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Zine
Title: Felgercarb
Publisher: Moonrise Press, see Vendredi Press
Editor(s): Deb Walsh
Date(s): 1977-1981, 2011
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Medium: print
Size:
Genre:
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
External Links: gallery of covers here, Memories and fiction links here
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Felgercarb is a gen anthology published by Deb Walsh under one of her press names Moonrise Press.

Notes from the Publisher About the Zine

'In 1978, in the wake of the immense international popularity of Star Wars, ABC greenlit....Battlestar Galactica… the show inspired [both myself and (Mary Fall (Wardell)] to write…Very quickly, the Tales of the Purple Squadron were born, but there wasn’t a zine yet. At the time, I was working on publishing the Space: 1999 Year 3 issue of Moonbeam, so...plans to do a Battlestar Galactica zine were put on hold....I put together a booklet of flyers for my various projects, threw in... artwork,... a vignette or a poem, and the first issue of 'Felgercarb' was born. I gave them away, and it wasn’t until issue #3 that I .... had a zine large enough to sell. [1]

For much more from the publisher, see About Felgercarb; WebCite.

Submission Requirements

From an ad in 1979: "All submissions must be typed, double-spaced, and include return postage. Stories cannot exceed 25 pages. Art work should be pen and ink, or pencil if extremely high quality (pencil drawings require special printing which is very expensive.)" [2]

Content from Unknown Issues

Issue 1

Felgercarb 1 was published in 1978 and contains 12 pages of Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Space 1999 and other Sci Fi show content. Hand drawn art.

cover of issue #1
From the publisher:

Little more than a collection of flyers with an art cover, Felgercarb was my first digest-sized zine. I gave them away. What I remember most about the zine is riding the subway into Boston to pick up the finished zines at Copy Cop - and then walking back to the subway station with a full paper box of zines. Ouch!

The pamphlet/digest-sized zine featured some nifty art (mostly mine) from Battlestar Galactica, Space: 1999, Star Wars, and The Avengers, along with news of my press. It looks like this is about the time that I decided theme zines weren't working for me, and started to plan branching out to varied multi-media. I was also planning a superheroes zine around this time, which never happened - not enough submissions - but later issues would feature superhero-themed stories. [3]

Issue 2

Felgercarb 2 was published in December 1978 and contains 18 pages. Fandoms: mostly ads, some art, trivia, and a 1 page Battlestar Galactica story.

cover of issue #2
From the publisher:

Felgercarb #2 had a bit more meat to it, but it was still essentially an adzine, and I gave these away, too. I really can't remember how I afforded that! Especially since during this period, I was living in my office, and living off Cup-a-Soup and instant oatmeal sent by my Mom. The things we do for fandom - I was basically homeless at this point, but still doing zines ...

This issue featured a Battlestar Galactica trivia quiz, Star Wars poem by L. Deans, and a lovely little Battlestar Galactica vignette by Mary Fall Wardell. [4]

Issue 3

Felgercarb 3 was published in July 1979.

cover of issue #3
From the publisher:

By the third issue, I had enough material to do a small zine, and Felgercarb moved from being an adzine to being a real fiction zine.

Featuring the tag line, "This is a lot of felgercarb!" this issue started off with the news that I was moving to California for my job, Moonbeam #7 was delayed indefinitely, and The Loner Collected kept growing. Content included a trivia quiz for Superman the Movie, and Superman the Comic. Plus Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter version) poetry by L. Deans, and a short Logan's Run (TV series) story called "Lessons Unlearned" by A. Lubner. 18 pages including my nattering and an ad or two, but not a bad size for a zine in its time. [5]

Issue 4/5

Felgercarb 4/5 was published in December 1979. An ad said it was "reduced to 74% and will run about 40-50 pages.

From the publisher:

By this time, I'd enlisted the aid of a new assistant editor as well. The first of the Tales of the Purple Squadron - as well as the first Psychon 100 story - saw print. With this issue - which graduated to double-issue size at nearly 50 pages - I was back on a publishing schedule, more or less. And we had a staff that included assistant editor PCH, Puzzlemeister C.L. Smith, and the Boston gang, including both Marys....

