FRAUENFELDER, Mark (Editor). BOING BOING - Issue 1 (8/89). Boulder, CO: Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing, 1989. First Edition. 4to. Very good or better in original stapled wraps, with pink illustrated element glued to cover (as issued).
Debut issue of arguably the most important zine to emerge from the movement. Frauenfelder’s BOING BOING was — along with MONDO 2000 — instrumental in the establishment of the cyberpunk aesthetic that would dominate the early emergence of internet culture, though with a more catholic interests. The cover of this first issue captures their signature approach: “Energized Fun! […] Comics, Cyberpunk, Brain Toys, Nanotech.” The journal would eventually evolve into a web-only publication and was among the earliest blogs on the internet. Today BOING BOING remains one of the most trafficked and influential websites anywhere, one whose posts often dictate the direction of online discourse. The original zine itself would run just fifteen issues (1988-1997), with later numbers being professionally produced and attaining a respectable circulation and distribution. Early issues, however, remain scarce and according to the editor “had print runs in the low hundreds.” The first issue “was printed in 1989, and only 100 copies were made. Now […] I doubt more than 10 copies remain on the face of the Earth.”
STARK, James. AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE SAN FRANCISCO PUNK SCENE [Cover Title] / SAN FRANCISCO’S ROCK ‘N ROLL SCENE [Title Page]. [San Francisco]: (Kuntsler Bundt A.G.), (1978). First Edition. 4to. side-stapled wraps. Photocopied and printed rectos only. Near fine. Limited edition, one of 200 copies hand-numbered and signed by the photographer, this #137. pp. Near fine. Wraps.
What Roberta Bailey was to the NYC punk scene, or Edward Colver to L.A., or Cynthia Connolly to D.C., James Stark was to San Francisco. Though almost generation older than many of the punks he photographed, Stark realized the importance of the burgeoning movement and quickly became its most important chronicler. He was a contributing photographer to Search & Destroy, the seminal SF punk zine, and he designed the iconic gig posters for the band Crime, the groundbreaking Bay Area outfit. Stark also served as something of the band’s official photographer, as evidenced by the frquency of various band member’s appearances in this book. A simple production (uncaptioned B&W images in a photocopied edition of just 200), AN INSIDE LOOK nonetheless perfectly captures the attitude and style of early punk and is an important primary document of its West Coast incarnation.