Indigo Boys

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Title: Indigo Boys
Publisher: In Person Press
Editor(s): April Valentine
Date(s): 1994-2000
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Medium: print
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Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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Contents

Indigo Boys is a slash multifandom anthology. Art samples are included with the publisher's permission.

It has a sister zine, The Indigo Stories of Starsky and Hutch.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Indigo Boys 1 was published in 1994 and has 174 pages. Includes

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

  • "Secret Admirer" by Leah S. (QL)--Typically good Leah S. This story takes place during the shutting down of the Starbright Project and Donna leaving Sam at the altar, right before the set-up of Project Quantum Leap. It's a set-up story, though, and stops right before the big sex scene.
  • "Clandestine Report #208" by MRK (S/H)--I love the Clandestine reports and this is one of the best installments, which takes place during the episode "Starsky v. Hutch". I liked the fact that it showed that the very aspect of falling in love that attracts one person the most is sometimes the very thing that scares the other one the most. For those not familiar with this series of stories, They were started in THE FIX (the zine not the episode), and are basically personal reports that Starsky writes for himself about things he and Hutch do. The first story was centered around when Starsky found himself falling in love with an unknowing Hutch.
  • "Celebration" by Theresa Kyle (S/H)--"Promise me you won't kill yourself if I die" storyline. So-so. Starsky's written a little more stupid than I think of him. The biggest problem with the story, though, is the fact that it hits a pet peeve of mine: Hutch starts calling Starsky David once they go to bed. Excuse me, if he wasn't calling him David through all those years that they were best of friends, I really don't think he'd start calling him that now that they're having sex.
  • "The Hopeless Ways of Fools" by Rosemary C. (S/H)--Good story that centers around the episode "Starsky's Brother". Only real problem is that despite the fact that she stays fairly true to the episode, Nick comes off a little too good to be true at the end of the story.
  • "Fever" by Theresa Kyle (MUNCLE)--Illya and Napoleon go camping (for fun), Illya is bitten by a copperhead snake, straight and stupid Napoleon basically promises to be with only Illya to quiet him in his fevered rantings without understanding what Illya is talking about (Nappy, it's the clue line, pick it up), then discovers that he really wants to go to bed with Illya when he gets better. Okay story, and definitely way on the low end of the wussification scale for a MUNCLE story. Illya is still the one who has been silently in love with Napoleon, the only one with experience with men, and, inevitably, the one on the bottom, but we can't have everything.
  • "Eternal Friendship" by P. Williamson (HIGHLANDER)--It was better when I went back to read it again for this review, but I could never see Duncan/Richie as a couple, and this story didn't really convince me otherwise. Nice pen and ink portrait of Duncan by TACS, though.
  • "Shelter" by April Valentine (THE FUGITIVE)-- I was surprisingly disappointed with this story, seeing as how I usually love April's writing. One of the problems was the fact that I have a problem seeing Gerard/Kimble anyway, but the other was that the story took place right after the end of the movie. Kimble has been on the run, worrying about clearing his name and really hasn;'t had much time to mourn his wife's death, so I have a problem with him so easily going to be with anyone at that point. I'm all for the comfort factor in hurt/comfort, but there are times and places.
  • "Entre'acte" by Jassamyn Fox (Pros)--Nice, if a bit on the sappy side, PWP.
  • "JeanGenie" by BARAVAN (Pros)--Cute story about Bodie's propensity for walking behind Doyle when they climb stairs.
All in all, I'd say it's far from the best of the zine's [April]'s put out, but it was still worth what I paid for it. Which, of course, I can't remember how much it was." [1]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Indigo Boys 2 was published in 1995 and has 163 pages. Art by SVE, Jan Davies, TACS, and April Valentine.

  • The Pain of Separation the Agony of Reunion by Leah S. (Quantum Leap)
  • The Room 101 Affair by Theresa Kyle (UNCLE) (reprinted in Reclassified Affairs 2)
  • The Welcome Home Affair by MLM (UNCLE)
  • Yet Something Is Different by L. Gray (Twin Peaks)
  • Magic by MRK (Starsky and Hutch)
  • Noel's Story by Kris Brown and Kris New (Starsky and Hutch)
  • Fireside Interlude by Rosemary C. (Starsky and Hutch)
  • Immortal Comrades by P. Williams (Highlander)
  • Worth Untested by Leah S.
  • Healer by April Valentine (the film The Fugitive)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

First off, there were a couple new things from April Valentine that were out....INDIGO BOYS 2, her multi-media slash zine, was there (at Z-Con) and had several stories. One was an installment in MRK's "Clandestine Reports" series, one was an installment in Leah S.'s "Secrets" series (both of these take place pre-sexual relationship), one was a story about S&H being "out" and knowing another cop who is gay and involved in a relationship (can't remember the authors' names or the title; it was something like "Noel's Story"), and a short story by Rosemary C.. The last two were the only ones with any sex in them and they really were the weaker of the S/H stories in there, IMHO. [2]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3
Indigo Boys 3 was published in 1996 and has 215 pages. The Suzan Lovettt art on page 99 won a 1996 Stiffie Award for Best Wiseguy art.
  • Rites Of Passage by Leah S. (Quantum Leap) (5 pages)
  • Revenge Is Mine (Quantum Leap) (4 pages)
  • Deep In The Heart Of Texas by Theresa Kyle (Walker, Texas Ranger) (12 pages)
  • The Dream Come True Affair by MLM (Man from UNCLE) (18 pages)
  • Return Of The Huntress by Victoria Racklyft (Starsky and Hutch) (41 pages)
  • Brief Interlude (Wiseguy) (7 pages)
  • Safe House (Wiseguy) by April Valentine (14 pages)
  • More Than Kin, Part 1 (The Professionals) (33 pages)
  • More Than Kin, Part II (The Professionals) (34 pages)
  • Lost and Found by Meridian (The Chief/The Professionals) (30 pages)
  • Lover (The Fugitive) (18 pages)

Issue 4

cover of issue #4

Indigo Boys 4 was published in 1997 and has 166 pages. Includes

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

Indigo Boys 5 was published in 1998 and has 173 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

Yes, it's another fun-filled romp through my zine collection. This will probably be it for a while, though, until I get something new. Anyone want to make a request? Anyone else want to review?

