Biljo White and the Origins of Fan Culture

presentation by Bob Stevenson

Bill "Biljo" White did not invent the fanzine; but he did as much to further its reach as any other writer/publisher in the early years of comics fandom (the 1950s and '60s). White's Batmania zine, for example, became the blueprint for future obsessives to insist upon continuity from the Marvel and D.C. fictional universes. Bob Stevenson is one of the foremost dealers of this body of published work and will use White's unique story as an entry point for understanding the larger subculture that now includes Comic Con and myriad other fan-related industries.