Jumping Dik-Bat Press

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Zine Publisher
Name: Jumping Dik-Bat Press/Artemis Press
Contact: Victoria Clark, Barbara Storey, Nancy M.
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Fandoms: Star Trek: TOS and Beauty and the Beast (later years)
Status: inactive
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Jumping Dik-Bat Press was an early and influential slash Star Trek fanzine publisher from the 1970s and 1980s. There were three main editors - Victoria Clark, Barbara Storey and Nancy M. Among their more notable publications was Nome and the Star Trek novel Broken Images.

Issues #3-9 of Nome won the Surak Awards for 'Best Fanzine Editing'. In 1983, the editors of the fanzine won the Trekstar Award for 'Best Editors'.

Origin of the Press Name

That’s another inside joke. I think was something that Nancy had said at one point. It was in one of her stories, I think. She came up with an animal. The story that she wrote—she only really wrote one—was about the episode where Spock gets stranded with the woman, and I can’t remember the name. But anyway, they were stranded on this, like, arctic planet kind of thing, and she invented an animal that was, you know, part of that world. She was trying to explain to us what it looked like, and she discovered that there was an actual small antelope called a “dik-dik.” So she decided that she was going to call her animal a “dik-bat.” I don’t remember why the bat, and that’s where the name came from. You know, an inside joke based on story. [1]

Victoria Clark and Barbara Storey later went on to publish fanzines under the name of Artemis Press in the 1990s.

In 2017, Barbara Storey explained the change of title:
We just decided that Jumping Dik-Bat sounded kind of silly, and so we changed it to Artemis because of our admiration for strong female characters. Diana, Artemis, whatever, and we changed the name of that, so, and we liked the graphics that we found of the woman with the arrow and the cat and dog, you know, which was a depiction, a silhouette kind of depiction of Artemis herself, and you know…[2]

Flyers

1990 flyer announcing the change in press name, side two, click to read
1990 flyer announcing the change in press name, side one, click to read

References

  1. Media Fandom Oral History Project Interview with Barbara Storey
  2. Media Fandom Oral History Project Interview with Barbara Storey