By Robert Newman
The Society of Publication Designers
November 23, 2011
On the Ground is a great new book about the 1960s (and early '70s) underground press, edited by Sean Stewart, the mastermind behind Tumblr site Babylon Falling. The book is packed with reproductions of underground newspaper front pages, comics, graphics, and much more, all in color, and most not seen publicly in over forty years. Represented are newspapers like the Berkeley Barb, Los Angeles Free Press, East Village Other, the Black Panther, and many more. And there's a healthy dose of underground comics and comic book covers, too. In addition to the wonderful imagery, Stewart has collected an oral history of the time, interviewing former underground press editors, artists, and scene makers. On the Ground is a pure visual treat, and is our choice as our #1 holiday gift for friends and family.
On the Ground
is now out and available at bookstores and at Amazon.com, or online here
On the follow page, a collection of underground newspaper front pages, from On the Ground
(Above): cover design by Simon Benjamin
East Village Other, 1967
The Black Panther Party newspaper, 1969. Illustration and art direction: Emory Douglas.
Newspaper page from Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers. Illustration: Ben Morea.
Gothic Blimp Works, 1969. Illustration: Spain Rodriguez.
San Francisco Express Times, 1969. Photograph: Jean Raisler.
It Aint Me Babe, comic book cover, 1970. Illustration: Trina Robbins.
Rising Up Angry, 1970.
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