What's New at Fanac, Inc.
- November 26, 2022
--1 Issue - Maybe More to Come. Added 17 zines, all scanned at Chicon 8. Added: Abanico 2 (Bill Bowers, Nov 61), Bran Tub 2 (Joy Goodwin, Mar 55), Die Schmettering (R. Schultz, May 70), Esdacyos 8 (Ed Cox, Aug 63), Guano 6 (J. Arthur Hayes, Feb 60), Insurrection 9 (Robert Lambeck, Aug 60), Memoritor (J. Arthur Hayes, Jul 60), Ozone 1 (Mike Bracken, Aug 74), Pablo 16 (Darrell Pardoe, Oct 72), Pilikia 2 (Chuck Devine, Aug 60), Pointing Vector 16 (John Boardman, Jul 63), Polarity 1 (F.M and Elinor Busby, Fall 57), Spearhead 2 (Tom Carter, Jul 48), Spectrum 3 (George Jennings, Aug 59), Tanstaafl 5 (John Godwin, Sep 68), The Woodpile 6 or 7 (Warfield Wood Nov 60). Scanned at Chicon 8.
--Fanactivity Gazette, George Phillies. Added the November issue of this NFFF newsletter. Thanks, George!
--Hughes-SFPA Zines, Steve Hughes. Created a new index page and added 12 items for Steve Hughes's variously named SFPA zines from the early 00s. There are several other index pages for his titles that appear more regularly, such as Comments and Random Thoughts. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich! --MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the 11/25 issue of the Mt. Holtz Science Fiction Society Newsletter. Thanks, Evelyn! Thanks, Mark!
--Random Thoughts, Steve Hughes. Added the Nov 02 issue. Scan by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie. Added the latest issue, #111. Thanks, Bruce!
--Tightbeam, George Phillies and John Swartz. Added the last 2 issues: October and November 2022. Thanks, George!
--TNFF, George Phillies and Jon Swartz. Added the November issue of the The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks, George!
--Wells-SFPA Zines, Steve Wells. Created a new index page and added 12 items for George Wells's variously named SFPA zines from the early 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Wild Colonial Boy, John Foyster. Added #3 (Apr 63). Scan by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!
--Agentbite of Inwit. Robert Lowndes. Thanks to Bee Ostrowsky for sorting out the mystery of why Agenbite of Invite #1 only has 2 pages in FAPA 20. The issue was spread across 4 mailings of FAPA (17-20) and we only have the last part, so far. Thanks, Bee!
--Fanfare, Art Widner. Thanks to Bee Ostrowsky for pointing out pages out of order in the Fanfare Supplement 1. Fixed now. Thanks, Bee!
--Futurian War Digest, J. Michael Rosenblum. Thanks to Bee Ostrowsky for pointing out an upside down page in #19. Fixed now. Thanks, Bee!
--Hungry, Alan Rispin. Thanks to Sandra Bond for pointing out an upside down page in Hungry 2. Fixed now. Thanks, Sandra!
--Le_Zombie, Bob Tucker. Thanks to Bee Ostrowsky for pointing out duplicate and out of order pages in #32-33. We replaced those jpgs with a searchable PDF, hopefully in the right order and without duplicates. Thanks, Bee!
--Pluto, VIncent and Mavis Manning. Thanks to Bee Ostrowsky for pointing out that one page appeared several times in the PDF. Fixed now. Thanks, Bee!
- PDF conversions:
--Fantasy News, James Taurasi. Replaced the first ten issues, all from 1938, with searhable PDFs. PDFing by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!
--Le Zombie, Bob Tucker. Replaced the double issue 32-33 with a searchable PDF. PDFing by Joe Siclari.
--Tolkien Journal, Ed Meskys. Replaced issues 3-15 with searchable PDFs. PDFing by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!
- November 19, 2022
--Challenger, Guy Lillian III. Added #43 (Autumn 22). Contributors include Rich Lynch, Joe Green, Jim Benford, and Richard Dengrove. Provided by Guy Lillian. Thanks, Guy!
