WaP!: The Self-Publishing Issue
The Forgotten Activist Prozine Continued: Part 15
WaP! #6 was a fat 28-page issue, postdated October 24, 1988 on my copy.
The lead feature was a concise, to-the-point overview of the logistics of self-publishing in principal and practice by none other than Dave Sim. It’s still an essential read, and a call to creative autonomy.
I’ve already shared with you my entire serialized “The Politics of Cowardice” essay, which continued in WaP! #6, and Alan Moore‘s “A Letter from England”—here’s the links:
- here’s Alan‘s 1988 “A Letter from England”
- and the concluding installment of my serialized “The Politics of Cowardice.”
What else was in WaP! #6 (September-October, 1988)? Here’s a sampler, along with a complete contents list:
Contents of WaP! #6: 28 pages, 8 1/2″ x 11,” photocopied on white paper.
Cover-pg. 5: “Self-Publishing & You” by Dave Sim.
Pg. 3: Dave Sim editorial cartoon (above).
Pp. 6-8: “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Success Story; or, The Art of Being in the Right Place at the Right Time” by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird (Kevin Eastman editorial cartoon, pg. 7, above).
Pg. 9-10: “A Letter from England” by Alan Moore.
Pg. 11-14: “Co-Publishing” by Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas (on co-publishing The Silent Invasion and Suburban Nightmares with Renegade Press); editorial cartoon by Michael Zulli (pg. 13, below); “Back Issues” (ordering info for WaP! back issues, pg. 14).
Pg. 15-18: “Mail” (letters from Stephen J. Rock, Joel Thingvall, Dick Ayers, Kay Reynolds (including contents of a letter from Congressman Owen B. Pickett on the Tax Reform Act of 1986), Evan Dorkin, Steve Skeates, Mark Nevelow (very interesting reaction to WaP! and rumors on DC‘s Piranha Press, which Mark was the founding editor of), and Leslie Sternbergher; “WaP! Still Wants You, No Matter What!” (appeal for letters, articles, art, etc..
Pg. 19: “A Brief Story About Respect” by Brent Eric Anderson
Pg. 20-22: “The Politics of Cowardice, Pt. 3: The Ratings Game” by Stephen Bissette (already presented in an earlier Myrant post, linked above).
Pg. 23: “Workers Unite!!” WaP! subscription ad (art by Howard Chaykin & Walt Simonson)
Pg. 24-26: “Rumors and Innuendo” gossip column; “No WaP! In October” (pg. 25); “The Comics Freelancer’s Lexicon” (pg. 26, above; cartoon masthead by Frank Miller).
Pg. 27: “Some Random Thoughts on Self-Publishing” (above); indicia (bottom of pg. 27).
This interesting tidbit appeared in the “Rumors and Innuendo” gossip column, pg. 26, suggesting an alternative universe to the Disney/Marvel media giant we now have in power:
Then again, Michael Zulli‘s editorial cartoon (above) just about says it all… but remember, this was 1988, and we had yet to see the work of a new generation of self-publishers—Jeff Smith, Paul Pope, David Lapham, etc.—surface and change the playing field yet again.
To be continued!
Repeating: This material has never been seen online before, anywhere.
I’ll continue sharing it, as long as the following groundrules are honored.
This serialized essay is ©2013 Stephen R. Bissette. The individual archival images are ©1988 their respective authors and creators.
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Some ground rules: Please respect these rules, and please report to me (via comments thread or email — email@example.com) any breaking of these rules.
If all goes well, I’ll do more of this at Myrant; if the virtual archives are robbed, so to speak, this will be the last and only time I get into these kinds of archival materials at Myrant.
1. Post links to the relevant Myrant posts; please do NOT lift the graphics to place them on your own blog, journal or website.
2. Please do NOT lift these posts, and my text, verbatim and place them on your blog, journal, flicker pages or whatever.
3. Please note all copyright notices at the end of each post, and respect them. I do not own this copyright material, nor do I claim to; I am sharing it here (with correct copyright ownership noted) to share this material with fans, scholars and researchers.
4. If there are any problems, I’ll just tear this all down and abandon the project.
PS: I have removed subscription info from all images/text; the WaP! address is no longer active, subscriptions/copies are obviously no longer available (and no, I don’t know where/how you can find copies, sorry).
Let’s see where this goes. Thanks!
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