How hard is it to find decent non-San Diego-stuff to link to this hard: I’m resorting to an extensive, seven-part examination by Gary Sullivan on obscure cartoonist Joe Brainard:
In 1964 Brainard self-published the first in what was to be a series of two issues of C Comics. While this large-format mimeographed magazine did not physically resemble other comic books of the time (e.g., shiny color cover, offset printing, saddle-stitched), there is no question that all of the collaborations inside are examples of comics as comics are generally understood.
Despite the fact that Brainard published C Comics four years before Robert Crumb would debut Zap, Brainard’s example has yet to be included in any history of comics intended for adults.
All kidding aside, it’s a rather interesting essay if you have the time to dive into it (and extends into Sullivan’s ongoing look at non-narrative comics). Rather than give you all five links, I’ll just send you to Sullivan’s blog and tell you to scroll down to the bottom and work your way up. Yes, I am that lazy.