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       Currently Dancing on Stage 3
                                           talking to you at Corflu and felt all the   but got a fresh boost of energy from
                                           more guilty for not giving you some         feeling that connection. You just carry
                                           proper feedback for all the fanzines you    on being quirky, while you still have
                                           produce, but because I just read your       the energy and the time – two things I
                                           Corflu write-up in #117 and it pressed      think the rest of us envy hugely.
                                           buttons and rang bells for me all over      The Dark Mind Pulling I went
                                           the place. I thought it was a good          through really didn’t happen.
                                           sustained piece of writing; I’d like to     Mostly it was a way to make
                                           see you do more like that.                  Graham’s song into a moment of
                                           I totally understand that folks             great victory for me! Yes, it’s a
                                           could never keep up with my                 tired device, but I am a Hoaxster,
                                           production schedule so as long as I         after all...
                                           get an LoC a year or so I’m happy. I               I, too, got a great boost from
                                           do a lot of longer writing in Claims        attending Corflu. As I wrote in a recent
                                           Department, my FAPA zine, and               BW, and as I think Lilian Edwards
                                           usually try to do my con reports as         mentioned on the TAFF panel, there
Letter Graded Mail                         long pieces. I like writing longer          isn’t really an active fanzine scene
sent to garcia@computerhistory.org         things, but I have to have the right        within UK fandom at the moment
by my Gentle Readers                       topic, and that’s rare for me.              – although I keep having hopes of a
                                                  I have to admit I was quite          revival, and perhaps there were enough
Let us begin this issue with The           surprised to read about your dark           Brits at Corflu this time for the seeds
Multi-Time FAAn Award Winning              night of the soul during Corflu; maybe      to have been planted afresh – and
(and #1 Fan Face) Writer and FanEd         I just wasn’t around at the right time,     so Corflu is unique in my experience
Claire Brialey!!!!!                        maybe you’re very good at internalising     as being a place where it’s possible
           Thursday 15 February 2007       such thoughts, but maybe I was just         to actually talk about fanzines with
                                           very unobservant. So apologies, for a       people who are currently producing
Dear Chris,                                start, if I could have helped with that     them, as well as those with a huge
       Unlike my last letter, this one     at all or if I contributed to causing it.   wealth of experience in doing that.
is an attempt at a proper LOC. So          I guess the persona you’ve created of       It’s great to hang out with congenial
you’ll be able to see how I fail to live   Chris-the-continuous-fanzine-machine        people and talk about everything else
up to the standards I set out on that      gets played on by the rest of us as a       as well, but the shared background
letterhacking panel at Corflu Quire!       great fan character at least as much        adds something to the atmosphere. In
I doubt you’ll have any trouble with       as you laugh it up yourself. But it was     that respect, fanzine fandom provides
that, Miss “Wins FAAn Awards a             great to see you come out the other         for me a cosy microcosm of the fannish
Lot!”.                                     side in your con report, having found a     experience more generally; the fact
       But I really wanted to write        place within Corflu and fanzine fandom      that we’re not just all science fiction
this time, not just because I enjoyed      where you not only felt comfortable         fans but are science fiction fans within
a creative community who are writing        perceptions more generally
and reading and talking about SF and        about who’s approachable in
SF fandom creates a tremendous sense        different ways.) I’m quite a
of engagement and belonging.                tactile person and I’m happy
Not an active Fanzine Scene on              to hug people I know and
the Isles? That’s weird. I always           like, especially if I only see
thought that the UK was the                 them rarely and meeting up
last remaining stronghold for               is therefore a big deal; but
fanzinistas. There’s an OK scene            sometimes I get concerned
in LA (with File 770, No Award,             that this is signalling to other
Vanamonde, etc), Seattle seems to           people that I just like hugging.
                                                                              Lillian Edwards, Randy Byers, Art Widner and Geri Sullivan
have a bunch (or maybe it’s just the        I find I hug far more at Corflu
                                                                              enjoying Margaritas at Iron Cactus. Photo by John D. Berry.
Chunga cabal that makes it seem             than anywhere else, since
                                                                                          occasion we most memorably failed to
active) and the BArea is trying (SF/        there’s a pretty high hit rate.
                                            I can’t remember who it was, but              see them. Mark, Spike, and the woman
SF, The Drink Tank, etc) and then
                                            during my TAFF race, I was told               serving us in the slightly unexpected
there are the clubzines, but the
scene overall seems very diffuse.           that ‘You’ll have to give up hugging environment of a Texan winery all
                                            as a greeting, kid.’. They obviously          assured us that (a) there were llamas
That might be due to the fact that
                                            knew me. Maybe it was Frank Wu.               nearby and (b) they had personally
eFanzines is a scene in and of
                                            I’m a well-known hugger. Always               seen them, but we had no evidence
itself. I gotta agree that having
all of us around one recharges the          have been. It might be my generally that there are llamas in Texas. Clearly
                                            fluffy body-type.                             we weren’t going to see any around the
blood and increases the desire to
FANAC. I’m riding high still, with                  I could get quite mushy about all city, so had missed our chance. And
                                                                                          then I find that you have seen a llama
all of my reviews coming pouring            this if I’m not careful. So I shall take
                                                                                          farm between the airport and the hotel
out of my fingertips and even some          myself sternly in hand, flip an egoboo
                                                                                          in Austin itself. (What do you call a
fan art getting done (I have to try         sign or two to get my emotions under
                                                                                          soap opera about the everyday lives
and get FAAn Award nominations in           control, and talk once again about
                                                                                          of llama farming folk? A llama farmer
every category!). Plus, y’all are just      llamas.
                                                                                          drama. What do llama farmers wear
so damn funny!                                      As you may have gathered
                                            during the dead dog barbecue (and for         in bed? Llama farmer pyjamas. And so
       In such circumstances, our
                                            all I know there could have been dead         on.) I WANT TO SEE THE LLAMAS!
fabled British reserve can crack
sufficiently to permit hugging. (While      dog, or indeed parts of a llama, nestled The way my incredibly old driver
                                            alongside the brontosaurus ribs in            took me brought me by the two gun
we were at Corflu, I find there was a
discussion on another British fan’s         that huge pile of tender meat), I did not clubs and a llama farm, though
                                            see any llamas during Corflu. Neither         I did not see any actual llamas,
LiveJournal which also touched on this
                                            did Lilian, who was sitting with me in        merely the sign. I did see goats and
issue; it wasn’t Britishness specifically
                                            the back of Spike's car on the                what was either a sheep or a giant
that was the problem, but people’s
                                                                                          Q-Tip.
