|Name:||Connie Faddis (Connie Reich)|
|Type:||writer, artist, costumer, publisher, editor|
|Fandoms:||Star Trek: TOS, K/S, Starsky & Hutch, Doctor Who|
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Connie Faddis is an enormously talented fan who was active in many aspects of Star Trek and K/S fandom. She was an artist who did illustrations and cover art for many zines, including Broken Images. Connie was active in fandom, winning awards and making fanworks, from 1968 to the early 90s.
Her earliest fanworks were in Star Date #1, published in June 1968.In 1975, Faddis started the zine Interphase, which many fans consider the best gen fanzine of all time. About her art reproduction technique a fellow fan said:
Connie was a fan writer (mostly in the late '70s) who contributed stories and meta to other people's zines as well as her own, and had two stories published in Star Trek: The New Voyages 2."On her first issue of Interphase, printed in 1975, Connie Faddis employed a method called silk-screening for her cover – a detailed, time-consuming project which only an accomplished artist like Connie would have the skill to pull off. But the rest of us settled for what we could learn and do more easily. Artistically, Interphase set the bar for all the zines that followed, in more ways than one."
Her comments were included in an article comparing Star Trek to Star Wars in All About Star Trek Fan Clubs #6 (1977).
She was also a noted costumer, winning many Masquerades. Nancy Kippax called her one of the "Queens of Costuming." From a June 1977 magazine: "She is one of the best known ST creative artists and writers in fandom. We don't mind if we say so. She publishes INTERPHASE, the famous and priceless silk screened zine. She has won many prizes in costume calls at the cons, and last year won second prize in the dance contest of the Bicentennial Con 10. Is there anything this creative lady cannot do?"  Many of Faddis' costume creations were based upon fan fiction – more than one was inspired by the Kraith series.
In 2014, a fan reviewed the Starsky & Hutch zine Zebra Three and had highly positive things to say about the restraint and power of Faddis's writing in the story Mojave Crossing. See Reading a 1977 Zine in 2014: Zebra Three.
1977 Auto Bio
Paula Smith had asked me why I both write and draw--as though one medium weren't enough. That about says it. My imagination seems to workin several modes. One is the visual tableau mode: I find a visual image in my mind, com posed of place (I'm very moved by the moods of places) and person(s). These get turned into drawings, often like the Fantasia art I've done in INTERPHASE, and have no particular story to go with them. Rather, they are germinal stories, frescoes lifted from the inside of my head. The other mode in which I fantasize most often is less serendipity and more drive. It moves like a film-strip in my mind, actors on a stage with some important (to me) statement to act out. The themes I write have very person al beginnings, and a lot of per sonalimagesandsymbols. I look back over the five years of Trek fiction I've written and trace the places my mind traveled (the drug scene, psy chotherapy, people's lib, private joys and betrayals, and so on) on its journey to where I am now and where I'm going next. Sometimes it's frightening; some times it's downright reassuring.
1982 Auto BioIn 1982, she was nominated for a FanQ Award and she submitted a brief bio to The Annual Fan Q Awards Nominations Booklet:
"...I've been doing artwork for fanzines since around 1968, when I got into media fandom. I wince to think of my early efforts, and bless the kind souls who printed them. I've done artwork for such fandoms as Trek, Star Wars, Starsky & Hutch, Doctor Who, MASH, and regular sf. I wouldn't know where to begin to put together a zine publication credit list. but my artwork has appeared in SPOCKANALIA, T-NEGATIVE, MENAGERIE, INTERPHASE, THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE, ZEBRA THREE, GRAVEN IMAGES, ME AND THEE, TEN-THIRTEEN, THE FACES OF TIME, ZETA MINOR, JELLY BABY CHRONICLES, SYNDIZINE, WARPED SPACE, PEGASUS, and many others. Ten full-page illustrations in pen and ink (five of them doublepage spreads) were done in an interpretive style to accompany GRAVEN IMAGES; the illo shown from GRAVEN IMAGES for "Other Media" is called "The Hierophant"."
- At the third New York Star Trek convention in 1974, she won the costume contest dressed as a Romulan Praeter.
