|Alternating Crimes #2||
Alternating Crimes #2 © Artists/s not noted
|This is Alternating Crimes 2, a kind of prelude to Hell
Car Comix. It's a small press magazine with an Editor in Chief, Daniel Gallant,
two editors, four art and design directors and five other artists as contributors.
With all those art directors it is not surprising that the emphasis is on the
visual, from the transparent multicoloured cover to the six page 'special feature'
in the middle. This means lots of overlapping images and minimal text. However,
also included in this issue are Kitty Fufu, avenging the death of Ralphy Mousie
in the bowels of FIS-CO's artificial intelligence research plant and meeting up
with Bumpy Bunny and Chicken the Squirrel. There is also a two-page tale of youthful
peeping tommery and seven scratchy pages by Paul Friedrich, Onion Head Monster
attacks Ant City, which I rather liked. Since this zine was published Onion Head
Monster has gone on to find fame in art galleries, T-shirts and on animated film.
for details. The editors invite contributions, articles and poetry, indeed any
'solidly crafted work', so they obviously saw AC as more than a simple comic zine.
There are a couple of other nicely illustrated bits in this issue and overall
Alternating Crimes is harmless enough with high production values, though the
cover of the review copy has fallen off, but not one to rush out and buy.