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Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Vel Jaeger

Comlink 1 debuted in May 1981 at MediaWest*Con. It contains 15 pages and has a cover ("Talosian") by Vel Jaeger.

  • it contains an article titled "Daddy Dearest?" by Linda Deneroff in which she contends that Darth Vader is NOT Luke's father
  • the editor writes of this first issue in the editorial of issue #50: "The debut of the first issue was at MediaWest*Con. At that time, it was printed in a booklet to distinguish it from the all-Star Wars letterzine, Alderaan, which co-edited with Jeff Johnston until I left to start 'Comlink.' This issue was 16 booklet-sized pages (8 standard 8 1/2 x 11 pages) and contained information on writing fanzine reviews, our editorial and a whopping three whole Letters of Comment!"

Issue 2

Comlink 2 was published in August 1981 and contains 18 pages.

cover of issue #2

The cover is a photograph of the Comlink editors, Allyson and Carol. This issue contains an article called "Gumby Con" by Cynthia Shannon.

Issue 3

Comlink 3 was published in October 1981 and contains 23 pages. It has a cover ("Hawk" from Buck Rogers) by Martynn. There are many LoCs about the Lucasfilm Controversy.

cover of issue #3, Martynn
  • contains a review of Guardian #3, see that page
  • contains a review of Kessel Run #1, see that page
  • this issue has MUCH speculation about Vader as Luke's father, including fans who still doubt this is true
  • from one of the editors:
    Hi again. I've been getting flooded with LoCs lately (*Gasp* Let me come up for air!) Thank you all for your wonderful response and support of COMLINK. Because this "problem" creates space limitations, I have some more editorial policy to make known. Allyson and I will allow discussions of the various topics (the Daddy Darth Debate, the Mutated Movie Mystery, etc.) to go on for three or four issues until, in our judgement, people are no longer bringing up new angles but simply rehashing what's been said before. Then we'll pull out the ol' blue pencil (or, in my case, the ol' red pen). We're doing this because we want to print every LoC we receive, at least in part; and to allow as wide a variety of topics-for-discussion as possible. Fair enough? On the present "hottest topic" of SW fandom — Lucasfilm's form letter on "X-rated" fanzine stories — I received a letter from Maureen Garrett of the SH Fan Club yesterday (September 1). She assured me that she and the legal department are working on simple guidelines and legal statements, and will try to get them to faneds within two weeks. If they don't make it in time to be published in this issue, they'll be in #4. Let us all hope that this time Lucasfilm treats us as adults and avid supporters/consumers of the SW Saga and its "secondary market," not as naughty children who need to be spanked. Now, I want to enter a plea to my fellow fans: Please don't react to this incident in a way that makes it seem we deserve to be treated as children. Use your heads, not your emotions, I beg. Let's remember the interest and respect Lucas and Co. have shown us until now, and not allow the present adversity, which will blow over eventually, to throw us off-balance. I've written a statement on my view of the censorship question; it's inserted elsewhere in this issue. (I've finally succumbed to the temptation to LoC in my own zine, sigh ... ) Allyson and I welcome and will print LoCs both agreeing with and disputing my opinion, as well as the others in this issue. A final plea: This topic has broken other media fandoms in to warring factions (I left ST fandom in part because the violent name-calling resulting from the K/S debates in letterzines disgusted me.) Let's not let it happen to SW fandom. Please respect each other's rights to their opinions. Well, SW fandom won't degenerate in COMLINK, anyway; our editorial polity is designed to prevent it. -- Carol
  • from one of the editors:
    Just a couple of comments on this Lucasfilm business.... please, folks, let's not overreact. Before you start writing LoCs or other letters to Lucasfilm, make sure you have all the facts. Spreading rumors and the like can be just as damaging as Lucasfilm's ordering a cease and desist on every zine ed/publisher. And remember, the actions we take concerning all this business and things to come can and will effect those media fandoms here and yet to be discovered. I also hope that everyone reading this issue #3 won't limit their LoCs to just the Lucasfilm business because this issue is chock full of interesting things to comment on -- I hope you take the time... to write us a LoC because without you we can not exist.
  • Vel Jaeger wrote about copyright, appreciation of fans, and Leia as a new breed of woman:
