GOTHIC BLIMP WORKS
Gothic Blimp Works
East Village Other (1969)
When 1968 rolled into 1969, the underground comix revolution was well underway, but had not yet exploded. The epicenter of the movement was emerging in San Francisco, but in early 1969 New York City was still the place to be if a radical cartoonist wanted to get published. The East Village Other (EVO) had already been publishing works by future underground comic book creators Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Kim Deitch and Robert Crumb for a couple of years, and sales were booming (60,000+ units every week).
Unlike most of the stuff here, this was not a comic book, but a supplement to an underground newspaper, the East Village Other. It only lasted 8 months, probably due to the fact is was NOT a comic book. It might have had a lot more durability and financial success if it had been. Great artists and writers like Spain Rodriguez and Robert Crumb contributed.
Gothic Blimp Works may have been doomed from its inception, but I wish it had managed to survive for a few more years, delivering its opulent compositions from the masterminds of the underground revolution.