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Alternative Comics Announces 
Fall and Winter 2015 Books

Kevin Hooyman, Anna Ehrlemark, Gregory Benton, Dylan Horrocks, Mardou, Eric Haven and Jon Allen sign up with indie graphic novel house.
Independent publishing house Alternative Comics will have the largest season of its 22 year history this fall, beginning with the September release of a trio of titles from Brooklyn's Hang Dai Studios. Alternative Comics has twelve books scheduled from August 2015 through March 2016. This will mark their first season to include books from the imprints Hang Dai Editions, Floating World Comics and Revival House Press—who joined Alternative Comics along with Study Group Comics and Hic and Hoc Publications in February of this year. The season also marks the publisher's second with Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, part of the Perseus Group, as its distributor. 

Dean Haspiel and Tom Hart continue their long relationship with Alternative Comics with a pair of largely slice of life comics; but, this is a year of mainly fresh faces. Kevin Hooyman, Gregory Benton, Dylan Horrocks, Mardou, Anna Ehrlemark, Eric Haven and Jon Allen are all new to Alternative Comics. The Alternative Comics house anthology returns with 200 pages of the top comic artists of the moment in Alternative Comics Are Dead, fronted by a stunning Hellen Jo cover. This fall also sees the release of Schmuck, written by the late Seth Kushner and illustrated by a gang of 22 artists.

Alternative Comics still issues the old-fashioned stapled variety of comics including three original titles this fall: Fedor by Patt Kelley (Hic & Hoc); The Yankee by Jason Leivian and Ian MacEwan (Floating World); and, Titan #2 by François Vigneault (Study Group). 

Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Books

Alternative Comics' books are distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. The full Fall 2015 Consortium catalog is viewable on Scribd and Edelweiss.

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Conditions On The Ground
Kevin Hooyman

Conditions On The Ground weaves a graphic stream of consciousness with metaphysical atmospheres and a mystical cast of characters. Kevin Hooyman’s fantastically detailed comics elevate everyday situations into psychedelic self-reflection and humorous revelations. This gorgeous 360 page hardcover collects all 10 issues of Kevin’s self-published breakthrough series. 
“Hooyman will comb and smooth and style your neurons with his groovy lines of beauty.” —Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn)
“Conditions On The Ground is 350 beautiful pages of existential and meditative comics. It had me smiling all day.” —Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies)
Kevin Hooyman is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in Visual Arts. Kevin's energized linework captures the lushness and vibrancy of a psychedelic experience. His illustrations have been featured in Arthur Magazine, various album covers, Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, and a number of self published books.
A Floating World Comics production
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
360 page black and white 6.5"x9.25" hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-9886624-9-0
Price: $29.95 / $37.50 CAN
More information and a preview can be found here.

Beef With Tomato
Dean Haspiel

With an introduction by Jonathan Ames

A native New York bruiser is fed up with life in the dregs of a drug-addled Alphabet City where his neighbors are shut-ins and his bicycle is always getting stolen. He escapes from Manhattan to make a fresh start in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, only to face a new strain of street logic — where most everything he encounters is not as it seems. 
Dean Haspiel is an Emmy award winner and Eisner and Harvey Award nominee. Haspiel created BILLY DOGMA, illustrated for HBO's "Bored To Death," was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright ("Switch To Kill"), and is the co-founder of HANG DAI Editions. Dean's comics include The Fox with Mark Waid, The Alcoholic with Jonathan Ames and The Quitter with Harvey Pekar. 
A Hang Dai Editions / 
Alternative Comics Co-Production

Publication Date: September 15, 2015
96 page 7.5"x10.25" paperback
ISBN: 978-1-934460-81-8
Price: $14.00 / $18.99 CAN
More information and a preview can be found here.

Schmuck
Seth Kushner

Foreword by Jonathan Ames
One man’s awkward coming-of-age-quest to find love in New York City, illustrated by 22 artists, whose individual short stories together tell a complete narrative. Artists include Josh Neufeld, Nick Bertozzi, Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, Noah Van Sciver, Stephan DeStefano, and Christa Cassano. Cover Art By Joseph Remnant. Book Design By Eisner Award Winner Eric Skillman. Introduction By Jonathan Ames. 
Seth Kushner was an environmental portrait photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, L’Uomo Vogue, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and others. He was a founding partner in Hang Dai Editions with Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, and Gregory Benton. 
A Hang Dai Editions Production
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
176 page full-color 8"x10" paperback
ISBN: 978-1-934460-84-9
Price: $19.95 / $24.99 CAN
More information and a preview can be found here.
Smoke
Gregory Benton
After an accident on an industrial farm unhinges two young brothers from reality, they are guided through a weird and wonderful journey by Xolo, the Aztec's mythological protector of souls. Gregory Benton received the Society of Illustrators inaugural MoCCA Award of Excellence for his critically acclaimed wordless book B+F. Smoke is another column in the lore of that universe. 
Gregory Benton has been making comix since 1993. He cut his teeth on the political anthology World War 3, moving on to writing and drawing stories for Nickelodeon, Vertigo, DC Comics, Disney Adventures, Watson-Guptil, Entertainment Weekly, and his books Hummingbird and B+F
A Hang Dai Editions Production
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
72 page full color 7"x7" hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-934460-79-5
Price: $14.99 / $18.99 CAN
More information and a preview can be found here.
Imitating Life, Succe$$, And Other Stories
Karl Stevens & Gustavo Turner

