Bookends (Simon and Simon zine)

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Title: Bookends
Publisher: Of Dreams and Schemes Press
Editor(s): Debi Barbich, Catherine Schlein, and Martha Crawford
Date(s): 1987-1989
Medium: print
Fandom: Simon and Simon
Language: English
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Bookends is a gen Simon and Simon anthology.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Bookends 1 was published in May 1987 and contains 128 pages.

The art is by Leslie Spurlock, Debi Barbich, Melody Rondeau, and Catherine Schlein.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

This is the first S&S zine to be put out by Catherine Schlein and company, and it is worth it. 'After-Effects' by Brenda A. is probably my most favorite in the zine. Rick and A.J. are supposed to be taking care of Marjorie Cummings. She is afraid her ex-husband is going to try and hurt her so she hired the Simons for protection. Thru a series of bad moves, Marjorie is killed, and A.J. is severely injured. As he starts to recover, A.J. decides that he is going to quit the business because he feels totally responsible for Marjorie's death. It is up to Rick to help him thru this crisis and make him understand that he isn't to blame. A good story with a surprise ending. 'Ribbons of Change' is a very sensitive short story set in current time. Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney have just finished shooting a scene, and they both notice this man who has been watching them. His reason for being there and what he has to say to them is wonderful. There are several other stories in this zine that deserve mentioning, but space is a consideration. I found the artwork to be good to excellent, Catherine Schlein's especially. Most of the stories deal with the brother's relationship with each other. This is a genzine, and there isn't any S/S to be found. I found the editing to be good, the graphics nicely done and the overall look of the zine excellent. This is without a doubt the BEST Simon and Simon zine I have read to date. [1]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Catherine Schlein

Bookends 2 was published in May 1989 and contains 134 pages.

The art is by Catherine Schlein and Roseanne Rice.

This was the final issue:

It's done. Finally... we have no intention of doing another. It's not that we do not still have a soft spot in our hearts for two wonderful brothers, but....well, we have decided to dedicate most of our time to our other publications — namely Of Dreams and Schemes.

This zine marks our eleventh publication — two in this year alone (heck, two this season!!). We have enjoyed putting out our many zines. They have reflected the varied interests of the three editors and will continue to do so. Through these zines we have met wonderful people — and wish to thank them for all their support, contributions, and help. Our special thanks goes to our families and local fan friends—especially all those wonderful people who helped colate this thing!

  • The Ghosts of Christmas Past by Marion Hall ("A hospital is no place to spend Christmas.") (3)
  • Profile of My Brother by Lis (17)
  • Jennifer's Story by Valerie DeVries (20)
  • Masquerade by Barbara Trimble ("Rick's birthday holds surprises.") (24)
  • Captain's Mate by Kathie Hart (32)
  • Crystal Illusions by Catherine Schlein ("Trouble in the wine country brings Rick and AJ to an old friend's rescue.") (35)
  • A Price Worth Paying by Sandra Basham (64)
  • Brothers by Vonne Shepard (67)
  • In the Shadow of the Wall by Jean Thrower (68)
  • A Brother's Pride by Nancy Hildebrand (72)
  • False Perception by Mary Stano (74)
  • Rick by Vonne Shepard (83)
  • In About a Hundred Years or So by Nancy Kippax (84)
  • Transformation by Martha Crawford (88)
  • The Reunion Stars at Eight by C. Schlein & M. Crawford (89)
  • Facing It by Christine Jeffords (94)
  • Reflections in a Nightmare by Valerie DeVries (101)
  • And What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation? by M. Hall (103)
  • Legacy of War by Martha Crawford (114v
  • To Walk a Fine Line by Catherine Schlein (116)


  1. ^ from Datazine #47