Come and revisit the comicbook industry of the 1990s — the era of Vertigo, Image, Dark Horse, self-publishing, the flourishing direct market, and other seismic changes, and see it all through hundreds of candid photos of the people and events of that important decade. Comic Book People 2 which is a most-excellent is a follow-up to last year’s Comicbook People: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s, also funded through Kickstarter. Given the huge positive response to the first book made author Jackie Estrada realize that she had to do a second book, this time focusing on the 1990s. As a companion book, this book will have the same format (hardcover, 9 x 12, 176 pages, with a 16-page color insert), as did the first book.
This book’s contents will focus on photos that were mostly taken at the San Diego Comic-Con, but will also include images from such shows as the Chicago Comic-Con, WonderCon, the alternative Press Expo, SPX, as well as various trade shows from that period. Backers of this book can expect rare photos of such Golden and Silver Age creators as Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Vin Sullivan, Paul Norris, Martin Nodell, Chad Grothkopf, Al Williamson, Sheldon Moldoff, Bob Kane, Gene Colan, Marie Severin, Irwin Hasen, Harry Lampert, Ric Estrada, Bill Ward, Ramona Fradon, Bob Haney, Nick Cardy, Paul S. Newman, Dan Barry, Carmine Infantino, John Buscema, and Frank Frazetta.
Also included will be pictures of numerous big names in mainstream comics from the period, from Neil Gaiman, George Perez, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Peter David, John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Kevin Eastman, Mark Waid, Alex Ross, Dave McKean, and Frank Miller to Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld; as well as Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bernie Wrightson, and Dave Gibbons.
There will also be numerous photos of writer and artists who were movers and shakers in the self-publishing/indie comics movement, including Dave Sim, Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, Linda Medley, Billy Tucci, Colleen Doran, David Lapham, Carla Speed McNeil, James Kochalka, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Dean Haspiel, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Donna Barr, Shannon Wheeler, Scott McCloud, Paul Pope, Roberta Gregory, and many more. Plus photos of key people in comics publishing and retailing, as well as shots from behind-the-scenes industry events, such as the very first organizing meeting for Friends of Lulu in San Diego in 1993. Photos of some of the women in attendance at the first meeting to discuss the formation of Friends of Lulu: Cat Yronwode, Lee Marrs, Kim Yale, Martha Thomases, Maggie Thompson. And even photos of authors such as Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison, Ron Goulart, Raymond Feist, and Nancy Collins, as well as a smattering of celebrities such as Mr. T and Julie Newmar.
Along with all the usual favorites who were fixtures at Comic-Con year after year, including Sergio Aragonés, Stan Sakai, the Hernandez Brothers, Trina Robbins, Steve Leialoha, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bernie Wrightson, Steve Rude, Bob Burden, Bob Schreck, Diana Schutz, Mary Fleener, Michael Kaluta, Dave Stevens, Charles Vess, Jill Thompson, Denys Cowan, Eddie Campbell, Len Wein, Matt Wagner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Rick Geary, Art Adams, Karen Berger, Michael Davis, Neal Adams, Bil Stout, Howard Chaykin, Jim Valentino, Lea Hernandez, Larry Marder, Walt Simonson, Kyle Baker, Bill Mumy, Paul Levitz, Batton Lash, and lots more!
As with the first book, every photo will be accompanied by a caption with personal anecdotes about my experiences with these folks and events. To make this book a reality, Estrada needs to raise funds to cover the design, production, printing, distribution, shipping, and storage of this high-quality hardcover publication, as well as the cost of producing the “extra” booklet, the postcards, and other perks. If the goal is surpassed, money will go toward increasing the number of pages (and number of photos), upping the print run, and possibly going back to press on the first book.
Having done the first book, Estrada feels that she is in better shape to make certain that the production and fulfillment stages run smoothly. The biggest challenges are handling all the packaging and shipping (for which she will probably seek assistance), processing international packages, and producing the “extra” booklet (which took more time than she thought it would for the first book). The first big challenge will be getting the book done and off to the printers by early May in order to have books available for the San Diego Comic-Con in early July. She is already in the process of sorting through the hundreds of photo files to choose the images that will be included.
This project will be funded on Friday, March 13, 2015.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comic books for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web.