BetterIdeaZine

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Zine
Title: BetterIdeaZine
Publisher:
Editor(s): Cynthia L. Smith
Date(s): 1987 - 1996
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Harrison Ford
Language: English
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BetterIdeaZine is a gen zine focusing on the actor Harrison Ford and the roles he played. It is a combination fan fiction and letterzine and ran for thirty-three issues.

From the publisher's ad in Southern Enclave #19: "ATTENTION HARRISON FORD FANS!!! Are you looking for a different zine devoted exclusively to Mr. Ford? Hell, look no further--BetterIdeaZine is the answer. Not just a newszine, not just a fiction zine, but combination of the best of both, BIZ comes to you quarterly (3 times in 1987 - May, Sept. and Dec.). Averaging 80 pages, it's chock full of news of the doings of your favorite actor, as well as reader comments, poetry, fiction, artwork and lots of other goodies. Don't be left out. Join the other Ford fans throughout the us and around the world in keeping up with Jones (and Allie and -?-)."

Other Harrison Ford Letterzines

Issue 1

BetterIdeaZine 1 was published in May 1987.

Issue 2

BetterIdeaZine 2 was published in September 1987 and contains 82 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (42)
  • Articles:
    • A Parting Shot Rebutted by One of the Kiddies (48)
    • Flying Through the Flak by Carolyn Golledge (49)
    • Return Fire by Rebecca Carey (50)
    • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (52)
  • Fiction:
    • Blue Jay, part one by Paula Freda, art by Paula and Tom Freda, Anne Lutz (34)
    • David, Beloved one by Kathy Jentz, art by Carol-Lynn Sappe (65)
    • Birds of a Feather by Homer Sapiento, art by Dianne Smith (66)
    • Mosquito Coast Word Search by Danise Hegerty (75)
    • Just Friends by Catherine Anson, art by Tom Freda (77)
  • Contributors (78)
  • Classifieds (79)
  • Pen Pals (80)
  • Editor's Nook (82)
  • art by Dianne Smith (front cover), Anne Lutz, Tome Freda, Paula Freda, Carol-Lynne Sappe, Rebecca Carey and Mary Hoade (back cover)

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Dianne Smith

BetterIdeaZine 3 was published in December 1987 and contains 100 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (54)
  • Articles:
    • In Search of the Past, Fordish Footsteps by Beth Lentz (60)
    • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (64)
  • Fiction:
    • Jumping to Conclusions by Kathy Jentz, art by Carol-Lynn Sappe (67)
    • Blue Jay, part two, by Paula Freda, art by Anne Lutz (68)
    • When You Wish Upon a Star by Lisa Lkink, art by Carol-Lynn Sappe (76)
    • Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 by Homer Sapiento, art by Rebecca Carey (85)
  • Classifieds (96)
  • Pen Pals and Contributors (98)
  • Editor's Nook (99)
  • art by Dianne Smith (front cover), Carol-Lynn Sappe, Anne Lutz, Rebecca Carey, and Susan Billingsley (back cover)

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, Wanda Lybarger

BetterIdeaZine 4 was published in March 1988 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (47)
  • Articles:
    • A Volley Returned by Linda Boster (50)
    • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (53)
  • Fiction:
    • Blue Jay, part three, by Paula Freda, art by Anne Lutz (54)
    • After the Film, Allie by Claire Panier, art by Dianne Smith (61)
    • The Rose of Jodhpur by Homer Sapiento, art by Mary Hoade (62)
  • Pen Pals (43)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Contributors (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Wanda Lybarger (front cover), Dianne Smith, Anne Lutz, Mary Hoade, Beth Lentz (back cover)

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

BetterIdeaZine 5 was published in June 1988 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (42)
  • Articles:
    • Somebody's Gotta Do It! by N.E. Maus (45)
    • A Parting Shot by Homeer Sapiento (48)
  • Fiction:
    • Blue Jay, conclusion by Paula Freda, art by Anne Lutz (51)
    • Indy and Shorty by Theresa Ward, art by Dianne Smith (62)
    • The Rose of Jodhpur, conclusion by Homer Sapiento, art by Mary Hoade (63)
  • Contributors (60)
  • Pen Pals (77)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Mary Hoade (front cover), Wayne McFaul (back cover), Anne Lutz, Dianne Smith and Rebecca Carey


Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Anne Lutz

BetterIdeaZine 6 was published in September 1988 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (44)
  • Articles:
    • Sighting the Elusive Ford by Frances Coleman (37)
    • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (47)
  • Fiction:
    • The Power of Love by Catherine Anson, art by Linda Bassett (49)
    • A Falcon by Any Other Name by Homer Sapiento, art by Dianne Smith (58)
  • Contest Rules (76)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Pen Pals (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Anne Lutz (front cover), Linda Basset, Dianne Smith, Mary Hoade


Issue 7

cover of issue #7, Dianne Smith

BetterIdeaZine 7 was published in December 1988 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (51)
  • Articles:
    • The Walworth Expeditions by Elizabeth M. Lentz (46)
    • Fittingly Frantic by Karen Estabrook (54)
    • A Fan's Lament by Anonymous by Request (58)
    • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (59)
  • Fiction, etc.:
    • Multiple Choice Harrison Quzi by Beth Lentz (61)
    • Cornflower Blue by Kathy Jentz (63)
    • I Can See What Thye Do by Linda Boster, art by Anne Lutz (67)
    • An Emotion by Clair Panier, art by Painer (76)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Pen Pals (78)
  • Contributors (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Dianne Smith (front cover), Anne Lutz, Claire Panier, Mary Hoade (back cover), Rebecca Carey


