TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #4052 - I've been attending what is now known as Comic-Con International: San Diego for many years.
In fact, I set up as a comic book dealer back in 1972 when the convention was known as San Diego's West Coast Comic Convention.
So I've seen it grown from a mini-con to a Mega-Con over the decades.
So has Jackie Estrada, who has attended since the beginning of the convention!
Jackie has taken many photos over the years for her personal collection and recently published a book with many of those photos she had taken over the years included. That was Comic Book People 1, which covered the 1970s & 1980s. That book was published September 10th of 2014.
Now she has published Comic Book People 2, which covers photos she had taken during the 1990s at San Diego Comic Con / Comic-Con International, as well as at the Chicago Comic-Con and WonderCon to the Small Press Expo and APE in the San Francisco area. Actually yesterday was the 'Official Release Date' of the latest book, but I was out of town and missed blogging about it.
So I'm letting you know today of this new book here in my blog and also at my Facebook Fan Page where I will be posting a link as well.
But before I do, I want to provide a more detailed description of the book for you as well as a few links. Here's the details:
Jackie Estrada’s Comic Book People 2 Provides Unique Peek at the Comics Industry in the 1990s
The 1990s were a transitional era in comics: Image emerged, lots of other new publishers got into the mix, the direct market flourished, and the self-publishing and indie comics movements really took off. The number of comic conventions also increased all around the U.S. And Jackie Estrada was there, capturing the scene in candid images, hundreds of which will appear in Comic Book People 2: Photographs from the 1990s.
The high-quality hardcover coffeetable book is officially being published on September 10. It features some 600 candid photos taken at comic conventions in the 1990s, along with commentary and anecdotes about each image. The book is 176 pages, mostly with black-and-white images but including a 16-page color section. The Kickstarter-funded project is a follow-up to last year’s well-received Comic Book People: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s.
“The 1990s were a great time for new faces that are now familiar fixtures, such as Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, Garth Ennis, Colleen Doran, David Lapham, and Paul Pope,” says Estrada. “But even as these new creators came on the scene, a number of Golden and Silver Age greats were still with us, and I was fortunate to be able to photograph many of them.” Among the venerated artists in the book are Frank Frazetta, Carmine Infantino, Gene Colan, Al Williamson, Sheldon Moldoff, Nick Cardy, and of course Will Eisner and Jack Kirby.
It was during the 1990s that Estrada and her husband Batton Lash formed Exhibit A Press to produce his comics series Wolff& Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre (aka Supernatural Law). Many of the photos in Comic Book People 2 were taken at shows where they exhibited, from the Chicago ComiCon and WonderCon to the Small Press Expo and APE, as well as the San Diego Comic-Con. The book covers the full spectrum of creators, from mainstream superhero writers and artists to small press cartoonists, as well as people behind the scenes in the industry, such as publishers, editors, retailers, and distributors. Among the events of the 1990s featured are the foundings of Milestone and Friends of Lulu and activities of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Jackie has been both a comics fan and a photographer since the 1960s, and she has been to every San Diego Comic-Con. Her involvement in comics has included editing publications for Comic-Con, being the administrator of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards since 1990, serving as president of Friends of Lulu, and being the co-publisher of Exhibit A Press, which has produced Comic Book People 2. Her photos of comics creators have appeared in numerous books and publications, from Paul Levitz’s 75 Years of DC Comics and Julius Schwartz’s autobiography Man of Two Worlds to Alter Ego and Comics Buyer’s Guide. Most prominently, dozens of her photos were used in Dark Horse’s Comics: Between the Panels and in Comic-Con: 40 Years of Artists, Writers,Fans, and Friends. Most recently, her photos could be seen in the PBS special on the history of superheroes.
Here's the links I promised:
Where you can buy the book directly from Jackie Estrada, at Exhibit A Press.
Wikipedia entry for Jackie Estrada
Sample page from the book: As shown to the left.
Oh, and here's just a small sampling of who is pictured in the book:
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Bob Kane, Dick Sprang, Julie Schwartz, Marty Nodell, Sheldon Moldoff, Irwin Hasen, Vin Sullivan, Harry Lampert, Ramona Fradon, Bob Haney, Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson, Russ Heath, Joe Kubert, Nick Cardy, Bob Oksner, Gene Colan, John Buscema, Dick Ayers, John Romita, Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta and more!
Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Alan Grant, Louise Simonson, Chris Claremont, Marv Wolfman, Len Wein, Kurt Busiek, Elaine Lee
Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, John Byrne, Eddie Campbell, Mike Allred, Stan Sakai, Matt Wagner, Walt Simonson, Howard Chaykin, Dave Stevens
Bill Sienkiewicz, Bernie Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, Dave Gibbons, Jill Thompson, P. Craig Russell, Jon J Muth, Art Adams, George Perez, Mike Ploog
Hernandez Bros, Dan Clowes, Peter Bagge, Art Spiegelman, Ellen Forney, Chris Ware, Jessica Abel, Grass Green, Joe Matt and more!
Plus: s/f fantasy authors, TV/Film/animation people, and behind-the-scenes Comic-Con people
My thanks to Jackie Estrada for bringing her latest book to my attention. And congrats on this second volume!
~ Michael D Hamersky
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