Grip/Issues 41-45

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Title: Grip
Publisher: Other World Books
Editor(s): Roberta Rogow
Date(s): 1978-1996
Medium: print zine, fanfic
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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Grip is a gen multimedia anthology of fiction, art, poetry, and commentary edited by Roberta Rogow.

There were 51 issues published.

The series had an emphasis on Star Trek and Star Wars.

Rogow created this zine series to encourage and highlight fans who did not have a lot of previous experience creating fanworks.

Rogow was very out-spoken in her her mission to keep "Grip's" material G, or mildly PG, rated, and the title, "Grip," was a poke at Grup, a sexually explicit Trek zine.

Some regular features were the editorial ("The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off"), fanzine ads ("Backscratching Department"), and letters of comment ("Air-LoC"), the last two spelled a variety of ways.

Issue 41

front cover of issue #41, W.C. Pope
back cover of issue #41, Gennie Summers

Grip 41 was published in Feburary 1992 and is 65 pages long.

The art is by W. C. Pope, Gennie Summers, Susan Frank, Kate Landis, Brenda Perry, and Pat Young.

From the editorial:

Here we go again...GRIP #41. I Just realized that GRIP was started in 1978, which means I’ve been doing all this for nearly fifteen years. Well, people are still buying GRIP, and I’ve seen copies in "resale " boxes at conventions. I guess I must be doing something right... We have a lot of filksongs in this issue...and stories about the beginning of the Spock/McCoy friendship...and an adventure for Mr. Riker, and some insight into Geordi LaForge. And another of my "Quantum Leap" vignettes. As for future issues of GRIP...That depends on you, Gentle Readers and would-be writers. I’m always ready to read new stories...but please, do not give me another story in which Data falls in love: THAT question has already been settled.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Klingon Shore Leave by Mudj Rastadz (2)
  • Beginnings by Jodie Gerdin (TOS) (3)
  • He's Dead, Jim, filk by Cicatrice du Veritas (8)
  • One Bright Starship, filk by Roberta Rogow (9)
  • Where New Age Has Gone Before, filk by Dan Crawford (10)
  • Coming Out of the Dark by Montgomery Lopez (TNG) (11)
  • The Emerson Affair by C. Robert Mason (TNG) (23)
  • We Are Imzadi, filk by Roberta Rogow (31)
  • Friends, poems by Roseann Alvarez (33)
  • Caught in a Net of Space and Time, poem by Karmin St. Jean (34)
  • Q's Ruse by Pete Kallash (TNG) (Q stages Picard's death to see how everyone will take it.) (35)
  • Androids on Ice by Beth Kettering (TNG) (50)
  • Tributes to Gene Roddenberry by various fans (Shulasmith Surnamer, Roberta Rogow, Nancy Damren, Page Lewis, Roseann Alvarez) (57)
  • No Bones About It by Roberta Rogow (61)
  • Backscratching Page (64)

Issue 42

front cover of issue #42, Mindrew
back cover of issue #42, C. Robert Mason

Grip 42 was published in July 1992 and is 65 pages long.

The art is by Gennie Summers, W.C. Pope, Pat Young, Pam Auditore, Barbara Stultz, Mindrew, and C. Robert Mason.

From the editorial:

