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Update: April 15, 2013: The bulk of the fanzine information has been moved to Fanlore, the fan run wiki. You can access Fanlore's home page here.
If you're looking for a list of fanzines by fandom, this is what I have so far:

Place of Honor:  Starsky & Hutch. Pepper has compiled the most amazing and complete fanzine listing. Mahvelous. Go here

1. Alphabetical listing
A-Team - list here (last updated in 1997) and here
Beauty & the Beast here and here
Buffy and Angel
Blake's 7  - Judith has an extensive list here
Dr Who - partial lists available here and here and here
Due South -Ray Vecchio Fanzines and  Ray Kowalski Fanzines
Inspector Morse here
The Magnificent 7 here
The Man From U.N.C.L.E - slash fanzines here, gen and slash fanzines here
The Professionals -The Hatstand  and Palely Loitering (with their own LJ here)
Quantum Leap - old list, needs updating
Rat Patrol - Excel spreadsheet here
Real Ghostbusters - here (defunct, last updated 2002). A more current list is here
Robin of Sherwood here
Seaquest here and here
The Sentinel - Loft Library -Slash Zines and Gen Zines
Smallville here
Shadow Chasers here (old archive)
Sherlock Holmes here
Stargate SG1 - old list here
Starsky & Hutch - Pepper's Amazing List With Every Possible Combination Except Pepperoni
Star Trek   - K/S Slash Zines and Star Trek Zinedex (gen/het/slash). An index of stories published in fanzines by title and author can be downloaded from the KirkSpockCentral mailing list (membership required).
Star Wars - Star Wars Collector's Bible (older list archived here)
Supernatural - here
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea here
Xena/Hercules - partial list here

2. Multi-Fandom Lists

Ming's Fanzine Archives (Star Trek, Star Wars & other Fandoms - click on the pdfs for the list)
Fandom Wikis - FanLore and Fan History

3. What To Do With That Aging Fanzine Collection?  If you don't  want to sell your fanzines on eBay or at a convention, the  Fan Culture Preservation Project  will help fans find homes for their fanzine collections - either at the University of Iowa or  via fellow fans.  More here and  here.

What I like about the Fan Culture Project is that the University will pay for shipping and loading of the zines.  I have several friends whose health has declined, don't want to sell their collection, but want to find their fanzines a good home.

Other places to buy/sell your fanzines: the Zinelist Announcements List, its sister discussion mailing list  Zinelist or the SlashSwap mailing list. You can offer your fanzines on LJ at Fandom Swap.     Jim and Melody Rondeau will also agent your fanzines online and at conventions for a small commission. As a last resort head over to eBay but beware you may be charged 2-3x more than you would buying from fannish sources.

For new zines/in print zines only:  The Zine listing communities - one here on Dreamwidth and the mirror here on LJ. Melody Clark has started MediaFen, a fanzine listing blog. The RSS feed for LJ users is here. The direct blog link is here.

If you're trying to track down a fanzine producer whose website has moved or gone away, try using the Wayback Machine.  Ex:  The Zine Zone (last updated in 2003) is archived here.

4. Any other lists? Drop a note. And feel free to link here, as I'll update it.

Looking for Fanzine lists:
Star Trek - gen/het
Buffy/Angel - some zines listed on Fanlore
Highlander - some zines listed on Fanlore
X-Files - some zines listed on Fanlore

5. Wanna Know How Your Ancestors Produced Their Fan Fiction?
Read "Fandom Before Computers"

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The weirdest muncle zine covers I’ve found so far. They are, in order, The Dunwich Affair (1985, 1990), The P.U.N. From U.N.C.L.E. # 1 (1991), The Curse of the Round Robin (1989), and Hello…Goodbye (1981). The Curse of the Round Robin is slash. The rest are gen. The sheer diversity is fascinating. The first is a novel-length Lovecraft crossover, the second is a book of jokes and puns, the third is, presumably, a round robin, and the last is the script for a muncle/Beatles crossover play. (Images from fanlore.)

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Posted in full at: at January 03, 2017 at 10:52AM

The current cover design. Let us know if you have any tips for improving it and look forward to hearing more from us - we’ll be calling for fanfic submissions soon!

Artwork by @grrrenadine

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Does anyone have copies of the 1990s letterzine "Late For Breakfast"? It was published out of the UK and was also sold here in the US. Sue the Android edited issues #1-14, Carla S from Scotland edited issues #15 onwards. I'd be happy to buy or borrow.

Stacy Doyle

Dec. 7th, 2015 02:03 pm
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A little over a year ago, fan friend Stacy Doyle passed away. Her partner Liz asked us to help find a home for her fanzine  and fanvid collection. One Sunday in Feb, a few of us* gathered together to catalogue, box and shipp her fanzine collection.

A collection in her name has now been established up at Texas A&M University. On Stacy's bio page Liz wrote:

""What can I say about Stacy … she was generous of her time, friendly, loving, and a born caregiver. She was at her happiest when she was helping someone. It didn’t matter if the help was big or small. Helping you figure out your new phone, computer or getting your VCR/DVD to talk to your TV or helping you decorate for Halloween or Christmas or helping you move.

Once she discovered fandom she was in 7th heaven, as they say. She found she wasn’t the only one into Star Trek, Starsky and Hutch, Man from U.N.C.L.E, and so forth that was just the beginning of her fanish pursuits. She convinced her Mom to drive her to conventions in Sacramento, yes, she had to be driven, as she didn’t have her drivers license yet. Once she got it and that freedom it garnered her, she was able to go to local conventions by herself. As she went to more and more conventions she discovered costumes, zines, and vids!..."

*A huge thank you to Mishie, [personal profile] franzeska and [personal profile] xlorp for doing the hard work in getting the collection to TAMU.
morgandawn: (zineswin)
 I "asked" several of the fanbook project organizers to see what printers they are/were using.  This list will be updated

PrintNinja: (min print run of 250, average for soft with perfect or coil, 100 full color pages (or 50 sheets) around $15 (including shipping and proof copy). If you go up to 200 pages (100 sheets) the price is around $24. You can tweak this a bit and if you can manage 500 copies, the price drops significantly (ex: 200 page zine would drop down to to $14 again).  They have a good price calculator

First Choice Books:  Canada based. The project used it because it was local and suggest that fans use local printers to avoid having to pay shipping costs for the proof copy. Pricing: need to call or email to get estimate

Print Trade Co located in Norcross, Georgia, USA:

JiMi Agency: prints books on a case by case basis located in Seoul, Korea

Blurb:  USA and UK. Does both artbooks and magazine style printing.

