Drink Tank’s Spider-Man Spectacular Is a Free Download

Drink Tank 453, edited by Chuck Serface, Alissa Wales and Christopher J. Garcia, and with a striking cover by Hugo-winning artist Sara Felix, takes a deep look at everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Articles include Juan Sanmiguel considering the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, Julian West looking at “Spider-Man: The Combination Super-Hero”, and British fanhistorian Rob Hansen talking about how Marvel stories were edited for political content, in an article entitled “Damn Bodavians…”

James Bacon takes a deep dive into the time when Spider-Man went with Joy Mercado to London, encountering an IRA assault, and then onto Belfast where suddenly all political matters were expunged, building on the work of Brian Corcoran some 12 years ago when it was revealed that Marvel offices received a bomb threat in 1986 and speaking to Len Kaminski.  

Helena Nash takes a look at the landmark stories in the 1980’s while Pádraig Ó Méalóid considers the history of Ireland and the source of the troubles as described in Web of Spider-Man #19. Chuck Serface looks at books that talk about the Psychology, Philosophy and theology of Spider-Man and wrapping up the issue is an interview with David Hine about Spider-Man Noir, one of the most interesting iterations of the character. 

With 80 pages, the zine is free to download as a PDF here.

[Based on a press release.]

First Fandom Annual 2023

Announcing the latest First Fandom Annual: First Fandom Conversations – Edited by John L. Coker III and Jon D. Swartz, Ph.D.

Here are the contents of this latest issue:

Forrest J Ackerman:

  • “An Evening with Boris Karloff and Friends”
  • “Franken Forry’s Fotos”
  • “Dr Ackula’s Photo Gallery”
  • “Once Around the Bloch – a Tribute”

Robert Bloch:

  • “Verse Fandom” (A Poem)
  • “I’m a Fan of Science Fiction Fandom”
  • “A Memorial for Robert Bloch”

Hugh B. Cave: “Stories from My Life”

Lloyd A. Eshbach: “Small Press Publishing”

“A Conversation with Ray Harryhausen”

“David A. Kyle Recalls Sam Moskowitz”

Robert Silverberg: “Julie, Forry and Me.”

The front cover features color artwork by Tim Hildebrandt.

Fifty-six pages, printed on 28# paper with heavy gloss color covers, face-trimmed, saddle-stitched, color illustrations throughout.

This edition is limited to only (25) copies, which are available for $35 each (includes packing, USPS Priority Mail and insurance).

To order your copy, please send a check or money order (payable to John L. Coker III) to 4813 Lighthouse Road, Orlando, FL 32808. 

Journey Planet 75: Fantastical Musical Instruments

Hugo-finalist Journey Planet returns with a new issue dedicated at fantastical, mythical, and really just super cool musical instruments.

Jean Martin joins Chris Garcia and James Bacon in bringing together looks at musical instruments and the music they produce in everything from Futurama to Dune to Dungeons & Dragons to Star Trek and much much more! There are also a few pieces that look at the roles real-life musical instruments play and how they can become mythical in and of themselves! 

This is an 85-page look into worlds both real and imagined! Available now here.

Table of Contents

Editorial by Chris Garcia
Musical Instruments in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings by Jean Martin
Exploring Instruments in Dungeons & Dragons: The Instruments of the Bards by Robert Pleasant
Gurney Halleck Sings for Us by Allison Hartman Adams
The Baliset by Chris Garcia
Vulcan Lute by Christopher Erickson
Star Trek: The Musical Generation by Sarah Gulde
The Sounds of Star Wars by James Bacon
Native American Flutes by Jade Falcon
Fan Art by Terry Jeeves
Exploring the Oud: A Musical Time Machine for Ancient and Futuristic Soundscapes by Michael Larsen
Captain Eo: The Crew IS the Music by Chris Garcia
Play holophonor for me by Ann Gry (anngry.com)
“Of Holophonors” by Peppard Saltine
Fico in Flash Gordon by James Bacon
Pure Will, True Will, and The Hydrogen Sonata or How Aleister Crowley met Iain M. Banks by Richard Smothers
Music in the Works of Alan Moore Or Alan, Eno, and Me by Pádraig Ó Méalóid
On kings and fiddlers and the harp unstrung by Ethan Hay, MA
Instruments from the Moon to Gaia (via North Queensferry, Scotland) with Two Plugs by Gary Lloyd
A Refrigerator for Music – The Samson Box by Chris Garcia
Under The 5000 Fingers by James Langdell      
Animusic by Chris Garcia
The Legend of Zelda – The Magical Instrument by David Ferguson
Enditorial by James Bacon

[Based on a press release.]