        Or, indeed, baby pandas. There’s well. My guilty lapse from this principle for a guy on an Historian’s salary.
actually a considerable variety of furry     is foie gras, so finding the combination              I was interested that you, too,
animals of which I am conceptually           of that and my new Corflu experience          had the thought about applying the
fond and which I would be theoretically of brisket floated before me in Andy               Corflu Guest of Honour selection
very happy to have roaming our               Trembley’s article about the foodie           procedure to TAFF races. I think it
suburban back garden, although some delights of Montreal in #114 meant                     was Randy Byers with whom I was
of them – the otters and the platypus,       that it succeeded pretty well in what         discussing this at some point during
for instance – would require us to           it was trying to do. It even made me          the con; we figured that it would not
convert much of it into some more            forget briefly my post-Texas conviction only make the whole thing easier on
watery environment. I so often ask           that I don’t need to eat any meat again candidates (no need for campaigning,
Mark whether we can have                                                                               and indeed no sense of a
particular exotic wildlife that                                                                        popularity contest) and
he’s just taken to agreeing to all                                                                     administrators (no votes to
of it; the difference of opinion                                                                       count), but could raise a
between us arises because we                                                                           bundle of money for the fund
each believe, therefore, that it’s                                                                     in a quite straightforward
the other one’s responsibility to                                                                      way. If we applied the same
acquire it. In practice we don’t                                                                       principles to fan funds as we
have any pets at all, but it’s fun                                                                     do to the Corflu GoH, we’d
pondering the cuteness of all                                                                          be saying that anyone in
the impractical options.                                                                               fandom who hadn’t already
Manatees. That’s the one                                                                               received such an honour
that gets me. If there was                                                                             would be equally eligible
a way to keep Manatees
                                    Frank Lunney, Graham Charnock, Harry Bell and Rob Jackson at the and appropriate to be a fan
in my apartment, I totally                                                                             fund delegate. This would
                                    In The Bar reading on Saturday. Photo by John D. Berry
would. And hippos, though I                                                                            mean that anyone who didn’t
understand they can be quite testy.          for weeks. Nonetheless, the prospect
                                                                                           want to run the risk of being picked
        To take a brief diversion back       of a Seattle Corflu in 2009 is even
                                                                                           in any particular race would need to
to a previous issue of The Drink Tank        more tempting, so if that comes off I’m
                                                                                           pay a sum of money to opt out… But
– the paper copy you gave me at              guessing Corflu would win out over
                                                                                           somehow I suspect that fandom is not
Corflu, so not so diversionary really        any Worldcon for our intercontinental
                                                                                           really ready for such innovations just
– you’ll have seen that although I am        flight that year.
                                                                                           yet; I’ll leave it to young enthusiastic
fond of many animals, I’m still happy        That’s one more than I can afford to
                                                                                           types like you, at whatever stage you
to eat meat; I can’t claim there’s any       make! I’m a big fan of Seattle (I can
                                                                                           become a fan fund administrator, to
philosophical consistency in this            drive there, though I usually end up
                                                                                           moot any necessary reforms!
although I do prefer to know that the        flying in the end) and I’m hoping to
                                                                                           I’ll propose it as the Brialey-Byers
animals I’m eating have lived and died       do both, especially since the cost of
                                                                                           Act of 2007!
                                             Montreal will be pretty darn high
       As promised, I started writing a
piece for you on the plane home about                                                         http://trufen.net/article.pl?sid=04/
the 1990 Worldcon. It needs a little                                                          09/26/1340235&mode=nested
polishing, but I’ll send it to you soon.                                                      (And you can see the vid of Catherine
Having just written about the things                                                          having much better success with it at
we were reduced to selling to one                                                             Noreascon4)
another over the fan tables at that con                                                       That’s good stuff!
to try to find a use for all the guilder                                                             And lastly (for now) what meal
coins we’d acquired, I was amused to                                                          are you thanking me for? Don’t the
see Kevin Standlee’s comments in a                                                            props go to John Purcell instead?
letter to a previous Drink Tank about                                                         I think I left out the word
creative use of the local casino to          John Purcell, Claire and Ted White on the Let-   conversation in that particular
rustle up guilder coins to make change       terHack Panel- I took this one with John’s Cam   Thanks.
for Worldcon memberships. If only we’d       egoboo nonetheless.                                     Loved the ephemera you’ve
made contact back then – but I guess it      Always glad to dish what I can!                  strewn throughout the zine. I should
would have made a few less anecdotes                I’ll have to dig through my file          send you some “WorldCon ‘89 At Myles’
for your fanzine, so it all comes right in   copies to see if I’ve got more NOVOID            House” stuff.....
the end…                                     for you. Issues #4 and 7 you want for            I’ve heard a lot about that bid,
Can’t wait to see it! I wish I’d been        sure, and maybe #8, and perhaps just             but never seen anything from it.
able to make the 1990 WorldCon. It           perhaps #2 which is still in the semi-           FanHistory must be served!
would have fulfilled my wish to go           crudzine category. Spare copies of #1                   Cheers, and hope to see you in
to a con in some small, backwater            quite emphatically Do Not Exist. You’ll          Vegas next spring,
country!                                     need to visit one of the very few people         - Colin
       Best wishes – and egoboo,             on earth who (still) have a copy to see          Vegas being my favourite fandom
Chris! Egoboo! (Now, are you going to        just what kind of creeping horror I              and Spring being my favouriet
reiterate what I’m doing with my other       inflicted upon the world as my first             season and CorFlu being my
hand as I type that?)                        fanzine.                                         favourite con all mean I’ll be
Right back atcha, Claire!                    That sounds like a challenge.                    there...with figurative bells on!