- Faddis was the recipient of the very first FanQ award for Best Artist in 1977. It was awarded at SeKWester*Con Too.
- In 1982, she won the FanQ Award as 'Best Star Wars Artist.'
- In 1988, she won the "Memory Alpha" Surak Award
- In 1991, she again won the FanQ, this time for her War of the Worlds art.
Examples of Fiction
- Mojave Crossing (Starsky & Hutch)
- Solitaire (Starsky & Hutch)
- One Small Corner (Starsky & Hutch)
- A Lesson in Perspective (Star Trek: TOS)
- Trial by Ordeal (Star Trek: TOS)
- Snakepit! (Star Trek: TOS)
- The Third Wheel (Star Trek: TOS)
- Mad Dogs and Earthmen (Star Trek: TOS)
- De Profundis (Star Trek: TOS)
- None There Embrace (Star Trek: TOS)
- The Pawn of Leptos (Doctor Who)
...almost anything by Connie Faddis should hold up [to professional, for-profit fiction]. I always thought that she should go pro, since she was one of the few writers who came up with good Sci Fi ideas, could write action, and do good minor characters, as well as write the main characters well. It was Connie who made me love McCoy. 
Examples of Artwork
inside page from Spockanalia #4 (1969)
inside page from Masiform D #2 (1972)
inside page from Interphase #3 (1976)
inside page from The Other Side of Paradise #1, "Scotty" (1976)
cover of Interphase #3 (1976)
inside page from Masiform D #5 (1976)
cover of Zebra Three #2 (1978)
interior art Zebra Three #2 (1978)
interior art from Warped Space #33/34
original art for Faces of Time (art is dated 1980, zine is 1981)
cover of Sun and Shadow (1980)
cover Zebra Three #5 (1980)
cover of One Shot (1980)
a study in shadows from One Shot (Starsky and Hutch zine) (1980)
a rare pencil sketch from One Shot (Starsky and Hutch zine) (1980)
more typical Connie Faddis artwork from One Shot (Starsky and Hutch zine) (1980)
from the fic "Broken Faith," from the Starsky & Hutch zine Casa Cabrillo (1980)
Spock, Buddhist Mudra sacred gesture, from Nome #5 (art is 1980, zine was 1985)
from Nome #5 (art is 1980, zine was 1985)
cover of Walter Koenig Fan Society Journal, September 1981
interior art for Warped Space #45
interior art Me and Thee #2 (1981)
original art used on the front cover of The Other Side of Paradise #5 (art is 1980, zine is 1981)
cover of The Princess Tapes (1982)
cover of Strange Justice (1982)
illo from an unknown War of the Worlds zine (1982)
Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark, unknown zine, "NOT the Divinity they were expecting" (1983)
front cover Vault of Tomorrow #4 (1983)
interior art for Broken Images (1983)
close up of one half of interior spread for Broken Images (1983)
close up of 2nd half of interior spread for Broken Images (1983)
interior art spread fully opened, Broken Images (1983)
cover of program guide Panopticon West 1983
back cover of Faces of Time #3 (1983)
front cover of Pegasus #6 (1983)
may be a holiday card sent to fans: Jan Lindner and Connie Faddis finish the the last silkscreen for Scales of Justice: "May the scales always weigh in your favor!"
from "Among the Eagles" in The St. Crispin's Day Society
Doctor Who art (unknown date)
from an unknown War of the Worlds zine (unknown date)
Yoda, unknown zine (unknown date)
created before The Empire Strikes Back
Landscape and Foldout Format
- Boldly Writing, by Joan Marie Verba, pg 24
- Nancy Kippax. ARS GRATIA ARTIS:: The Lost Art of Illoing. 20 July 2008 (accessed 12 Dec 2009)
- StarTrek Zinedex
- Nancy Kippax's LJ: Reminisce With Me
- from All About Star Trek Fan Clubs #3
- Reading a 1977 zine in 2014: Zebra Three #1, Archived version
- Gayle F's comments on Virgule-L, quoted with permission (June 17, 1994)