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Link to video:

A couple of weeks ago, the RAW Fanthology team spent a weekend in the woods planning our @kickstarter launch.  There was blood (fake), chicken escapes (real), Mizumono cosplay (a questionable choice) and homemade donuts (100% unquestionable).  

We also spent a lot of time making Aimee sit on rocks and talking at a camera about why fandom and fandom publishing is so important to her (and the rest of us).  

I’ve cut together some of my favorite quotes from that discussion so you can meet Aimee and learn more about what inspired the RAW Fanthology project and why we want to create published fanworks that exist as tangible objects. 

We’ll be sharing more with you next week!   And, as always, we hope you’ll consider contributing to RAW.

–Tea ( @teaberryblue ), RAW Co-Editor and blood splatter afficionado


Does anyone have time to transcribe this interview? It is less than 2 minutes long and I’d like to share it with a hearing impaired friend.

edited: we found someone. There are two  more videos - also short, so ping  me if you want to help.

Some contextA new Hannibal slash art/fanbook has just raised over $50,000 as part of its Kickstarter. The group did an earlier Captain America art book called Brooklyn:


One of the editors gives an interview about 'why produce a fanbook" and the history of fanzines.

Tags:hannibal, rawhannibalfanzine, rawfanzine, fanzine, fandom history, fanzine history, DWCrosspost

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Tags:fandom history, fanzine history, box scene project, charity, fanzine, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: at November 17, 2015 at 10:50PM



Look what I found on my door step!

Why look! Fans printing their fic  and selling hard copies for charity. The circle is complete.

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Ever wonder what types of fanzines are being published today? 

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Posted in full at: at November 15, 2015 at 06:53PM

State of the Union: Fanzines

Ever wonder what types of fanzines are being published today? There are still many traditional print fanzines (just head over to Fanlore or click on my fanzine tag). But more recently, I’ve seen limited run art zines being produced. Kickstarter seems to be a popular way of funding these zines. I would have included more, but tumblr only lets me add a certain number of images.

Links to their Fanlore pages or their Kickstarter page below. (Supernatural) (Fifth Element, PDFs are still available) (Supernatural Anime) (Orange is the New Black, free e-zine on Isuu) (see also the second vol: (PDFs still available (Captain America) (Teen Wolf) (Glee) (Teen Wolf) (this is the one zine that has yet to be published, although they just concluded their Kickstarter fundraiser) (Mad Max Fury Road)

edited to add:

Not shown above: (Thor, single artist) (copies still available) (Avatar The Last Airbender) (Hannibal) (still accepting backers) (Dragon Age) (Mad max) (still accepting submissions) (Captain America) (still open to backers)

Tags:fanzines, fandom history, fanlore, fanzine history, fanart, fan art, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: at November 08, 2015 at 01:21PM








Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (deleted scene)

Seriously though, this scene. WHY DID THEY DELETE THIS SCENE?

And as they went away with Luke letting Han’s hand trail out of his, I thought, “…as though millions of Han/Luke shipper voices suddenly cried out and were silenced.”

In all my days I’ve never shipped this till…

Welp, if I didn’t ship it before…

True story from ancient fandom corner: people did ship it, and that shit was stomped on harder than any slash has ever been stomped on. There were lawsuits. SW slash went WAY underground–even in the days when all slash was underground. There were ‘zines, but they were precious as carbuncles and basically if you had one or wrote in one you were like a fucking badass slash bandit.

As far as we know, no one was sued  for publishing a Star wars slash zine or fiction. The reason that Star Wars slash zine fandom went dark, had to do with two het stories published in 1981: the Swedish zine The Dark Lord and then later Slow Boat To Bespin. This led to Lucasfilm issuing a series of protocols requiring the publication of family friendly material.  These protocols  put a damper on Star Wars zine publishing overall because they were subjective and arbitrary.

Of course given the homophobia of the times that classified any gay material, even G rated, as adult, this meant that published slash in Star Wars fandom pretty much dried up until the late 1990s, when brave slash fans resumed publishing Han/Luke slashInterestingly, even at the height of the Lucas anti-sexuality crusade, two slash writers were able to obtain permission to publish a slash story using original characters.  It took some effort to get permission, including a letter of protest written directly to Lucasfilm.

One good thing that came out of the Star Wars fanzine crackdown - before the crackdown, Lucas had demanded that fans submit a copy of their zines to his offices. Eventually he grew tired of them and the collection was given to Ming Wathne, who added thousands of other fanzines from other fandoms and ran the Fanzine Archives, a fanzine lending library. In 2008, she donated the collection to the University of Iowa and is open to the public.

You can still read some of the late 1990s Han/Luke fic online. 

(cover of Elusive Lover 1, artwork by Zyene)

Tags:fandom history, fandom meta, star wars, slash history, han/luke, DWCrosspost, fanzine archives, fanzine history, university of iowa

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Posted in full at: at October 09, 2015 at 01:01PM



So [my roommate from college]‘s aunt and uncle were old-school fen, back in the day.  This is what she recently inherited:

Now, I’m going to omit credits on these, simply because some of the names of the artists may be their real names.  Since what fandom was then is not what fandom is fandom now, and there’s a big difference between ‘publishing something in a limited-run mail-order printed fanzine in 1973’ and ‘posting it online where google can find it in 2015,’ my policy here is to add credits only if the artists request it (they can email me at this username dot gmail dot com).

Ready, friends?

Are you sure?

It gets better.

Aw, that’s…

…oh hey tentacles, nice to know some things were always classics.

“Draw me like one of your french girls” before Titanic was even a thing.

Is that Risa?

It’s gotta be Risa.

I actually really like this artist.  Fortunately, they were fairly prolific:

You know what, I know what the context for this one and the next is, but they’re better without.

And then the classic ‘caught changing’ pinup, which I find much more entertaining than the reboot version:

And lest you think it’s all about the dudes:

…this is just a small sampling.  I haven’t even got to the tentacle-penis pinup or the slavery AU or the “did they go to a Roman planet? and is that a crucifixion in the background of the kirk/spock snogging” pics.  Or the tribble humping a wig stand.  But this post is long enough.