Claire                                       Maybe I can get The History
                                             Channel’s History Detectives to                  Thanks, Colin! I’ll now turn us over
Now a brief note from the guy                agree to follow me on my quest for               to the wit and wisdom of Mr. Mark
who gave me those great issues of            NOVOID Issue #1! The issues I’ve                 Plummer!!!
Novoid, Colin Hinz!                          read are really good. I’ll send an
Hiya Chris,                                  LoC to the lot of them when I’m                  Chris,
      I confess I haven’t done               done with them all.                                    You know, not that I want to
much more than egoscan the latest                   Here’s Victor Gonzalez’                   come across as wishing misfortune
TDT....but sincere thanks for all the        explanation of the Astral Pole thingy:           on you or anything, but I am sort of
glad that it wasn’t just the British       nervous traveller at the best
contingent that experienced a troubled     of times, compiling detailed
journey to Austin.                         lists of all the things that
        We’d arranged some months          might potentially go wrong up
back that Peter Weston would drive         to and including llamas on
down to Croydon on Wednesday night,        the runway. You can imagine
stay with us, and then he’d drive          what it was like round here as
us to the nearby Gatwick airport on        we contemplated a 4,000-mile
Thursday morning for a 9:30 flight.        journey which could founder
We’d been looking at the weather           on the fifteen-mile leg from our
forecasts for Austin and experiencing      house to Gatwick.
bafflement at the apparent ability of             So to be on the safe side,
Texas daytime temperatures to vary         we roused Peter at 5:00am -
from about 22 degrees C to 8 degrees C     - when he was probably rather
on consecutive days, when our              wishing he’d opted to stay in a
attention was more forcefully drawn        hotel                             Graham Charnock using what I at first thought was a tam-
to predictions for our immediate locale    -- and set off through the        pon, but proved to be an over-sized novelty joint to subdue
and specifically... snow. On Thursday      blizzard which must have laid Ted White in Arm Wrestling. Photo by John Purcell.
morning. Early.                            a carpet of snow already, oh,
                                           a good one-two inches deep. But no, I         create a certain ill-defined symmetry in
        By Wednesday afternoon my
office colleagues were all making plans    can’t realistically sustain any suspense my mind at least. Until, that is, we saw
                                           here: we actually got to the airport in       Randy Byers at the airport... and then
to work at home on Thursday, it being
                                           plenty of time, and the flight out to         Craig Smith... and then Lenny Bailes.
a virtual given that they wouldn’t be
                                           Houston left on schedule and barely a         Sorry, Chris, but we sort of picked up
able to commute in because of the
                                           third full.                                   the convention again without you.
snow. But this is British snow, you
                                           I was lucky then. We dont’ get                Well, that’s OK. These things
understand. Maybe you’re envisioning
                                           snow here, but I’m betting if we              happen. I saw David Bratman and
something like the -- what was it? --
                                           did, they’d have to close the roads           Hope Leibowitz at the airport, and
ten foot drifts in upstate New York. No,
                                           because of all the kids finally               David was on my plane.
no, British snow is entirely different.
                                           getting to make snow angels!                         But that’s a good con-report of
There doesn’t have to be all that much
                                                  We had a few hours’ wait               Corflu in DT#117 (and are you sure
of it, but it’s more than capable of
                                           at Houston -- Claire’s cautious               that number is correct? I’ve just made
shutting down the entire country.
                                           timetabling there -- so time for a            a quick scan through Greg Pickersgill’s
In fact, a good working description
                                           couple of beers... and also to spot our       Memory Hole catalogue. Do you know
of the nanosecond is the interval
                                           first other fan, Graham Charnock.             how many issue #117s he has amongst
between the fall of the first flake of
                                           And when we finally left the hotel on         his god-knows-how-many thousands
snow and the complete collapse of the
                                           Monday morning the last fan we saw            of fanzines. Seven.) In particular, I
transport infrastructure. Claire is a
                                           was of course you, which seemed to            was curious about this -- for want
of a better term -- crudzine angst                   Oh, and a few comments on the        produced indeed.
that you experience, and now I feel a         artwork. The pieces top and bottom on              Just a minor point of detail, but
little guilty because I’m sure I must         page 3 look to be by Alan Hunter. The       it’s Claire *Brialey*, not Brailey as you
have contributed a few jibes about            style is familiar, although at first I took have it on page 5. Although it may be
your spelling myself. I don’t know,           them to be early Harry Turners, but         a simple typo as you spell her name
we clearly have very different styles         that looping signature is the give-away. correctly on page 10.
of working; I just couldn’t do what           And the piece on page 4 is by Dave          I’m usually pretty careful about
you do, and it’s really pretty alien to       Bridges, although I don’t know what         Claire’s name because it’s so my
me. I don’t necessarily connect with          the fanzine is called either. Bridges is    first feeling to want to spell it
some of the non-fannish stuff you             from a little before my era, but we have Brailey.
write about which is mostly because           several of his productions which are               Also, thanks for your prompt
it doesn’t particularly interest me, but      often similarly, umm, unconventional.       letter on BW#29. I’ve taken the liberty
this write-up seems to me to be an            One is a 160-odd page book which            of snipping the comments about Brad
all-round stronger piece of work even         looks to have been duplicated and then Foster’s artwork and copying them to
setting aside the fact that it bang on        hardbound and covered in, believe it or him, seeing as I needed to drop him a
my personal topic.                            not, denim. And apparently produced         line anyway.
Remember, it’s all fannish, just the          in a limited edition of one. Bridges lives Thanks much for the zine! It’s real
fandoms that they represent are               in Texas these days, I believe.             good stuff.
quite different. I rarely actually feel Ah, thanks! I was wondering who                   --
Crudzine Angst (Once in a while I             they might be. I’ve been enjoying the Best etc,
do, but I also think about becoming           Dave Bridges thing quite a bit. Well ---Mark
a lion tamer about once a                                                                             Mark Plummer
month, and I don’t think                                                                              Croydon, UK
it’s that frequent) but I                                                                             Well, how about another
totally get what you’re                                                                               British fan: my nominator
saying. I have a pretty                                                                               Peter Sullivan!!!
healthy attitude towards
the whole thing, I think. Do                                                                                Hmm, well I get
what you can the way you                                                                              name-checked in this issue
can and if it works for you,                                                                          more than any other non-
then it works. Or something                                                                           attendee, and more I’m sure
like that. Of course, that                                                                            than several attendees, so I
last piece was written in                                                                             suppose a LoC is in order.
