T'hy'la (Star Trek: TOS anthology)
|Date(s):||1981 - present|
|Fandom:||Star Trek, Kirk/Spock, Star Trek/The Original Series|
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T'hy'la is a series of Kirk/Spock slash anthologies, published by Kathy Resch, and is one of the few K/S zine series that are still going strong. The first issue was published in 1981; 31 issues have been published as of 2011, with more planned. All issues are still in print.
Kathy Resch has written extensively about the production of T'hy'la in her essay My 30 Years in Trek Fandom.
Click below to see summaries of the content in individual issues. Some of the summaries are by Gilda F. Artwork has been uploaded to Fanlore with the publisher's permission.
Praise for the Art
T'hy'la features a lot of gorgeous fanart. Here are some reviews:Shelley Butler and is featured on the cover of issue #17:
I can only guess at how long such a picture took Shelley to draw, it seems to me that the detail in it must have taken ages. Here she perfectly captures the feel of the bridge, with the captain leaning over the railing to gaze at his first officer seated at the science station. We see Spock's face in perfect profile, the sheen of his hair, the way it's cut so perfectly in the back... Kirk is facing us with his hands folded, looking very open to Spock, obviously looking him full in the face. But I get the idea his eyes aren't exactly focused on his first officer's eyes, his vision is more an all-encompassing one. He is oh-so-seriously considering whatever it is that Spock has told him, but he's also taking in more.... This picture makes me feel very much at home, as if this were a true vision of the way things are, down to the three other figures in the background tending their duties as good Starfleet officers should, letting their captain and his Vulcan commune. I also like very much the perspective of the picture, sort of looking out from the science station. One expects the POV of the viewscreen for this sort of picture, but Shelley decided not to take the easy, typical way out and gave us something unique instead. 
More on "On the Bridge" by Shelley Butler:
Shelley Butler. A fan comments:My eyes widen with appreciation, my jaw drops in wonder. How does this artist do this? Photo Realism is one of the hardest forms of artwork to achieve and this woman achieves in spades. Look at the details, pick out the strands of Spock's hair, note the texture of both men's tunics; that's velour, not cotton, not satin. Shelley's gift for rendering an object as we see it is remarkable. This is a thoughtful captain in one of my favorite poses...leaning over the railing by the Science Station quietly listening to a report from Spock. Look at Kirk's face; eyes and attitude all 100% concentrated on the Vulcan. And Spock's pose itself returning that concentration and the riveted eyes. Even now just remembering this drawing I can hear Spock's voice in my head gently imparting some fascinating bit of information to his captain. This is much more than just a drawing (as if any of Shelley's work could be labeled 'just a drawing'), it tells a story, it makes us wonder and think...and that is the function of an illustration.
A wonderful study of two officers, on the bridge of their ship: Spock contemplating the comp slate in his hands, or something Kirk has just said: Kirk contemplating Spock with a serious look, conveying trust, expectation, and I'm sure, love. It's an intense gaze that may say, "I'm waiting, Spock." Has he asked for complex coordinates or a clandestine meeting after shift? One may imagine whatever one chooses, all the while adoring this living room acceptable piece done in loving, Shelley style and impeccable detail. Instruments, finely veined hands, perfectly downcast eyes (Spock) and piercing gaze (Kirk). Everything or anything could rest on this moment. 
Marianne Mueller's work appears on the cover of issue #26.:
The covers of this splendid zine warmly wrap its pages in beauty, imagination and love. Kissing is my favorite thing for Kirk and Spock to do and these large close-ups of the two men certainly satisfy that hunger. The one in front is terrific. It captures a moment that will be in my mind for a long time. Spock has a ring on! I love that! His fingertips are touching a place on the underside of Kirk's face, tenderly. Kirk's hand cradles his lover's face and neck. We can tell they are embracing each other gently in prelude to some special loving Excellently executed, sensitively composed, and all in black and white which I love. The back cover seems to be after their lovemaking. Spock's expression as he gazes up at his bondmate is full of adoration. Kirk is drawn so perfectly we know he is worthy of his Vulcan's devotion. Satisfaction delineates their features, again in black and white. Then in the right hand lower corner they are clothed and depicted in color in their uniforms. Spock's arms are around Kirk's waist, Kirk's hand covering Spock's. Sigh...I could look at these covers all night and nearly did.'