Ashton Press

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Zine Publisher
Name: Ashton Press
Contact: Leah Rosenthal, Ann Wortham
Type: fanfic, fanzine publisher
Fandoms: multimedia, Alias Smith & Jones, Blake's 7, Miami Vice, Stargate: SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Supernatural, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Highlander
Status: active
Other: Click here for a complete list of this publisher's fanzines and awards
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cartoon by Leah Rosenthal from a flyer for Southern Lights #5 -- "Florida could sink into the ocean but the zines you love will still keep coming!"

Ashton Press is a very long-time zine publisher run by Leah Rosenthal and Ann Wortham.

Involved in Controversies

The press' owners were prominent in The Blake's 7 Wars and The Zine Piracy Letter Series of 1993.

Connections with Bill Hupe's Zine Business

In 1994, Wortham addressed some zine business and gave her support to Bill Hupe, a prominent zine agent:

It is my understanding that the new Horizon newsletter contains an article about problems ordering zines from me. I have not seen the article so I can't say how accurate it is, etc. I do understand the article encourages folks to order from Bill Hupe rather than me. I just want to publicly state that this is quite all right with me as Bill is a good friend of mine and has been wonderful to me the last several years while I have been going through hell in my personal life. Any of you who have ordered from me in years past, know that I always went out of my way to fill orders quickly (sometimes the day after receiving them), and always tried to keep everyone happy, especially my contributors, even if it meant bankrolling large print runs out of my own pocket until the sales caught up with the expenses. Unfortunately, my personal life and career the last couple of years have been such that I am no longer able to upfront the money for zines out of my own pocket (they must pay for themselves or copies do not get printed until they can) and I often can't spare the time to fill orders for weeks or months on end. I still love doing the zines though and don't want to stop. Bill has been a lifesaver to me during multiple crises ... [personal info snipped]... Last year Leah and I couldn't even make MediaWest, due to ... [personal info snipped]... and Bill and Peg Kennedy were so kind that they ran our dealer's table for us... I don't mean they just agented for us, they actually ran our separate dealer's table we had paid for. So, if any of you feel more comfortable ordering my zines from Bill, please feel free to do so. Only one thing to bear in mind is that Bill does not hold the reprint rights to any of my newer issues, although he does carry them to many conventions for me. For those of you in England, Bill will be agenting my stuff at the Who's 7 convention, although I'm don't know exactly which issues he's shipped over there. Also, Janet Ellicott carries my stuff through Bill. If you want anything in particular and don't want to get it through me, let Janet or Bill know and they will ask my permission to send it to you.

Please feel free to show this statement to anyone you care to.

Ann Wortham [1]


Alias Smith and Jones

Blake's 7


Miami Vice


Rat Patrol

Star Wars

Stargate Atlantis

Stargate SG-1

Star Trek



  1. ^ July 19, 1994 comments on Lysator