    Judith Gran's letter on the question of copyright and fan fiction was very timely. A friend who, though a pro writer, is new to fan writing, asked for information in this area. How easy it was for me to just send a copy of the letter, and a recommendation to read your ((Carol's)) article in Alderaan #10 as well.... I think it's fairly safe to assume that the producers have finally realized what an asset the active fans are, and what favorable publicity they get — not only to mention being free. I've been sending our own Trek newsletter to Paramount and have received nothing but positive responses. (Yeah, I know, the shock nearly did me in, too!) I started doing this about the time the new movie came out, this isn't just a recent idea. I agree totally with Maggie Nowakowska's assessment of Leia. The comparison with Elizabeth I is very apt — she's a ruler, and born to the task. I found it particularly admirable that she's not one to sit around and wait for a solution — though this was shown better in SW than in TESB. She's a lot more "refined" than Ripley in Alien, but they're both made of the same tough fiber. She rescues herself more often than not — she seems to be a better shot than Han, at times, too. I think she deserves an equal position with Han — as a hero, without any connotation of gender. Too bad there isn't an asexual term, as heroine in the traditional literary sense, certainly doesn't fit her. Words such as leader, ruler, etc., are far too lifeless — perhaps we should coin a new one, just for this new breed of woman.
  • a plan would like some fannish tolerance:
    I have been reading in recent issues of Interstat about the "war" between Star Trek and various other fandoms, especially Star Wars. My question is simply: What's the big problem? I am a Star Trek fan who has dipped and will continue on occasion to dip into other fandoms (as I did with COMLINK). I've read 3 or S&H (Starsky and Hutch) zines: Crossfire and Zebra 3 vol.3, I enjoyed the most. I've read several SW stories in Warped Space, and even purchased Richard Robinson's World of Dark Shadows (which I watched as religiously as I did ST when I was but a lad of 12).... What each fan should strive for is a measure of tolerance toward the various other fandoms.
  • the editor of Skywalker wrote:
    I'm grateful to Jani Hicks for codifying the types of writers/artists/editors who work in fanzines. My biggest problem on working on Skywalker is I can't tell one type from another. Perhaps if each person who submits something to me would identify her "type," so that I could respond accordingly ... but dream on. I'm a Type 2 editor, and I've been lucky that most of the people submitting to me have also been Type 2s. But if I don't get enough material I feel is right, I won't print [it]. I'm not just going to publish "the best I could get." An editor/publisher can no longer afford to be in it "for the fun" when a zine might cost $2,000-3,000 to print. And I'm definitely not in it solely for the ego-boo. By taking over a zine which has already won the Fan Q award, I'm almost guaranteeing I won't win it again. And that award actively works against my receiving good stories. Many authors, especially new authors, who have perfectly marvelous stories to tell, are afraid to submit them to Skywalker, because it's known as a "class" zine. I want to keep it well-respected, but I don't want to scare people away, either. I can't tell you how many letters I've received beginning: "I just got up my nerve to write to you and ask if you'd be willing to read my story ..." Nerve to write to me??? Heck, I've never edited a zine like this before. Bev richly deserved her Fan Q for Skywalker, but there are now many other high-quality SW zines available. A healthy competition and a healthy dose of ego are good for everyone, editors and writers alike. On the other hand, I've received samples from many talented artists who are eager and willing to illo stories. I've never heard of a fanzine editor having an excess of artists before. I really do need more stories so that I can put these people to work. And since Skywalker 6 won't be out for at least a year, I've also been recommending that artists contact other zines, too. I only hope they remember me when I do have an assignment.
  • a fan writes of quality, why we write, and encouragement:
    I am hardly an expert or a long-time fan, but I would like to make a few comments on Jani Hicks ((C#2)), now that I've had some stories and articles accepted by various zines and am in the process of putting together the first issue of a zine of my own. Certainly all three of the motives she mentions play a part in my own, and I think most people's, fanac. It is partly for fun; NOBODY gets rich off zines; few people are held for ransom until they produce stories or art. If we didn't get some simple fun out of this hobby, why should we keep at it? I admit the pleasure of creating for and discussing with the fellow writers/fen (even if those things will never see print) is one of the most satisfying experiences I have ever discovered. To learn? Certain, again: I was lucky enough to be suckered in "discovered" by someone who I consider to be one of the finest editors in SW zinedom, Anne Elizabeth Zeek, who has taken vast pains to attempt to improve my fiction and to work with me on writing techniques. I think -- at least I hope -- she has some effect. There is no point in writing for other people unless you are willing