There are some research library fanzine collections (Univ of Iowa and Univ of Texas specifically) that would LOVE to have those, eventually, if you felt like making sure they’d be preserved for fandom. Beautiful stuff, early slash fandom. Incredibly courageous.

Oh please donate them to either Iowa or TAMU. They’d both love them.

The “prolific” artist is Gayle F (you can find more of her work on Fanlore).

Lots more info about all of these zines under the Star Trek zine categories.


Tags:fanzine archives, fandom history, star trek fanzines, star trek history, fanlore, university of iowa, texas a&m university, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: at October 09, 2015 at 09:56PM





The things you find lurking in your basement. I thought these were gone forever but thankfully, I kept them all: my favorite X-Files fics from Gossamer back when I was spending several hours a day on Gossamer, all printed out on various shades of tinted paper and each with a cover I made by hand–as you see–bound in several volumes, and some of these migrated to AO3 but many indeed vanished from the Internet forever. I always meant to do a similar collection of favorite MSTings, back before Web Site Number 9 died, but most of them were both too hair-raising to reformat for printing and just far too long.

Sonetimes, figuring that since I was only altering them for my collection it wasn’t a crime or nuthin’, I would go through stories and rephrase a line here and there, remove passages I didn’t like, on occasion rewrite random paragraphs or change, say, an in-story reference to Sarah MacLachlan lyrics to a band I actually liked; every altered story had a scrupulously enumerated log of “editorial” changes attached as an appendix, since someday I might be called on in federal court to testify to exactly what I had altered and how. I started making larger “edits,” rewriting the occasional ending and once, since I have no shame, reworking a Mulder/Scully story into a Mulder/Samantha one (I still think it worked better that way). Eventually this did, in fact, lead to my sitting down and writing my own fanfic from start to finish, though ironically, other than one never-posted-anywhere practice run I’ve never written any X-Files fic. And that’s how I began to write anything at all.

If you ever want to find a permanent home for these wonderful items….

The various “fanzine archives” will gladly accept them as donations.

I had just assumed they wouldn’t take them as they’re not “proper” zines, but thanks for the heads-up! I do actually need to sit down and decide who gets the posthumous keys to my tiny fannish fiefdom (and where to donate that shelf of non-fannish zines, while I’m at it), so this is good to know.

In fact, so many of these “custom zines” were donated to Iowa that we had to invent the name for them. And make a page on Fanlore. 

Tags:fanzines, fanzine history, fandom history, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: at September 10, 2015 at 04:50PM

back cover T'hy'la #12 by Marilyn Cole

front cover T'hy'la #12 by Marilyn Cole

Interested in reading K/S fanzines?
The US K/S Press Fanzine Library has fanzines to loan.

The K/S Press is a free monthly newsletter that any K/S fan can subscribe to by contacting

The Press offers two lending libraries - one in the US and
one in the UK.

The US librarian has run the KS Press Fanzine Library for many years. She knows the zines very well and can assist new readers, guiding them to zines that will be just what they’re looking for. To borrow from the library, you need to become a K/S Press member. There is a small yearly fee charged to use the library.
Here is a listing of the US Libraries holdings.

Why The Library?
Although the library does not lend out zines that are still in print, there is a whole legacy of zines available. Zines with art and poetry. Zines with stories that will never be published on the internet or archives such as AO3 or The K/S Archive. Classics such as
Courts of Honor that may be difficult to read off of a computer screen.

The US library will mail up to three zines for a period of five weeks; a week to read each zine plus a week at each end for mailing. They usually mail zines at the Media Mail rate, which is the cheapest way, but of course will mail at any rate the borrower wishes. When the zines are returned the postage costs to get the zines to the reader are returned as well.

The Chris Soto Memorial Library
The US KS Press librarian also administers The
Chris Soto Memorial Library which consists of tapes and professional books about Star Trek including all the episodes and the animated series. All titles in the zine library including hard-to-find gen zines galore, are printed each month in the KSP.

Questions? Contact Carolyn Spencer @
Carspence @ (please contact catalenamara first as you need to be a member of KS Press in order to borrow from the library)

*The covers for
T'hy'la #12 merge to form a panoramic view of Spock spinning a web around Kirk. Artwork by Marilyn Cole

Tags:fanzines, star trek fanzines, fandom history, fanzine history, KS press, Kirk/Spock, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: at September 04, 2015 at 08:10PM

Cushing Library Releases Digitized Media Fanzine Collection:



Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is pleased to announce that it is now able to offer free, limited online public access to select titles in the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection. Since the collection was first initiated in 2013, access to its materials was previously restricted to only those with a Texas A&M-approved ID until additional permissions could be obtained from the fanzine creators who contributed to the collection.

As the collection becomes more of an important resource for understanding the development of fandom, Cushing Library sought the approval from writers and editors of the Hereld Collection to make their contributions publicly accessible. The collection, which is an unparalleled assembly of media fanworks that document generations of fans’ continued creative engagement with media productions, consists of thousands of digitized images of media fanzines, letterzines, and club newsletters — dating from the late 1960s through materials published online or in print in 2015.

Among the creators who have given their permission are Morgan Dawn, Janet Quarton, Sheila Clark, Devra Michele Langsam, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, and M. Fae Glasgow. Cushing Library anticipates that public access will continue to grow as more authorization is granted.

A few of the impressive productions chronicled particularly well in the Hereld Collection are: Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990), Blake’s 7, Doctor Who, The Professionals, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Starsky & Hutch. Additions to the collection continue steadily, with fanzines relating to numerous other productions, such as the Harry Potter book/movie series, Due South, Miami Vice, Simon & Simon, and many others, including a bevy of stories from multiple fandoms.

Sandy Hereld, for which the collection is named after, is a living, digital tribute to a popular and prolific fan writer in the 1990s and early 2000s — who was also one of slash fandom’s most visible fans. Hereld lost her battle with cancer in 2011, but her legacy of work continues to touch lives and inspire fans. She was the founder of Virgule-L, the first Internet slash mailing list, began hosting numerous other mailing lists and fan sites, and helped create the annual “Vid Review” panel at the Escapade convention, which is the longest-running slash fan convention and became the model for serious conversations about vidding as an art form.

The Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection can be accessed at:

Wow, Sandy would be so happy to see this. This is fantastic.

(whistles innocently)

This is the correct URL:

Sandy’s paper collection is at the University of Iowa (along without thousands and thousands of zines.) Although the paper zines cannot be checked out or loaned through the inter-library system, the Iowa Fanzine Archives special collection is open to the public. If you or a friend wants to donate zines from their collections, contact the OTW’s Open Doors team.

Texas A&M University has a smaller paper collection (but growing and still accepting donations). They have also launched this digital collection which has been named after Sandy Hereld.  Only a teeny fraction of the digitized fanzines in the collection can be made available to the public for now.

TAMU also has started collecting filk in case anyone is looking for a home for their collection.

Tags:university of iowa, texas a&m university, fanzine archives, fanzines, Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection, to infinity and beyond, fandom history, DWCrosspost

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Fiction written in the community based on one television series has been printed in pale blue ink on yellow paper, which photocopies as a blank page. Editors and authors would release the work only to people they knew, and then only after the purchaser had promised not to pass the work any further. Secondary readers - those known to the purchasers but not to the editors or writers - could be given the option to read the work in the home of the purchaser, but generally could not receive full access until they became well known in the fan group."


Camille Bacon-Smith, writing about pre-internet fanfic communities in her book Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth
(via surrexi)

Let’s see if I can remember the fandoms that CBS is referencing

The first is….Starsky & Hutch RPS? (no, wait that was The Purple Pages) - named because they were printed on purple paper. There was a Starsky & Hutch gen and slash zine that was printed in blue ink on red paper: Pushing The Odds. You can see images of the zine here as well. So I am drawing a blank on the blue ink/yellow paper fandom.

morgandawn: (zineswin)
Forwarding this for Sundara

"I am offering my entire slash zine collection to someone who is 
interested. Included are mostly Star Trek (K/S) zines, with a few other 
fandoms included (X-Files, Stargate/Atlantis, Sentinel...I think.) 98% 
Trek, though. A large collection.

A few caveats I insist upon:

1) WAY Too many to 3-4 large, heavy plastic storage containers 
currently. Must be willing to pick up in person. I am willing to meet 
while I'm on the road, between North Carolina and Maryland.

2) NO RESALE! I enjoyed greatly this collection, but due to an upcoming 
long distance move, need to pare down. So...I'd love to share with 
others who will love and enjoy these. If there are zines you don't want, 
then pass them along FREE OF CHARGE to others to enjoy. PASS ON THE LOVE!

Contact me off list at"
morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
From 1981, the Star Trek fanzine Menage A Trois. In 2012, two fans remembered their encounter with the zine and one of the actors depicted in the artwork.Kandy F: … [the zine] had a picture on the front cover, very well drawn, of Uhura being hugged by Sulu, but then reaching out past him to Walter [Koenig], implying that it was going to be a three-way. Well—Marnie S: Oh, I know that zine.. I think I have that zine out in my garage.KF: —Walter’s coming around through [the dealer’s room], and he goes, “Oh, you’ve got slash. You got any, listen— Kandy, why is it can I never find any slash that has Koenig it in?” I mean, Walter in it. I mean— (laughter)MS: Yes, yes.KF: He wanted to know why his character wasn’t being slashed. I’m kinda going—MS: He was not—KF: EeeeeMS: —deterred by it. In fact, he used to tease George [Takei] about it.KF: Yes. (laughter) So, anyhow, he goes up and he sees this story…..he rolls it up and he decides to give a dramatic reading.MS: Oh, god! Oh god!KF: About how the two guys had to go down to a planet and seduce the court of the queen, so they’d give them dilithium crystals, for the ship is trapped in orbit and can’t get out. And so these two young men had to go down there and please the ladies of the— So, he’s reading this thing out loud, very dramatically, and just enjoying the heck out of it. So—MS: He got a huge kick out of things like that.”Interview Source: Media Fandom Oral History ProjectArtwork in pencil by Rebecca B.Links go to Fanlore, the fan run non-profit wiki about media fandom

From 1981, the Star Trek fanzine Menage A Trois. In 2012, two fans remembered their encounter with the zine and one of the actors depicted in the artwork.

Kandy F: … [the zine] had a picture on the front cover, very well drawn, of Uhura being hugged by Sulu, but then reaching out past him to Walter [Koenig], implying that it was going to be a three-way. Well—

Marnie S: Oh, I know that zine.. I think I have that zine out in my garage.

KF: —Walter’s coming around through [the dealer’s room], and he goes, “Oh, you’ve got slash. You got any, listen— Kandy, why is it can I never find any slash that has Koenig it in?” I mean, Walter in it. I mean— (laughter)

MS: Yes, yes.

KF: He wanted to know why his character wasn’t being slashed. I’m kinda going—

MS: He was not—

KF: Eeeee

MS: —deterred by it. In fact, he used to tease George [Takei] about it.

KF: Yes. (laughter) So, anyhow, he goes up and he sees this story…..he rolls it up and he decides togive a dramatic reading.

MS: Oh, god! Oh god!

KF: About how the two guys had to go down to a planet and seduce the court of the queen, so they’d give them dilithium crystals, for the ship is trapped in orbit and can’t get out. And so these two young men had to go down there and please the ladies of the— So, he’s reading this thing out loud, very dramatically, and just enjoying the heck out of it. So—

MS: He got a huge kick out of things like that.”

Interview Source: Media Fandom Oral History Project

Artwork in pencil by Rebecca B.

Links go to Fanlore, the fan run non-profit wiki about media fandom

morgandawn: (Starsky Hutch The Fix Hug)
 The editor: "To the sanctimonious bigots who have terrorized several innocent S/H fanzines into hiding by making a big point of pushing them in front of Goldberg, Spelling et all I hereby see your threat and raise you double. ' I am throwing down the gauntlet -- with my fist in it. Pick it up at your own risk. "

In the early days of Starsky & Hutch fandom (1980s), there were strong objections to the existence of slash fan fiction. One of the early slash fanzinesCode 7 was published under threat of copies being mailed to TPTB in the hopes of driving slash fans and fan fiction underground.

In response, another zine editor published her slash stories anyway with blue ink on a red background.

