I’ve already read this awesome issue. Time travel, a hero that loves comics and a brilliant blend of philosophically aware humour add up to a must (re)read for me on Wednesday.

Adam Wreck #2, Amazing Age #2, Croak #2, Lillith Dark #2 (Alterna) – So four entries in one? Because all four are a part of Alterna’s newsprint line and cost $1.50, and they’re all well worth every penny. Depending on what you’re looking for, there will be something for you among these issues – whether you pick one or all of them up, for the price the’re going for? You honestly can’t go wrong.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Tomboy #12 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The mix of horror, manga, and teenage angst wraps up and if you haven’t read an issue you need to go back to the beginning. One of the best comics that’s under the radar.

All-Star Batman #12 (DC Comics) – This series has been knocking it out of the park and this latest arc which dives deeper into Alfred’s history has been an interesting one showing how you can layer on something new even with a series that has that much history.

Captain Canuck 2017 #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – A reboot of the recently launched character. How it’ll differ? No idea, but I’m intrigued to see.

Heavenly Blues #1 (Scout Comics) – A really interesting concept involving the afterlife that had me entertained with the first issue and looking forward to the second. Basically, it’s a heist comic involving angels and demons.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10 (Marvel) – This series has been knocking it out of the park with each issue and the fact that it revolves around a brand new character is even better. A prime example of how to expand the Star Wars universe and deliver something new.

Review: Scrimshaw #1

scrimshaw1Alterna Comics have recently begun printing their comics on newsprint paper, which means they’ve been able to price those comics between $1 and $1.50 per issue. It’s a movement that I am entirely on board with and have been buying  everything that the publisher has been releasing on newsprint – which you’re probably aware of if you follow me on Twitter (shameless plug: @karcossa) over the last few months – so obviously I grabbed Scrimshaw #1 when it came out, even though there was probably a review copy hidden somewhere in my inbox.

Confession time: Once I had finished Scrimshaw #1 I literally couldn’t remember anything about it. Although how much that has to do with the comic verses the circumstances I read it under (it was 1 am and I’d been awake since 5 am) is was unclear to me, so I read it again the next day and enjoyed it a lot more the second time through.

Scrimshaw #1 opens a tale that has so many elements that so many people should enjoy; in a post apocalyptic setting there’s a samurai (a blond haired European one) who may or may not be some kind of pirate… yeah, it’s crazy, but the comic stays on just the right side of crazy to make it worth reading – but be aware you will probably need to read it a couple of times (or really pay attention the first time). The story has promise, although it feels a little familiar if you’ve read or watched a lot of post-apocalyptic stories.

Unfortunately the art doesn’t translate as well to the newsprint paper as some of the other comics Alterna has put out, as the colours are just a touch muddled. It’s not enough to hamper your enjoyment of the comic, and it is still fairly easy to  read.

Honestly, this wasn’t my favourite of Alterna’s newsprint comics. It was good, and I did quite enjoy it, but it didn’t grab me the same way as other comics in the newsprint line – though that should be taken more as a compliment to the overall quality of the newsprint product than a knock on this issue. At the end of the day, this is a solid buy for $1.50, and one that I highly recommend you checking out for at least an issue or two.

Story: Eric Borden Artist: Dave Mims Letterer: Spike O’Laochdha
Story: 7.75 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy 

Underrated: Alterna’s Newsprint Comics

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Alterna’s Newsprint Comics


Today I wanted to take another look at Alterna’s newsprint movement. If you’re unaware, and judging by the sales numbers* over the past few months a few of you may not be, so allow me to catch you up (very) quickly. Alterna have been releasing comics on newsprint paper, the stuff that all the old comics were released on up until around the mid to late 90’s. By printing some of their comics(all miniseries, I believe) on newsprint, Alterna have been able to drastically reduce their cover price to between $1 and $2, which means that in some cases you can buy the entire miniseries for the price of a single Marvel comic.

Alterna’s newsprint movement is one I am all for and have purchased each and every one of those comics, without question, as they’ve come out because I love the feel of the newsprint when I’m reading the comics. As some of the comics are reprints, doing this has introduced me to stories that in some cases I missed when they first came out. I don’t know which are reprints because I haven’t sought out too much information about these comics prior to buying them because I just want to enjoy reading them for reading’s sake.

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So, in alphabetical order, shall we have a quick chat about these comics – or at least the ones that have been released on newsprint as of this writing?

Adam Wreck Price $1.50 Micheal Bracco’s story about a boy who grew up in the stars is a delight to read. The artwork has a simple colour scheme that’s deceptive in its beauty, and his use of perspective is fantastic. If you can find this innocent gem, then I highly recommend you do so.