to listen to feedback from those other people and work constantly to improve. The number of people who produce top-quality fiction and/or move on into pro publishing shows that there are fan writers who are at least as good as (and some, I think who are better than) many professional writers. They didn't get that way without learning from their zineds and fellow fen. And for the ego-boo? Well, sure — if everybody kept telling me to shut up and go away, I'd eventually shut up and go away. There's no point either in doing something you never get any positive recognition for doing. However, none of these reasons is the single reason, and for me, at least, there is neither any fun nor any ego-boo unless I feel that I am at least toying to produce a quality piece of work. As Jani says, "it's no ego-boo whatsoever to be accepted by a zine that prints anything" — or to put out a zine that accepts anything either. If you don't edit and you simply grind out pages, producing a zine is a useless activity and you can hardly get any editor's ego-boo in return. Nor will good writers want to be printed in the company of total incompetents who can't tell a plot flaw from a double negative. Print crud, and eventually all you will get is crud. But here we come to the Eternal Question of What is Crud? (And as for why most LoCs are positive, I admit I almost never write LoCs to a zine I didn't like; it seems uselessly antagonistic and a waste of time to write to tell some editor "Your zine stank" — that's the function of reviews. Lots I save for telling writers and editors I liked their work, with, perhaps, some mild constructive criticism). True, there are some stories/poems/artwork which are simply BAD, and, I think, most of us can recognize them. But also, Jani's, for example, is not mine: I have thought the stories in Twin Suns were, for the most part, well-written enough, and I will continue to buy Twin Suns for that reason. But not a one of the stories in Twin Suns I or II really excited me, gave me the kind of bone-deep shiver of delight, that I get from what I call a "really good story" (serious or humorous) like "The Devil and Deep Space" by Susan Matthews, or "Nothin' Left to Lose" by Maggie Nowakowska, or "Through the Eye of the Tiger" by Bonnie Reitz, or One Way Mirror by Barb Wenk. Does this mean Jani is not a good editor or a good writer? No. Does it mean that what she wants in fanfic is not what I want? In part, at least, yes. (And that was the main reason, too, why I didn't LoC Twin Suns.) I would describe most of the fiction in Twin Suns as "competent" (i.e., did not violate the basics of writing-craft) but "pedestrian" (not to my taste; not about things that interest me strongly.) So I think it is important to recognize that people may have honest difference of opinion over what is a good story, or, more important, what they want in a "good" story. Fanfic, particularly, deals in writers'/readers' fantasies, and unless the stories speak to those fantasies, they may be well-written, but they will not be what I want, what most fan readers want. In a zine. It is unfair for Jani to imply that a story is written for or printed for ego-boo which no matter how she tries to squirm out of it, also implies for a basically dishonest reason) because it disagrees with her criteria. Let us allow that readers may read, writers writer, artists draw because what they are doing speaks to a basic fantasy or psychological need, as well as because the work is "good" in terms of some abstract literary standard — and that there is a place for that in fanfic also. It is certainly fair to criticize fan stuff on the basis of literary quality, but let us also show a bit of charity toward the thing that brought every one of us into media in the first place: the desire to participate in that bright galaxy far away and long ago, and to interact with the characters we met there.
  • comment by Susan Matthews, on the purposes of zines and zine writing:
    I like to talk, to present my interpretations of common subjects and discuss reactions. I think fan-lit makes an effective means of communication in this sense; and it's far from being a one-sided conversation, as anyone who has ever been inspired to rebut someone else's characterization of a character in an opposing story knows. Even as zines change and evolve, so one's motives for contributing to them. When I started contributing to zines my main motive was to get a copy of the zine so I could read other people's work. The deeper I got into zines — once I'd exhausted the material I'd written before I dared send any to zines, once I read and thought and was starting to write new stuff — I grew much more conscious of the opportunities the zines presented for beginning writers to actually learn about writing. I've had editors who printed what one sent as one sent it, editors who wanted to seriously discuss how to edit a manuscript with me, and editors in-between. Wow, I can value those editors who edit. Before, they would have probably scared me back into the privacy of personal writing forever. If it hadn't been for that very same Ellen Blair whose editorial policy Jani seems to disparage I quite probably would never have gotten past sending the occasional poem to Warped Space and R&R. I would therefore tend to consider the warm support Ellen gave me as a positive thing. I suppose it depends on whether the individual wishes I'd stop pretending I can write, or not. Anything worth doing Is worth doing well.
