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Jackie Estrada

San Diego, California
Jackie Estrada has been involved in comics fandom since the late 1960s, when she and her then-husband Davey Estrada collected comics and subscribed to just about every fanzine. She attended the first San Diego Comic-Con in the summer of 1970 and she has been to all of them ever since. She began volunteering with Comic-Con in 1975, handling PR chores in tandem with Jeff Gelb. She went on to edit the Souvenir Book and other publications beginning in 1977 and off and on through the 1980s and into the 1990s and also put in a stint as official Con photographer. Since 1990 she has been the administrator of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, comics’ most prestigious awards program, and over the last decade she has produced Comic-Con’s at-show Events Guide, in addition to serving as the chair of the guest committee and performing other tasks for Comic-Con and its other shows, WonderCon and APE (Alternative Press Expo).

Jackie’s other accomplishments with Comic-Con include helping to establish the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive in 1977, starting Artists’ Alley in 1986, and instigating a separate registration for professionals in 1987. She received Comic-Con’s Inkpot Award in 1977.

In 1994, Jackie married cartoonist Batton Lash and they founded Exhibit A Press, a publishing company devoted to producing Batton’s comic book series "Supernatural Law." She has been the co-publisher, editor, and letterer for the company ever since.

Jackie is the author of the new hardcover book "Comic Book People: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s," which contains images she shot at Comic-Con and other shows over those two decades, along with her commentary on the photos.