Boing Boing Issue #1

Boing Boing
Mark Frauenfelder just uploaded the first issue of Boing Boing from 1989, back when it was a zine, which then morphed into a magazine, later going online in 1998 and finally becoming a blog in 2000. In this first issue you can see the beginnings of many familiar Boing Boing topics like technology, comics, cyberpunk, etc. It’s available for download as a 16MB PDF.

Here’s an early holiday present: a scan of the entire first issue of bOING bOING, the print zine that preceded Boing Boing, the blog. I think most BB readers don’t know that we started as a zine. Our first issue was printed in 1989, and only 100 copies were made. Now, 16 years later, I doubt more than 10 copies remain on the face of the Earth.

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale is the founder of Laughing Squid and is based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.