Word first, because I laid it                                                                         You’re damn right it’s in
out on another computer,                                                                              order!
and those articles tend to                                                                                  I note that, as an
be better than ones that go Peter Weston, Lilian Edwards, Bill Burns, Randy Byers and some raga-      accomplished public speaker,
straight into inDesign.           muffin on the TAFF Panel. Photo by John Purcell                     your attitude to the Corflu
                                                        Orange Juice, mixed fifty-          he attended a convention where, not
                                                        fifty. The resulting concoction     only was he *not* the Guest of Honour,
                                                        usually went by the name            but he didn’t even have any panel
                                                        “Sewage Water” since that’s         sessions?
                                                        exactly what it looked like.        Good question. He was a fun
                                                        You had to close your eyes          chatterbox and had a good chat
                                                        to drink it. But it tasted OK       with Good Ol’ Earl Kemp, so they
                                                        - the sweetness from the cola       must go back a while too. I can’t
                                                        softening the harshness of the      think of the last time I heard he
                                                        OJ.                                 was a GoH at a Con in the US.
                                                        Maybe it’s an American                     Really, I suppose all of this is
                                                        thing, but that concept alone       summed up by my “What have we
                                                        scares me!                          unleashed?” comment, in response to
                                                                I’m not sure how            your “CorFlu made me fall in love with
                                                        seriously to take all your          fanzine fandom all over again” post on
Ted taunts Graham with Soap! Photo by John D. Berry     claims of self-doubt over zine      livejournal:
GoH drawing is simply “I only wish             quality. The issue surely is that zine       OK, so what we clearly have here is a
TAFF had such an easy selection                frequency, like any other aspect of a        rejuvenated and re-invigorated Chris.
process.” None of the traditional fear         fanzine, has to reflect the personality of   As opposed, presumably, to the jaded
and loathing that most Corflu delegates its editor. The pace of The Drink Tank              and tired Chris who, since Jan 1st, has
have, wondering whether to pay the             reflects your public persona, in the way     put out 8 zines with 131 pages. Not to
$20 ‘bribe’ to stay out of the hat, or         that a slower frequency wouldn’t. And        mention the usual steady flow of LoCs.
risk their luck. I suppose the Corflu          whilst not everything in every issue         Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.
powers-that-be could make the whole            of The Drink Tank is going to match          Well, let’s see how long it’ll take me
thing a zero-sum game by allowing              the quality of, say, an issue of Banana      to get to 200. Might be able to do it
confident speakers such as you to take Wings, it’s far, far away from being                 by May!
$20 *out* of the bribe pool in return for anything close to a crudzine.                     --
having their name put in the hat twice. Well, it was another case of dry-as-                Peter Sullivan
After all, they’d get all of that money        the-Sahara hyperbole gone awry. Go
back at the auction anyways, so it             figure.                                      Thanks! It’s always good to hear
wouldn’t really cost them anything.                   Interesting to read that Michael      from you, Big Guy!
It’s a great idea! When Claire and             Moorcock turned up - wikipedia notes
Randy propose it, everyone’ll go ga- that he lives in Texas these days. I                   But wait, there’s more!!! My CorFlu
ga over it!                                    guess some of the older Brits at Corflu      Roommate, John Purcell!!!
       Doctor Pepper and Orange Juice will have remembered him from when                          I can see that pubbing gleam gets in
doesn’t sound all that weird. At college, he was an eager young neofan. I                   your eyes....
                                                                                                  Whoops! You’re back in full Garcia
I used to occasionally drink Coke and          wonder when the last time was that
                                                                                            publishing mode again. If anything, Corflu
re-energized you, the energizer bunny                                                            in Yes, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, and




                                                  Photo from John Purcell
rabbit of the fanzine world. As if you, of all                                                   many other great bands. And don’t forget
people, need more energy.                                                                        that one song, “Calling Occupants of
I’m always in need of a good jump                                                                Interplanetary Craft”; I forget who wrote
start! I mean, I could be doing a zine a                                                         and first recording it, but the Carpenters
day if I had the energy!!!                                                                       did a killer version of it on their Passages
        Okay, first under the auction                                                            album. Plus, a long time ago I used to
hammer, is this antique ceramic from the                                                         have an album by a group called Lovecraft;
Ming Dynasty... *crash!* Next item under                                                         their first album was titled The Valley of
the hammer, “A Canticle for QuireFlu.”                                                           the Moon. Not bad, either.
*thump* Hmm... A bloody bit of tomfoolery                                                        Don’t forget my man David Bowie
here, it appears.                                                                                (Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from
I’ll note for folks who weren’t there                                                            Mars is stfnal) and DEVO. I did a panel
that A Canticle for QuireFlu was a                                                               on SF Music once. It was a good one.
small perzine I did and handed up. I’ll                                                                  Hot photos of Sabean in this ish,
send the PDF to Bill sooner or later.                                                            Chris. She is looking good.
        It sounds like, in the opening bit                                                       She is. She’s put on about 40 pounds
from “Canticle,” that M is a bit jealous                                                         since the last time I saw her, whcih
or down in the dumps about SaBean’s                                                              brings her right up to her proper
modeling (who looks simply mahvelous,                                                            weight. I love the one on the chair the
btw) and M’s own health issues. I do hope        I usually scream back - inwardly, of            best.
you were able to transfuse some of your          course; don’t want to wake the wife, except             Now for your Corflu report issue, DT
positivity excess into her veins. She seems      for certain things, *wink-wink*nudge-           #117.
