Alternating Crimes has been a voice for original thinkers from North Carolina and nationally since the mid 1980’s where it began as a literary arts magazine that featured comics. Since those Reagan era horror infested days, it’s been a comic book that drove Hell Car and now it’s moved online exposing new alternating currents.
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Presenting for the first time online, the complete first chapter and 5 tracks that follow its jagged path.
Down on her luck and tired of her current situation, Marie decides that it’s time to pack everything up and move to another town. Ready to start over she jumps in head first and makes friends with some folks at a coffee shop. She soon finds herself entrenched in the local music scene with all the ups and downs that come with it.
Originally a Spi Hunter project, the Scientific Superstar collaboration quickly became its own band. The brainchild of Paul Gallant along with frequent collaborators Johnny Anderson and Thomas DeVries, Paul added a multimedia component to the mix when he wrote a script for an accompanying comic. He then asked long time brother Daniel to illustrate the first chapter and do the packaging. The results are a fun experience to be had.
Also, find out more about Paul and this project in this short Q&A that can be found at:
Born the last child of Diane, his hair was so thick and black that there was speculation of lycanthropy. It was unfounded. In his teenage years, he spend endless hours exploring hobbies and interests until one day he came upon a guitar. The following years were a blur of alcohol and crazed funk madness. A constant explorer, Paul’s past bands and now Scientific Superstar has taken him through many styles and experiments in sound. Not to be taken too seriously Paul often writes about melancholy humorous and sometimes just silly moments and philosophies he’s gathered over the years. He also has gained a love for the virtual world. Along with knowledge in use and application of technology he has made the leap musically using traditional instruments and sounds recorded and remixed into various software applications. Scientific Superstar is a culmination of this and is his first official foray into the comics world. Paul’s most recent collaboration Kattalax, with Wayne Leechford has been met with critical success and college radio play on WKNC. More can be found at https://www.facebook.com/kattalax/
Born Canadian and only known brother of Paul, at an early age showed aptitude and interest in art. Affirmation of talent came in the form of a 2nd grade paper puppet project where he produced a character with a pocket and a pocket watch. Fast forward to high school years where the hardcore punk scene was in full swing and Daniel was on board with both feet (still is today). He is perhaps one of the few people in his peer group that did not join a band. Instead he contributed occasional flyers and art pieces to various projects. He found success at 18 with the publication of his own tribute to Jerry Cornelius in Scream Magazine. Daniel went on to the luxurious world of design, illustration and marketing while still pursuing comics. Energized with success as a designer he began publishing his own comics in 1995 with Alternating Crimes, a comic anthology. This led to a collaboration with Paul Friedrich called HellCar Comix. Nowadays, when he’s not shilling for the man, he’s raising a family and running the Alternating Crimes empire.
John Anderson was the founder & co-writer of the the 1st two unreleased Spi Hunter albums. Even while maintaining his daily life he continued to contribute songs to this project on his own time.
Thomas DeVries has been a been a long time friend and collaborator. He played bass in the live version of the Scientific Superstar and has been a surging force in the song writing efforts. Thomas has also been a big contributor to Alternating Crimes. His Kitty FuFu comic was featured in the Alternating Crimes anthology and HellCar Comix. Go to the feature pages for each issue to see more of his work and where to purchase digital issues. https://alternatingcrimes.com/hellcar-comix-1/