And oh how yore they are. Alan Light, founder of The Buyer’s Guide/Comics Buyer’s Guide is one of the most organized Flickr users we’ve ever encountered and he has a couple of sets from the history of TBG/CBG that those reminiscing about the now canceled publication might enjoy.
Here one from the TBG days of Light and staff writer Murray Bishoff.
And one from Iola, WI, when it moved to Krause. Lots of scenes from the early days of conventions and fandom—and also the eras of lots of random snapshots of people standing around, aka Before Instagram. Here are two of note.
I guess this is a photo of moving and not a Hoarders outtake, but see that egg crate? Exactly the kind I once used to store everything, including old TBGs.
Here are Maggie Thompson and her late husband Don putting together the newspaper. I dunno exactly what Don is typing on—some kind of compositor—but this is the sort of grueling punishment editors had to go through before the days of desktop publishing and InDesign.
One thing hasn’t changed a bit in 30 years though—cubicle design.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.