GRIP goes on ... and on. We have Star Trek stories, both Classic and Next Generation. We also have another in my Quantum Leap series. Putting this issue together was a little strange, mostly because several stories came in at the last minute. One of them very nearly didn’t get in at all, due to a misunderstanding with the author. Another didn’t get an illustration. And a third came in literally at the last minute! One of the problems in putting this issue together had to do with my adding some words to those of the author. She took umbrage at my addition to her work, and threatened to withdraw her story unless I restored it to its original state. I still think my sentence would have added a certain clarity to the story, but in this case, the game was not worth the candle. I try to present the authors’ work as well as I can. Whenever possible, I ask for rewrites, or work with the authors. Sometimes it is not possible, and I ask my writers to trust my judgement. I am not trying to rewrite every story that comes my way. I am trying to correct bad grammar and spelling when I see it, and clarify muddled passages so that the reader can tell what is going on, and where, and with whom. And since I have accepted the same treatment in my own professionally published writing, I feel I have the authority to ask my writers to accept it from me.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • A Legend in His Own Mind by Halsey Taylor (Star Trek: TOS) (2)
  • Klingons in Tribble by Janet Cruickshank (Klingon story) (9)
  • Star Trek: Voyage To Greclin by C. Robert Mason (TOS, cartoon) (15)
  • Hello, Alice..., poem by Teresa Sarick (20)
  • Q? Again! by Beth Ketterer (Q transports Picard to a low-tech planet, where he gets into trouble.) (21)
  • The Engagement by C. Robert Mason (TNG) (33)
  • Where Eagles Cry by Traci L. Dowen (TNG) (38)
  • Twin Peaks: A Alternative Source of Light, poem by Roseann Alvarez (48)
  • Through Alexander’s Eyes by Tim Healy (TNG) (49)
  • On Patrick O'Purim's Day, poem by Shulasmith Surnamer (55)
  • Next Generation After That by Dan Crawford (TNG) (57)
  • Real SF vs (Hah!) Sci-Fi, filk by Dan Crawford (60)
  • The Man on the Flying Trapeze by Roberta Rogow (Quantum Leap) (61)

Issue 43

front cover of issue #43, Dee Keneally
back cover of issue #43, Marguerite Rutkowski

Grip 43 was published in November 1992 and has 68 pages.

The art is by Dee Keneally, Marguerite Rutkowski, Pam Auditore, Barbara Stults, and Gennie Summers.

From the editorial:

Media fanzines use characters that someone else created, whether that someone was Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Steve Cannell,or Don Bellisario. We, the writers and producers, are "borrowing" these characters, all the time knowing that whoever created them has the LEGAL rights to them, i.e., copyright. Copyright was meant to ensure that an author or artist got paid for what he or she originated. However, since none of us get paid, the question becomes somewhat more personal. Most of the people involved in Media are either too busy or too rich to care whether a story appears in a magazine that runs 200 copies, which is going to be distributed at SF Conventions to a group of Fans. In fact, a lot of them consider Mediazines a kind of free advertising! This laissez-faire attitude does not prevail everywhere. The Disney organization keeps a tight rein on its characters. Now rumors are reaching us that Batman may suffer the same fate. An Australian fanzine has already been confiscated, and the Word has been Given: No Batman! There IS a Batman story in GRIP #43; we shall see what happens! Movie and TV productions are huge; an individual writer is just that, an individual. While a movie company may not bother with a mere fanzine, an author has both the time and the will to pursue those who would misuse his or her characters through the law-courts and in and out of the pages of professional publications until everyone is sick of the subject. One particular writer has already done so! [1] I must therefore warn prospective writers for GRIP, or any other Mediazine: if you are going to use a character from a book or series of books (as opposed to one seen only on the screen, be it large or small), get permission from the original author first...and in writing! Otherwise, you may be faced with the prospect of writing humiliating letters to Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, and all of the SF Prozines, abasing yourself and demanding forgiveness from the outraged creator of the original character. (And, I may add, paying full advertising rates for the privilege!)

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Klingon Kapers: The Visitor to Klinzhai by Marguerite Rutkowski (2)
  • Starlog Thirteen by Dan Crawford (TOS) (3)
  • Klingon Kapers: Life with a Klingon Roommate by Marguerite Rutkowski (12)
  • Putting the Pieces Back Together by Christopher Young (TNG) (13)
  • A Much Needed Excursion by Beth Ketterer (TNG) (21)
  • Poems from the Cathians by Roseann Alvarez (34)
  • A Call to Duty by Halsey Taylor (TNG) (36)
  • On Moonlight-Silvered Wings by Nancy Scott Damren (Batman) (53)
  • Nothing is Impossible by Roberta Rogow (65)

Issue 44

front cover of issue #44, Pat Malone
back cover of issue #44, Jean Ellenbacher

Grip 44 was published in February 1993 and has 72 pages.

