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Alterna Has Announced that the 2016 IF Anthology Has Sold Out

Alterna Comics has announced that the 2016 IF Anthology has sold out at the publisher level. Copies may still be available from retailers and creators of the anthology. At this time, no plans have been made to go back to print on the title.

The IF Anthology, which was created by Alterna publisher Peter Simeti in 2015, tackles a different theme every year. “Science fiction” was the theme of 2015’s book, “Super Powers” was the theme for 2016. The upcoming 2017 IF Anthology will revolve around the theme of “Crime” — and will carry the title’s first mature rating. Submissions are currently being accepted here.

Celebrating a new theme with every annual release, 2016’s “IF” features almost 100 creators from around the world, joining forces to tell 40 tales of the (super) human condition.

Review: IF Anthology

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“IF” – the word itself has helped make the impossible become possible. Celebrating a new theme with every Alterna Comics annual release, 2016’s IF boasts over 40 creators coming together to answer the question: “what would the world REALLY be like, if people had superpowers?” In “Homemade Heroes” children dress up as their favorite heroes unbeknownst to them that those very heroes are also their parents; in “The Maddening Sound” a superhero is driven insane from cries of help when he loses the ability to control his superhuman hearing. These tales and many more, deal with themes that run the gamut of the (super) human condition.

The IF Anthology takes a unique spin on the idea of superheroes. The stories vary from some with heroes attempting to live a normal life listening to people complain of their past deeds while others take old fables and make them their own. And there are other entries that are just plain strange, good but strange.

Given the sheer amount of people involved in this, it is no surprise the art style varies so much. That variant makes each artistic contribution as unique as the tales they support. Each artist manages to create a solid collaboration with their respective writers.

Story: Various Art: Various
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Alterna Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: IF Anthology

4412b9_250f85125dfe46c3b89fd1e973fe46b2“IF” – the word itself has helped to turn science fiction into science fact; making the impossible become possible. Celebrating a new theme with every annual release, 2015’s IF anthology boasts 36 creators coming together to tell 15 thrillingly original stories of time, space, technology, and other tales from beyond.

While this anthology boosts various stories, in sub-genres of science fiction they have one thing in common. Despite the briefness of each story, they each seem to share the same purpose of what a story is supposed to be, entertainment. I will admit some of the stories could have been easily drafted into the old Twilight Zone episodes. While others, would have a challenge adapting to another medium ,which give them their own greatness.

In a similar vain to the stories, each one shares a different approach to its artwork. However they all share the same monochromatic  aesthetic. Which gives the entire anthology a sense of unity, despite the different artistic approaches in both story telling and artwork.

Story: Alex Eckman-Lawn, Brandon Barrows, Casey Reece, Chas! Pangburn, Chip Reece, Dino Caruso, Garrett Sneen, Glenn Matchett, James E. Roche, Jon Clark, Loki DeWitt, Michael Malkin, Mike Salt, Robert Menegus, Zach Bassett
Art: Alex Eckman-Lawn, Dan Lauer, David Brame, Eric Weathers, Fabian Cobos, Garrett Sneen, George Athanasiou, Jon Clark, Mariano Laclaustra, Novo Malgapo, Peebo Mondia, Salo Farias, Sam Agro, Ugur Sertcelik, Tim Shinn, Zach Bassett
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Alterna Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

 

Disclosure: Writer Glenn Matchet is a contributor to Graphic Policy

Preview: If Anthology

IF Anthology

Print Release (also available in Digital)
$14.99,  176 pgs, BW, 15+
(W/A) Various Contributors (36 different contributors)

“IF” – the word itself has helped to turn science fiction into science fact; making the impossible become possible. Celebrating a new theme with every annual release, “IF” boasts 36 creators coming together to tell 15 thrillingly original stories of time, space, technology, and other tales from beyond.

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