Karl Stevens's fifth book collects his collaborations with the writer and artist Gustavo Turner, including the critically acclaimed Succe$$, originally serialized in the Boston Phoenix. Imitating Life is the long-awaited missing link between the strips included in Stevens' Whatever (Alternative Comics, 2008) and Failure (Alternative Comics, 2013). Succe$$ is a post-9/11 story about a new breed of young capitalists. They're eco-friendly, gadget-obsessed, and they scorn the gaucheness and vanity of the Gordon Gekko yuppies. They're Reagan babies, programmed to "Just Say No" and "Just Do It" at the same time. If you looked at the back seat of their Priuses, you'd find well-thumbed copies of Atlas Shrugged. This collection also includes never-before published Stevens-Turner collaborations prepared especially for Imitating Life in 2015
Karl Stevens is a graphic novelist and painter. His first book, Guilty, was published in 2004 with a grant from the Xeric Foundation. He is also the author of Whatever (2008), The Lodger (A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, 2010), and Failure (2013).
Gustavo Turner is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. 
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
96 page full color 8"x10" hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-934460-72-6
Price: $9.95 / $12.50 CAN
More information and a preview can be found here.
Incomplete Works
Dylan Horrocks

Daydreams, fantasy, true love and procrastination feature strongly in this marvelous selection of Dylan Horrocks’s shorter comics. Running from 1986 to 2012, Incomplete Works is both the chronicle of an age and a portrait of one man’s heroic struggle to get some work done. From the creator of Hicksville and Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen. First North American Edition.
Dylan Horrocks has written and drawn graphic novels, comic books, comic strips and short stories for publishers around the world. His graphic novel Hicksville has been published in six languages. His second graphic novel Sam Zabel and The Magic Pen was published in January, 2015.
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
192 page black and white with 22 color pages
6" x 9" paperback

ISBN: 978-1-934460-54-2
Price: $19.99 / $24.99 CAN
More information and a preview can be found here.
She's Not Into Poetry
Mini-Comics 1991-1996
Tom Hart

A collection of celebrated mini-comics from the early and mid-90s by Tom Hart, creator of Hutch Owen and director of the Sequential Artists Workshop. Includes the classic comics Love Looks Left, The Angry Criminal, Maria, New Hat, Mañana, Heike and more. 
“The stories are offbeat and funny, and anyone who reads them will be reminded of the first time you saw an independent film or heard a non-major-label rock and roll record... As good a sustained output in mini-comics by anyone not named John Porcellino” —Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
“Some of my favorite comics of the 1990s.” —John Porcellino, creator of King Cat
Tom Hart is a cartoonist and the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a school and arts organization in Gainesville, Florida. He is the creator of the Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, and has been nominated for all the major comic book industry awards.
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
272 page black and white 6"x9" paperback
ISBN: 978-1-934460-88-7
Price: $14.95 / $18.50 CAN
More information and a preview can be found here.
 
Sky In Stereo
Mardou

Iris, a young woman turning eighteen in early 1990s Manchester, England, is slowly losing her tenuous grip on her world of burger-flipping, drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll. After quitting her job at a clothes shop, Iris takes a position at a burger bar at the train station, where her crush on fellow burger-flipper Glen takes her down a dark path. 
“There’s a sensibility of the universal experience in this book: I love the way Mardou draws people with all their flaws and everyday wit, with all the grit and gray of the landscapes of their lives pierced by occasional shafts of yellow sunlight." —Nick Abadzis, Boing Boing
Mardou is from Manchester, England and now lives in St Louis, MO. She has been making mini-comics like ‘Anais in Paris’ and ‘Manhole’ since 2001, and was a founder of the all-girl comic ‘Whores of Mensa.’ Mardou contributed art to the 2015 film The Missing Girl. 
A Revival House Press Production.
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
180 page black and white 6"x9" paperback
ISBN: 978-1-934460-83-2
Price: $17.95 / $22.50 CAN
More information and a preview can be found here.
Winners
Anna Ehrlemark

Anna Ehrlemark is well known in Eastern Europe for her unconventional, twisted narratives and her striking visual style. Her comics explore feminist, queer, anti-capitalist themes and she has been published by the Balkan collectives Stripburger, Fijuk, and Komikaze. Winners collects 128 pages of her stories about family, nostalgia, chance, witchcraft, sex, abstinence, economy, and revenge. Science fiction in a future that is already old.
Anna Ehrlemark is a comic artist, illustrator and linguist. She lives in Gothenburg, Sweden. She started drawing with the Croatian comic bandits KOMIKAZE and worked as a designer and organizer for Kud Mreža and Menza pri Koritu in the cultural center ACC Metelkova mesto in Ljubljana. From 2012 she has been involved with the Novo Doba festival in Belgrade and is part of the Fijuk network of comic artists around the Adriatic sea.
A Floating World Comics production.
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
128 page 6.5"x9" black and white paperback
ISBN: 978-1-942801-91-7
Price: $14.95 / $18.95 CAN
Alternative Comics Are Dead
Erik Aucoin, editor

