Hertz: Some Tweet, Some WOOF

By John Hertz: The ever-lovin’ Chris Garcia will host the Fanzine Lounge at Chicon VII (2012 Worldcon). While he’s at it he’ll be Official Editor of WOOF.

WOOF, the World Organization Of Faneditors, is an apa (Amateur Press Ass’n) collated annually – yes – another product of Bruce Pelz’ imagination – at the Worldcon. This year’s will (I think) be WOOF 37. The 2011 OE was Randy Byers. The 2010 OE was Alan Stewart.

Garcia’s own fanzine is The Drink Tank. He’s part of Journey Planet too. He was the 2008 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegate. He gets my IBM 1620 jokes (one of which is really Alan Frisbie’s).

His E-mail address – Lee Gold calls them edresses – is <garcia@computerhistory.org>. Or call me (213)384-6622 for his real-mail address.

Do you suppose WOOF will have a Selina Phanara cover?

Hertz: Byers’ Blue-Ribbon WOOF

By John Hertz: Only a few days after Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon, WOOF contributors who could not attend had received their copies of WOOF 36 by mail or courier.

WOOF, the World Organization Of Faneditors, was one of Bruce Pelz’ ideas, an amateur press association in which zines are collated annually at the World Science Fiction Convention.

Most s-f apas are collated quarterly, or monthly.  There have been dozens over the years.  FAPA (Fantasy Am. Pr. Ass’n), our first, founded in the mid-1930s, is still ongoing.  So is APA-L (Am. Pr. Ass’n – LASFS, produced at but not by the Los Angeles S-F Society), another Pelz project, founded in the mid-1960s, collated weekly – a shocking frequency before the rise of E-mail, still remarkable; so is WOOF, founded in the mid-1970s.  The chief procedural honcho and Great Panjandrum of an apa is the Official Editor (sometimes by local custom, or deserving, called other things).

Randy Byers was the OE of WOOF for 2011, following Lloyd Penney and Alan Stewart.  WOOF contributions are even less governed by rule than other fan activity.  Byers was bodacious.  In fourscore pages he got a Stu Shiffman cover, photos from Stewart’s 1994 DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) trip to Winnipeg, David Cake the current DUFF delegate, John Coxon the TAFF (Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund) delegate, Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer, Chris Garcia, Guy Lillian, Penney, regulars Dean Gahlon and Roger Hill, and a host of others.

He modestly said he took up the task because some idealist in a funny hat persuaded him.  This like many modest disclaimers is a half-truth.  He’s willing to wade in the water, and he quotes Chuang Tzu.  His bark is worse than his bytes.

Byers: WOOF Reminder

By Randy Byers: This is just a reminder to anyone who is planning to submit a fanzine to WOOF (the Worldcon APA) this year.

Copy count is 69.

I need to know the title and page count of your zine so I can add it to the ToC.

THIS IS A CHANGE SINCE MY LAST ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are mailing your zines to me rather than delivering them (or having them delivered) to the convention, I need to receive them by Monday, August 15th. I had previously said the deadline was the 16th, but it turns out I’m leaving for Reno before mail arrives on Tuesday.

There will be a drop box in the fanzine lounge for anyone who brings their fanzine to the convention. Please drop them off by noon Friday.

Collation will be at noon on Saturday in the fanzine lounge.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at fringefaan@yahoo.com.

Randy Byers
2011 OE for WOOF

Byers: The Lead Dog Speaks

By Randy Byers: The World Organization Of Faneditors (WOOF) will once again distribute an APA at the Worldcon this year, and you are invited to contribute a fanzine to the project. Please feel free to share this announcement far and wide.

Since Renovation is the 69th Worldcon, copy count this year is 69. There will be a drop box in the Fan Lounge for your contribution, or if you can’t make it to the convention and can’t find a courier, you can mail your contribution to Randy Byers at 1013 N 36th St, Seattle WA 98103, USA. If you are mailing your contribution, it must arrive at this address by August 16th.

Collation of the distribution will be in the Fan Lounge at noon on Saturday the 20th. Volunteers to help with the collation are welcome to join in the fun.

If you are planning to contribute a zine, please contact me with the title and page count so I can put them in the Table of Contents. You can e-mail this information to me at fringefaan@yahoo.com, or mail it to the above address.

I’ve already had a number of first-time contributors express interest in participating this year. Whether you’re a first-timer or an old-timer, I hope you’ll take part as well.

[Randy Byers is WOOF’s Official Editor this year.]