This zine also featured another gorgeous cover by Joni Wagner. [6]
  • A Voice in the Dark, parts 1 and 2, a Star Wars story by Alex Potter, illoed by various artists (part one was printed in Moonbeam #1/2, "...the balance wasn't finished until some time later. I published the entire story, including the reprinted first part, here in Felgercarb.")
  • Death and the Emerald Archer by D. Lites - one of the stories originally slated for the superheroes zine made its way into Felgercarb, featuring Green Arrow.
  • Warriors Don't Cry by Deb Walsh ("The first of Tales of the Purple Squadron Battlestar Galactica stories to see print.")
  • No Gods Need Apply by Vicki F. Newton (Space: 1999 illoed by Mary Bloemker ("by Mary D. Bloemker writing as Vicki F. (as in Fig) Newton - the first of the Psychon 100 Space: 1999 humor stories.") (pages 37-43)
  • From the Far Side, a fan column by Patti Cullen-Heyes ("guaranteed to be controversial!")

Issue 6

Felgercarb 6 was published in March/April 1980 and is 72 pages long.

cover of issue #6
From the publisher:

One of my fondest memories of this issue is running around the Statler Hilton in NYC, looking for a floor with windows that could open. No, I wasn't suicidal - and we had to explain that more than once - MaryB and I were researching the first part of her "Well Met in Time and Space" series. Although neither of us realized at the time that it was going to be a series. This issue ran about 70 or so pages, and featured more installments of a number of series that had graced previous zines...

This zine also featured a ton of art by MaryB, me, Alice Newsom, J. Moore, and P. Munson - over 30 pieces throughout the zine! [7]


Issue 7

Felgercarb 7 was published in June 1980 and contains 62 pages. It contains fiction from Space: 1999, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who/Battlestar Galactica.

front cover of issue #7, Joni Wagner
back cover of issue #7
From the publisher:
I still love this art - it's so simple and elegant. Joni Wagner still remains one of my favorite fannish artists. I own a number of pieces by Joni, and while I may consider getting rid of parts of my fannish collection, I have never parted with any of her art. [8]

Issue 8/9

Felgercarb 8/9 was published in 1981. It contains 144 pages and fiction.

The art is by Deborah M. Walsh, Mary Bloemker, Monica Miller, and Judy Moore.

front cover of issue #8/9
back cover of issue #8/9
Publisher's notes:
Issue #9 included a guide to Blake’s 7, designed to entice my fellow multimedia fans to take a look at the obscure British series....that was only available if you happened to be at the right party at a con, or knew someone who had tapes. In the early 1980s, open viewing parties weren’t yet common, since there were still issues with copyright and FBI search and seizure of video collections. Yep, being a fan could make you feel like an outlaw – is it any wonder so many bonded to the rebels of Star Wars, the outlaws of Blake’s 7, or the ragtag fleet of BSG? [9]
Also from the publisher:
The cover for this issue was a new artistic high for me, done entirely in dots. I think I logged over 80 hours on the piece, a portrait of Frank Langella from the Williamtown Theatre Festival production of Cyrano de Bergerac, one of my all-time favorite plays. This zine also marked my first Blake's 7 work, an extensive illustrated "primer" on the series. Multi-media zines in the early '80s were often a way to discover a new passion - readers tended to read everything in a multi-media zine at that point, simply because fandom hadn't yet splintered into a thousand separate fandoms. In the next year or so, the landscape completely changed. [10]
  • A Question of Honor by Deb Walsh (p.115-142) (part one, another installment of the Tales of the Purple Squadron) ("Part 2 of 'A Question of Honor' will appear in 'Felgercarb #10' (possibly a dould issue). We have included only the first half here for two reasons: 1)length and 2) the second half is still undergoing rewrite. Never fear, we know how this story ends, as well as the entire series. For other Purple Squadron universe stories, see Journals of Kobol #1, which features Mary A. Fall's 'New Life,' a background story in the series.") [no other issues of Felgercarb were published.]
  • a Blake's 7 primer by Deb Walsh
  • Well Met in Space and Time -- The Sequel by Mary Bloemker, another installment of MaryB's Doctor Who/Battlestar Galactica series (Doctor Who/Battlestar Galactica)
  • Blue Skies and Altered States vignette by Deb Walsh Altered States ("My take on what happened after the credits rolled on Altered States.") (p.33-36)
  • Skyrider by Mary A. Fall Wardell - a Buck Rogers in the 25th Century vignette
  • Requiem for a Lonely Man by Carri Coloreigh - a Superman vignette
  • Conflict of Interest by Dian Hardison - another wonderful Man from Atlantis tale from the most prolific writer in the fandom.
  • The Loner by Michael J. Heyes
  • Prelude by Michael J. Heyes - a Loner vignette
  • The Face that Shocked the World by Michael J. Heyes - a Loner vignette
  • The Unifying Factor by Michael J. Heyes - a Loner vignette
  • Driftwood by Mary A. Fall Wardell - another Buck Rogers in the 25th Century vignette

