|Issue #9 cover, by Dave Alexander|
Once more into the breach.... Today Dave Alexander returns to guide us through the beginnings of Electric Soup (em, apologies, but once again it's a piece nabbed from a book intro)....
|Issue #9 back cover, by Tommy Somme|
"In 1985 (!), when Tommy Sommerville and myself began talking about starting a comic, Tommy's strip "Adolf Bustard - Traffic Warden" and the now two page MacBam story with front and back covers, comprised what was to become Electric Soup.
|Issue #10 cover, by Tommy Somme|
Electric Soup from the start was a self-financed venture, and distributed round local record and comic shops (especially the aforementioned FutureShock! and AKA) in the time honoured fashion - plastic carrier bag and Shanks's pony.
|Issue #10 back cover, by Hugh McKenna|
The money made from each issue financed the printing of the next one, and it wasn't until John Brown Publishing signed us up after 7 self-published issues that we actually started to get paid for our efforts - £50 a page, but still welcome.
|Issue #11 cover, by Hugh McKenna|
With print runs of 50,000 we went national and international but didn't end up millionaires like the Viz guys. Where's the fuckn justice, eh?!"
|Issue #11 back cover, by Padam Singh|
|Issue #12 cover, by Padam Singh|
|Issue #12 back cover, by Rob McCallum|