"Comic Book People 2" Kickstarter heads into final stretch

With a week left in the Kickstarter campaign, industry veteran Jackie Estrada is still a little more than $6,000 short of the funding goal for her hardcover Comic Book People 2: Photographs From the 1990s.

As the title indicates, the planned 176-page book is a follow-up to last year's Comic Book People: Photographs From the 1970s and 1980s, and collects snapshots taken mostly at Comic-Con International, but also at other conventions and trade shows of the era.

Estrada, administrator of the Eisner Awards and co-publisher of Exhibit A Press, promises photos of Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Paul Norris, Nick Cardy, Neil Gaiman, George Perez, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Garth Ennis, Jeff Smith, Carla Speed McNeil, Paul Pope, Colleen Doran and more -- about 600 shots in all.

“While the first book focused primarily on the San Diego Cons of the 1970s and 1980s, this one gives a glimpse into comics industry in the transitional era of the 1990s,” Estrada explains. “This was the period when Image emerged, lots of new publishers got into the mix, and the self-publishing and indie comics movements really took off.”

To help reach that $23,000 goal, Estrada pledge rewards ranging from postcards and signed copies of the book to a 2016 calendar and high-quality prints. The campaign ends Friday, March 13.

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