Back in the dark days of the Clinton era, things were, uh… well they weren’t so bad compared to recent times. So our bad boy heroes of the day experimented with grit, humor and chaotic design, allowing them the freedom to pin point their own social discomforts and tell the stories that drove their creative spirits. In other words we had dangerous fun but a few less people got hurt.
Years after Scream Magazine left the stands there seemed to be a growing gap in the local publishing field for something that was different from your home spun craft-oriented art culture that was emblematic of the Raleigh area and North Carolina in general. In one of our celebrated lazy afternoon‘s discussing politics of the day, Russell Boone generously offers me, Daniel Gallant, the opportunity to continue to publish under the Alternating Crimes mantle.
At first I set out to replicate Scream, but truth be told, despite some hard working volunteer editors, we just didn’t have the chops to sustain the critical eye needed to read, critique and edit the terrific literary work that began to flow in through submissions. Refusing to give in I decided to focus on my true personal passions: art, design and comics. In familiar territory and knowing many of the local generations that grew up in the 70s and 80s, I tapped my favorite voices and steward in the next era of Alternating Crimes.
Scream 1 Cover (1995) by David Larson