The art is by Pat Malone, Jean Ellenbacher, Diane Kenealy, W. C. Pope, Marguerite Rutkowski, and Connie Slatton.

From the editorial:

"Deep Space Nine" is shaping up nicely, though. Lots of good points being made, about terrorists, and wormholes and alien cultures that value things we find abhorrent. I particularly like Quark, whose verbal sparring with Odo the Blob makes for fun dialog. The idea of Avery Brooks as the soft-spoken commander of the run-down station works, too. Star Trek has always been a pioneer in television casting; now we've got a Black man as an action hero, without any fanfare about skin color. He's just THERE. And Colm Meany has got something to do besides run the transporter! This one may find an audience besides the ready-made Star Trekkers. Good Show!

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The Let That Be Your Last Battlefield Syndrome by Stephen Mendenhall (TOS) (2)
  • You Trek the High Road by Dan Crawford (TOS) (12)
  • Generation Gap by Joel Spiegel (TNG) (26)
  • Blink! Blink!, filk by Larry D. Kirby (37)
  • A Call in the Darkness by Dawn M. Smith (TNG) (39)
  • Life with a Klingon Roommate: Courtesy by Marguerite Rutkowski (50)
  • To Seek Out New Life by Connie Slatton (TNG) (51)
  • Deep Space In Trouble, filk by Roberta Rogow (72)

Issue 45

front cover of issue #45, Jean Ellenbacher
back cover of issue #45, Marguerite Rutkowksi

Grip 45 was published in June 1993 and is 69 pages long.

The art is by Jean Ellenbacher, Marguerite Rutkowski, Greg Baker, Kate Landis, William C. Pope, Marjorie Russell, Gennie Summers, and Patricia Young.

From the editorial:

One variation on the Old Theme is the latest Star Trek incarnation, Deep Space Nine.I have DS9 filk coming up, and some cartoons, but no stories...YET! There are stories to be written though. I have written one of them (not in GRIP...stories are to be traded for other peoples’ ’zinesl). I can see all kinds of possibilities in Major Kira, Dr. Bashir, and especially in Odo and Quark, who are rapidly becoming the "Rick Blaine" and "Captain Reynaud" of Star Trek...and if you don’t know who THEY are, you haven’t watched "Casablanca" often enough.

One TV series that is getting a lot of fannish attention is "Forever Knight". This is one of those Canadian productions that comes on at odd times in various locations, assuming it is shown at all. In New York city and environs, it’s on at 11:30 PM on Tuesday night, which means I only get to see it when I don’t have to be at work on Wednesday morning, which effectively means, not at all. I HAVE seen one or two episodes, and a friend taped some...a fascinating premise, of a vampire who doesn’t want to be one. Tied in with a cop show? Hmmmm...I’ve read some nice fanfic based on this...

Another source of fanfiction this season has been "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues". I was never that gung-ho over the original (too many anachronisms, and too much Zen), but the newest incarnation has got me hooked. David Carradine is greyer and softer-spoken, and the young guy is cute. And they occasionally put in shtick...the Head Cop is played by Robert Lansing, and there are references to a Mysterious Past (when he was presumably Control, working with the Intelligence community and the Equalizer). This one has also generated fanfic. The interesting thing about all of these is that they are NOT to be found on commercial network television. They are syndicated, not necessarily in Prime Time, and they need to be dug up and found, like nuggets of gold. Meanwhile, "Quantum Leap" has leapt its last, and "Space Rangers" blasted out after three episodes. "Babylon Five" is just plain GONE. And "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" is also being cancelled. The Boys In Suits simply do not accept anything but the Lowest Common Denominator in TV fare, and Science Fiction/Fantasy is not it. I guess some people never learn....

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The Edge of Forever Is Yesterday by Edward J. McFadden III (Quantum Leap/Star Trek: TOS) (3)
  • Archons by Stephen Mendenhall (Star Trek: TOS) (18)
  • Worf's Klingon Line, filk by Larry D. Kirby III (35)
  • Lore's Lure by Marjorie Russel (Star Trek: TNG) (37)
  • Trek Toonz, cartoon by W.C. Pope (68)