Journey Planet 74: The Vincent Issue

Journey Planet 74 is an issue by and about Vincent Docherty, an insightful, personal and thoughtful journey through the life of a Scottish Fan and two-time Worldcon Chair. 

Vincent marks 45 years in fandom this year, and in time for Satelite 8 in Glasgow, (https://eight.satellitex.org.uk/) the Journey Planet team have worked with him for 18 months and produced a 55,000 word 108-page issue, focused on Vincent’s life. 

With contributions from Sara Felix, Shana Worthen, Henry Balen, Theresa TR Renner, Steve Cooper, Ian Sorensen, Kees Van Toorn, Martin Easterbrook, Colin Harris, Alice Lawson and a cover by Iain Clark, this is a very in depth look at the life of a fan. 

Vincent Docherty walked into Faircon ’78 in Glasgow as a teenager and so began a journey in fandom, which would see him bring the Worldcon to Glasgow twice (1995 and 2005). 

In this issue of Journey Planet, Vincent takes us through that, with both intimacy and insight, starting with how he became interested in Science Fiction. He speaks about being involved with Glasgow and 4S fandom, helping with and then chairing his first convention, Invention in 1983. He speaks of his role as the Hugo Awards director at the 1987 Worldcon, Conspiracy, and offers, thanks to reportage from David Langford, a view from the audience. 

As his involvement with fandom grew, so did his real life job. He shares his passions and anxieties, as well as failings, openly and honestly. With this issue of Journey Planet, many will learn of the trials and tribulations, the tragedy of timing, and life for someone very intelligent and also different, and therefore at times, alone.

This issue addresses hard matters which may resonate with readers: being different, yet invisible; horrible difficulties such as bullying; love in a different time; AIDS in the 80s. Vincent is open and honest, sharing matters of close family as well as heartfelt reflection. 

Vincent considers what has gone well and also what could be improved, and shares what he has come to love: helping others, empowering and enabling, as well as the great musical extravaganzas that he has stewarded. There is value to be found in this history, potentially much in it for conrunners to learn, as serious consideration is given for Worldcons and conrunning in general, and so for us, elements that are useful and good to be aware of. 

Ann Gry and Allison Hartman Adams joined Christopher J. Garcia and James Bacon with this 108-page issue, which began at Smofcon Europe in Lisbon in December 2021 and has been a massive undertaking by all involved, as the information was extracted from Vincent through dozens of interviews, edited multiple times and crafted into the issue that is offered to readers. 

A father, brother, son and friend. He is very good to the community of SF fans. Winner of the Big Heart, he epitomizes what the award is for: someone who gives so much of themselves and helps the community of book-loving science aficionados come together and share their interests and friendships.

A tremendous amount of work has gone into this fanzine, and we hope readers concur that it is very much worth it. 

Do get in touch [email protected]

[Based on a press release.]

Fanzines at Harvard

By Susan de Guardiola: Earlier this year, Harvard’s Houghton Library (their rare book depository) put on an exhibit on self-publishing which, among many other interesting zines, featured a few sfnal ones.  Apparently Harvard alumnus Paul Clarkson ’57 was a fan and left his collection to the university.  Among the fanzines in the exhibit was one by Ted White that is not in the Fancyclopedia.

About the exhibit: “Do It Yourself! Self-Publishing from Letterpress to LaserJet”

My photos of the SF zines:

Apologies for the weird angles; all the cases were directly under fancy chandeliers which made it hard to get photos without reflections.

If anyone is interested in viewing the collection, I read regularly at Houghton and can help them through the procedures.  Seems like some fanhistorian ought to dig into this, if it hasn’t already been done.

The finding aid for the full fanzine collection (with list): “Collection: Science fiction fanzines and prozines”.

Journey Planet 73: Hugo Nominee Gifts 

Australian fan Alan Stewart has been tracking down all the little mementoes that Worldcons give to Hugo Nominees. In doing so he was helped by many fans, seeking images and information.   

Alan joined Chris Garcia and James Bacon on Journey Planet 73 – Hugo Nominee Gifts, as they sought to share the research and photos, of the wondrous things that have been gifted. And who knew that such a list existed?

Gifts for Hugo Nominees were generally given to nominees at the Hugo Losers party by the subsequent Worldcon, often seen as a promotional activity as well as welcome to those the community have celebrated to come to the following year’s Worldcon. 

