One of the ways Alterna Comics keeps their prices low is by using newsprint, the old type of comic pages that supposedly isn’t as good as the more high-priced glossy stuff but Alterna claims has improved in quality over the years. It reduces their costs and reduces how much they charge, with their comics at $1.50 while even the Big Two are charging $4-5 a comic now. Even printing services like Ka-Blam has stopped offering it as an alternative, so Alterna has decided to help with their new partnership program. You won’t get promotion nor are they publishing your book. There are different channels for that. But if you are an indie or self publisher and you want to reduce your costs, thus increasing the likelihood that more potential readers can afford your comic, this might be an option for you.
Frankly none of my old comics from the “newsprint” days are in bad shape beyond my having read them over and over as a kid and causing a bit of wear. The newer paper hasn’t been in comics long enough to give them the same kind of judgement. I think I would go with that if I ever get to publish anything in single comic form.