like such a nice young thing, and I wish         nudge*say no more* - something along                    Part of the fun of reading all sorts
the best for her. Pass that along for me,        the lines of, “Shut the bloody hell up,         of reports about the same convention is
will you? Thanks, roomie.                        back there! We’re trying to sleep up here!”     cross-referencing the events, people, and
As it is written, so shall she read! Or          Mine is a crowded brain that gets noisy         over-all impression. So far, Corflu 24
at least she better! M’s having a mid-           sometimes, like a consuite in Austin.           reports have all been of the same timbre:
life crisis...or so she says. I have some        Everybody likes each other in my brain,         it was a well-organized, highly enjoyable
modeling shots that M did back in the            and then when the guitars come out...           time for everyone. Hats off and blow a big
day somewhere. I’ll have to run those.                  Well, then, nobody sleeps!               kiss to Pat Virzi. She did a wonderful job
SaBean looks better than she has since                  But I digress.                           in putting it on. Now I just might wander
I’ve known her.                                  I seldom sleep well, but those nights           back over to Austin for Armadillocon in
        Y’know, sometimes when I lie in          when the beast calls, you gotta accept          August. Should be a fun time, too.
bed, my brain starts ticking off ideas           the charges!                                    I had no idea that you had an internal
for fan writing - and class assignments                 Fun little articles on ‘rasslin’ and     dialogue going inside you about your
and what needs to be done the next               the band geeks. Love those band names.          place in the fanzine scheme of things.
day at home and stuff like that - before         Music and SF have had a long history            Chris, what you need to remember - and
sleep overtakes me. Fortunately, years           together. Besides Michael Moorcock’s            it sounds like you arrived at the same
of experience of dealing with this section       connection with Hawkwind/Hawkmoon,              eventual conclusion - is that all voices,
of my brain has taught certain tricks.           there are definite scientifictional overtones   styles, and formats are welcome here.
All of us - even the estimable Ted White                                                     to, but they’re in for a real treat.
- began with crudzines. Only through                                                         It could become like that pair of
experience did we improve. Now, some                                                         Mohair trousers that those brothers in
fen have a gift for layout and acquiring                                                     Wisconsin are always trading back and
great contributions. I sure as shooting                                                      forth every year. I always liked that
don’t have the latter, and with practice                                                     story.
my layouts are improving with each issue.                                                            Many thanks for the kind mentions
Case in point, look back over your own                                                       about me being such a good roomie.
zines since early 2005 and note the vast                                                     You were, too. It was kinda neat to relax
improvement. Drink Tank has matured                                                          Saturday night in the room with you with
nicely, especially with a plethora (love                                                     me playing my guitar for a bit while you
that word!) of eclectic interests at your                                                    placed fresh eye-tracks on zines acquired
disposal. Plus, you have brought a host                                                      over the weekend thus far. Moments like
of new folks into fanzine fandom. I, for      Ted vs. Graham: The Final Battle.              that are few and far between. (Geez, this
one, applaud your efforts, and am glad        Photo from John D. Berry                       sounds like a beer commercial, doesn’t it?)
that you continue to have the unabashed       scan it though). I love the bookmarks          Well, the weather over here in Texas this
enthusiasm for fan writing and fan            and I’m using one of them in All Our           weekend is a damn sight better than last
publishing. Don’t you ever lose that          Yesterdays. The bookmarks were out             weekend. The sun is out, the temps are in
ghosh-whowness that is Chris Garcia.          from 1949 through about 1960, though           the 60s, and I’m writing locs before I get to
We all love you for it.                       they were only mailed to all members           work on my dissertation this afternoon. At
Arnie’s tale of his early crudzines are       in 1951. When you ordered certain N3F          some point I need to take a break to poop
great too. Don’t you fear, the goshwow        materials, you got a bookmark, but you         scoop the backyard and mow it. Ah, yes.
will still be here for a good long time.      could also buy a full set in 1951.             Life at the Purcell Petting Zoo marches on
Hell, I think I might be the only grumpy               One thing you didn’t mention in       as usual.
old man with that sense left come 2040        your report, but I will in mine in the first   Yeah, there are few moments like that
or so.                                        issue of Askance (revised estimated street     that stand out. You kinda need those
        Hey, now, those N3F bookmarks         date: March 22nd - my birthday), is how        once in a while or you’ll forget that it’s
you acquired at the auction are way neat.     I attempted to stuff the vase in a vain        the little things that’ll keep ya goin’. I
I wonder how long they were issued? As        attempt to win that gawdawful armadillo        was exhausted by that point, but that
a matter of fact, I really like the way you   sculpture. Bill Bodden won the drawing         hour or so revived me for the rest!
interspersed this issue with items bought     for it, and I think he only put in one card,           Sunny, the amazing, wanking
at the fan funds auction. Very nice items     which makes this even funnier. I really        cockatiel, sends his love.
they are, too. That one on page 4 is really   wanted to see the look on my wife’s face       And my best to Sunny...
intricate. Note the bear watching from up     when I brought it into the house. Damn!        All the best,
in the tree. He looks quite bemused at the    Another missed opportunity.                    John
scene below him. Very cool artwork. Maybe     There’s a photo that Pat or Bill has           Thanks John! We’ll have more LoCs
one of your British readers will recognize    of me with the Armadillo that’s just           leter in the issue, but right now, we
this piece and will be able to identify the   priceless. I really gotta get a copy           gotta get to a few other things!
artist.                                       of it. I can’t remember who Bill and
Mark pointed out a couple and there’s         Tracy said they were sending it
one other one that’s signed (I didn’t
         It’s very rare that I’m touched                                                   panel and got some young folks to do
by something as simple as a wrestling                                                      articles for various zines. This is the
newsletter, but wouldn’t you know                                                          one that I got and I’m proud to be able
it, it’s happened. I picked up the                                                         to run it.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the best
source for wrestling news (as long as                                                           It’s _Still_ A Proud and Lonely
you can read 10pt type with narrow                                                         Thing....
margins and almost no gutter) and                                                          by Sarah Duff
I got to an obituary notice for a guy
named Jim Melby, a former publisher                                                               Being the only fan in my school
of wrestling magazines. Dave Meltzer,                                                      is hard. There was another kid for
THE wrestling journalist (and another                                                      awhile, but I think we went back to
guy without a proofreader) said this                                                       his planet. Anyone can tell my truck.
about Melby-                                                                               It’s the only one for miles with books
         Melby was also a very important      it makes a huge difference. A few years      covering the seats and dashboard.
part of my life, although it’s something      later, the first time a story I wrote was    My book bag has pins from the ‘05
that unfortunately, I’ve rarely thought in    ever published in a national magazine,       Worldcon that say, “My name is Inigo
decades and not until after his death.        it was their magazine it was in.             Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare
I started doing a wrestling newsletter                That paragraph has so much to        to die.”
