What are Personality Comics like?
April 1, 2010 6:27 PM   Subscribe

What are Personality Comics like?
posted by Joe Beese to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Personality Comics were released in the wake of the success of Revolutionary Comics, a publisher that released unauthorized biographies of bands like Guns and Rose and New Kids on the Block.

I don't have any in front of me, but I remember them being extremely low quality comics published on a shoestring to try to cash in on the fad. They were black and white on cheap newsprint and the art was drawn by cartoonists who weren't very experienced or good.
posted by MegoSteve at 7:12 PM on April 1, 2010 [1 favorite]

This long blog entry at the San Diego Reader pretty much corroborates that. They were low quality [look at that cover art!] and just sort of geared towards making a buck. From that link: "...a slew of cheesy and downright sh-tty “biographical” comics flooded the market from competitors. Boneyard, Rock Fantasy, Personality (AKA Friendly, Celebrity and later Pop, but a turd by any other name still smells like sh-t)" They folded in 1993.
posted by jessamyn at 7:21 PM on April 1, 2010 [1 favorite]

From the covers, I thought they might be enjoyably bad. But it sounds like they're just bad.

Thank you for the answers.
posted by Joe Beese at 7:28 PM on April 1, 2010

If you want to read one, here's a self link to Patrick Swayze's Personality Comics Biography.
posted by carsonb at 4:08 AM on April 2, 2010 [2 favorites]

(I liked it.)
posted by carsonb at 4:08 AM on April 2, 2010

The Swayze comic is indeed poorly drawn, but to my surprise it's rather well laid out.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 5:52 AM on April 2, 2010

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