Long Reviewer's Notes: See my Big Ol' Review note or e-mail me if you're interested in getting it privately.

Short Reviewer's Notes (I'm only 5'4"): Any spoilers that follow are as minor as I can make them. Each and every opinion here is mine, all mine! Mwahhahhaa! *ahem* Salt to taste.

[zine info omitted]

I love multi-media zines. As a committed fannish butterfly, there's nothing I find so heartwarming as looking through the table of contents of a mm zine and seeing story after story from different fandoms. In the case of the IB [Indigo Boys] zines, there's the added warmth of knowing that while I'll find stories from various fandoms, they'll all be fandoms I know and love. This issue, while having a couple of stories that weren't quite up to par, had some very well-written stories, all with different styles, and all from different fandoms.

The layout (single columned, single spaced) and type seem to be the same as in previous issues. There is no artwork, but there is a photo from the pertinent movie/show either before or after each story.

"In Envy of Paradise (Possession)" by Tiger Tyger (Sentinel; 65pp)-Listed as Part II of "Obsession", the first part of which can be found in IB 4, this is an excellent continuation of the story. This one takes place immediately after the first part with Jim and Blair now lovers, but there are continued problems with Victor, Blair's old boyfriend-cum-stalker. There are several plot twists and lots of angst before the end.

"Tikinikiyu" by Theresa Kyle (My Favorite Martian; 24pp)--That's right, it's MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, as in the sixties sitcom. Now, don't go icking out on me, this story is actually surprisingly good--if you like the sitcom. The thing actually reads like an episode. Well, if there had actually ever been an episode in which Uncle Martin was going through a sort of Martian version of Pon Farr. I could practically hear the canned laughter. (That's a good thing, btw. I think.)

"Passion Fruit" by Merricat Kiernan (WG; 4pp)--An evil (yet good), short, two-part story which is actually two interrelated dreams from Vinnie. The boy really needs some therapy...

"Out and About" by Stacy D. (In & Out; 40pp)--The note at the beginning of this story reads (in part): "This story takes place during the movie "In & Out" [...] it's what you didn't see and what was happening just outside the frames of the film. Seeing the movie or knowing about it would help, but it's not a requirement for enjoying the story. I've been told you'll want to see the movie right after reading the story if you didn't know it." Actually, I'd recommend reading the story more for people who haven't seen the movie and probably never will. The biggest problem with any 'during the movie/episode' story is that you have to make it different enough from what we see on the screen or give enough added insight into what characters were thinking to make it worthwhile. In other words, there must be something added to make the story an interesting view of events rather than just a written retelling. The biggest problem with this story is that it's redundant. In several ways. It goes through the entire movie telling what happened, but while it's all from Howard's pov (like most of the movie), I never really saw any extra added insight into what he was feeling than what I got from the movie itself. And when we get to the different scenes, the ones "outtside the frames of the film," namely the story's sex scenes, those don't really add anything either. In fact, they're rather repetitive.

"Perfect Way to Spend a Rainy Sunday" by Kate McChesney (S/H; 4pp)--Well, look at the title!  :-) Pretty standard pwp. It did show, however, how sometimes other stories can intrude through no fault of the author's: As a HL fan, to me the words "Yes...oh, yes," insert quite a different picture than the one intended.

"Found Again" by Lorelei (Lost Boys; 12pp)--A very nice, lyrical story set directly after the movie with flashbacks to scenes--and missing scenes--from it. Most of the missing scenes, in fact, are actually added parts to scenes already in the movie, and they're added quite seamlessly. For instance, one of the most famous scenes is the one where the boys dangle from underneath the train bridge then fall through the mist. The story shows what happens underneath the mist. Through this and the other missing or added scenes, we see more of the connection between David (leader of the vamp gang) and Michael. The story has the same sensual rather than overtly sexual feel to it that the movie had, even without the hard edge. But she doesn't try to make David a 'nice guy', which I very much appreciate.

"Matter and Antimatter" by Killashandra (HL, DM/M; 29pp)--Last story of the zine, which definitely ends it on a high note. Tension is built and sustained throughout the story, and it has an ending which makes sense, but was still unexpected. Set immediately after "The Modern Prometheus", all the guilt and anger in and between Duncan and Methos come out and reveal a few other emotions as well. Hope is sometimes the hardest thing to take.

Overall, I have to really recommend this issue. While I didn't like one story and had only a passing interest in another, all the others were good--some surprisingly so. (Honestly, I scared myself by liking the MY FAVORITE MARTIAN story.) [3]

Issue 6

Indigo Boys 6 was published in 2000 and has 180 pages.

cover issue #6

References

  1. In 1994, Michelle Christian posted this review to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is reposted here with permission.
  2. In 1995, Michelle Christian posted this review of issue #2 to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is reposted here with permission. The review was posted shortly after she had attended Z-Con where she had purchased the zines.
  3. In 1998 Michelle Christian posted this review to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is reposted here with permission.
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