Coflu has been a bad influence.
A FANZINE PROSPECTUS
from: Mary Kay Kare
After years of maintaining that the age of fanzines was past I have begun to doubt. Sure, we have easier and cheaper methods of communication. Sure, easier and cheaper travel mean we can actually physically convene and meet face to face. Yes, the internet.
But I have realized that fanzines do more than allow us to communicate with and know our fellow fans from far away. Yes, the internet. But somehow, it’s just more comforting to hold paper thingies in your hot little hands.
So, I have been toying with the idea of doing a fanzine myself. Oh, sure, I was editor of a clubzine in Norman, OK many many years ago. It’s not the same. Somehow, I need to do, or at least try to do, a real fanzine. Therefore, this prospectus.
At the only previous Corflu I attended, 5 years ago, I came up with the title and the mission. My own totem animal is the turtle; it is a reminder to me that while it’s ok to protect yourself, you just don’t get anywhere without sticking your neck out. This makes the life of the turtle a balancing act thus the title of the zine: The Balance of Turtles.
And my mission: give people a chance to stick their necks out and do something risky or dangerous. Are you an artist who hankers to write a sercon article on Gene Wolfe? Talk to me. Are you are sercon reviewer who wishes to write comedy? Talk to me. Have an unpopular political or social view you want to write about? Talk to me. Got lots of artwork with turtles? Definitely talk to me.
A few basic ground rules:
For the purposes of artwork and whatever, turtles and tortises are considered to be equivalent
Humor is, by definition, dangerous (because the editor likes it and wants to publish it)
All rights remain with the creator
I may put up the zine on the internet as well as on paper, but paper first
Interested? Want to contribute or get the zine? Contact me: marykay at kare dot ws