A variety of fans have contributed the images, and a number have written for the issue including Evelyn Leeper, Steven H Silver, Guy Lillian III, Michael A Burstein, Deb Geisler, Rose Mitchell, Helen Montgomery, Sarah Gulde, Alison Scott, Craig Miller, Ian McDonald and Henry Balen who all share insight

It’s a list you might not know existed, and one that’s kind of fun.

Letters of Comment from Rob Hansen and Kerry Kyle also feature, as they both respond to issue 71, the Hugo Base issue.  

James Bacon adds, “We are currently working on an issue with Jean Martin about futuristic, mythical, fictional and imagined musical instruments with an end of June deadline and would love to hear from interested contributors.”

Letters of comment welcome at [email protected] on this or any issue.  

Operation Motorman —  Journey Planet 72 

The latest issue of Journey Planet makes for difficult reading as James Bacon and Christopher J. Garcia present 20,000 words on the British military amphibious landing and military action on July 31, 1972 in Derry, Northern Ireland. 

Operation Motorman saw an innocent boy and innocent man gunned down. With landing craft deploying Centurion AVRE tanks directly to the city streets, the official view of a successful counter insurgency operation is considered and challenged. 

Families have spent decades fighting for justice, against immediate lies, denial and misrepresentation and the results of their perseverance is reflected on and documented.  

The subsequent murderous and pointless retaliation mere hours later by terrorists saw nine civilians killed in the small village of Claudy. This atrocity saw no one brought to justice.  The collusion between the British Government and Catholic Church to protect the perpetrator is presented.  

Shrouded in cover up and lies, much has come to light in the fifty years since these sad events occurred, as James attempts to present utilizing quotes and judgments for readers to draw their own conclusions, while reflecting on the research work and offering his own views especially on how the subject is presented by “strategists”. 

This special edition of Journey Planet includes photographs of the day by Eamon Melaugh who vividly captured the action. At 49 pages this single subject issue has been worked on for over fourteen years.  

The sadness of the loss for the families can never be undone. 

“Pamphlets, amateur press publications and Fanzines hold a historical place in the ability to independently present to readers views, opinions and subjects which are valid but often overlooked. The format  allows for freedom of expression, without external editorial pressure to curtail or censor and so here we present an issue on a subject that is difficult but we hope a compelling, informative and provoking read.” 

Download the issue here: Issue 72 – Operation Motorman – Journey Planet.

[Based on a press release.]

Journey Planet 71 — The Hugo Issue

Sara Felix joins Christopher J. Garcia and James Bacon for issue 71 of Journey Planet as fans consider the physical Hugo Awards. Download it here.

The construction, the actual bases, the bases that fans contemplated, and aspects about the awards that one may not have thought of are reflected upon and shared.  

The Hugo awards capture the imagination and it is through hard work mixed with imaginative creativity that the physical awards manifest. 

How many fans have had an idea for a Hugo base? We have a number shared in this issue.  

The process is looked at with a level of expertise and experience in a reprinted article excerpt by Peter Weston on “Making the Hugos”, and an article on “Hugo base design” by Vincent Docherty.  

Proposals, anecdotes, imaginings and the experience of designing and making a base all get coverage in this issue that features a beautiful cover by Sara Felix. 

Contributors of articles and art also include David Thayer, Janice Gelb, Constanze Hofmann Steven H Silver, Brad Foster and James Shields. 

The importance of the Hugo Awards, how fandom recognizes great professional and fan work and of course the pride and celebration that come with the awards underpins this issue. 

Eagle eyed fans may notice that the issue cover is numbered 63*, giving a secret insight into the Journey Planet team’s hopes and aspirations and the realities of busy fans enjoying themselves in-between the realities of life. 

Meanwhile a future issue of Journey Planet will be co-edited with Alan Stewart who has undertaken research into the gifts that Hugo nominees have received over the years. Photos are still being sought of: 

  • A Moomin mug, presented by Worldcon 75 at MidAmeriCon II. 
  • Chicago in 2000 trading cards, presented by Chicon 2000, at Aussiecon Three, 1999
  • And the Torcon 3 loser gift at ConJose in 2002 if one was given. 

Contact journeyplanet at Gmail dot com if you happen to have a photo of any of these gifts please.  

