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My God, It's Full Of Stars .... I Mean Zines! - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
The Here And Now
My God, It's Full Of Stars .... I Mean Zines!

I had an interesting chat with a zine fan this weekend. She wondered why Fanlore was not tagging or categorizing fanzines by subject: angst, hurt/comfort etc. so she could find zines based on her interests. Putting aside the fact that most anthology zines do  not have a single theme (novels are different), the majority of people working on Fanlore don’t have access to the physical zines, let alone the ability to read them all to come up with categories.

Even using the vast existing Internet resources that date back to the early 1990s, assembling info on a specific zine is tricky. There have been other fans who have created extensive databases and indexes (I blogged about the paper Trekindex today), and there are fandom specific ones like the Karen Halliday Star Trek Zine index, the Star Wars Collector’s Bible, The Starsky & Hutch Compendium and…..well I started a list of these online zine indexes in 2009 here.

The bottom line is that fanzine info is scattered across the Internet and basic fanzine history continues to be lost due to inactivity, neglect, gaffiating, death, and entropy. This makes locating even the simplest info - like tables of contents, story titles, fandoms, page counts and dates -- a monumental undertaking. A monumentally *insane* undertaking as there  are (we guess) 8,000+ fanzines listed on Fanlore. Which makes Fanlore the first and only comprehensive multi-fandom media fanzine listing in media fandoms’ history. Ever. (Or, as I sometimes jokingly call it, it is Fandom's First Memory Alpha....but I will reserve that title for another fanzine history preservation project).

Which is why I am so grateful when someone does take a moment – like the fan I mentioned above – to let me know that they are finding Fanlore’s fanzine index useful and want to make it more useful.*

*Many zine fans use Fanlore to buy and sell their used fanzines or to look for some of their old favorite stories and fandoms. If a zine story is now online, Fanlore can provide a link to the story. And of course if the zine is still for sale, there will be a link to the publisher, agent or distributor.

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frogspace From: frogspace Date: May 5th, 2013 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Which makes Fanlore the first and only comprehensive multi-fandom media fanzine listing in media fandoms’ history. Ever.

Which is truly mind-blowing and I'm so in awe whenever I look the zine pages and just... the scope of the whole zine project! Just thinking about it makes me flail and whenever I talk to other fans about Fanlore, I struggle with explaining to them what a monumental undertaking and amazing achievement it is.
ladyjanelly From: ladyjanelly Date: May 15th, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I've got some memorabilia (convention flyers and a few zines) that I was checking to see if you were interested in archiving before i put them up on Ebay?

Battlestar Galactica 15 Yahren Reunion convention flyer, 1993 (I could scan for you if you just want scans)

Doctor Who Rassilon's Star #2 zine, 1984 150 pages with personal letter from editor to my late mother-in-law (I've got #1 or #3 around here somewhere--)

Several of B.Jo Trimbles's Sci-Fi Spotlite/Spacetime Continuum magazine (I could scan these)

Dark Shadows: The Lara Zine, 1993, 40 pages
The World of Dark Shadows #71/72 170 pages, not scannable without damage
the world of Dark Shadows #74 74 pages
And this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=271172928453&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT#ht_664wt_1139 that I already listed.

STar Trek (Voyager?) Robert Duncan McNeill fan club zine 30 pages, (I could scan) more of a zine than the usual fan club stuff.

Just let me know if this is the type of thing you're looking to archive?


morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: May 18th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, we can use scans of all of these. We'd also love any paper donations of items you decide not to sell. My direct email is mdawn6 @ yahoo.com
ladyjanelly From: ladyjanelly Date: May 18th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome. I'll get the scans I can do on my to-do list, and we'll see how the sales go with the other ones.

I was out at MIL's house this weekend (probably the last trip) and found a VHS labeled "Dark Shadows music videos" which may be seriously old-school fan vids? Want it? I don't even have a VHS player to see what's on it or if it works.

Is there any way you can credit the scans to my MIL? Like a "Donated in the memory of JoBeth Taylor" somewhere on them?
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: May 18th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be happy to see if I can transfer the songvids to DVD. If the transfer works, I can send you a copy of the DVD (no cost). Email me at mdawn6 @ yahoo.com and we can chat about logistics.

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