  • comments on Han Solo, and feminism:
    Got C0MLIMK #2, and am still reading it. You've got real gold going there — intelligent discussions (for the most part), and sane people. It strikes me as odd that a few are ruminating ad nauseum about such details as what Han meant in his reply to Leia ("I know"), but I guess these are the little fascinations that make fandom what it is, and who am I (a peripheral SW fan) to judge? I still think that Lucas is paying mere lip-service to feminism in his female characters — when he gives them something truly central and important and unique to do, then I will be satisfied. For example: if "the other" is indeed a woman (or at least female) and has a central and dynamic role in the next SW flick, I will be delighted and take back everything I've said about Lucas' failures to date (well, his shortcoming & in this area, anyway). Yes, I suppose the Han-atics will skin me for not thinking much of the character or of Harrison Ford in the role (though I think he was marvelous in Frisco Kid) — the man has a good flare for comedy; reminds me of George Hamilton, who's stunk in most of his straight roles, but has found his true niche in Love At First Bite and Zorro, The Gay Blade). But I'm an open-minded cuss; nothing would please me more, in this case, than to be proven dead-wrong in the next SW film — have Han redeem himself as a person of moral substance, and have Harrison Ford chew the scenery with the verve of an Alec Guinness. Two more years is a long time to hold my breath, though, and I don't much expect to, sorry.
  • from Bev Clark, comments about a zine that was still two years from publication:
    Skywalker 5, as many people have probably guessed, 1s running seriously behind schedule for a variety of reasons, not least being the work schedules of Maggie Kowakowska and myself (Skywalker 5 consists entirely of a novel by Maggie, by the way) and the recent loss of a volunteer typist. I don't see any way at the moment that the zine will be ready before late winter [1981]: as of today, the first draft of the novel isn't finished. I am working on it! It will see the light eventually, however. If anyone has a soft spot in her head heart and a Selectric or Selectric-like typewriter with a Prestige Pica typeball (and Courier Italic), I would really appreciate some typing help. You will have the satisfaction of getting to read part of Maggie's novel first, not to mention of helping to get Skywalker 5 out earlier, and you'll also get a comp copy of Skywalker 5.
  • about the Star Wars letters:
    ... I've heard about the mess with Lucasfilm's nebulous little "no-no" letter. I just hope people don't try to force the issue (e.g., demand that Lucasfilm be specific-to-the-nth-degree, about what they mean by the PG rating), because that's a very sticky situation (you'll not even get 2 official movie censors to agree on their own rating systems, it's so subjective) and if the Lucasfilm people get peeved at being backed to a wall by the fans, I can see them just eliminating the whole problem by saying, "No fanzines at all, anymore, period." Which could have serious repercussions for other fandoms, as well. ((Amen, I don't think that fans realize the magnitude of the situation — what we do now may very well effect those fandoms in existence and those to come. This issue and our reaction should be seriously considered before things can get out of hand — AM))- People should use common sense and tread softly: Keep the sex-oriented stuff to themselves, for their private, small-group enjoyment and not publish in any form. Surely there are plenty of other interesting themes in the SW universe than who's lusting after whom. Gonads do not necessarily make the cosmos turn; ask any amoebae and they'll say it's fission! Seriously folks, I know that sounds autocratic, saying what people "should" do with their sexually-oriented material, and I share the writers' disgruntlement with having to relegate it to private distribution. It is most certainly a legitimate theme in any universe that has sexual reproduction, and it's virtually impossible to eliminate it completely from the lives, thoughts, and choices made by sexual beings (and I have no doubt that the SW characters, with the possible exception of the droids — and I'm not too sure about C3P0! — are sexual beings). But to have sexuality as the central theme of any story seems like asking for trouble, how, so I feel that "should not" must apply here in terms of each writer/editor's responsibility to the rest of fandom(s). Like it or not, each of us represents — in the non-fans' minds — the rest of fandom. Disconcerting thought, isn't it? (It goes both ways. The Softball jerks at MediaWest Con will forever represent Softball "fandom" and