Fanlore explains: “In the end, the slash stories were printed in blue ink on a reddish background. The zine came with a sheet of red plastic the reader was to put over the page to make it legible. The editor also required a signed “statement of compliance,” numbered the copies, and used coded hole-punches on the pages, supposedly to identify the purchaser of any copy that “fell into unauthorized hands.” These machinations were all an attempt to keep the zine, one of the first slash fanworks, from being dispersed and read by those (including some fans who’d threatened to send it to the studio and otherTPTB) who were not supporters and would do the genre harm “

You can read more about her zine  Pushing the Odds here and the tensions between Starsky & Hutch fans over slash fan fiction here.

morgandawn: (zineswin)
 I have a friend going to these areas  this weekend. If you have zines or  other fannish items you want  to donate to the archives, drop me a note or an email. You can enjoy door to door personalized pick up services.

mdawn6 @
morgandawn: (zineswin)
 If you want to get in on this 2 bidder bidding war, now's your chance. The price for the zines is around $177 so far. The zines are Simon & Simon with some Miami Vice and MUNCLE tossed in.

I wonder how many Simon & Simon fans are left out there. Back in the day, Simon and Simon has some incest fic (not these zines BTW), that was considered shocking and un-fannish. Oh to go back in time and pat fandom's little chubby cheeks of innocence.
morgandawn: (zineswin)

"Most fans would probably love to own a hard copy of a fan publication. If more were exposed to printed fanzines, they might even want to collect them. Many new fans don’t know these publications exist or ever existed, particularly if they have never attended conventions, or their only exposure is to web stories beamed over the Internet. What they are missing is something rare and precious and even personally valuable….like the rudimentary books published in the Middle Ages. How prized those must have been for the new readers….”*

*A fanzine aficionado posting to an online forum in 2005 during one of many debates about whether fanzines would continue to survive as a fannish art form. Read more about this discussion on Fanlore and even more about the history of media fanzines here.

morgandawn: (zineswin)
 This time the fanzines are those pre-dating media fandom - the science fiction fanzines of the 1930s-1950s. It looks like they may be doing something similar to the HathiTrust, where you can search the full text but only see snippets (much like Google Books)..

From their tumblr post:

I’m happy to bring exciting news!

We are digitizing all of the fanzines in the Rusty Hevelin Collection, beginning with the earliest from the 1930s through 1950.

  • inviting a select group of fans to help transcribe the text of these fanzines in an apa-style working group.
  • respecting copyright and privacy by not placing full reproductions of the fanzines online
  • building a searchable database containing the full text of all Rusty’s fanzines
  • creating the most comprehensive and user-friendly index of science fiction fanzines that has ever been attempted.

I’m so glad to be part of this important project. Stay tuned for more information and updates. Thanks."

edited to add: "Once digitized, the fanzines will be incorporated into the UI Libraries’ DIY History interface, where a select number of interested fans (up to 30) will be provided with secure access to transcribe, annotate, and index the contents of the fanzines. This group will be modeled on an Amateur Press Association (APA) structure, a fanzine distribution system developed in the early days of the medium that required contributions of content from members in order to qualify for, and maintain, membership in the organization. The transcription will enable the UI Libraries to construct a full-text searchable fanzine resource, with links to authors, editors, and topics, while protecting privacy and copyright by limiting access to the full set of page images."

more here

morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
On occasion, people will ask me: “Why is there a digital media fanzine collection at Texas A&M University. TAMU is not…is not….well, it’s not that science fiction-y. Is it?

The answer is (a) yes it is, (b) TAMU has one of the oldest science fiction and fantasy special collections, (c) TAMU has hosted Aggie-Con, a gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans for decades (how does 45 years sound?) and (d) the archivists are wildly enthusiastic about all things fannish, including media fanzines and filk. So check out TAMU’s sci-fi/fantasy collection and the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digital Fanzine collection.

Article printed in “The Eagle” dated March 25, 1976

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

The year is 2014:

"On the eve of the brand new season of Doctor Who, yesterday the BBC and Federation Against Copyright Theft teamed up to close a long-standing fansite. Following an in-person visit, Doctor Who Media shut down immediately. Its domain name will soon be taken over by the BBC."  Source

The year was 1985 and this was written by an fan editor whose Miami Vice newsletter had been shut down by the studios:

“I was the editor of a small letterzine called ‘Vice Line,' which managed to publish 1 issue before being hit with fandom's greatest horror, the dreadedCease and Desist notice. Receiving it was particularly painful for me, as I had just spent 8 months moving heaven and earth to keep ‘Miami Vice’ from being cancelled, and while I didn’t expect the producers to throw roses at my feet, I didn’t expect this either. Within days of its debut, the zine was folded, subs refunded, and plans for future fannish endeavors thrown into limbo. The experience left me drained, disillusioned, and angry about the massive amount of waste of time, energy and spirit, of all the people who had worked so hard for so long. I vowed I would never again lift a finger to do shit for a television show (or anything else for that matter) as long as I lived. There were million other hobbies one could engage in, and this seemed like the perfect time to finish that 5000-piece jigsaw puzzle. It was during this period of fannish-detachment your letters started arriving; letters full of empathy, encouragement and hope, that served to make the void that was left by ‘Vice Line’s’ demise, seem that much larger. I cannot describe the feeling you get from being told that some little thing that you did affected so many people in such a way, they feel your sense of loss as if it were their own…….”

The editor then went on to publish Pop Stand Express, an adzine that allowed fans of smaller TV and movie fandoms to connect with each other.

Read more about the newsletter Vice Line on Fanlore here.

(links go to Fanlore, the fan run Wiki about media fandom)

morgandawn: (zineswin)

"If you’re a sci-fi or fantasy fan who loves to read, there’s no cooler place than the massive Eaton Collection library at UC Riverside — but all that could change soon.

Housed in the UC Riverside Libraries' Special Collections and Archives in the Tomás Rivera Library, the Eaton Collection is touted as the largest publicly accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature in the world. But a professor who works with the collection claims new management might tear it all apart.

Science fiction author Nalo Hopkinson, a professor at UC Riverside, has posted a public plea claiming that new library management plans to drastically slash the size of the collection, and those decisions have already led to several resignations and problems among the staff."