Amazing Age Price $1.50 The first of the newsprint titles that I read, Matthew D. Smith and Jeremy Massie’s comic about a teenager pulled into the old comics he used to create is fantastic. The golden age imitation art is wonderful, and almost feels like it came from the Batman: The Animated Series school (but with much less darkness), but the undercurrent throughout the comic – of how life moves on faster than we’d like – is a powerfully simple one. I’d have paid twice the price for this and it would still have been a bargain.

Croak Price $1.50 Confession time: I didn’t know this was a horror comic when I picked it up, not that that would have stopped me from doing so at this price, so when I sat down to read it I felt like a kid again not knowing what was around the corner. Written by Cody Andrew Sousa with art by Francesco Iaquainta and colours by Chris O’Halloran, Croak is a moody, atmospheric tale reminiscent of all the best campfire horror you remember as a kid.

Lilith Dark Price $1.50 Charles C. Dowd has crafted this amazing fantasy story that will transport you places you forgot you ever visited. A fun, charming, and innocent tale about a young girl with an active imagination, Lilith Dark is the kind of comic you want to relax with.

Mother Russia Price $1.50 The WWII/Zombie comic by Jeff McComesy pits a Russian sniper against two million zombies for the sake of a child. It’s a good, fun comic in the vein of a great zombie story, and honestly the one I expected the least from – so it was a pleasant surprise when I realized how much I enjoyed it.

Scrimshaw Price $1.50 A post apocalyptic tale with all the elements from various fantasy and action movies that you probably love, Eric Borden and Dave Mims Scrimshaw is possibly the comic that I enjoyed the least on this list. That’s not to say it’s bad… just that I enjoyed the others more. There is a full review coming this weekend of the comic so you’ll read more about it there. Still, for the price I paid for it, it was well worth it.

The Chair | Price $1 Perhaps one of the comics I was most surprised about. I honestly only picked this up because of the price tag and utterly fell in love with Peter Simeti and Kevin Christensen’s horror story about a man facing death row for a crime he didn’t commit. The harsh artwork on the black paper works so incredibly resonant that you feel dirty just holding the comic that is, apparently, a ten year old story (I found this out after raving about it on Twitter, to which Peter Simeti replied that he was happy a ten year old story still held up).

Tresspaser | Price $1.50 Written by Justin Ryan with art by Kristian Rossi, Tresspasser is a story about a very hungry family who are visited by an alien. It’s an oddly touching, emotionally brutal tale about a man who just wants to protect his family no matter the cost, and the first issue is almost a complete story in and of itself. This comic took me by surprise in many ways, and I loved every second of it.

These comics are all currently on their first issue, and because they’re published bi-monthly then you can still easily check them out – if you can find them. Anything that publishers do to lower the cost of comics is something I will (probably) always be behind.

*even though the comics aren’t selling in huge numbers, they are still selling out of the relatively small print run.

There we have it. Are there other comic book related stuff out there that is, for whatever reason, underrated and under-appreciated?

Absolutely.

Because of that, Underrated will return to highlight more comic book related stuff  that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is. In the meantime, though, if you do get a chance check out the characters in thisUnderrated, then you may need to hunt through the back issue bins for some, but others do have some stories collected in trades.

Until next time!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: God Country #6 (Image) – A sleeper hit for me, I didn’t start reading this until the 4th issue had come out, and I was struck by the stark brilliance of the comic. Everything about this issue is a joy to experience; Emmett Quinlan’s attitude embodies the best of humanity’s stubborn refusal to quit, and then the creative team produce a wonderfully written and drawn issue each month.

All-Star Batman #11 (DC Comics) – I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m a Scott Snyder fan… but I loved the previous issue. I can’t wait to read this, especially with Snyder delving back into Alfred’s past.

Rapture #2 (Valiant) – This is a bit of a cheat because I’ve already read the review copy and know I like it, but I’m excited to get my hands on a physical copy to check out the gorgeous artwork.

The Chair #1 (Alterna) – I have no idea what this is about.. but it’s a dollar. Every other one of Alterna’s newsprint comics has been more than worth the money, so I see no reason for this to be any different.

 

Shay

It’s a great week to be comic book lover, so many awesome titles that this almost became a top ten list. If you’re lucky you can finish them off, if you’re not , then you’ll have more than enough to keep you occupied next weekend as you gear up for the long beach (or camping) holiday weekend.

Harley Quinn #22 (DC Comics) – Poison Ivy is back and I’m looking forward to this dynamic duo getting their friendship ( or something else) back on track.

Batwoman #4 (DC Comics) – Alas, the end of the current arc is here and it’s looking like it’s going to bring up more questions about Batwoman’s origins and give us an interesting bad guy to learn more about in the next arc.

