Only Printing / Summer 1991 / 52 pages / Rip Off Press
Insanity • Gilbert Shelton’s Motoring Tips • Hooty Hoo • Nin ‘n’ George in Driving Lesson • Infernal Combustion • Junk Food • I Am the Demon Queen of Span Chowder and Jackalopes Hell on Wheels • Volkswagen Bus • Inkstains Skateboard Art • I was a Teenage Frankenskatin’ Monster • Wereworlf Wheels • Smilin’ George and his gang • Fat Freddy’s Cat • Mano’s Sign Language Lesson #1 Rip Off • Rip Off Skate Squad
about this issue
Sadly, the last issue to date for Rip Off Comics. After the Idiots Abroad trilogy was completed in 1987, Rip Off Comix was subsequently revived in Rip Off's smaller operation and ran for 18 more magazine-size issues on a quarterly basis until 1991. The final incarnation of the publication delivered some high-quality comics during its four-year run, including both American and international comic creators. Rip Off also continued to publish and reprint the Freak Brothers, Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe and several other titles. The Rip Off Comix title was finally laid to rest in the summer of 1991, the year before Shelton and Paul Mavrides produced the final comic book of original Freak Brothers strips.
In the mid '90s, Rip Off Press gradually retreated from publishing and focused on selling backlist comics to retail stores and mail order customers. They also developed a robust website that eventually became their primary source of sales, which still keeps Fred and Kathe Todd trucking after 40 years. Rip Off certainly has a legendary history for which all involved can be proud, and Rip Off Comix, still one of the finest alternative comic anthologies in history, remains a shining jewel in that heritage.
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted. Like other magazine-format comics with numbered pages, the index of comic creators below follows the page numbers defined in the magazine instead of counting the covers as additional numbered pages.
Gilbert Shelton front cover, 3-6, 48
Paul Mavrides inside front cover (introduction)
Kathe Todd 1 (text), 34-35
Susan Mills 2
Chris Harmon 7-12
Nina Paley 13-17
The Pizz 18-25
Judy Becker 26-27
Randy Vogel 28-33
Lyndal Ferguson 36-37, back cover
Dave Meraz 38-41 (art, script collaboration)
T. Clark 38-41 (script collaboration)
Joshua Quagmire 42-47
D.L. Norton 42-47 (inks)
Dan McClintock inside back cover