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Comic Book Babylon

A Cautionary Tale of Sex, Drugs and Comics
Narrated by: Tim Pilcher
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
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This is the candid, uncensored and utterly unofficial of story of DC Comics' infamous Vertigo UK office, written by one who was the heart of the drug-fuelled, creative whirlwind. 

It's the odyssey of one comic fan in pursuit of his dream job, becoming the first British member of the DC editorial staff, and learning the harsh realities of publishing life. Along the way he meets celebrities including Paul Gambaccini, Jonathan Ross, The Spice Girls, Blur, Adam Ant and many, many more. 

Revealing the crazy, halcyon days of the British comics publishing in the mid-'90s, it blows the lid off the debauchery and excess that was part and parcel of the industry. But when you reach such dizzy heights, there's only one place to go.

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  • 08-03-20

A fantastic insight into 90s UK comics industry.

Over the last few years I’ve read a few books about the comics industry and the inner workings of the people involved. Tim Pinchers Comic Book Babylon has been an absolute joy to listen to from start to finish. Tim’s reminisce about his love for comics and working in the historical (maybe that should be legendary) Comics Showcase in London made me feel nostalgic. Whilst I never shopped in Comic Showcase whilst Tim worked there, hearing him talk about the shop reminded me of when I first discovered it in 1998 and how Impressed I was with the shop!

Tim’s work at the Vertigo London offices was an outstanding peek behind the curtain to the inner workings of the company and hedonistic social life that went with it.

I enjoyed the book from start to finish and my only complaint was that the audiobook was to short. I only hope Tim considers making another book at some point in the future.

Thank you for the book and Apologies for any poor gramma!

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