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  • Started 1 year ago by BevanEvansMcdougie
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  1. BevanEvansMcdougie
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    Okay , what about print fanzines . SF-centered ones , most obviously , and 2 other (or @&1/2 , mebbe) that I'll get to .
    I was going to post about this subject , anyway , but Roger Ebert's death gave me an additional poke up th' arse//hiney , as his obit mentioned that , not only had be involved with turn-of-the-60s fanzine " LOCUS " , he had issues one entirely his own before that - I have yet to read his obit in home base , the Sun-Times , the New York Times referred to it as a " publication " .
    I was never involved with " real " (for print) SF fanzines . I assume that , of those likely to post here , many would have been , even especial movers & shakers !!!!!!!!!
    I did have some involvement with other types of fanzines-in-print , in those dear dead 20th Century daze...Comics-oriented fanzines ( Probably not as much as I'd like to think :-( . ) - and music-oriented , specifically more punk rock-based ( Even in , as the Factsheet Five guy said , more of the " sensibility "/background than the music itself - Thus , he used the phrase " pfanzine " . ) - the two I referred to - But , more general " music "/record collector fanzines/ama-publications went at least as far back as 40s vintage blues/jazz collectors , non ???
    FTM , for more generally " rock music "-connected 'zines , Greg Shaw's old WHO PUT THE BOMP ? , in the mid-70s , would review dozens of rock-oriented fzs...........Some perhaps a touch more " pro " record collector-oriented , but anyway...
    Recently , one Paul Williams died , a 1960s college student wyho started what became " the first ' serious ' rock magazine " , CRAWDADDY! , though I myself had some doubts as to whether Shaw's MOJO NAVIGATOR ROCK & ROLL NEWS - never went pro as Willims' did - wasn't maybe " the first " .
    Recently , the comics-oriented " prozine " COMIC BUYERS' GUIDE (once THE BUYER'S GUIDE (TO COMICS FANDOM) went completely under .
    SF-wise , I guess Locus is - beyond it now , I suppose - a prozine , no ?????????
    In my understanding of the " perzine " concept...Blogs have a LOT to do with 'em !!!!!!!!!!! :-)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. BevanEvansMcdougie
    Member

    ...This is a lil' sloppy/rushed , had a lot of comments/refernces to make.........!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. CurtPhillips
    Member

    Well, Roger Ebert did indeed publish his own fanzine in the early 60's. He signed himself "rog ebert" in those days and in addition to the 3 or so issues of his own zine that he pubbed, he also wrote some articles and poetry for a handful of other zines of the time. I have several in my collection with his stuff as well as copies of Ebert's own zine, and they're ok. No better or worse than anyone else's of that time. He stopped doing fanzines after about 1962 or 63, as I recall. "rog ebet" as well involved in fandom in those years (not "fandom" as it's thought of today, but what we traditional SF fans sometimes call "trufandom"), and was well known at midwestern conventions. The late Bob Tucker once me some hilarious stories about rog on a road trip to a convention that, unfortunately, I can't repete here. Suffice it to say that he was "one of us" and to judge from the extensive autobiographical article he wrote about his time in SF fandom (it's available on line somewhere...) I think he always kept a certain fondness for that time and those experiences.

    Most traditional fanzine fans draw a line between actual fanzines and blogs. There are many fanzines published in electronic form, but these are not blogs, any more than a blog is an electronic fanzine. The two forms are distinct enough that it wouldn't really be fair to either to co-mingle them, in my opinion. Some excellent fanzines old and new can be viewed (and downloaded ) for free at the remarkable efanzines.com site maintained by Bill Burns. I recommend it highly. If you want to know more about fanzines, that's a good place to start.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. Kevin C.
    Member

    It was a fanzine that turned me off from Star Trek. This was the original series, mind you. ST fanzines would run fanfic and some of it was quite good. Then I was reading an article that tried to reconcile episode order with the physical position of the Planet-of-The-Week, and stopped in mid-paragraph.

    This is a TV show, people, I thought. They were taking it way too seriously. And that was the end of that. I even had no qualms at giving away my James Blish novelizations.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. CurtPhillips
    Member

    Kevin, it's a good thing that the Star Trek fanzine you found wasn't "Spockanalia"...

    There are a *lot* of different fanzines out there.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. BevanEvansMcdougie
    Member

    ...Curt , back from behind Surf City concrete walls I am now here ( for now ) , I am gratified that I finally received some response to this , but my comparison of blogs to perzines was based on the idea of perzines sort of being " about people's - the person who writes its' - life , or some of it anyway , and the type of blogs which cover likewise :-) .

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. BevanEvansMcdougie
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  8. BevanEvansMcdougie
    Member

    ...Oh-tay , even this wee Celtic elf got that one right the first time , dat is gud (see what modern rehabilitive training can do !!!!!!!) , now , to X-plain...
    Yah , I was on the baloney sarnies and S.O.S. Wednesday morning plan when I saw the particular foolscap paper that appeared on , but that NYT link above is to an article about a " zine fes "t held " in da house " in Crook-lyn (Had enough ? kay , Boss , okay .)...........

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. BevanEvansMcdougie
    Member

    ...The Times' Berube refers to " zines('s)...1990s heyday " , a concept that I think may suprise some of you here but I do think that he is referring to the " Generation X/Reality Bites " , hah , -associated concept of " zines " as a small-scale personal thing , though the Grey Lady does show enough background/maintain enough of a a research department still that the 1930s and SF origin of the concept & term " fanzines " is referred to .

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. BevanEvansMcdougie
    Member

    ...Okay , today I bought a 2010 book by Teal Triggs , " FANZINES The DIY Revolution " , a Chronicle Books republishing of a 2010 firstly British-published book .
    It is a many-pictures/reproductions included history of fanzines , rather focusing on the " Punk-New Wave Era And Everything Thereafter "-based definition of " fanzine " , as I said , but ( Though , for instance , " Fanzine Genres Pre-1976 " is a heading in the first chapter . ) , SF's beginning of the type of publications the term was applied to/the word itself - " New Worlds "'s March 1939 first issue is the first repro to be displayed ~ is noted .
    ( " Fanzine " ) " was coined by the American sci-fi enthusiast...Louis Russell Chauvenet in 1940 in his hectographed fanzine DETOURS (1940s , USA )when he declared hs preference for the term ' fanzine ' rather than ' fanmag " as the best shortened version of ' fan magazine ' "*...
    " By 1949 , the term was in common use and was included as a formal entry in the Oxford English Dictionary . " - Triggs .

    Posted 9 months ago #
  11. BevanEvansMcdougie
    Member

    ...I'll bump this up , for Oblomov's benefit , even though I suppose he could have read it before , based upon the justification that it mentionand links to a 'zine fest as well , tho an East Coast one now a yearish back , it's courtesy the Gray Lady after all , not the (presumably) Best Coast one he referred to .

    Posted 5 months ago #
  12. BevanEvansMcdougie
    Member

    ...Both Shaw and Williams , of those " 60s rock 'mag progenitors " , had SF fan backgrounds are were familiar with the term " fanzine " , I believe .

    Posted 5 months ago #

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