Robin Hood (fan)

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Name: Robin Hood
Alias(es): Jane Fury, Carol Turner, Carolyn McTarrell, Pam Smith, Kathy Tipton, Sue Cameron, Ellen Thacher, Cassla Williams, Sara Rodale, Karn Wills, Lisa Joas, Wheaten Buckly, Susan Delon, Sharon Delon, J. Mercedes, Chris Waken
Type: fanwriter, zine editor
Fandoms: Star Trek: TOS, K/S, Blake's 7
Other: Merry Men Press
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Robin Hood is a fan writer, zine editor, and owner of Merry Men Press. She is a collector of fanart and frequent convention attendee. Robin has also been of great assistance in behind-the-scenes help with The K/S Press.

Not an Online Fan

From the 2007 Blurring the Lines: Online or in Print, It's Still K/S:
Veteran K/S zine publisher Robin Hood disagrees [that K/S on the internet is a good thing]. She has been upfront about disliking seeing the slew of unedited K/S stories self-published on the Web. Says she about stories in her zines later going online, “I don’t like it. I tell my authors that, but it’s not my choice. It’s possessiveness. Those stories were given to me; they’re my babies. I had them the way I want them. There’s too much junk on the Internet; I want to keep my babies safe.”

In Her Words: From Scribbling Women: Editors Talk Back

What made you decide to print artwork given that it is expensive and difficult to reproduce?: “Every editor before me had art, I loved it, therefore....” Ergo her zines are lavishly illoed from cover to cover. In fact the very first thing I do when I get a Merry Men Press zine in the post is flick through for the artwork.
When you decided to publish a zine what were your thoughts about art?: “My general comment is: I can write (be it bad or good) but I can’t even trace a picture, let alone have you recognize the subject. I decided that artists were more...‘artistic’ in temperament and I had to chase them around with a butterfly net, and when caught, they were difficult to threaten, deaf to pleas, etc. Therefore they were to be coddled. After all, we can write a story, or a novel, and they usually have one picture to say it all. My passion for art began when Gayle F. sent me my first cover. I had asked her for a non-explicit cover, and she sweetly ignored me and sent me the first pencil piece for First Time 1. After I picked myself up off the ground, I was hooked. I couldn’t afford the $50 she wanted for it, I later had the privilege of duking it out with Barbara J.”
What was your policy—would you take all art? Or only that judged to be good? What is your policy on very explicit material? And CGA?: “I accepted everything I liked, or that no matter how well elicited, held the essence of what I felt K/S was.” I once had the pleasure of looking through some of Robin’s art at a con and hearing what she had to say about this mysterious “essence.” It was a real eye- opener, and I think encouraged me to try and draw with a little more freedom. Robin may say that she cannot draw but she certainly has a very perceptive eye and a mind to match! Robin says “Explicit, yeah! CGA, Boo! CGA and photos are the only things that are illegal. I know that’s being paranoid, but hey, why give in now?”
How far do you try to match the fictional content with the artistic? Do you try to illustrate the stories you print, or let art stand alone as a separate treat?: “Generally I’d try to illustrate—in the beginning there were more illustrators—but later I realized that the artists had problems selling illustrations, therefore I went looking for art and then sent out art to people I knew were writing stories, allowing them to pick and fit the art to their own stories. Sometimes it works in inspiration alone, sometimes not.” Robin stands a good chance of finding a picture for every story because she has a large collection of art just waiting for the right story to make its debut. Robin says “I have 65 framed pieces of K/S art hanging on my walls.” I suspect she has more in a portfolio too! She says, “If I have them, I want them up in the house. 25 artists are represented. I am still attempting to find a picture by the artists that are not represented, unfortunately it takes either money or time to do that.”
Given that women are often said to be less visually aroused than men, do you think that the images you print add to the erotic content of the zine, or do you think they provide something more subtle?: “Visually erotic? Oh, I hope so! If something is too explicit, move on quickly. There is something for everyone in the art world. I think a lot of my readers enjoy the ‘naughtiness’ of holding a zine in hand, therefore they don’t have to go too far a-field looking for some spice in their life. A zine in hand many consider ‘naughty,’ a good way to be ‘bad’ without jumping in the water.”
How do you feel about the visual impact of the zines you produced?: My what a modest lot you editors are! Robin simply responded with “I try.” I had to drag further confessions from her like pulling teeth! I wrote, “But I want to you think you succeeded?” So Robin says “I think I succeeded pretty well. There are some zines I like the look of, but a lot are not consistent.” I asked “Are you pleased to look at them all on the shelf?” “Yes!” she says. “Proud?” I ask. “Yes!” she says, and so she should be—I sure love the look of all those lovely perfect bound zines with stunning covers on my shelves!
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