The X-Files: Origins – Dog Days of Summer #1 (IDW Publishing) – The truth is out there and teenage Mulder and Scully are going to find it. I can legit here the theme song in my head.

Crosswinds #1 (Image) – Cat Staggs and Gail Simone have teamed give us what I’m sure will be a true gift from the comic gods!

America #4 (Marvel) – Mardrimar is revealed, the Ultimates might be getting the band together and America gets a blast from the past that reminds her that she doesn’t always get it right.

Luke Cage #2 (Marvel) – Luke’s in New Orleans making new friends ,dealing with enemies and getting even closer to the truth or Dr. Burstein.

Bill & Ted Save the Universe #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I’m here for it!

Brik TP (Oni Press) – The series I miss the most is back in it’s very own trade paperback. Nothing new but, it’s nice seeing it in one place so I can revisit the things that made me fall in love with it , as I pine for some new issues.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Super Sons #5 (DC Comics) – This has been a great book from the start. Great action, I love the banter between Robin and Superboy and the art is great. I couldn’t ask for anything more from a superhero book. You really should be reading this.

Iceman #2 (Marvel) – I really enjoyed the first issue of Iceman’s solo series. It really gave new readers a glimpse into the character’s past, and gave us veterans a starting point to see where Bobby is going and how he is changing. It was a good mix of action and insight into the character and I hope it carries on in this second issue.

Secret Empire: Underground #1 (Marvel) – This event, like many of Marvel’s past events, has been a real let down. Aside from the fact that Marvel turned Steve Rogers into the fascist leader of Hydra and it seems Hydra’s reach didn’t take long at all to take hold, the event has just been boring and has induced many eye rolls, at least from this reader. But, I have been enjoying the tie in series more then the main event and this book has me excited. We saw this team in action in Secret Empire #4 and I was totally into all of it. I love the line up and their agenda and I’m really looking forward to seeing more from them. And to be honest, anything with Mockingbird in it is a must read for me.

W.M.D. Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1 (Marvel) – The new Weapon X series has been so-so; nothing terribly exciting except for this new mysterious Weapon X project that seems to be hunting down mutants instead of turning them into weapons. But after issue 4, we now have a better understanding of their why after finding out who is pulling the strings. But Old Man Logan and team are on their way for a little payback, so I’m excited to see how all this is going to explode…and if the cover to W.M.D #1 is any indication, it is going to explode big time!

 

Brett

Top Pick: Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Chip Zdarsky takes on Spider-Man and boy am I looking forward to this one. Zdarsky’s humor should fit really well with the classic Spider-Man which was more about the quips and fun. Here’s hoping!

Lobo/Road Runner Special #1 and Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil #1 (DC Comics) – The first two series that mashed up DC characters with Looney Tunes were a lot of fun and I can’t wait to read the fun that’ll be these two issues.

Solarman #3 (Scout Comics) – It’s been a long time coming, but I’m still looking forward to this issue which feels like the predecessor in some ways to Lion Forge’s Catalyst line.

Spencer and Locke #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A great combination of concepts for a solid noir series with a twist.

Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer #2 (BOOM! Studios) – A new take on the classic Frankenstein story. The first issue was good and I can’t wait to see where this series goes.

Sitting Down For A Cup Of Tea & Some Comics: Issue One

In what may or may not become a new feature, I decided to make a cup of tea (PG Tips if you’re curious) and sit down and read a couple comics whilst I drank said cuppa. My intention isn’t to read review copies, or digital copies if I can help it, but either graphic novels, TPBs, or floppy comics. I may have read them before, or they may have been on my To Read pile for far too long, but whether this happens monthly, weekly, daily or never again will depend entirely on the time I have. Tea And Comics will be a feature designed solely to get me back to reading comics with a review in mind. I’m aware of the irony.

This week, I decided I wanted to finally read the three Alterna newsprint comics I picked up at the beginning of May, so I made myself a cuppa, put my feet up, and got started.

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Above were three comics that I read today, all first issues  of Croak, Age Of Awesome and Adam Wreck. Each comic was printed on newsprint, and cost me $1.50 a pop; which isn’t an introductory price – that’s how much Alterna’s newsprint comics are. Each mini series will run three or five issue (at least the ones I could find – there may be others that will have higher or lower issue counts.

Anyway, on to what I thought of the comics.  This won’t be a typical review, because I was consciously avoiding thinking about the comics critically – I just wanted to enjoy them, or not, as I so often did when I was a youngling, so all credits will appear at the end after croak 1my thoughts on each.

The first book I read while waiting for the tea to cool was Croak. This type of comic is usually not the kind of book I’d gravitate toward because it’s a touch more horror in nature than my usual fare. That being said, Croak has a fantastic old school feel to it that has echoes of early horror comics style of story telling, but could easily come from the feel of the newsprint – either way, I loved it. One niggle was that in places the art seemed a bit murky, but through no fault of the artist or colourist as it seems more of a printing issue, which for me added charm to the comic. If you can find this, then buy it.

