As part of their New York Comic Con announcements, Alterna Comics introduced readers to 13 new titles that will be debuting in 2018. The comics will all be part of their newsprint line, with the vast majority of cover prices set at $1.50.*
*The only title that will be priced at $1.99 will be THE FEAR DIARIES due to the 56 page size of the one-shot.
SONITUS created by Cody Sousa, Dan Sheppard, Cecilia Lo Valvo, Dee Cunniffe, and Dezi Sienty is coming to comic shops in February 2018. Focusing on supernatural horror elements, SONITUS reunites most of the CROAK creative team and will be a 3 issue mini-series.
THE XII created by Patrick Trahey, Luis Suárez, and Martín A. Pérez is coming to comic shops in February 2018. Fans of survival thrillers will enjoy THE XII. Mapped out as an initial 6 issue mini-series; there are tentative plans to continue the story with another mini-series in 2019/2020.
TINSELTOWN created by David Blake Lucarelli, Henry Ponciano, and Hde is coming to comic shops in March 2018. Loosely based on the experiences of one of the first female cops in the early days of Hollywood, TINSELTOWN combines action, drama, and mystery over the course of a 5 issue mini-series.
ZERO JUMPER created by Patrick Mulholland is coming to comic shops in March 2018. A time travel story that’s heavy on sci-fi fantasy elements, ZERO JUMPER will be a 4 issue mini-series.
CYKO KO! created by Robert Feldman is coming to comic shops in July 2018. This three issue mini-series centers around Cyko KO (pronounced “psycho Kay-OH”) and his insane adventures on Super Earth. This series combines elements of SCOOBY DOO, MADMAN, VENTURE BROS., and THE TICK.
EDEN created by Eric Henson is coming to comic shops in July 2018. This four issue mini-series is one part STAR WARS and one part GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure… then this one’s for you.
BLOOD REALM created by Robert Geronimo is coming to comic shops in August 2018. This 4-part series will feature 3 issues in each mini-series over the course of 2 years. An epic fantasy adventure story, BLOOD REALM is perfect for fans of LORD OF THE RINGS and GAME OF THRONES.
BINARY GRAY created by Chris Charlton, Rowel Roque, Anthonie Nemo Wilson, and Brant Fowler coming to comic shops August 2018. This six issue mini-series centers around a man that can control all aspects of modern technology. His newfound powers get him into a world of trouble though when a corporation puts a price on his head.
EXILIUM created by Benjamin Slabak, Salo Farias, Marc Sintes, Carlos Jobani, and Hde is coming to comic shops in August 2018. The six issue mini-series will see humans joining forces with a race of aliens against a common intergalactic enemy.
MIDNIGHT MYSTERY created by Bernie Gonzalez is coming to comic shops in October 2018. This twelve issue anthology horror series focuses on the various cases of a paranormal private investigator.
FEAST OR FAMINE created by Dave Swartz, Joseph Cooper, and Micah Myers is coming to comic shops in November 2018. Parallel dimension versions of Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein team-up to save the universe and end up unlocking a secret that will have repercussions across time and space.
After introducing their product line to a test market of newsstands back in July, Alterna Comics has expanded distribution to include nearly half of all Barnes & Noble stores, all Books-A-Million stores, and they have secured a deal for their all ages (Adam Wreck, Amazing Age, Lilith Dark) titles to be distributed into the top 200 Toys”R”Us stores over the holiday season.
Peter Simeti (the publisher and founder of the eleven-year-old company) had this to say, “I’m thrilled for the creators at Alterna, obviously. They’ll be able to get their comics in more stores, in front of more people. That’s a great thing for comics in general. Comic shops are obviously still the best place to find comic books, but expanded distribution in today’s market is an absolute necessity. Comics should be everywhere and as a publisher, my entire job revolves around getting our comics in as many places as possible. I’m happy to report that we’ve been receiving dozens of messages from readers that are finding our titles on newsstands and then going to comic shops to add them to pull lists or pick up other titles that might have been sold out. This is exactly what we wanted to happen.”
It should be noted that Alterna has also expanded newsstand distribution to western Canada and to Germany. Between comic shops and newsstands, Alterna is reporting that over 1000 stores are currently carrying their comics.