As I Do Thee

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Zine
Title: As I Do Thee
Publisher: Mkashef Enterprises
Editor(s): Dovya Blacque
Date(s): 1984-1994
Series?:
Medium: print
Size:
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek, Kirk/Spock, Star Trek: The Original Series
Language: English
External Links: online flyers.
group shot of issues #1-#21
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As I Do Thee is a Kirk/Spock slash anthology zine series that ran to 21 issues, published by Mkashef Enterprises. The first issue was published in 1984, the last issue in 1994.

An ad in Media Monitor describes As I Do Thee as a zine of "loving, positive Kirk/Spock fiction, poetry and art." On the Double says the zine "stresses a positive, loving relationship. No undue violence, mayhem, torture, slavery or death."

Issue Contents

See more detailed information about each issue.

Sources of some summaries: the publisher, Mkashef Enterprises, and Gilda F.

About

The zines were lavishly illustrated. When asked why she decided to print artwork, Dovya said:
I wanted art and lots of it. I wanted a Gayle F cover for my first issue of As I Do Thee. I didn't think I'd get one but that’s what I wanted. I wanted to dive right into the thick of K/S and go for what I thought was the best for my cover. To my utter surprise, Gayle was more than happy to do a cover for me, she even 'edited' part of the drawing that was a bit too risqué for my cover tastes. [1]
From Legacy Interview with Dovya Blacque:
The whole reason I started AIDT was that I hated the death stories that were abundant at the time. This was immediately following ST II: TWOK so that was the prevalent theme of the day. As has almost become a joke, AIDT accepted no death stories. Ever. It was “the nice zine”! I don’t apologize for that; TWOK traumatized me! No, really. I was appalled by it and refused to accept it into my world. So, as far as AIDT was concerned, it never happened.

I think many of my authors liked writing for a zine that had very set parameters, that required them to write within a broad yet specific field. Readers liked the idea of a zine that held no surprise death stories, no hidden bombs that would explode in their faces, so to speak. I had more than my share of contributors, all of whom seemed to welcome the guidelines I had: no death, mayhem, mutilation, rape or death.

Although I did have some movie stories (and I think TMP stories outweighed stories about any of the other movies), I think the majority of stories I published were based in the five year mission period.
In 1999, a fan wrote:
I would like to share a bit of information with those of you who aren’t so familiar with the titles available. I’m more knowledgeable about the Naked Times and As I Do Thee series as I was able to collect them all. I would class the NT zines as the lusty, more gritty of the group. If all you want to read is a lot of sex without a lot of plot getting in your way they are a good place to turn. There are some good stories to be had; I’ve recently pulled out a couple from the mid-80's and was not disappointed...The AIDT zines must be considered among the best for consistently providing tender, compassionate stories so chuck full of love you can hardly believe your eyes. They explore the challenges and rewards of love in ways no K/S fan should miss. Want a feel-good feeling? As I Do Thee will deliver. [2]

A Proposed Zine

submission request for "As I Do Thee: In the Beginning" from The LOC Connection #23

In 1991, a special issue of "As I Do Thee" was proposed, but this zine was never published. Submission request: "AS I DO THEE: IN THE BEGINNING -- same general guidelines as AIDT, but these stories must deal exclusively with the first three years of Star Trek and must focus on the beginnings of the K/S relationship. Deadline: January 10, 1991."

References

  1. Liz Woledge. Liz From Art: Editors Talk Back, sample of an article from Legacy 5. (Accessed 22 August 2009)
  2. from The K/S Press #38