/ John Purcell, 3744 Marielene Circle, College Station, TX 77845 email@example.com / John is hardly a newcomer to fanzines, but this is nevertheless a debut. As the former creator of In A Prior Lifetime tries his hand, at last, on a "true" genzine. I found this issue on eFanzines, but John will provide print copies to those who want them, and I want one. A superb, whimsical Brad Foster cover -- airbrush lends itself to whimsy -- leads into a minute-by-minute Corflu report; John exults that the smallness of the "memory-jogging" convention allowed him to "pinball" from conversation to conversation, and meet everybody there. (Reminds me of the way DeepSouthCon used to be, before gamer regionals swallowed it up.) Contributor Linda Bushyager writes about Las Vegas buffets, the sort of piece I wish Dennis Dolbear would pen for Challenger, as New Orleans restaurants recover from Katrina. Other offerings are also fine. Lloyd Penney reviews fanzines, exulting over Five-Yearly as did I. FAAn winner Teresa Cochran talks about her entry into fandom, and Roxanne Mills speaks of her super-hearing, a.k.a "mommy ears." John fills space with listings of forthcoming Texas conventions -- none, alas, as close as the Austin Corflu, which I missed.
/ Arnie Katz, 909 Eugene Cernan St., Las Vegas NV 89145 / firstname.lastname@example.org / Arnie's on-line publication hits this time on a topic very close to my concerns, the coming death of paper fanzines, in advertising a new project. This is The Fan Store, which will collect and distribute both dead-tree treasures and electronic zines. Check out TheFanStore.com and see how it's doing. After a clever column by Shelby Vick, Earl Terry Kemp -- son of
el's editor -- breaks my heart with tales of Berkeley's Change of Hobbit bookstore, which opened, alas, after I'd left UC. Best item in the issue is Joyce Katz's series on "How I Found Fandom" at the Ozark SF Association. An epic lettercol follows. Arnie, the voice of "Core Fandom", continues to demonstrate its best qualities: awesome energy, ability, and commitment to the fanzine medium. Corflu will return to his Vegrant bailiwick in '08.
/ Robert Sabella, 24 Cedar Manor Court, Budd Lake NJ 07828-1023 / email@example.com / now on eFanzines / The print version of VoP consisted of three parts. "The Passing Scene" is what we find on eFanzines this month, facts that have "percolated" through Bob's mind of late -- unlike him, I remember exactly what I was doing the day Nixon resigned (dealing with a druggie girlfriend's disastrous trip to New York City, where I then worked); his memories of childhood toys reminds me of "Blooming Rabbit" and makes me greatful I still have Tony, the cloth woofer I'll take with me into eternity. His spontaneous list of his five favorite genre books intersects once with mine, on The Stars My Destination. Bob's personal diary ranges from December of last year through February of aughtr-7, and includes teacher wors, bird sightings, and a mention of the famous Fei Fei. A fusillade of terrible jokes ends the issue. Another was announced the day before Easter, accompanied by some eminently silly egg-oriented cartoons.
Some closing notes.
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Fillo by Bill Rotsler
Oh yes -- when not up to his earlobes in fanac, he is married to the former Rose-Marie Green and is a public defense lawyer in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
(By the way; the signature on the charicature is "Kelly Freas"!)