Issue 8

cover of issue #8, Wanda Lybarger

BetterIdeaZine 8 was published in March 1989 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
    • Indy III (33)
  • Fan Forum (44)
  • Articles:
    • A Versatile Working Girl by Karen Estabrook (48)
    • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (53)
  • Fiction, etc.:
    • There's a Man Named Indiana by Danise Hegerty, art by Linda M. Bassett (55)
    • Christmas Exchange by Karen Estabrook, art by Rebecca Carey (56)
    • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished by Homer Sapiento, art by Mary and Nick Hoade (66)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Pen Pals (78)
  • Contributors (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Wanda Lybarger (front cover), Rebecca Carey, Linda M. Bassett, Mary Hoade, Nick Hoade, Anne Lutz (back cover)


Issue 9

cover of issue #9, Mary Hoade

BetterIdeaZine 9 was published in 1989 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
    • Odds and Ends (31)
    • Future Project(s) (34)
    • Indy III (pre and post-release) (36)
  • Fan Forum (54)
  • Articles:
    • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (59)
  • Fiction, etc.:
    • Tommy and Co. by Linda McCarthy, art by Anne Lutz (62)
    • Lost Lance of the Crusade by Eric D. Goodman (65)
    • Second Thoughts by C.L. Waters (67)
    • It's All in the Brain by Homer Sapiento (68)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Pen Pals (78)
  • Contributors (30)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Mary Hoade (front cover), Rebecca Carey, Anne Lutz, Ken Ward (back cover)


Issue 10

cover of issue #10, Dianne Smith

BetterIdeaZine 10 was published in September 1989 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
    • Odds and Ends (46)
  • Presumed Innocent (54)
  • Fan Forum (58)
  • Articles:
    • A Parting Shot by Homeer Sapiento (63)
  • Fiction, etc.:
    • Fordian Graffiti by Karen Estabrook, various places throughout the zine and (65)
    • Crash by Carolyn Golledge, art by Linda M. Bassett (66)
  • Pen Pals (76)
  • Contributors (76)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Dianne Smith (front cover), Rebecca Carey, Ken Ward, Karen Estabrook, Janet Madden, Linda M. Bassett, Adam Clay (back cover)


Issue 11

cover of issue #11, Mary Hoade

BetterIdeaZine 11 was published in December 1989 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
    • International Box Office (38)
    • It's Video Time (39)
    • Odds and Ends (40
    • Presumed Innocent (43)
  • Fan Forum (52)
  • Articles:
    • Previewing "Presumed Innocent" by Karen Estabrook (51)
    • Indiana Jones and a Classic Crusade by Karen Estabrook (56)
    • The Last Crusade, in Retrospect by Ken Ward (60)
    • A Parting Shot, Rebutted (#10) by Janet Madden (61)
    • Return of Indiana Jones by Eric D. Goodman (62)
    • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (63)
  • Fiction, etc.:
    • Raiders of the Doomed Crusade by Karen Estabrook and Carolyn Colledge (sic) (65)
    • Totem by Homer Sapiento, art by Dianne Smith (70)
  • Pen Pals (55)
  • Contributors (69)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Mary Hoade (front cover), Rebecca Carey, Karen Estabrook, Dianne Smith, Carol-Lynn Sappe, Nick Hoade (back cover), Judy Watson, Laura Alexander


Issue 12

cover of issue #12, Darlene Kletke

BetterIdeaZine 12 was published in March 1990 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
    • It's Video Time (18)
    • Odds and Ends (25)
    • Presumed Innocent (32)
  • Fan Forum
    • Articles:
    • The Last Crusade Recorded in Writing by Eric D. Goodman (16)
    • A Parting Shot, Rebutted by Eric D. Goodman (39)
    • A Parting Shot Homer Sapiento (41)
  • Fiction, etc.:
    • Acquittal, part one by Karen Estabrook (44)
    • Trapped in the Amazon by April Lutz, art by Lutz (58)
    • Working Guy (or Solo Gets Conned) by Homer Sapiento, art by Dianne Smith (68)
  • Pen Pals (12)
  • Contributors (15)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Darlene Kletke (front cover), Rebecca Carey, April Lutz, Wayne McFaul, Dianne Smith, Beth Lenz (back cover)


Issue 13

cover of issue #13, Lynda M. Bassett

BetterIdeaZine 13 was published in 1990.

Issue 14

cover of issue #14

BetterIdeaZine 14

Issue 15

cover of issue #15, Julia Schmidt

BetterIdeaZine 15

Issue 16

cover of issue #16, Lynda M. Bassett

BetterIdeaZine 16 was published in 1991.

Issue 17

cover of issue #17, Kletke

BetterIdeaZine 17 was published in 1991.

Issue 18

cover of issue #18, Lynda M. Bassett

BetterIdeaZine 18 was published in 1991.

Issue 19

cover of issue #19

BetterIdeaZine 19 was published in 1991.

Issue 20

BetterIdeaZine 20

Issue 21

BetterIdeaZine 21

Issue 22

BetterIdeaZine 22

Issue 23

BetterIdeaZine 23

Issue 24

Bette IdeaZine 24

Issue 25

BetterIdeaZine 25

Issue 26

BetterIdeaZine 26

Issue 27

BetterIdeaZine 27

Issue 28

BetterIdeaZine 28

Issue 29

BetterIdeaZine 29

Issue 30

BetterIdeaZine 30

Issue 31

BetterIdeaZine 31

Issue 32

BetterIdeaZine 32

Issue 33

BetterIdeaZine 33 was published in March 1996.

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