A rarity this week with the cover of the United Fanzine Organization version of Fanboy! The Comic Book That Comes Double Bagged, from the fall of ‘88. Yes, that’s a true two-color bleed done in xerography.
This is yet another project resulting from another big convergence of things, wanting to do a Fanboy book and bad politics within the UFO.
I wanted to do a Fanboy Book for a few years. The cover was drawn back in ’84 and just waited around for the contents to accumulate. The cover has sort of an attempted Bauhaus type style. Maybe in this case “FauxHaus”, bastardizing across two languages. This collected most of the strips up to late ’88.
Then there is my response to the bad politics in the UFO. A big guy in the clique had betrayed me and was then adding insult to injury by bad mouthing me as being too stupid to associate with, but in a fit of jaw dropping hypocrisy he knocked off my key-lined xerography that he had so conveniently previously ignored back in his review-zine days. He also claimed that the process could only produce comics in digest size and without bleeds at the page edges. So I produced a comic-sized zine with bleeds to show him how it was really done.
Copiers that would let one change toner colors or print a second color were faddish around 2/3-3/4 through the ‘80s. When somebody in Small Press would print a two color Xerox comic it would be something too simple like mostly black artwork with just the title in another color. For some reason, it never occurred to any Small Presser that one could do some serious key-lining and colorization in multiple passes through the copier. Maybe it was because most Small Pressers were just hobbyist artists and not “real” commercial artists. Maybe it was because they mostly weren’t gear-heads. This gear-head reinvented the wheel and kludged through the xerography to do what was previously done only in two or three color offset printing. More of the same with the bleeds. Certain local print shops at the time had “happy hours” when one could get ledger sized printing done for the same price as letter. The resulting ledger sized pages were stapled and folded together into a magazine sized books which were then chopped down to give a comic-sized book with bleeds.