at the age of ten. Among the articles         do with what I’d love to see us doing               I convinced my friends that
that Melby would write in wrestling           in fandom. I’d love it if we caught          “Hamlet” wouldn’t be complete without
magazines were the monthly fan                folks early and helped them to make          light sabers. Still, that is as far as
club columns. Melby always highly             it into the fold, but there’s a problem      their SF knowledge goes. The poor
praised my efforts, which got me              with that: we ain’t got that many            deprived kids don’t even know what
subscribersand kept me going at the           younglings.                                  a Dalek is. The high schools of south
start. But even more, Melby wrote me                  I’ve often had the discussion that   Maryland need help. Hey, the most
personal letters all the time after getting   there are no young fans anymore. I’ve        imaginative name they could come up
issues, which he did from time-to-time        heard it mostly from old fans. I don’t       with for my city is “California.” Isn’t
during the early days of this newsletter      believe it myself and I’ve got proof.        that...um...already taken?
as well. They were just short notes           There was YAFA at Interaction that put              But however much they lack in
saying he enjoyed the newsletter and          out great stuff (including an invasion,      mental capacity, they can still drive
nothing else. You have to understand          but for the story on that, read my           me nuts. They’re my friends, and I
when you are ten years old and you see        PLOKTA article in issue 35) and if           love them, but sometimes I wish I has
someone who is writing on your favorite       you’ve ever been to a BayCon, there are      someone to watch the Sci Fi channel
sport in what were some of the best           lots of youmg folks involved in lots of      with.
wrestling magazines at the time writing       different areas. At LACon IV: The Los
you personal letters of encouragement,        Angeling, Geri Sullivan did a fanzine        Now, Sarah was kind enough to give
                                                                                           us one other article!
Abducted! A 5-step Scenario                 Mike Heath is a budy of mine that I        SF/F fanzines, the size and scope of
by Sarah Duff                               met because of a very fun panel at         which I’d never seen before. And as I
      Playing jokes on the gullible is      Con Jose. I’m proud as hell to have        discovered was typical in the Lounge,
fun. Here’s how I’m convincing my best      this great article for this issue!         clumps of fans sat around, reading,
friends that they’ve been abducted by                                                  eating, discussing this or that matter
aliens.                                     BEING A SUBJECTIVE AS HELL,                or factoid.
                                            PERSONAL HISTORY OF FANZINES                      One whom I immediately clocked
Step 1 -- Point out random, round           by Michael Layne Heath                     that morning was Mr. Hartwell. Over
scars. Mosquito bites work wonders.                It all started (as I now            the course of intros and small talk
                                            understand to be a common                  about Worldcon, I mentioned that I’d
Step 2 -- Convince victim that said         occurrence in SF/F) with David             been involved with fanzines, but of a
“bite” is really evidence of alien probe.   Hartwell and his red plaid jacket.         perhaps totally different kind, a vague
Say, “I should know. I watched those        Only an active SF/F fan for about a        relation to the piles of paper assembled
articles on _______ (make up local          decade now, LA Con 4 was my second         on the tables around us. “Oh yes, I
channel that would have credible            Worldcon. Ten years of regularly           remember Paul Williams coming round
documentaries).                             attending Baycon and the odd Silicon,      my apartment in NYC, and using
                                            however, had somewhat prepared me
Step 3 -- Stand outside their windows       and by the night of the Hugo Awards, I
and shine flashlights in their window       was quite caught up in the socializing
and make whirring noises.                   and spectacle and Harlan of it all. One
                                            of this year’s Hugo winners was the
Step 4 -- Point out more “probe scars.”     aforementioned Mr. Hartwell, wearing
                                            the jacket in question, which was
Step 5 -- Laugh. You should now have        coveted by at least one fan, a professed
them convinced.                             swing dancer sitting behind me in the
                                            crowd, quite vocal in his designs on
                                            said threads.
                                                   The morning after was that
                                            way in more ways than one, as does
                                            happen to me at most Cons. Being
                                            lukewarm on an expensive hotel cafe
                                            feed, I had heard from reliable Fan
                                            sources that there was usually a
                                            free breakfast spread laid on in the
                                            Fanzine Lounge. Thusly encouraged,
                                            I drag-assed down and indulged
                                            amidst a huge and historical array of
my typewriter to knock out the first                                                world - hell, another galaxy - that an
issue of Crawdaddy...” he recalled.                                                 inquisitive teenage wank like myself
He also mentioned a guy named Ted                                                   could never gain access to, even with
White, whom I used to know - growing                                                the promising if rudimentary creative
up in the Wash. DC area - from his                                                  writing skills I’d acquired by that
music writing and frequent radio                                                    time. Even mags that catered to a
appearances in the late 70’s. Back                                                  more specific, record-collector-scum
then he was known as ‘Dr. Progresso’ -                                              readership, like Trouser Press and the
an imperious, intellectual soul devoted                                             amazing Bomp! (ruled by the late great
to turning plebeian louts onto the                                                  Greg Shaw), seemed like they had
obscurest of the obscure in European                                                scads of bucks behind them.
prog-rock.                                                                          Punk/New Wave changed all that with
       Thus the memories came                                                       mags like New York Rocker and Punk,
rushing back. You see, my knowledge                                                 produced on the cheap, covering and
of the fanzine was sparked by its                                                   reflecting the vitality and vibrancy of
ubiquity during the Punk Rock era.                                                  what was going on in the emerging
Coming of age in the mid-70’s meant                                                 New York rock scene. And in the
being in the midst of a sort of Golden                                              case of Punk, also being a vehicle for
Age of exciting, enlightening music                                                 the parallel interest of its creator,
journalism - mags like Hit Parader and                                              artist John Holmstrom; comics of the
Circus mixing coverage of the more                                                  trashiest, most underground kind.
