Urban Paranoia

Borin Van Loon: Urban Paranoia

One of Borin Van Loon's earliest engagements with the community/radical press which burgeoned in the early 1970s* was with the Wandsworth/Balham/Tooting community magazine Lower Down. Bof, his post-sixties character wanders through these tiny one-liner strips, more-or-less as they appeared in the pages of the magazine with an additional strip drawn when Borin and partner escaped the IRA bombs of London to the Suffolk countryside ('Rural Paranoia', naturally). Weighing in at a mighty 36 pages and only 7.5 by 21 cm in size, this tiny book proved very popular. Published by Alan Courtney's Suburban Books imprint in 1977, printed by Rye Express, Peckham, it was followed by Intellectual Bull Comix.

Borin Van Loon: Urban paranoia (mole)
A sample page from the book. An old Suffolk man once described the London Underground as 'Mole country', which inspired this strip. Tooting Bec station has never looked so lovely.
Borin Van Loon: Bof badgeAn original hand-coloured Bof badge
[*see also The Waveny Clarion - East Anglia's community paper.]

Bizarreries of the Internet world
2011: this tiny book spotted on eBay  for sale by a seller called 'fungamecafe'. Item: Urban Paranoia UK Comic - Borin Van Loon 1979 VERY RARE. Date: 1979; cover price: 20p.Condition: This comic is guaranteed to be in near mint to mint (NM/M) condition. Price: $999.99 [!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!] Oh yes, plus $2.99 postage & packing.

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