In Northern America, fans of alternative comic books naturally head toward Seattle (Fantagraphic’s home), or Montreal (for Drawn + Quarterly). Probably that no one would have the idea to pass by Washington DC, a city mostly known for its federal administration and international organisations. However, DC is also home of a comic chain called Big Planet, which a few years ago started to partner with a Philadelphia-based publisher, Retrofit Comics. This publishing house started with mini-comics that would come out every month. Slowly, it increased its catalogue and is now developing projects that are more and more ambitious, thanks among other things to Kickstarter campaigns. Today, it publishes artists who are well-know and recognised (James Kochalka), younger people with already a strong track-record (Eleanor Davis), and very promising new comers (Sam Alden).