Alternative Comics flagship anthology returns. This volume will feature contributions from comics creators Anders Nielsen, Leslie Stein, Paul Hornschemeier, Anya Davidson, Noah Van Sciver, Charles Forsman, Lane Milburn, Julia Wertz, Zak Sally, Malachi Ward and many others. 
Cover art by Hellen Jo
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
192 page black and white with 48 color pages 8"x10" paperback 
ISBN: 978-1-934460-90-0
Price: $24.95 / $30.99
More information and a preview can be found here.
Sunbeam On The Astronaut Box Set
Steven Cerio

A box set of books and disks documenting Steven Cerio's work on the book Sunbeam on the Astronaut and the short film The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow. Includes the complete book and film as well as a full color reproduction of sketchbook drawings and studio photos, and the entire soundtrack to The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow—featuring narration by Kristin Hersh. 
Steven Cerio is an artist who has spent over two decades relentlessly documenting a universe devoid of death and decay. A prominent rock poster and magazine illustrator, his work is best known from his ongoing collaboration with San Francisco-based group The Residents.
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-934460-75-7
Price: $39.99 / $49.99
More information and a preview can be found here.
Compulsive Comics
Eric Haven

Enter the strange and compelling comic book world of Eric Haven. Collecting The Tales To Demolish series and The Aviatrix. Deconstructing the tawdry form of the traditional comic book, Haven builds layers of dark, dorkish humor to undermine the expectations of certain familiar genres. A series of short comics that deconstructs—while it celebrates—classic comic book tropes. 
Eric Haven is a producer of the popular television series Mythbusters. He has been producing unusual and fascinating comics for many years. 
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
176 page black and white 7"x10" hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-934460-58-0
Price: $24.99 / $31.50 CAN
More information and a preview can be found here.
Ohio Is For Sale
Jon Allen

Three cartoon animals live in a house together in the American midwest. They get a job, get sick, and throw a party. Their lives are lit by street lamps and the flickering TV set. They do incredibly stupid things with hilarious and disastrous results. It's about friendship, booze, and the slow collapse of western civilization. And they're so cute! 
Jon Allen studied Illustration at Pratt Institute and holds a Master’s Degree in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He teaches foundation drawing. In addition to Ohio Is For Sale, he wrote and illustrated Vacationland, a self-published graphic novel. 
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
272 page black and white 7"x7" paperback
ISBN: 978-1-934460-82-5
Price: $19.99 / $24.99 CAN
More information can be found here.

Fall Comic Books

Alternative Comics' comic book titles are distributed by Diamond Comics Distributors, Inc. and Last Gasp of San Francisco.

Fedor
Patt Kelley

Picking up where Tod Browning’s Freaks left off, Patt Kelley’s Fedor tells the fictionalized story of real-life turn of the century circus sideshow attraction JoJo the Dog Faced Boy and his on-again/off-again globetrotting forbidden romance with another circus spectacle – the tattooed girl. Fedor is a full-color 40 page comic book.
ISBN: 978-1-68148-101-2
$8.00

A Hic & Hoc production.
August, 2015

The Yankee
Jason Leivian & Ian MacEwan

The Yankee is a dumb American. He’s Cosmo Vitelli. He’s Prince Rogers Nelson. He’s a Richard Pryor monologue Psychedelic-economic fiction set in the Nation States of America. Reality is just a part of your brain. The part that you can touch.Features visionary artwork by Ian MacEwan (Prophet, Sex, The Tomorrows).
48 page black and white comic book. 

ISBN: 978-1-942801-90-0
$7.95
A Floating World Comics production.
August, 2015
Titan #2
François Vigneault

At the edges of the solar system, MNGR João da Silva struggles to keep Homestead Station running despite mounting tensions with the giant Titan workers. Meanwhile, Titan union rep Phoebe Mackintosh finds herself caught between a violent past she’d rather forget and a dangerous future she can’t predict. A Study Group Comics production.
32 page full-color comic book.
$4.95

A Study Group Comics production.
October, 2015
Alternative Comics has been a co-operative organization of independent comic book editors, publishers and artists since 1993 and is the home to some of the finest creator-owned graphic novels and comic books. 
Alternative Comics is home to Floating World Comics, Hic and Hoc Publications, Revival House Press, Study Group Comics, Hang Dai Editions and our home imprint, Alternative Comics
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Contact:
Marc Arsenault
General Manager
Alternative Comics
21607B Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
marc@wowcool.com
408 921-5164
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