More here

To be honest, this entire report boggles my mind, knowing how large and well established the UC Riverside collection is.  UC Riverside is one of the satellite sites where fans have sent their media fanzines in the past.   Based on this article, I would recommend that fans continue using Texas A&M University, University of Iowa or Bowling Green's Popular Culture Collection (Ohio) for the fanzine and other sci-fi/fantasy donations.

And if anyone is interested in helping save the collection, contact the author Nalo Hopkinson via the article above.

To learn more about the Eaton Collection read the 2011 Transformative Works and Cultures journal article about the Eaton Collection: (also the source of the photo above).

morgandawn: (Due South Thank You RayK)
Fan artist TACS  (aka Carole) and Laura Peck wrote and published fanzines for decades under the name of AMC Press.   They also helped organize several fan run conventions in the 1980s-90s. They now need help to move. The good news is that they have found a place that is much cheaper and that will allow one of them to pay for their medication. The bad news (or the "how can I help" news) is that they need to raise funds to actually make the move. Their situation is explained here.

Forwarding as appropriate permission granted. Thank you for taking time to read their information.
morgandawn: (Starsky Hutch The Fix Hug)
  Reposting for Flamingo:

“Some wonderful fans have been doing yeoman’s work helping us preserve our fic at the SH archive. Keri, CC, Dale, Dianne, Duluthgirl, sagittas, hardboiledbaby, Janet, Jenda, shaya, larse, fionulavic, and probably someone I’ve forgotten, have been working hard to upload stories from the Me and Thee Archive and the old SH archive, search for stories with broken links on the BCL, organize information, search for authors, scan and proofread zine stories to archive, and more. What, you thought they were spending their summer at the beach? The only tan these fans are getting is from the glow of their computer screens. 

But real life can’t be put off for long, and some of these hardworking ladies need to get back to pressing issues they’ve been ignoring. And in spite of this impressive list of volunteers, we are only up to the “J’s” in the author list from the Me and Thee archive. We’ve been focusing on that since those stories aren’t currently available. Only a small percentage of the old SH archive has been moved. Moving these stories isn’t hard, but it’s pure grunt work; nothing glamorous about it. Each story has to be transferred individually. So, there’s a lot of work left to be done.

Have some free time? Want to discover fics you’ve forgotten or maybe never read? Help us repost stories from Me and Thee, the Pits, and the old archive. It isn’t hard, and we’ve got a good pdf tutorial that explains it all in words and pictures! Our list of tasks:

1) Moving the Me and Thee Archive. These stories are easy to move since they already have classifications and summaries.

2) Moving the These stories take a little more creativity since they aren’t classified and have no summaries. While this archive is still functional, it can’t be updated.

3) Have a zine collection AND a scanner? Some fans are helping with proof-reading zine fic that’s never been on line (with permissions). However, I’m providing most of the scanning and zine copies, and I can only do that in a limited way. If you already have a scanner and an SH zine collection, you could really help here. We have several proofreaders, but I have trouble keeping up with them to provide more scanned work for them to proof.

Interested in helping? Write me off list at flamingoslim at verizon dot net. If you have made this offer before and didn’t hear from me, please be patient and try again.

Thanks in advance,


Art from the fanzine With a Little Help from My Friends, archived at the SH archive.

morgandawn: (zineswin)

In 2012, Ziba Perez Zehdar re-discovered zines, those little anti-authoritarian pieces of self-published paper long printed by everyone from science…

"For traditional libraries, however, zines are anomalies—not books, not magazines and not quite graphic novels, the latter of which is itself the latest medium to make its way from popular culture to the institution’s shelves. And yet they are relevant documentations of contemporary culture which, many argue, deserve to be accessed.

Through the utilization of special collections and archives, academic libraries have a little more wiggle room with accepting funky items like zines; and its no wonder that the earliest and largest library inclusions are on college campuses (UCLA and SDSU each have one). But public libraries have a little more trouble justifying incorporating zines into their offerings; and only a handful of systems—like San Francisco, New York, Salt Lake City, Portland and even Jacksonville, Fla.—are accepting donations and scouring resources for more of these little magazines to keep on site.”

morgandawn: (Cat Sleepy)
My summer cold continues to leave me tired and coughing. But the Fanzine Archives at University of Iowa posted on tumblr about their Beauty and the Beast fanzines: Special Collections University of Iowa — We had a request to feature more media fanzines,...

Sample cover below. Info about the fanzine on Fanlore here.

morgandawn: (Zen fen lanning Green)
Does anyone have copies of The Halkan Council #1-5 (The Halkan Council was an early Star Trek letterzine). We'd like to borrow it to scan for the preservation project. We have the remaining issues through 26/27.
morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
A Fanlore volunteer is adding comments from crack van (the fanfic rec community that recently shut down). Her focus is on fanfic that was originally published in fanzines. She shared some of her observations with me....

"I'm filling in zined story comments on Fanlore with comments from Crack Van.

First, the recs themselves are good, but there is almost nothing of value in the comments to them. Lack of substantial online comments, the pithy "that's hot" or "thanks for reccing it" seem to be something that went along with the online journal culture, even early on. I don't generally read comments at AO3, but I wonder if they (overall) have more meat to them?

Second, it's no wonder many, many fans don't know what zines were or what role they played in early fanfic, as the reccers very rarely listed the zine the stories were originally published in. Starksy and Hutch reccers were better than most, but more often that not (talking about older fandoms here), the zines are not even mentioned. It's like the stories popped out of nowhere.

Third, regarding zines: when the story was posted online by the author, there is often no mentioned that it was in a zine first, or it it is mentioned, they don't name the zine by title. No wonder zines are such a mystery to many.

Finally, reccing at Crack Van was a thankless task, no matter the fandom, no matter the year. It was lucky a rec got even a single comment, and when it did it was an aforementioned pithy thing, or a complaint that the link to the story was broken. Demoralizing. I'm amazed that people stuck with reccing there all those years....

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
Volunteering on Fanlore has been mind expanding. One of the features Fanlore offers is a general mailbox - the Gardeners mailing list. Email goes to a group of volunteers. No one is assigned to respond to messages, it is "respond as you may." Issues that require the Wiki Committee's input get forwarded to them (Committee members are also on the mailing list which helps speeds things up).