Reactions and Review: Issue 8/9

The front cover is a beautiful portrait of Frank Langella as Cyrano de Bergerac from his Williamstown production of the play. It is one of those rare drawings that simply takes your breath away. The cover alone justifies the cost of the zine. As much a fifty percent of the artwork is done by Deborah Walsh, with the remainder being done by Mary Bloemker, Monica Miller, and Judy Moore. Judy Moore's pieces are frustrating, as the characters appear stiff or awkward. The lines are too heavy and give a flatness to the overall effect. Other than Judy's illustrations, the remaining art is good to excellent. Mary Bloemker's Tom Baker as the good Doctor is superb, as is Monica Miller's only piece - Mark Harris, our Man from Atlantis. Starting with the British contents, FELGERCARB contains Blake's Seven, Doctor Who, and Space: 1999; also, scattered references to The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The Blake's 7 Primer is a solid introduction to the show. It contains a synopses of the more significant episodes and bios on the lin characters edited from the episode guide done by the Liberator Popular Front, a British B7 club. The layout of the priner is a bit confusing, as the bios are mixed in with the episode summaries and the division between the two is not always obvious. Despite the layout, the contents finally acquaint us with the world of Blake's Seven. "The Loner" is a Space: 1999 story by Michael Heyes which takes up one-third of the zine. Not being a Space: 1999 fan, it is hard to evaluate the story. The characters aren't fleshed out anymore than in the show. The most interesting character is Daniel Morgan, a character created by Michael - not in the show. The short vignettes mixed in with "The Loner" are more interesting than the main story. They are tighter and more imaginative - just good old sf. would prefer to see Michael write some straight sf rather than media sf, where he is restricted by a universe of one else's creation. The British humor of FELGERCARB is provided by Mary Bloemker's "The Doctor Strikes Back" and the subtle references to Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Hitch-Hiker's is a National Public Radio presentation that has been airing in the US off and on for approximately two years. It was created by Douglas Adams in Britain and has been presented as a two-part forty-five minute radio show, expanded and with a sequel as a twelve-part thirty minute radio show, and as a television mini-series. Needless to say, it is inmensely popular in Britain, as well as the US. It was a great pleasure to see the references to Hitch-Hikers. Mary's Doctor Who story also reflects the zany British sense of humor. "The Doctor Strikes Back" is also titled "Well Met in Time and Space - the Sequel." It is not necessary to read the previous story (in FELGERCARB 7) as "The Doctor Strikes Back" stands on its own. It is a delightful crossing of the Doctor Who universe with that of Battlestar: Galactica. Crossing the ocean, we find a large mixed bag of media science fiction and a cartoon or two from Starsky & Hutch. There are two Buck Rogers shorts by Mary Fall, both well done. A Superman short by Carri Colorigh, which looked to be another 'Man of Steel, Woman of Tissue', but had an original twist. There is a well-written Man from Atlantis short story by Dian Hardison. She makes excellent use of stream of consciousness, thus causing the reader to react with the character. For something a little closer to home, there is an Altered States vignette, "Blue Skies," by Deborah Walsh. Deb succeeds in the characterizations of Mason Parrish and Eddie Jessup with such accuracy one whould think that "Blue Skies" was a missing scene. As a resident and worker in the greater Boston area, it is nice to see the details of the area represented accurately, unlike the film. Also by Deb is the first part of "Question of Honor," a Battlestar: Galactica story. The best stories often have their roots established in facts provided by the original. "Question of Honor" does this and gives depth to the characters, old and new. It has subplots that add a strength to the story and characters. It takes on the issue of women warriors, which the show originally established and then abandoned for seme time. It also shows the stress and conflicts caused by gathering several different cultures together. FLEGERCARB also contains a Flash Gordon foldout, references to The Greatest American Hero, and artwork of other micellan-eous media science fiction. I've spent the majority of this review on the British contents,as it is more difficult to find material on it. However, FELGERCARB is not dominated by British media, but is a balance between the two worlds. As fandom diversifies, it is nice to find a high quality zine that meets this change. [11]

References

  1. Felgercarb - the Multimedia Zine For Discriminating Colonials.
  2. from Command Center July/August 1979
  3. About Felgercarb; WebCite
  4. About Felgercarb; WebCite
  5. About Felgercarb; WebCite
  6. About Felgercarb; WebCite
  7. About Felgercarb; WebCite
  8. About Felgercarb; WebCite
  9. Felgercarb - the Multimedia Zine For Discriminating Colonials Zine Page.
  10. About Felgercarb; WebCite
  11. from Universal Translator #15