its drunken obnoxiousness for me. Not fair, as probably most of the Softball players in the hotel were not involved in the hullaballoo the pickled few created, but there is an almost irresistible human tendency ((and I suffer from it as much as the next person)) to generalize from a sample even as small as one, if it's noisy enough. This is why I wince at the thoughtlessness of such fen as the Duncans, Barbara Gordon ((who's currently discussing Trek versus media fandoms)), and Sonni Cooper ((did you know that, according to an article in an L.A. paper, she is "the voice of fandom" at least of Trek fandom? Now that worries me.)) ((Interesting ... I wonder if Bjo Trimble knows about Sonni being the "voice of Trek fandom"... but I digress, Sonni Cooper is either president or is connected with WISH the official fan club of William Shatner — AM)). foot-in-mouth disease of one of us inevitably affects how the mundane world perceives us as a whole.
  • a fan comments on fair use:
    I was asked by one of the editors of
 this letterzine to look into the matter of "fair use" and copyright infringement because of recent developments concerning certain editors and zines involved in a dispute with Lucasfilm. Also I know that there are still many misconceptions concerning this matter and I hope that I can clear them up. According to what I read during my research, because we have created new adventures encompassing trademarked and copyrighted materials — characters, story lines, designs, et al, — we are not complying to the narrow band that "fair use" protects in this kind of case. Concerning the problem that occurred with certain zine "editors" and Lucasfllm, some people asked whether Lucas film has the rights to prosecute for infringement. Absolutely. The problem arose when a nice story was published concerning the characters of Han and Leia and a romantic encounter between Hoth and Bespin. What was written in the letters between editors and Lucasfllm is not important. The only thing that matters is that the many people said that no suit could be brought against anyone who published in fandom. Again, this is a misconception. Lucasfllm stated that it 1s infringement and wanted assurance that a story of the kind that was published would never be done so again. Because the Star Wars saga was made with a well-rounded audience in mind, because the story was, to them, not presentable to people who the original product was meant for, Lucasfllm felt that usage in context could threaten existing image of original product, and thus be harmful to the owner(s), it devalues property thus creating infringement. This is a prosecutable [sic] offense. "Fair use" is a very narrow band of protection. It does not apply 1n this case. Even though zines are non-profit, non-commercial enterprise, and we are not in competition with the original. Infringement still is applied because the way the rule is written. Since we have not actually copied parts of the original story, but taken the story, expanded, and speculated on characters and relationships to one another, we have created a new product, thus exceeding the boundaries of "fair use." It is still up to a judge, if this ever gets to court, but as stated before, it would be too costly and most unfavorable in public opinion if Lucasfilm ever tried to take this to court. Considering also that there is no precedent to a case like this. It is too early to tell. Let's hope that soon, Lucasfilm will make a policy statement as to what they feel is appropriate and what they feel is not. We as a group have been asking for guidelines? as to what they will allow for a long time. Let's hope that now this is over, they will do so.
  • more on the Star Wars letters, this one from Carol Mularski:
    I must say something about this censorship charge which some fans are making against Lucasfilm Ltd. — It's a general statement, not to be considered a condemnation of "Slow Boat to Bespin" 1 & 2, neither of which I consider "X-rated." I know I'm on very shaky legal ground here (and, unfortunately, "legal" does not equal "ethical" in our system) but I feel that an author has the moral right to say what should or should not be done with his/her characters. As a writer, I know how I'd feel If someone took my characters and used them in stories without regard to my wishes. It would be like attacks on my children. (If I had children.) Some fans mention fair use. What about being "fair" to Mr. Lucas? If he asks us not to publish certain types of situations involving his characters, we owe him the creator of a fictional universe which has given us all literally years of enjoyment, the respect and consideration which we ourselves would appreciate if our positions were reversed. After standards are published, I certainly cannot consider 1t "censorship" if Lucasfilm finds it necessary to enforce them. It seems that many people need to learn the difference between censorship and protection of one's intellectual property from what amounts to vandalism. "Grab mentality" and the "anything goes" attitude are just as distasteful and extremist as literary suppression is.