commercial, mainstream stuff with                                                   This manifested in Holmstrom and
that of music with an edge that was                                                 cohorts turning interview subjects like
forward-thinking, almost futuristic.      an unusual one-man operation called       Lou Reed and David Johansen into
Then of course there was the almighty     Beserkely Records). Or an overview of     literal comic-strip characters, and by
Creem, with regular dispatches from       bands from London, playing in bars,       devoting entire issues to, respectively,
correspondents like Lester Bangs.         espousing a back-to-basics musical        a crime-detective comic in the Italian
By that time, again the mid-Seventies,    approach that was labelled Pub Rock       fumetti style (starring Richard Hell)
Crawdaddy itself was to my mind           - some of who would become better         and a hilarious mash-up of Sixties
just a slicker version of the already-    known riding on the coattails of a        beach party and monster movies
then-edging-into-stasis Rolling Stone.    scene they themselves were an ironic      (starring Joey Ramone and Debbie
Though they did occasionally catch        and unwitting bridge to, that of course   Harry as the Frankie and Annette of
my eye with something that spoke          being Punk/New Wave.                      Rockaway Beach).
to an ongoing personal education                  So there was no shortage of               But ultimately for me, Mark
in new music - like the first article I   press outlets for info on the new, the    Perry was the man. Here was a guy
ever read about Jonathan Richman’s        fresh, and the daring in Rock. And        from the London suburbs, just a little
Modern Lovers (and their record label,    yet, it all seemed like a whole ‘nother   older than I, always in love with Rock
and especially with the NY scene, not         London.                                            But more important, poring over
seeing his interests reflected, validated,           Mark Perry did not invent the       the years of zines represented in the
anywhere in the press in a way that he        wheel, however, or even reinvent it. For   collection there. Sure, a lot of it to look
could relate to. Sod it. I’ll do it myself.   this is the very method in which SF/F      at is thoroughly amateurish; scrawled
So one night Mark comes home from             fans worldwide have communicated           doodles of illustrations, hastily pasted
his bank clerk job. He digs out his           for, indeed, decades. It’s interesting     up mastheads, typos covered over
old manual kiddie typewriter and a            to note how much the seizing-the-          with capital X’s and left for dead.
black felt tip marker, and knocks out         means-of-production ethic of SF/F          And, as I do at times reading over my
a writeup of his recent experience            fanzine culture helped and affected        old punkzines, it does make for the
seeing the Ramones for the first time.        rock journalism, certainly in its early    occasional cringe-inducing moment to
Fills in space with ‘reviews’ of some         days. It was also fortunate that there     read your younger self’s semi-articulate
recent record purchases, scrawls along        were some fen just as passionate,          rantings over this author or that movie
the front page in big inky letters and        and articulate about innovations in        character. But, hell, one has to start
Hey Presto, by the following morning          Pop Music of their time, and wanted        somewhere - looking at early issues
has the first issue (in an era-tracking       to communicate that passion just           of Locus there in the lounge, it was
run of twelve over eighteen months) of        as immediately. Even Lenny Kaye,           amazing for me to attempt to connect
Sniffin’ Glue.                                renowned pop music historian and           these scruffy, yellowed sheaves of
       In this way, I was personally          Patti Smith cohort, had some SF            ink-smeared typewritten paper with
inspired by Mark P. (as became his            fandom involvement, putting out a zine     its slickly presented present-day
nom de punque in order to avoid the           called Obelisk in the mid 60’s.            counterpart.
welfare authorities) enough to do my                 Thus you eventually had Paul        But whatever form they take, whether
own punk-oriented zine. It lasted             Williams, veteran SF/F person, sitting
for six issues during ‘77 and ‘78;            down with critiques and articles by
halfway through its existence I had           fellow fen like Ted White and Sam
made pals with Rob and Caki, who              Delany at the typewriter in David
happily brought their own experience,         Hartwell’s New York apartment, to
savvy and graphics skills (artwork!           assemble the debut ish of Crawdaddy.
photos! proper Xeroxing instead of            I really came to like hanging in the
mimeograph!) to bear, for which I am          Fanzine Lounge by the time LA Con
eternally indebted.                           4 was over. Meeting the fans from
       We were the first fanzine to           around the world who do their own
cover the goings-on in the Washington         zines. Getting caught up in the stories
DC area’s own emerging punk/Wave              told and experiences shared in zines
scene, and I’d like to think we did what      like Randy Byers’ Chunga and Hugo
we could to convey the excitement             winner Plokta, and turning non-locals
and spirit and fun of it all, similar and     around me onto my Baycon compadre
congruent to what Mark P. did over in         Chris’ Drink Tank.
it comes from some printing plant in        And Still More                                 most folks. It all started with
New Jersey or with Photoshop and a          Letter-Graded                                  SpaceWar!, the game that I’ve
state-of-the-art inkjet printer, fanzines   Mail!                                          always loved and spelled it that
continue to be an immediate, engaging                                                      way.
and necessary way for people around         Let’s start with                                      I didn’t know about the wrestling
the world to communicate, debate,           Hope Leibowitz                                 thing and I was rather surprised. I am
stimulate, connect. To which the SF/        on the matter of                               always surprised when people I know
F fandom community is owed a vast           A Canticle for QuireFlu!                       like some sport. And some wouldn’t
and ongoing debt. Long may we try                                                          even consider wrestling a sport. I
to recoup, long may there be sharp          Hi Chris,                                      know Mike Glicksohn and Alan
dressed men like David Hartwell, and                                                       Rosenthal are into baseball. If I had to
long may there be fanzines.                        It was great seeing you again           pick a sport to watch, well, it would be
-ML Heath, Feb ‘07                          and having breakfast with you at the           hard. I saw a few amusing ping pong
NB: for those interested in seeing          Denny’s. Thanks for saving me from             matches on TV many decades ago, but
what all the fuss was about - but           another expensive hotel breakfast.             doubt I’d ever get into that. Bowling is
want to avoid paying Ebay prices -          Always glad to have good                       boring (the expressions on their faces
the entire run of SNIFFIN’ GLUE was         conversation over greasy breakfast             when they miss the shot only takes one
assembled into book form a few years        meats!                                         so far in the entertainment category.)
back, as SG: THE ESSENTIAL PUNK                    This is the first time I’ve read        Of course, I was a somewhat captive
ACCESSORY, with recent commentary           an issue of The Drink Tank, as I’m             audience as I was in the gym at the the
from Mark Perry and some stunning           still on dial-up and find I don’t really       time on an elliptical machine, and the
vintage photos. Likewise, a sort of         like downloading fanzines and reading          TVs were too high for me to reach to
“best-of” collection of PUNK Magazine       them online. If/when I go to DSL I still       change them. My favorite channel was
was also put together in book form a        won’t like reading them online or even         the Food Channel, as even if I finished
few years back (although personally,        just on my computer, but I might do it         before the show, I didn’t care that
it’s not a patch on the individual issues   more often.                                    much. Later they got individual TVs
in their original form).                    They can be intensive on time with dial-up,    on some machines, but not all, and
                                            but most of us try and keep file sizes small
       Of perhaps equal interest            (and sometimes we fail!)
