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Title: Media Rare
Publisher: Idol Hours Press, CATS (Chicago Area Tunnel Service)/Windy City Press & New Leaf Press
Editor(s): Maura I. Kelly, Linda S. Maclaren, Gina Martin, and Wendy Rockburn
Date(s): 1985-1995
Medium: print zine
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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Media Rare is a adult het and gen multifandom anthology.

Issue 1

table of contents for issue #1
cover of issue #1

Media Rare 1 was published in May 1985 and contains 180 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

See reactions and reviews for Dead Bluff.
[zine]: Usually one can tell the contents of a fanzine simply by looking at the title. Other times, there is the merest hint of the contents. Then there are those that promise. "Media Rare" is one zine that does exactly that. Not only do the pages contain the more common media material (UNCLE, Simon and Simon, A-Team), it also brings out some fresh newcomers into the field, such as "Voyage to the Bottom on the Sea" and "Bionic Woman". The zine is the effort of four, that' s right, count 'em, four editors - Maura Kelly, Linda S. Maclaren, Gina Martin and Wendy Rockburn. They also nearly make up the table of contents, both for fiction and art, but that doesn't matter. The end result is a thick, slick, good-looking zine. For all the variety of stories inside, I found it surprising that my favorite one would end up being the "A-Team" tale - INCIDENT IN A TUMBLEWEED by Linda Maclaren. I'm an UNCLE fan, not, and I repeat, not a fan of "A-Team", yet the story came off light, comical and gave a whole new meaning to tumbleweeds. The characters are quickly, but thoroughly described - a boon to someone never seeing the show. The dialogue is light and fast. How close this is the show is beyond me, but it read well. Unfortunately, the technique that worked so well in that story, slowed down the longest and definitely most graphic story in the issue - a "Professionals" called DEAD BLUFF by Linda Maclaren and Gina Martin. This time, the character description gets in the way of the story. There's no room in the action for the pauses and because of them, the story slows in spots. It is violent and not terribly funny, so people should be warned by the "Special thanks" listed to Jane Nauman. It gave me a funny feeling too. The two UNCLE pieces, "THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED AFFAIR" (Gina Martin) and "THE STEELE IN THE GAME AFFAIR-- (Maura Kelly and Gina Martin) are fair. The former is rather heavy and somber - unlike the tone and flair of the show, but the second story does manage to recover some of the humor, while Steele and Solo exchange barbed comments over Laura and Illya puzzles over where he's seen that man before. The STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO piece (Another Page by Wendy Rockburn) and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Depth Sonde by Linda Maclaren and Gina Martin) and 'hurts in the line of duty' stories - not overly gruesome or hanging on long descriptions of the wounds. Nor do the injuries stop others from the successful completion their duties. As one would expect, both on the television and any trustworthy zine, the rescue is in the nick of time and everyone lives to be renewed for the next season. There is one short "Simon and Simon" piece by Linda Maclaren, for those of you who are fans of that show, along with a poem, by whom I consider to be the best of that fandom, Christine Jeffords (just send me money, Christine). A sprinkling of poetry dedicated to other shows and to partnership makes up the rest of the zine, except... except for "The Aaron Spelling School of Dramatic Writing" I haven't quite figured out whether this is on the level or not, but it may give us all a clue as to the 'quality' viewing we currently have on the tube. There is plenty of art in this issue of "Media Rare", sprinkled liberally throughout the stories. No page is dedicated solely to art, most of the pieces being fillers. The illos for "Dead Bluff" penned bv Desire Gonzales are very good, possibly the best in the zine - definitely the back cover is exceptionally well-done. The rest is acceptable, none is terribly distracting or poorly done - possibly a zine first. "Media Rare" is a welcomed addition to the growing market of media zines - some­ thing we've needed for a long time. As to whether or not I'd recommend it, I won't say! But issue #2 can't come soon enough to suit me. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give "Media Rare" an extremely favorable 7. Give it a try - you won't be disappointed. [1]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Media Rare 2 was published in April 1993 and contains 178 pages. It was edited by Phyliss Ayesse, Pat Reed, Lynne Wexler. The art is by Jim Wappel (who won a 1994 FanQ), Henry Parrilli, Mary Prince. It has fiction from Beauty and the Beast, Star Trek: TNG, Blake's 7, Lethal Weapon, Highlander, Quantum Leap/Alien Nation and Beauty and the Beast/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