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, Vel Jaeger

Comlink 4 was published in December 1981 and contains 19 pages. The cover is an Indiana Jones one by Vel Jaeger. It contains an article called "Secrets of the Flaming Sword: A Brief Introduction to the Jedi Lightsaber" by Dafydd Neal Dyar.

Issue 5

cover of issue #5, Vida Hull

Comlink 5 was published in February 1982 and contains 19 pages. The cover is "Infinite Diversity" by Vida Hull.

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Pat O'Neill

Comlink 6 was published in April 1982. The cover is the cast of The Greatest American Hero by Pat O'Neill.

Issue 7

Comlink 7 was published in June 1982. The cover is "It's Not Easy Being Green" by Vida Hull. This issue contains an article called "On the Force of Nature" by Jim Hill.

Issue 8

Comlink 8 was published in August 1982. The cover is Grace Hill from Hill Street Blues by Vel Jaeger.

Issue 9

Comlink 9 was published in October 1982. The cover is the cast of Buck Rogers by Pat O'Neill. This issue contains a reprint of an article from Alderaan #15 called "Where the Boys Are" by Pat Nussman which explores the lack of men fen in SW fandom.

Issue 10

Comlink 10 was published in January 1983 and contains 10 pages. The cover is Quentin E. Deverill (Q.E.D.) by J.R. Dunster. It is the first issue done in the new larger format.

Issue 11/12

Comlink 11/12 was published in April 1983. The cover is "Fathers and Sons" by Bramwell. It contains an pre-Return of the Jedi Article article by Carol Mularski called "Rumors."

Issue 13/14

Comlink 13/14 was published in November 1983. The cover is "The Road Warrior" by J.R. Dunster.

  • this issue has many post-Return of the Jedi LoCs
  • an article by Linda DeLaurentis called "Lord of the Sith or Lord of the Rings."
  • the editor notes that it was the first issue that was done on a computer:
    Up until then, I'd typed the issue on a correcting Selectric II; while this was better than using any other typewriter, you can't PAY me to go back to editing the letterzine on anything but a computer. Our computer in those days was an IBM with a whopping 256k of RAM, two 5 1/4" disk drives and a Diablo 620 printer using WordStar 3.31.

Issue 15

Comlink 15 was published in February 1984. The cover is of Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin by Pat O'Neill. This issue contains a mini-article called "Modesty and Willie" by Allyson Dyar.

Issue 16

cover of issue #16, Jim Hall

Comlink 16 was published in April 1984 and contains 12 pages. It has a cover, Captain Harlock by Jim Hill, as well as an article by Jim.