                                                                                           they were the most popular machines,
is the two-volume collection of                    As to your zine, I didn’t think         so it was hard to get one. Then my
San Francisco’s own punk zine               much of the cover, but then I have             knee started hurting, and now it is
contribution, SEARCH AND DESTROY,           always disliked red. And when typing           over a year and 1/2 since I’ve been to
available from Re/Search. In addition,      Corflu, I (and most people) never              the gym.
the last two (and best) issues of my        capitalize the flu part. I have never          There are lots of fans into baseball
own punkzine, VINTAGE VIOLENCE,             done that for Worldcon, Philcon, etc. I        (Janice Gelb, myself, Kevin
are now available thru Feudal               just don’t like the way it looks.              Standlee, etc) and I’ve found a few
Gesture Press (contact me for info at       It’s a thing I do. I capitalize a lot          fellow wrestling fans in SF fandom.
mlayne@hotmail.com).                        more things in the middle than                 I love Food Network, especially Iron
Chef America.                             disappointed by the ending.                  Thanks, Hope! I’ll be in Vegas and
       That was a very strange visit      There’s some Kress that I really             loving it as always!
from M. Lloyd. I don’t have any friends   enjoy, but of late it’s been pretty
quite like that. It is always nice when   rare. I usually travel with a bag            And now, a brief LoC from James
you see an old friend unexpectedly        full of zines and maybe one book (I          Taylor!
and get to hang out. I’m guessing that    did spend a lot of time on the plane         Howdy fellow Ersatz Texan!
SaBean isn’t the name her mother          reading All Our Yesterdays). Books                  ‘Fraid I can’t promise you Corflu
chose for her. I can’t imagine where it   are easier on Buses/Subways. I               Silver membership #11 since only
came from.                                always get a lot of reading done on          Her Highness can do that. But like a
The way she spells her name is            BART.                                        Medici Pope you might try a gift during
actaully a long-running bit. We saw              Finally, I really enjoyed your        your visit in April to gain a favorable
the movie LA Story and there was          writing style, both the way it is broken     disposition of your petition. The Art
the character SanDeE* and Sabean          up with pictures, and the almost noir        Work is quite amazing but I got the
(as she spelled it back then) became      feel to it, like a movie. The typos didn’t   beautiful bound volumes of Johnny
SaBean MoreL.                             bother me much. One comes to expect          Percell’s ezines so eat your heart out.
       The only band you mentioned        them. They really bother me when I           james taylor
that I heard of was Shadowey Men on a     send an email and realize after I sent       I so wanted to win the bound ver-
Shadowy Planet. I have a CD of theirs,    it that I had one (or two recently on        sion of eI and the bound Purcell
and it is short but good. “Having an      Trufen). I was waiting for someone to        zines, and that dream was shat-
Average Weekend” is the song that         jump on it.                                  tered by John Berry and YOU, you
comes to mind, the only one.              My eyes aren’t good at that sort of          lucky stiff! I’ll be making an of-
Ah, the theme to Kids in the Hall.        thing. It might be a relic of living         fering to Her Highness when I get
My favourite of their songs might         life at 200MPH.                              down there.
be Fortune Telling Chicken, though               See you at Corflu Silver,
there are a lot I like from them.         hopefully. I have no plans to go to St.      Thanks James! And now...Teresa
       It is amazing what you can         Louis.                                       Cochrane!
find out about someone from their         Fondly- Hope                                        Hi, chris! Yes, I’m actually
zines. I don’t read enough of them.                                                    writing a LOC! Like you, I had an
But as I’ve told a few people, when I                                                  amazing experience at corflu, which
am in the middle of an SF novel and                                                    caused me to step up my fanac.
I have a fanzine with me, I always                                                     It was an awesome time, wasn’t it?
read the novel, unless I’m very bored                                                  I just wish we’d had more time to
with it, and that doesn’t happen too                                                   chat.
often. So I plan on being “in between                                                         Thanks for the insightful
books” for awhile, now that I’ve                                                       con report. I had tears of laughter
finished “Probablility Space” by Nancy                                                 streaming down my cheeks while
Kress. Good novel but I was a bit                                                      Graham was playing his serenade to
you. those moments of spontaneity
can be the most inspiring. The con was
everything I’d expected and more. I’ll
see you at Corflu Silver, but you’ll be
in Vegas before then, and we’ll meet
at the Vegrants meeting, yes? By the
way, Joyce and I are both catching
ourselves thinking the next Corflu is
*this coming April* we’re that excited.
It’s April for my trip down and
it should be a good time. Brief,
probably fly in on early Sat and fly
out around Noon Sunday, but it’ll
be a good time, I’m sure!
Teresa

Thanks! We also heard from Jerry
Kaufman (and I can’t find the email
today, though I totally remember
reading it) and Lloyd Penney (not
an LoC, but a very interesting thing
on voice acting) and a brief nugget
from a few others.

The art on Page 11 and 16 is from
Selina Phanara and she’s still my
favourite! I’ve lost the info on the         “You know Chris, You’re far too
Angel art, sadly, ang that piece is
by Action Wolf. It was the piece on
the cover of A Canticle for QuireFlu.
                                          untalented to be putting out issues like
He also did the piece that was the
cover to the last issue of The Drink
                                          that one too often. You’ll ruin your rep.”
Tank.
      One more issue before               A deliciously backhanded compliment
Cinequest, hopefully, and then one
in the next couple of weeks follwed       from SaBean MoreL on issue 117
by the Hoax issue!

				
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