Badlands (multimedia zine)

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Zine
Title: Badlands
Publisher: Badlands
Editor(s): Anna Boudreau
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Medium: print, zine
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Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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Badlands is a gen multimedia anthology with five issues. Badlands Blake's 7 Special is a collection of Blake's 7 fiction from previous editions of Badlands.

Issue 1

Badlands 1

  • 'Exposed' by Dennis Valdron (Blake's 7) (Summary from zine flyer: "Servalan couldn't hide out forever as Sleer. Now it's time to run, and the only assets left are old enemies...' This story made me realise that any power hungry person who rises up the ranks, is in competition with other power hungry people, and should have many alternate identities waiting to be assumed at any given moment. This story names her 3rd identity ... which puts her inleague with other Blake's 7 characters." [1]
  • two other stories by Dennis Valdron (Blake's 7)
  • two other Blake's 7 stories
  • a Red Dwarf story
  • a Doctor Who
  • authors: S. Rocan, Suzanna Joy, K.A. Williams, Dennis Valdron

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Someone asked about stories that use Servalan as the central character, and delve into her career. One story which comes to mind is 'Exposed' by Dennis Valdron published in Badlands #1. The zine flyer blurb reads: 'Servalan couldn't hide out forever as Sleer. Now it's time to run, and the only assets left are old enemies...' This story made me realise that any power hungry person who rises up the ranks, is in competition with other power hungry people, and should have many alternate identities waiting to be assumed at any given moment. This story names her 3rd identity ... which puts her inleague with other Blake's 7 characters. (Did I give it away?)

The same author also did a 3 part article on Servalan for his local club's newsletter called 'The Fall and Rise of Servalan'. It is a very thorough, episode by episode, analysis of the politics of Servalan. I believe the reprints of the Tardis 204 newsletters are available. Volume 3 Issues 7, 8 & 9. I think $2 each.

Badlands #1 zine is multimedia. It has 5 B7 stories (3 by Dennis Valdron, a very good author - my opinion) 1 Red Dwarf and 1 Dr Who story. [1]

Issue 2

Badlands 2

Issue 3

Reactions and reviews

It has been my pleasure to read over the three issues of Badlands, a multi-media fanzine produced by TARDIS 204, based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, that bills itself as a club that promotes and appreciates British and Canadian science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Badlands fits this bill nicely. Indeed, anyone purchasing this issue on its Doctor Who content may be disappointed, but if you also appreciate Blake's 7, Red Dwarf and The X-Files (which must be their 'Canadian' content -- after all, it's filmed in Vancouver; that's not such a bad thing -- they could have picked Starlost), you will appreciate the balance of well-written material on all of these shows. There is something for just about everybody in this fanzine but, as with all multi-media productions, it's best if your tastes are more diverse than a single fandom. Editor Anna Boudreau is to be complimented for putting out together an excellent publication. Badlands shuns today's desk-top bells and whistles, but maintains crisp, clear easy to read text, and an attractive layout. The result is reminiscent of fanzines produced in the early to mid 1980s, when such a production was truly a labour of love. The text is mono-spaced, as though typed out, or produced on a simple but effective word processor, but it is crisp, clear and free of misprints. In my opinion, desk-top publishing can sometimes spoil us fanzine editors and readers; Badlands shows that the pre-computer-age fanzines were themselves quality productions. Anna has also collected a talented group of artists and authors to fill out pages of her fanzine; of particular note is Dennis G. Valdron, whose Badlands III Doctor Who story, 'Traders of the Corpriarch', was reprinted with kind permission in Myth Makers 6. He has other tales in the fanzine series, including a Blake's 7, post-Gauda Prime tale entitled Exposed which maintains an exhilarating pace and makes for an interesting read. He is himself a semi-professional published author, and his experience shows. The artwork compliments the stories well, especially when it is Mary O'Connor behind the easel. The images are easy yo look at, convey the action well, and add to the overall feel of the production.

Badlands deserves attention, and not just because it is a British multi-media fanzine produced in a shrinking fan fiction market or a fanzine that is generally not known by members of this club. Badlands is a worthy addition to any fan fiction collection, particularly if you're a Blake's 7 fan or have variety of interests (Doctor Who only fans should note that Doctor Who related stories only appear in issues 1 and 3).[2]

Issue 4

Badlands 4

Issue 5

Badlands 5

References

  1. "from Judith Proctor's site". 
  2. Enlightenment no.71