Update #22 — February 20, 2018 — Two new books now on sale!

Posted by Bill Schelly on February 20, 2018

Lately, I’ve been talking about my new memoir (NOT A REPRINT!!!) called SENSE OF WONDER, MY LIFE IN COMIC FANDOM – THE WHOLE STORY. It’s the book that contains much of what appeared in the edition published 18 years ago, as a starting point for “the whole story” which this edition brings up to the present day, adding 50,000 words in the process. The new paperback book is 432 pages long, TWICE AS LONG AS THE FIRST ONE, with 100 new images (photo and artwork). All for the low price of $19.95.

In this book, I talk (for the first time) what it was like growing up in the 1960s and 1970s as a gay fan of comic books. It includes my encounters with such famous comics creators as Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Joe Kubert, Gil Kane, Jim Shooter and Howard Cruse. It tells of my misadventures as the co-owner of a comic book retail store in Seattle in 1986, and how the Batman movie in 1989 brought me back into fandom. It has the “secret origin” of my Hamster Press publishing company, how I became a fandom historian, and then expanded to write the biographies of Harvey Kurtzman, Otto Binder, John Stanley and others. The return of ALTER EGO magazine in 1998 is explained, as is the throwing of TWO fandom reunions, one in 1997 and one in 2011. It also goes into my philosophy as a writer of biographies, and how I’ve approached each of my recent books. It deals with a major tragedy in my life, and tells how I was reunited with my “great love” of my youth, 43 years later!!

But there’s another new book: BILL SCHELLY TALKS WITH THE FOUNDERS OF COMIC FANDOM! This book reprints my best interviews from ALTER EGO and my own books, with Jerry Bails (founder of ALTER EGO), Dick and Pat Lupoff (whose “All in Color For a Dime” feature in XERO was the first important series of articles about the history of comics), Ronn Foss (top fandom artist of the early 1960s) and John Benson (who was the first to interview Harvey Kurtzman, Bernard Krigstein, Will Eisner and Gil Kane, and published the EC fanzine SQUA TRONT). I’m also proud to present the only (as far as I know) interview with Richard “Grass” Green (talented writer-artist) who was the most prominent African American participating in fandom back then. THIS INTERVIEW HAS NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED BEFORE.

BILL SCHELLY TALKS WITH THE FOUNDERS OF COMIC FANDOM is out now, and available in a print ($17.95) and Kindle edition ($4.99) at Amazon.com. Don’t miss it!!

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