--Copeland - SFPA Zines, Jeff Copeland. Created a new index page and added 37 items for Jeff Copeland's SFPA zines from the early 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Melikaphkhaz, Lon Atkins. Added 22 issues from the mid 70s to early 80s of this SFPAzine. It was nicknamed "Mel" which is certainly easier to pronounce. Scanned at Chicon 8.
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the 11/18 issue of the Mt. Holtz Science Fiction Society Newsletter. Thanks, Evelyn! Thanks, Mark!
--Perryscope, Perry Middlemiss. Added the last two issues - #27-28 (Oct-Nov 22). Thanks, Perry!
--Spartacus, Guy Lillian III. Added the last two issues, #60-61 (Oct-Nov 22). Thanks, Guy!
- PDF conversions:
--Fantasy Times, James Taurasi. Replaced 5 issues with searchable PDFs: Sep 53-Nov 53. PDFing by Joe Siclari.
--Peon, Charles Lee Riddle. Replaced 8 issues of this core fanzine with searchable PDFs: #7, #20-35 and #38, all from the 1950s. PDFing by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!
--Sky Hook, Redd Boggs. Replaced 3 issues with searchable PDFs: #4 (Fall 48), #7 (Sum 49) and #13 (Spr 52). PDFing by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!
--Warhoon, Richard Bergeron. Replaced 17 more issues with searchable PDFs: #8 (Jul 60), 10 (Jan 61), 12-13 (Jul-Oct 61), 15 (Apr 60), 17 (Oct 62), 19-22 (Feb 64-Aug 65), 24-27 (Aug 68-Sep 70), and 29-31 (Oct 81-Jun 85). Warhoon is a core fanzine for us to scan. PDFing by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!
- November 17, 2022
- Apologies for the (recently) expired SSL certificate we had for a few days, that yielded the slightly scary security messages. Apparently auto-renewal means that I need to hit a button on the web hosting site in order to get the SSL certificate to renew. The next expiration date is on my calendar so hopefully it won't happen again. *sigh*
--Aberration, Kent Moomaw. Added #3 (57) to complete the run. Contributors include John Berry and Dean Grennell. Scan provided by Andy Hooper. Thanks, Andy!
--CyberCozen, Leybl Botwinik. Added the November issue. Thanks, Leybl!
--Intermission, Ahrvid Engholm. Added the October issue , #126. Thanks, Ahrvid!
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the last two issues of the Mt. Holtz Science Fiction Society Newsletter. Thanks, Evelyn! Thanks, Mark!
--Opuntia, Dale Speirs. Added the last two issues. Thanks, Dale!
--The Southerner. Added 11 more issues of this, the official organ of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance (SFPA). Added #229-236 (Sep 02-Nov 03) and #248 (Nov 05). Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Tightbeam. Added 2 issues from the mid-60s: #31 (Duncan McFarland, May 65) and #33 (G.M. Carr, Sep 65). Scanned at Chicon 8.
--TNFF. Added 22 issues from the 60s/70s: Donald Franson - V23#1, Feb 64; Don Miller - V25#5-6 (Nov-Dec 66), V27#6 (Jun 68); Gary abowitz - Dec 69, and Joanne Burger: V32#5 (Dec 72), V33#1-V34#5 (Feb 73-Oct 84), V35#5-6 (Oct-Dec 75), V36#3-4 (Jun-Aug 76). Scanned at Chicon 8.
--Twink, E.B. Frohvet. Added 8 issues of this new-to-us title from the 1990s. This was part of the big mass of scanning done at Chicon 8.
--Weber - SFPA zines, Mike Weber. We've added 11 more items to this index page for Mike Weber's SFPA zines. Today's added titles: Mysterious Destinations, New Tools Old Me, Ohmighod, Ooooops, Phone Etiquette, Renenberubg 9/11, Small Change, The False Knight on the Road, Then and Now, Ticklish Situation Indeed, and Tired of London. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
- Conpubs: NorthAmeriCon '17. Added the Program Schedule. Scan provided by Fred Moulton. Thanks, Fred!