With my tea cooled, and several sips taken I picked amazing ageup Amazing Age. This was the first of the two all-ages comics I picked up, and I was enthralled with it. There’s a brilliantly Golden Age sense to the comic, a feeling augmented by the opening story-within-a-story that opens the comic. The story blends a happy-go-lucky superhero feel with some heart wrenching tragedy in a smooth and genuinely emotional way. The writing show cases this dichotomy so well, and the less detailed art holds up really well on the newsprint making this a great buy for the price I paid.

adam wreckLast but by no means least is Adam Wreck a sci-fi story that features an interstellar family travelling past the known reaches of space. This is a very classic Earthling-meets-Alien style story that has the added benefit of Adam constantly griping about the lack of earthly amenities (this may sound like a gripe of my own, but it’s written in a way that you can’t help but laugh at, or empathize with, the space bound teenager). Artistically, the comic doesn’t suffer from the newsprint at all, and has  a brilliant use of colour within the story. If you’re even half curious, this is worth checking out.

I’ll be completely honest with you; these are absolutely worth a buck and a half, but if they were printed on the typical comic paper rather than newsprint then I assume that they’d be a bit more expensive, likely between $3 and $4 or so, they’d still be worth the more inflated price. However I probably wouldn’t have been drawn in as much at the higher pricing point, so I’m happy with the newsprint comics.

The large cup of tea I had made myself was finished by this point, and after having read  three pretty great comics, I realized that I forgot to take a photo of the tea and comics… so I made another cup of tea. Just for the photo, of course. Sooner or later I’ll sit down for more Tea & Comics.

Croak #1 
Writer: Cody Andrew Sousa Artist: Francesco Iaquinta
Colourist: Chris O’Halloran Letterer: Dezi Sienty

Amazing Age #1
Writer: Matthew D. Smith Artist: Jeremy Massie Colourist: Christine Brunson

Adam Wreck #1
Writer/Artist: Michael S. Bracco

Alterna Increases Print Runs for June’s Comic Releases

With a few days to go before the May 3rd debut of Alterna‘s affordably priced newsprint comics, early order numbers for June’s releases are currently blowing away expectations. Currently, at double the amount of May’s initial order numbers, Alterna will be increasing print runs for all of June’s titles by 50%. Alterna had increased May’s print runs by 25% but an ordering surge still created sellouts across the board.

Publisher Peter Simeti shared his excitement about the early success of the newsprint titles:

We’re less than a week away from debuting our newsprint comics at shops across the world — needless to say everyone at Alterna is very excited.  Readers and retailers have been super supportive of this initiative and it means so much to the creators here.  It was a pleasant surprise to find out that the initial orders for June were so high, so we’ll be increasing print runs to hopefully accommodate all the readers and retailers (and any reorders) without having to go back to press on second printings.  It’s been great, receiving messages from customers that they’re opening up pull boxes for the first time in years, and that they’re buying a reader copy AND a copy to keep safe… for a creator-owned company like us, it’s very surreal to hear things like this.  Personally, I hope that readers love the stories and that they’ll use the savings on our books to even try other creator-owned books at their local shop.  I’d like to give a big thanks to all the comic shops and readers that are helping us bring back newsprint to new comic book day!

Three of the four books being released on May 3rd are great for kids. Adam Wreck #1, Amazing Age #1, and Lilith Dark #1 are fantastic reads for kids — so pick ’em up on Free Comic Book Day if you don’t get a chance to scoop ’em up on the 3rd!

Due to a small overrun on comic shop/direct sales editions on each book, Alterna will be able to fill reorders via Diamond on May releases.

Alterna Comics Brings Back Newsprint as May Releases Sell Out

Alterna has announced that Amazing Age #1, Adam Wreck #1, Croak #1, and Lilith Dark #1 have all sold out at the distributor level before even hitting store shelves.  Despite ordering a 25% larger print run, a surge in demand for the debut titles of Alterna’s newsprint line (sporting cover prices of $1.50 each) have yielded sold out print runs across the board.

Alterna will be going back to press pending demand from retailers once the books hit shelves on May 3rd.

Alterna also has four other titles currently in Diamond’s April Previews catalog, for release in June. Mother Russia #1, Trespasser #1, and Scrimshaw #1 will all sport $1.50 cover prices — and The Chair #1 will be priced at $1.00. These titles will all be printed on newsprint with a semi-gloss cover stock and most will be in full color. With the exception of the Scrimshaw series, all other titles are a mini-series of 3 to 5 issues.

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