Journey Planet 70: Chinese Science Fiction and Space Dual Language Issue Part 2

Regina Kanyu Wang, Yen Ooi and Arthur Liu join Chris Garcia and James Bacon to co-edit an issue of Journey Planet dedicated to Chinese science, science fiction, space and fandom, with over 20 articles and interviews, all both in Chinese and English in parallel text. 

This issue has exceeded expectations in regard to volume of content, and the editors decided that they would split the issue into two parts. Part 1 was released on December 31, and Part 2 now. The dates are chosen to connect both the western and Chinese New Year, echoing with the initial intention of this issue, to build a cultural bridge.

Part 2 features a cover art Three Worlds by Sinjin Li. The artist designs the symbol on the flag, which represents an eye straining to perceive all three dimensions at once – above / on / below, past / present / future etc.

The issue can be found here.

Following the contents on game, location, fiction, movie, and art in Part 1, Part 2 includes contents on art, comic, animation, fan, space, and more. Contents in this issue include: 

1. Space is Terrifying – Interview with Sinjin Li
Interviewer: Mia Chen Ma and Yen Ooi
Translator: Olivia Cat

2. Revamping Sci-Fi Writing Through Sci-Fi Art: An Introduction to “Morning Star Cup”, China’s Original Science Fiction Art Competition
Author: Ma Guobin and Zhao Hongyin
Translator: Ana Padilla Fornieles

3. Ten Thousand Worlds in the Nijigen Universe
Author: Fly Cat
Translator: J. Xu

4. A Review on Night Bus by Zuo Ma
Author: James Bacon
Translator: Lin Pingxiu

5. A Review on Split Earth by Joey Yu, Zephyr Zheng and Monica Ding
Author: James Bacon
Translator: Que Shizi

6. Space Food, Future Food, and Food in Science Fiction
Author: Qian Cheng and Serene Hu
Translator: Andy Yang, Serene Hu, and Chen Qinglong

7. From a SF Fan to a SF Entrepreneur- An Interview with Sun Yue
Interviewer: Regina Kanyu Wang
Translator: Kelly Zhang

8. A Brief History of Science Fiction Societies in Chinese Universities
Author: RiverFlow
Translator: Stefan Harvey

9. A Brief History of the Development of Chinese SF Fanzines
Author: RiverFlow
Translator: Ana Padilla Fornieles

10. The Humanity in the Future: A Viewpoint Developed after Meeting with Russian and the U.S. Astronauts
Author: Tan Kai
Translator: Li Siqi

11. An Encounter in Space and Science Fiction – Interview with Liu Cixin, Ken Liu, and Kjell Lindgren
Interviewer: Regina Kanyu Wang
Translator: Liu Shuli

Journey Planet 69 – Andor 

The brilliance of Andor captured the imagination and excitement of many fans.  

Caught up in this enthusiasm are this issue of Journey Planets Co-Editors, Erin Underwood, John Coxon, James Bacon and Chris Garcia. They decided a matter of weeks ago that it would be fabulous to consider how enjoyable the TV series was and share views, insights and thoughts with an whole issue dedicated to Andor. 

With a stunning cover by Iain Clark, this issue contains an eclectic selection of views and thoughts. Get it here.

  • Andor: The Center of the Star Wars Storyverse by Erin Underwood
  • Andor Season 1 – Putting faces to the Empire and a cause for rebellion by James Mason
  • ANDOR: Star Wars Finally Grows Up by Tony Peak
  • Andor: Real People and the Rebellion by Chelsea Mueller
  • Star Wars Storytelling Matures with Andor by R. B. Wood
  • Andor: Faced with Violence by Brenda Noiseux
  • Vive la résistance! by John C. Foster
  • Based on by Peppard Saltine
  • We Always Knew There Was More to Star Wars by Carrie Vaughn
  • Shaping the Conflict: The Ominous Geometry of Andor by Hannah Strom-Martin
  • The Complexities of Revolution in Andor by Rich Horton
  • Droid Boy by Alexis & Kenneth Taylor-Butler
  • Andor – a rebellion, a consideration comparison and contrast of Andor with the Irish Rebellion of the early 20th century  by James Bacon
  • Andor: An Awakening by Edward Lazellari
  • Less Fan Service of Better Storytelling? by John Coxon
  • Jack ‘Gunner’ McCarthy and Captain of Intelligence Mary McGrath by James Bacon
  • Shadows of the British Empire by Dan Hartland
  • The Sounds of Andor by James Bacon
  • Instant Fanzine: Andor featuring Joelle Renstrom and Oghenechovwe Ekpeki