- November 1, 2022
https://youtu.be/m67GUPgxGvE MaggieThompson: Before, During and After the Origins of Comics Fandom - Part 1 of 2
Maggie Thompson has the unique distinction of being a second generation science fiction fan, one of the architects of comics fandom in the early 60s, and a much revered professional in the comics field. In this two part zoom session, she is interviewed by Dr. Chris Couch...Part 1: In this absolutely delightful interview, Maggie talks about her lifelong experiences with science fiction, science fiction fandom, and popular culture. From her early love of the Oz books and her delight in John Campbell's magazine Unknown, to her convention and masquerade experiences, to her professional successes, Maggie's anecdotes are engrossing. There are great stories here - how she acquired her complete set of Unknowns, the origins of her publications Comic Art and Newfangles, the family connection to Walt Kelly (and the Pogo comic strip), her friendship with Carl Barks, and more....Endearingly, when asked as a child what she wanted to be when she grew up, Maggie answered "I want to be a BNF" (Big Name Fan). She has certainly accomplished that ambition.
https://youtu.be/92CP4-7nsK8 Part 2
In this part of the interview by Dr. Chris Couch, we learn more about Maggie Thompson and her influence on comics. With husband Don Thompson, she published fanzines Comic Art and Newfangles, and went on to edit Comics Buyer’s Guide and others. Maggie is a respected professional in the field and has been recognized with many awards, including the Eisner, the Harvey, the Inkpot, and the Jack Kirby awards...Part 2: Continuing this absolutely delightful interview, Maggie talks about her segue into the professional field, the end of Newfangles and the start of the Comic Buyers Guide. The engrossing anecdotes continue, with the nature of cosmopolitan Iola, Wisconsin, her articulation of "perpetual but non-exclusive rights", Dark Shadows, and the Done in One label for comics. There are stories of some of the field's great figures, including Harlan Ellison, Stan Lee, and Carl Barks. You'll see questions from the audience as well...After decades of furious activity in science fiction and comics, Maggie remains bubbling and full of enthusiasm for her chosen community. There was no need to ask Maggie what keeps her involved - the answers are more than clear.
- Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari
--Algol/Starship, Andrew Porter. Added 3 issues: #31-32 (Spr-Sum 78), and Starship 38 (Spr 80). Contributors include Poul Anderson, Joe Haldeman, Greg Benford, Richard Lupoff, Frederik Pohl. Bob Silverberg, Vincent Di Fate, Harlan Ellison, Susan Wood, and others.
--Masiform D, Devra Langsam. Added #12 (Feb 82) of this Star Trek zine. Zine provided for scanning by Todd Dashoff. Thanks, Todd!
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the last 2 issues: 10/21 and 10/28 issues of the Mt. Holtz Science Fiction Society Newsletter. Thanks, Evelyn! Thanks, Mark!
--Quodlibet, Bill Patterson. Added #1 (Jul 80).
--Renaissance, John J. Pierce. Added 3 issues of this new-to-us zine from the early 70s. It's our second fanzine with this title. You may notice that when we have two different zines with the same title, we set up at least one of the directories to include the name of the editor. This one is https://fanac.org/fanzines/Renaissance-Pierce/. There's also a Renaissance that was edited by Joseph Semenovich from the 50s. That one is in a directory named https://fanac.org/fanzines/Renaissance-Semenovich/.
--SFPA Egoboo Poll, Jeff Copeland. Added 5 items - 3 years worth of early 00s ballots and 2 years of results. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Tennessee Trash, Gary Robe. Added 14 issues of this SFPAzine: #36 (Jul 00), 40-42 (Mar-Jul 01), 49-56 (Sep 02-Nov 03), and 68 (Nov 05). Scans by RIch Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Weber-SFPA Zines, Mike Weber. We've added 13 items on an index page for Mike Weber's SFPA zines. These are from the early 00s, and they all have different names, so are listed chronologically. You may have noticed a lot of SFPA related zines being added. Yep. Rich Lynch has valiantly scanned multiple year's worth from the early 00s. Thanks to Mike Weber for his permission. And thanks, Rich for the scans!
--File 770, Mike Glyer. Thanks to Steve Johnson for finding a malformed (and therefore not found 404) link on the index page for issue #2. Fixed now. Thanks, Steve!
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