Because Fanlore is open to the public, we often get offbeat inquiries ("I have a copy of X zine. Where can I sell it?" or "I want a copy of X zine where can I buy it?" and "I read this story once - it involved a man and a dog. I think there may have been a parrot with one eye. Can you help me find it?).

Other questions are more on target: pointing out incorrect facts or offering to add images, art or new information. We also get emails from old fans who have found themselves on Fanlore and are thrilled someone is documenting fandom history (although we often hear: "OMG I can't believe anyone would still be interested in what I wrote when I was in my 20s. Ack!" But thank you. Did I mention Ack?!)

In one case, we were contacted by a fanzine writer who noted that her Fanlore page said her well loved novel had never appeared online - and "did we know anyone who could help with that"? (We did..or rather I did, and with the help of  fans like Jan Levine One Way Mirror is now available online and as a PDF with the art here)

Then there was the president of one of the early Star Trek fan clubs who had kept all the club records and flyers and zines in a filing cabinet for 30+ years. He wanted to know if anyone would be interested in the material - and we were able to direct him to Open Doors which helps fans find permanent homes for their zines an other fandom memorabilia.

But on occasions we get messages of a more personal nature, friends looking for lost friends. This week, a former cast member of a TV show who is seriously ill wrote to Fanlore hoping to reconnect with two friends. We of course had no information, but I was able to find a fandom mailing list and I forwarded his message to them. So far no one on the mailing list has responded to his request for help, but he sent me a lovely thank you email.

You never know what will pop up next. Fanlore is not just about documenting history - it is about helping make new connections and new history. And it is often the first point of contact for many of the older fans who are reaching out to the newer fandom communities and the various OTW (and non-OTW) fandom projects.

morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
This essay about the history of media fandom showcases the efforts of many volunteers over the last 6 years. The essay relies heavily on Fanlore articles about fanzines and fandom events from the 1970s-1990s. Fanlore, in turn benefited from the scans made by dozens of fanzine and letterzine owners and publishers across the world as part of the Sandy Hereld Memorial Collection. And as soon as we finish transcribing the oral histories recorded at various US conventions, there will be more first hand records of our history.

Without these first hand records, our community and history could not only vanish, but it could also run the risk of being twisted and misrepresented. One of the more powerfully subversive acts is to record your own history, in your own words, in your own voice.

Or as Spock would say: "Dif-tor heh smusma."

morgandawn: (zineswin)
Fanzines are not dead (yet). They're just resting (as can be seen in the photomanip cover below). This Supernatural slash novella by J.M.Griffin, "Requirements" was published in 2008 by GriffinSong Press. The zine is 143 pages long and digest sized. The photomanip artwork on the cover is  by JKay.

(some links go to Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media fandom).

(Earlier I blogged about a tumblr user who was showcasing zines that are being sold on eBay.  The image above is from the original ebay seller ad and here is the link to the original tumblr post. The artist was not credited in either posting).

morgandawn: (zineswin)

A more "recent" fanzine published in 1997 (or possibly 2000). Out of the Dark is an XFiles slash fanzine featuring one of the main slash pairings: Mulder/Skinner.

The story is online here at the Annex. Cover art by K9.

Looking for more Mulder/Skinner zine fic?  Try Bene Dictum #4 featuring stories by MFae Glasgow (Fanlore links to the publisher's website where you can download a PDF of the zine)

(some links go to Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media fandom).
(Earlier I blogged about a tumblr user who was showcasing zines that are being sold on eBay.  The image above is from the original ebay seller ad and here is the link to the original tumblr post. The artist was not credited in either posting).
morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

While Spockanalia did not bill itself as an erotic or adult zine, it contains the earliest known lay stories. An excerpt from issue #3's story The Alternate (1968) is an example of some fairly racy prose for the time: "He has shifted his position slightly and is inquiring if I am uncomfortable. Strange... he is capable of insisting that I do almost anything that occurs to him if his curiosity demands fulfillment, but he will then be quite gentle and, as long as he is satisfied with the results, take pains to insure that I am not hurt or made to suffer acute discomfort. The point is, after all, not cruelty but satisfaction. For him, the two do not necessarily go together. I pretend not to hear or understand his question, and with a small half-groan-half-growl dig my fingernails into his ribs. He is obviously satisfied that I am not in distress and says no more. His lips wander up from my ear, across my cheek, brush my lips, the gentle movements of his lips and hands punctuated steadily, rhythmically by more virile caresses... you bearded virile bastard, it is I who will penetrate to the center of you and learn your secrets, learn if you are truly a lord to be feared, a black-maned lion who roars and rules, or one of us, with fears and weaknesses..."

The editor responds in issue #4 to reactions to "The Alternate" as well as in anticipation of the story Time Enough in 1969:
We've been told that a couple of the items in Spockanalia #3 are embarrassing, dirty, or downright trashy. If we've embarrassed you, we are sincerely sorry. The recurrence of the theme of sex isn't surprising. Sex is a recurrent theme of life. The recurrence of the theme of sex involving Spock is also unsurprising. We Star Trek femmefans find him attractive and highly masculine. Some of us are articulate, and the result is predictable (and even logical.)

If anyone is seriously concerned.,.psychiatrists regard such feelings as perfectly normal (if they are non-obsessive) and artistic endeavour as a healthy outlet.

Perhaps some of our readers are too accustomed to the tradition, in popular literature, of the male protagonist being aroused by the presence of attractive women. When they find that women write it the other way around, they find it strange. We, the editors of Spockanalia, try our best to print only material which we consider well-written, interesting to us, and written within our format. We do not choose to limit ourselves by eliminating one effective segment of our submissions."

Source: Sexually Explicit Fanworks on Fanlore
morgandawn: (Cat How... Interesting!)
The Bowler Desert, a Laurel and Hardy fanzine ended publication in 2013. Other Laurel and Hardy fanzines include Pratfall and Sons of the Desert. So you see, there is indeed a fanzine for every fan. Sadly I can find very little info about the zines beyond the ebay images below.

morgandawn: (SPN spooned)
This arrived in my inbox over the weekend. What can I say...I have the best friends.

"Because sometimes life is like this, and all you can do is contemplate The Duck."

