Ink Stains 6: RBCC 135

RBCC 135 (April 1977) Publisher and editor:  James Van Hise Very few fanzines had longer runs than RBCC (Rocket’s Blast ComiCollector). Perhaps The Comic Reader and The Buyer’s Guide are the only ones that were aro...
by kenmeyerjr
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Ink Stains 17: Graphic Illusions

Sometimes the best art comes in small – or in this case, thin – publications. Graphic Illusions boasted some pretty big name artists in its only issue. Graphic Illusions, Summer 1971 Editor and Publisher: Rob Gustav...
by kenmeyerjr
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Ink Stains 26: Venture 5

Venture was a training ground and showcase for some big names in comics, including Brent Anderson, Frank Cirocco, Gary Winnick, and in this issue, Jeff Jones, Alex Nino, Neal Adams, Tom Orzechowski, and Steve Oliff. Venture 5: ...
by kenmeyerjr
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The Underground: Black Comic Characters You Don’t Know!

  Continuing our lists in celebration of Black History Month, we shift our focus to another group of comic characters. Now, if you don’t recognize the names on this list then that’s the point. We’re spotligh...
by InfiniteSpeech
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The Comic Creator’s Alliance combats Human Trafficking

Monday, January 11 was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and the comic book community is attempting to do their part in putting an end to this horrific crime. The Comic Creator’s Alliance, which is made up of over ...
by Andy
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Sequential History: The Birth of Sequential Art (Pre-History to the Platinum Age)

What is sequential art? Who were the first people to use this art form to tell stories? How did it evolve into what we can pick up today at our local comic shop? Over the course of the next few Sequential History columns, IR...
by Eli
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Ink Stains 8: Witzend 3 and 7

The great Wally Wood did not only produce some of the greatest comics of all time, but one of the greatest fanzines of all time…Witzend! Witzend 3 (1967) and 7 (1970) Publisher: Wally Wood Editor: Bill Pearson Most comic read...
by kenmeyerjr
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This Comic Is History: The Muramasa Blade

For this edition of This Comic Is History, we’re going to be looking at an object, the Muramasa Blade. This is a sword with special properties that is said to be able to slice through just about anything in the Marvel Uni...
by Eli
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Ink Stains 13: Seraphim 5

Seraphim was one of the select group of fanzines that catered to those that appreciated the best artists in the business. The final issue delivered in spades, with stalwarts such as Al Williamson, Berni Wrightson, and Kenneth S...
by kenmeyerjr
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Ink Stains 32: Phase

The names alone will draw you in: Neal Adams, Mike Kaluta, Berni Wrightson, Tony DeZuniga, Rich Buckler, Ken Barr, Frank Brunner, Jeff Jones, Gerry Conway, Ernie Colon, Tom Sutton, Denny O’Neil…and more! All in Phas...
by kenmeyerjr
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LGBT in Mainstream Comics, or the Lack Thereof

There was a time that comic reading wasn’t so readily accepted. Where it was perceived as the territory of children and adult men that the nerd stereotype was born from. As the realm of geek, and comic reading in particul...
by Mac
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Those Who Came Before: George Pèrez

The focus of this month’s Those Who Came Before is one of my favorite artists, George Pèrez, pronounced “Pair-Ez” in case you were wondering. A writer, penciler, inker, cover artist – Pèrez has done it...
by Eli
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