A New Hope (Star Wars zine)

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Title: A New Hope
Publisher: Laura Bolling and Marion McChesney
Date(s): 1986-1989
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Star Wars
Language: English
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A New Hope is a gen Star Wars anthology published by Laura Bolling with two issues.

Issue 1

A New Hope 1 was published in April 1986 and has 144 pages. Artwork by Karen River, Carole Swoboda, TACS, Betsy Anthony, and Jean Kluge.

cover issue #1, Karen River
the photo reference for issue #1's cover: photograph by Annie Leibovitz, Rolling Stone, The Year in Music & Entertainment 1980 -- minus Lando Calrissian
  • Blood Money by Debra Doyle
  • Double Take by Laura Bolling
  • In the Hangar by Pat Nussman
  • Facades by Cindy Lewis
  • Configuration of Destiny by Cindy Lewis
  • A New Beginning by Laura Bolling
  • Heart Call by Ronda Henderson
  • A Princess, a Jedi, and a Smuggler by Kate Birkel

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

It's always exciting to pick up the first issue of a new zine, no matter what fandom is your particular thing, to look through, check out the art, the authors, looking for familiar names and curious about the unfamiliar ones. The new zine this reviewer picked up recently was A NEW HOPE, a new Star Wars zine edited by Laura Bolling and Marion McChesney. The first most striking thing about A NEW HOPE is its wonderful color cover, an affectionate portrait of Luke, Han and Leia by Karen River that is just delightful. The second most striking thing is the first story in the zine, "Blood Money" by Debra Doyle. This story tells us about that bounty hunter that Han ran into on Ord Mantell between STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. His adventure is offset by Leia's experiences on this notorious asteroid, and between the intrigue and the whizz-bang ending, Ms. Doyle inserts some lovely exchanges between Han and Leia that round out Han's character and give the entire-story substance and reality. The other entry from this anthology that stands out is Cindy Lewis' "Configuration of Destiny", the story of an estranged daughter visiting her father with a special, secret burden. This is in fact a story of secrets, and the charm of the tale is how each secret is revealed. Other stories in this collection include "A Princess, A Jedi and A Smuggler" by Kate Birkel, a story told in a universe where Han was never rescued from carbon freeze, but rather, unfrozen and bound into slavery by Jabba the Hutt, while Luke and Leia go on to establish the new Republic as husband and wife. Things begin to move when Luke discovers that Han isn't dead, as he and Leia were led to believe. My one reservation about the story was, while the alternate universe as certainly appealing and the characters were well-written, Luke was a little too good to be true. He is set up in a difficult situation that this reader felt demanded a little more inner conflict. This is, never-the-Iess, a nice entry from a different point of view. The editor, Laura Bolling,[1] was represented by two stories: "Double Take"and "A New Beginning". She has a spare, streamlined style of writing which, while it keeps the stories moving along, skips over important details. Of the two, "Double Take" is a more satisfying and complete piece, giving readers another alternate look at Han's escape from carbon freeze. "A New Beginning" is an epilogue to RETURN OF THE JEDI and is, sadly, a frustrating reading experience with little description and no character background. These deficiencies leave the story feeling superficial and this is unfortunate because "A New Beginning" could have been so much more.[2] A NEW HOPE includes artwork by Carole Swoboda, Betsy Anthony and Jean Kluge. My vote for best illos goes to Jean Kluge's portrait of Luke on page 122. It has a warmth and depth that just jumps out of the page. In her introduction to the zine, the editor asked for feedback on A NEW HOPE and I'd like to offer this review as such. The production was nice and the text clear and easy to read. I'd like to see fewer stories that fill in holes, and more that examine character, that perhaps chronicle the rise of the new Republic and so forth. The zine shows promise, and this reviewer looks forward to A NEW HOPE 2.[3]

Issue 2

A New Hope 2 was published in 1989 and has 212 pages.

cover issue #2
  • Jedi Training by Laura Bolling, a sequel to "A New Beginning" in the first issue
  • other unknown content


  1. At the time of this writing, the author was still in high school.
  2. This is a set-up story and a sequel is in issue two, called "Jedi Training."
  3. from Datazine #43