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Title: Bonaventure
Publisher: Esperanza Press
Editor(s): Tabby Davis
Date(s): 1990, sometime after May
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Starsky and Hutch
Language: English
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from Frienz #8
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front cover
back cover
inside pages
frontispiece, artist: Suzan Lovett -- used later as the cover of Frienz #27 where it generated some controversy due to some fans' belief it went over the line between gen and slash -- one comment: "I was dismayed when Tabby recounted her experience with a fan who wrote to tell her that she considered "Hero's Heart" ~ the frontispiece to Tabby's zine, Bonaventure - "disgusting." The illo, for anyone who hasn't seen it, is in an oval format and shows S and H from the shoulders up, fully clothed. H is behind and to the left of S, and has his arms around S's shoulders. S's arm, in turn, is reaching back to rest beside/behind H's head. Both are looking "at the camera." Around the piece is the quote," What makes you special, a breed apart? You're my friend, and you have a hero's heart." While I don't dispute anyone's Constitutional right to like and dislike whatever she chooses, or even to be as homophobic as she likes, I do question the courtesy of writing an editor of a zine to tell her she found an illo to be "disgusting," especially an innocuous piece such as this one. Come on, now, it's not a Gayle F! If this fan thinks the idea of S and H hugging one another "reeks of slash" and is "disgusting," I find myself asking why she's in this fandom? Perhaps she might be more comfortable with "Dragnet." While I never really watched the show, I feel fairly confident that Joe Friday and Bill Gannon didn't touch much!" -- from Frienz #26, for more, see Frienz #25, #26, and #27

Bonaventure is a 196-page gen Starsky and Hutch anthology. The zine has handmade art and decorations.

Submission Request

The Commercial. This is a preliminary notice about a SH zine which it is hoped to have done and ready as soon as possible — just maybe, by mid-1990. One principal aim in producing it to be able to donate as much as possible of the price of each copy to the PAF fund. The title is 'Bonaventure', a name which, literally, represents the meaning and purpose behind this project. It's planned as a collection of short stories, vignettes, poetry, artwork by various writers and artists, some familiar, others less so. At this stage, I can't be specific about such factors as page-count and price, but if you'd like details as those become definite, just send me your SAE (IRCs are fine) and I'll contact you as soon as we know. And if there's someone else out there who would also like to be involved in the voyage of 'Bonaventure, we'll be happy to hear from you too. [1]

Tensions Between Gen and Slash Fans: "Mixed" Zines

The situation with mixed zines is kind of interesting, when you go over the history of it. Of course, when Star Trek came out there was only gen, and then the Trekkers invented slash. It was so outrageous, so revolutionary that I don't think initially anyone would have considered mixed the two...

By the time SH became a fandom with zines to publish, slash had been around a little while. But SH had always been a small fandom, especially in comparison to Trek (remember, we're talking of a time when there were 2 fandoms essentially -- Trek and then SH), so SH people weren't fussy -- they read everything since there wasn't but so much being published (and there was no net. In fact, there were no computers. In fact, early early on there were no photocopiers. Can we say mimeo machines?) Since there was less slash than gen being written, and since editors often didn't have enough stories to fill a zine anyway, and since zines were so hard to produce, and since SH fans were just damned glad to get any kind of story, mixed zines were the only sensible way to go. There were always editors who would not take slash stories, but it wasn't like today where there were lots of places to put a story so you could make a choice. It was the editor's choice, and if you were lucky, your story would fit her zine and people would get to read it. Even today, there are only so many SH zines (and the net is a newer phenomena, and many of the out of print zine material will never be presented on it since the authors can't be found), so if you want to read SH, especially classic SH, you've got to get your hands on out of print zines like Bonaventure, so you don't really have a choice. The way people strongly opposed to slash expressed their choice was to remove the slash. I know that the editor of Bonaventure received an envelope of shredded pages that were the slash stories from Bonaventure, and a very nasty letter, as a protest that she had permitted slash in the zine. Another thing was that these zines were almost always produced in very small quantities, maybe 100 if that many, and the way most people got them was through copying one other fans. So, usually buying the zine or not buying the zine only impacted the reader, not the producer.

Because SH has been around so long, some of these issues do seem rather strange in light of today's multitude of zines, internet access, etc. [2]

For more on this topic, see Tensions Between Gen and Slash#Starsky & Hutch: Tensions Between Gen and Slash.


Reactions and Reviews

As editor, I'm reluctant here to single out individual contributions. Obviously, readers will make their own choices and the zine has to speak for and stand for itself without additional words from me personally. But I'd like to make one break from that principle by referring to the 'Bonaventure' frontispiece - 'Hero's Heart', because Suzan Lovett's drawing reflects so exactly the starting-point - the ground - the basis - of this zine : the constancy of the friendship, the relationship, which is at the heart of the series. This is what (I hope) 'Bonaventure' is about, and that drawing is so close to it. [4]
This aptly-named zine is a real treasure-trove for S&H fans. I personally love anthology zines and Bonaventure is one of the very best I've read from anywhere at any time. Whatever your taste in S&H fiction, there is something here for you. There's an amazing variety of stories, some episode—related, spanning all seasons. There's some fine poetry, and beautiful artwork some of which is in colour. The zine is stylishly produced, easy to read, and a lot of loving care has obviously gone into its production. I particularly like the fact that, for the most part, the stories portray the lighter side of S&H. They have a note of positive optimism that echoes the series and brings the characters alive for me in such an enjoyable way. There is such a feast of reading, it's not my intention to single out any particular stories, they all have merit, and every one of the contributors is to be congratulated. But to give some idea of the wide ranging choice, there's the Beckett/Power "Arcturus Rising" - S&H's close encounter with some earth-based Arcturans, for all those "Decorated for Death" fame, at last a sequel by Jill Ripley, plus a further intriguing look at what might have happened, in the story by Belle Eyre. If you read and enjoyed "Decorated for Death", you won't want to miss these. Linda Hansford cleverly continues where "Losing Streak" left off in a story called "Tooth Fairy", while [M R K] "Sundance and Butch" features two beguiling kittens. In Pat Charles' "Cone Fly With Me" Hutch gets an unusual birthday present - and he's not sure if he wants it. "A Very Special Day" by Sara Crispin gives us a glimpse of an older S&H, contemplating retirement together. These are just a fraction of the goodies in Bonaventure. There are many more. Tabby's own contributions are considerable. Her stories range from Hutch moving into his Venice apartment, through a "Plague"-related episode, a very perceptive fill-in on, the events in"Hutchinson: Murder One", some heart-searching over Lionel Rigger, and a post-"Survival" story. You'll gather, this zine is value for money. Don't miss it. I can't recommend it too highly. [5]


  1. from Frienz #8
  2. Flamingo, December 6, 2001, VenicePlace, quoted on Fanlore with Flamingo's permission
  3. Terri Beckett wrote of this story, then drawerfic in Frienz #6 -- "ARCTURUS RISING involved a mildly crazy guy who thought he was being menaced by aliens from Outer Space. (I liked this one, I confess. The idea of Starsky impersonating a tomcat in someone's backyard appealed to me.) In this one the lads also made the acquaintance of two sisters who had telepathic tendencies..."
  4. from Tell Me Something I Don't Know! #21
  5. from Frienz #11