  • a fan writes of erotica in the Star Wars movies:
    I think some of the implications that could be drawn from this scene -- Leia in chains and collar and not much else at the mercy of Jabba and his court -- is much racier than anything I've seen in the fanzines. Lucas also seems fond of torture scenes, although this time it's droids that get it, with cute little droid screams thrown in, instead of our heroes. I would personally much rather read A Slow Boat to Bespin with scenes of loving sexual congress than one in which Leia gets gang-raped by stormtroopers, but it's much easier to WRITE about rape and exploitation than love and commitment. Even Lucas takes the easy way.
  • a fan comments on the coming computer age and what it means for fandom:
    The arguments re media fandom versus dedicated SF and comics fandom seems a bit paltry in light of what we are discovering in the way of computer 'fanzines' -- Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) and Public Access Message Systems (PAMS) -- which has a decidedly fannish quality to them. They're very much where fandom used to be before all this fragmentation took place, although they are too categorized by the type of users who frequent them most. But there's a always a steady influx of new blood and new ideas as more and more new users 'log on.' This makes for some interesting and provocative exchanges of viewpoint and opinion. There are also a few jerks who grunge things up, but they can be dealt with summarily by the system operator or 'sysop,' the BBS/PAMS equivalent of the zined, by deleting offensive or abusive messages... My point is that a live-and-let-live attitude prevails among computerdom that the various fandoms would do well to emulate." The editor responds: "I do find some of the more undesirable aspects of Fandom creeping into computerdom. The majority of compufen do have a live-and-let-live attitude but there are a certain segment of compufen around here who seem to blame everything on the 'teenagers.'... I'm sure that in a few years, computerdom will be just as fragmented as Fandom is now.
  • a fan asks:
    Have we settled the question of racism being the reason folks don't warm to Lando Calrissian?... I think Lucas is much more guilty of sexism than the fans of racism... Why are all the women in SW cardboard cutouts?
  • a fan writes:
    It's a pity that SF fans disdain us for concentrating on making a zine look good. I've run mimeo fanzines (on blue paper!) and have done xerox and offset zines, and I prefer to do and read offset and/or xerox zines, which leaves me with media, I suppose. Considering that a media zine is connected to a visual media, is it so surprising we concentrate on the visual aspect of our zines. I like a zine I can read. I look for items in media zines that I don't find in SF zines, and I enjoy them both. Sounds like fandom is splintering even more.
  • a fan writes of the creator and censorship:
    Fans who try to suppress certain types of literature make me ashamed of fandom. And the whole argument of doing what the creator wants and nothing else leaves me ill. The imagination being controlled because he [Lucas] perceives it as harmful? And if it does not effect the creator's product directly in concern to profits, then how is imagining Han/Leia/Luke as a threesome harmful? Especially when it is conceived with love, hope, and caring? (Alternate to Luke being Leia's sister or perhaps not... remember the Egyptians?)"

Issue 17/18

Comlink 17/18 was published in July 1984, It has a cover, "Tarzans" by Pat O'Neill.

Issue 19/20

cover of issue #19/20, Cindy McAuliffe

Comlink 19/20 was published in September 1984 and contains 20 pages. It has a cover called "Who?" by Cindy McAuliffe.

  • this issue contains much commentary on the summer movies (the new Indiana Jones, the new Star Trek mainly, but also Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Romancing the Stone)
  • one fan comments:
    I know that George Lucas gives plenty of money to charity and he is building new studios to teach new, young cinema artists, but as far as the movie FANS are concerned, he could care less. Sure, he's allowed a SW Fan Club which may occasionally sell us such things as posters at premium prices but BIG DEAL!. WE have have been paying who knows how many millions of dollars to see GL's movies over and over and over, yet he won't allow Star Wars at conventions, none of the stars of the movies have ever been to a convention as a guest speaker, GL has never been to a convention as a guest speaker, and an attempt was even made a few years ago to control the type of material we would be allowed to print in our fanzines! (an attempt that failed, by the way). Is this the thanks we fans get for giving him some of the money he uses for charities and studios? I will continue being a SW fan, writing SW stories, and reading and buying SW material, but I will continue to do so because of my interest in the SW universe, NOT its creator.
  • another fan comments on Lucas and fandom:
    Lucas doesn't do as much for fans as the creator of Star Trek and there is a difference... This difference, I believe, can make or break a fandom. ST fandom has grown over the years due to respect between the fans and the show's creator. I'm not saying that ST fandom wouldn't still be here if Mr. Roddenberry despised us, but it wouldn't be the same, and ST fandom is appreciated. I've never heard ANY fan write or say disparaging remarks about Roddenberry. Respect breeds respect. It really is that simple.