Drawing is from the Kirk/Spock fanzine Beyond Dreams #5. "Child's Play" art by Ingela

morgandawn: (Dr Who Purple Tardis)
Again, a gift from one of my trusted minions un-indicted co-conspirators fellow Peripatetic Historians:

"I Feel a Smile Coming On," filk by Mary Frey, illo by Kathy Carlson from the zine IDIC #4.

morgandawn: (zineswin)

Fandom could have used more Buffy fanzines. According to Fanlore: "Whoever Rules Rome was published in 1999, is 79 pages long and is a digest-sized fanzine. It is a crossover novel written by K. Nickell with Xena, Buffy, Sailor Moon, Beauty and the Beast, Real Ghostbusters, Night Court and possibly others.

I'd love to know more about the zine. Like "does it really crossover all those fandoms" and "who is the cover artist?"



morgandawn: (zineswin)
There has been much talk about the breaking of the 4th Wall and the involvement of TPTB in fandom. And for decades fandom has been saying that fanzine publishers, while tolerated by TPTB, had little interaction with them for fear of being shut down.

The fact is that this is not true. Spockanalia, the first Star Trek fanzine was sent to Gene Roddenberry and his letters back to the editor were published. Interstat, a long running Star Trek letterzine, had Harve Bennett, a Star Trek producer as a frequent contributor (a fact that irritated some fans who wanted to vent about the Star Trek movies in peace),

But in 1998 and 1999 when the editor of Orion Press complained on Usenet that his zines were not selling and that free Internet fanfiction was ruining fanzine publication, the editor of Pocketbooks (the professionally published Star Trek tie in novels) appeared* to offer his thoughts on the matter. Here are some samples of their interaction:

"If your sales are down - and from what I've read in this thread, they seem to be - then you aren't providing your target audience with what they want to read to an extent that they are willing to continue to pay for it. The fault is -never- with the -readers-, it is -always- with the publisher. Have you considered that what -you- consider a good story might not match up with what your readers think is a good Trek story?

I work to produce the kind of novel our readers will like, not to please myself. That kind of approach drives up unit sales, which reduces unit costs, which keeps you from having to raise prices… etc. Oh, and sales on the pro books continue to rise sharply, despite free fan-fic on the Internet"

"My sales are strong and growing, especially TNG, while yours are dropping off to the point where you say TNG is dying.:) I must be doing something right - and, frankly, you must be doing something wrong, or your sales would be growing (when sales slump, it's -always- the publisher's fault). Or it could be the webbies are right, and the day of printed fan-fiction is passing.

Orion Press' response: "I have no explanation for this difference. Perhaps, though, the fact is that you've so flooded the market with books...that readers no longer have any need for fanzines."

Read more on Fanlore at Fanzines and the Internet or "Whither Thou Goest, Orion Press? and in Fanfiction: web or zine?

*"Appeared" is a bit misleading as Pocket Books had been mentioned earlier in the thread as a publication company that was supposedly suffering from the negative effects of the Internet. The editor had participated in several other Usenet threads at alt.startrek.creative before.
morgandawn: (zineswin)

Many zines appear for sale on eBay without key details - like publisher or publication date or a complete list of table of contents or artist credits. This fanzine was most likely published in the early 2000s, a time when fanzine fandom was being replaced by online fandom and fanzines began their long march to even more obscure publications.

The zine is Walk on the Wild Side. It is a slash fanzine and it is a Multi-media zine  (or in today's terminology "Multi-Fandom) as it has stories from many fandoms such as Buffy, Roswell, and X-Men. Through much effort Fanlore was able to identify the cover artist as Norma Rockswell but additional details about the zine are welcomed (publication date? editor? review? full table of contents?)

(some links go to Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media fandom).
(Earlier I blogged about a tumblr user who was showcasing zines that are being sold on eBay.  The image above is from the original ebay seller ad and here is the link to the original tumblr post. The artist was not credited in either posting).
morgandawn: (zineswin)

To show there are zines (a) for everyone and (b) published after 2000, here is the cover of the Stargate SG1/Real Ghostbusters crossover fanzine: Keymaster. The fanzine won the 2002 FanQ (Fan Quality) Award.

The cover art is by Sandy Schreiber who wrote: ""Sheila Paulson liked to have me do the art for her novellas. this was a Stargate: SG1/Ghostbusters crossover. It's the second of two novellas. I tried to draw the real-life actors as well as I could...they're harder than the stylised art of the Ghostbusters. Watercolor on board." Source

Earlier I blogged about a tumblr user who was showcasing zines that are being sold on eBay.  The image above is from the original ebay seller ad and this is the direct link to the original tumblr post.

morgandawn: (zineswin)
Rounding out my fanzine searches on twitter and tumblr is a fan who really really loves this zine.  In fact, this zine was, for many, the first zine we ever bought.  The tumblr entry contains lots of of this zine's art.

What is this zine?

morgandawn: (Dr Who Fantastic kyizi)
Today is the Doctor Who Christmas Special. And yesterday, the Atlantic magazine wrote the following article about Doctor Who fanzines  (on a side note, Fanlore was briefly mentioned in the fanzine cover credits)

"How Fanzines Helped Put Doctor Who Fans in Charge of Doctor Who

"When the BBC announced Scottish actor Peter Capaldi would play the 12th Doctor in its beloved sci-fi series Doctor Who, superfans quickly dug up a crucial fact about the actor: He’s a superfan, too. Capaldi, who takes over Doctor duties from Matt Smith in a Christmas Day special, has an enthusiasm for the show that dates back to the 1970s, when he authored stories for Doctor Who fanzines—small-circulation publications made and distributed by fans. See, for example, this 1976 article about the show’s title sequences.

“Watching the abstracted light forms & patterns which appear in the opening sequence of Dr. Who has become a familiar ritual for all of us,” 18-year-old Capaldi wrote. “The wonder of the opening is that it manages to capture in only a very few moments of screen time the atmosphere of Dr. Who.”

Capaldi isn’t the only amateur Who geek to go professional. Because of the program’s unusual history—it ran from 1963 to 1989 and then returned in 2005—many of its original fans are now its writers and producers. Showrunner Steven Moffat told The Guardian this year that he was "the original angry Doctor Who fan,” and his earliest Internet postings about possible story ideas are still online today (and those ideas occasionally find their way into the show). Writers like Paul Cornell and Matt Jones graduated from zines to official Doctor Who novelizations and, eventually, episodes of the reboot itself."

Read more.


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