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The Comic Book People 2 Kickstarter needs your help

Silver Age artists Ramona Fradon and Marie Severin at the 1997 San Diego Comic-Con. (picture: Jackie Estrada)

Even casual fans of comics know big names like Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. But shown above are Silver Age artists Ramona Fradon (Aquaman, Metamorpho) and Marie Severin (Incredible Hulk) at San Diego Comic-Con 1997. Decades before publishers began to recognize “Geek Girl” as a viable demographic, women like Jackie Estrada were behind the scenes in the comic book world, and Jackie wants to share her rich candid photography of the era in an upcoming book: Comic Book People 2: Photographs from the 1990s.

The Comic Book People 2 Kickstarter needs your help

Comic Book People 2: Photographs from the 1990s

The high-quality hardcover coffee table book will feature some 600 candid photos taken at comic conventions in the 1990s, along with commentary and anecdotes about each person. The book will be 176 pages, mostly with black-and-white images but including a 16-page color section. Estrada’s goal is to raise $23,000 to cover the costs of design, production, and printing of 2,000 copies, along with shipping, distribution, and backer rewards.

As the name suggests, it’s the second book in the set; the first featuring pictures from the 1970s and 1980s was published after a successful Kickstarter last year. Both books are available as backer rewards, and are a unique look at the comic conventions “before they were big pop culture events, when the giants of the industry mingled casually with their peers and fans.”

“While the first book focused primarily on the San Diego Cons of the 1970s and 1980s, this one gives a glimpse into comics industry in the transitional era of the 1990s,” says Estrada. “This was the period when Image emerged, lots of new publishers got into the mix, and the self-publishing and indie comics movements really took off.” She notes that a number of Golden and Silver Age creators were still with us, and she includes photos of folks like Frank Frazetta, Carmine Infantino, Gene Colan, Al Williamson, Sheldon Moldoff, and Nick Cardy, to name a few. But it was also a time for new faces that are now familiar fixtures, such as Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, Colleen Doran, David Lapham, and Paul Pope.

The Comic Book People 2 Kickstarter needs your help

Colleen Doran, one of the major creators in the self-publishing movement (A Distant Soil) at the 1998 San Diego Comic-Con. (picture: Jackie Estrada)

Jackie has been a photographer since the 1960s, and she’s been to every San Diego Comic-Con. Many pictures in the book are from early in her time working conventions with Exhibit A Press, which she formed with her husband Batton Lash. An amazing project of this quality can only be made with help. They’ve got a good start, but with only a few days to go, they still need nearly $5000, and that’s where you come in. Don’t miss the chance to own a piece of geek history from before social media. You don’t have to be a fan of Silver Age comics to support this project and spend hours exploring this treasury of pictures and anecdotes from a time that seems so recent and so long ago. Watch the video and donate at Kickstarter.

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