  • A Spirit Too Delicate by Toni Lichtenstein Bogolub (A gifted young actress Madame Sarah is leading Mouse into dire risks Above) (sequel to A Cry of Players, The Chronicler's Tales), (Beauty and the Beast) (30 pages)
  • Depth Sonde by Linda MacLaren and Gina Martin (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) (29 pages) (also in Below the Surface #2
  • Kitty's Tale by Cicatrice du Veritas (Young Devin and younger V intervene when Kitty (Catherine) Genovese is attacked in full view of her indifferent neighbors.) (22 pages) (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Together (poem) by Lynn Wexler (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Beneath the Surface by Mary Benninghoff (V, reacting to C's fear, goes racing through the tunnels...and finds himself the guest of Splinter and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.) (Beauty and the Beast/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (4 pages)
  • Timeless by Barbara Klapperich (Recounts the effect of Kristopher Gentian's V/C portrait, now hanging in the Great Hall, down through future time.) (Beauty and the Beast) (5 pages)
  • The Decision (6 pages) (Star Trek: TNG)
  • The Gift (3 pages) (Star Trek: TNG)
  • Communications (46 pages) (Star Trek: TNG)
  • something by Debbie Ristick (Beauty and the Beast)
  • something by Jackie Paciello (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Beauty Sleeping (Beauty and the Beast) (4 pages)
  • Who Dares To Live Forever (Highlander) (12 pages)
  • Not Alone (Lethal Weapon) (6 pages)
  • Freedom Leap (Quantum Leap/Alien Nation) (14 pages)
  • Contrasting Colors (Blake's 7) (3 pages)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

A multimedia zine including, besides B&B, Quantum Leap, Alien Nation, STNG, Blake's 7, Highlander, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (a crossover with B&B!). Of the B&B portions, Toni Lichtenstein Bogolub's “A Spirit too Delicate” is a sequel to her “A Cry of Players,” published in The Chronicler's Tale; in this story, gifted young actress “Madame Sarah” (Miranda) is leading Mouse into dire risks, Above; she's also being drawn back to her monstrously abusive father, whom she fled in the earlier story. At last formally Silenced for her rashness, she finds she can no longer call up the characters she's formerly used to give her a sense of self, and vanishes Above. The hunt is on! V/C are strong background presences in this story. In Cicatrice duVeritas' “Kitty's Tale,” young Devin and younger V intervene when Kitty (Catherine) Genovese is attacked in full view of her indifferent neighbors. This time, the story has a happy ending. There's a Lynn Wexler poem, “Together,” and an anecdote of C dreaming herself into Alice in Wonderland, more or less. Finally, V, reacting to C's fear, goes racing through the tunnels...and finds himself the guest of Splinter and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Mary Benninghoff's “Beneath the Surface.” Barbara Klapperich's “Timeless” briefly recounts the effect of Kristopher Gentian's V/C portrait, now hanging in the Great Hall, down through future time. Other authors include Debbie Ristick and Jackie Paciello. Jim Wappel's many pieces of B&B artwork are very handsome. Also art by Henry Parrilli, Mary Prince. This is the bunch who made the superlative (and now out of print) Rich in Hope such a delight. If you enjoy other fandoms too, this excellently done zine will be even more rewarding. [2]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3

Media Rare 3 is titled "Media Well-Done." It is adult het, contains 206 pages and was published in May 1995. It was edited by Jackie Paciello & James Wappel. Interior art by C.H. Barnett and James Wappel. The zine includes fiction from Alien Nation, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Star Trek: DS9, Beauty and the Beast, Quantum Leap, Wiseguy, Star Trek: TOS, Star Trek: Voyager, X-Files, Star Trek: TNG, and Highlander.

  • a story by Toni Lichenstein Bogolub (Beauty and the Beast)
  • a story by T.M. Cason (Beauty and the Beast)
  • a poem by Cicatrice du Veritas (Beauty and the Beast)
  • other unknown content


  1. from Datazine #37
  2. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
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