|Publisher:||Purple Unicorn Press, out of London, England|
|Fandom:||Man From U.N.C.L.E. & The Beatles|
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Hello...Goodbye is a 32-page script for a gen Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Beatles play. It is by Debbie Rees.
On the cover: When The Men from U.N.C.L.E. meet The Girls From A.U.N.T.I.E. and The Beatles then it’s "Hello... Goodbye" - Learn the secret of Strawberry Yoghurt!
Reactions and Reviews
This one-shot, absurdist zine, set reverently in 1967 in the HARD DAY'S NIGHT/HELP style, meets with the same success for the same reasons, having its strength in dialog, one-liners, and silly situations. And never mind the scanty plot. Said plot: Spoiled rich Beatle fan wants private concert by Beatles for birthday, "at any cost". NOTHING else ("yawn") will do. His four cowed servants hatch a poorly-thought-out kidnapping scheme, fouling up from square one, accidentally alerting not only the Men from U.N.C.L.E. and their rabid adversaries, the Girls From Anti-U.N.C.L.E.-Network-Team-In-England (thus the acrostic, A.U.N.T.I.E.), but the Beatles themselves! Now, right off, you know anything following has to be good fun. Forewarned as all parties are, the remainder of the script becomes a contest to see which group does its job best. Along the way we're treated to a variety of crossover universes, from British TV or films, and all is set to a running montage of Beatle's music and even described video shots! This format, in fact, is the only real problem with H/G, perhaps even the culprit behind the occasional SEEMING lag in events. "Seeming", because any script format has an artificial pacing, dependent upon actual production to bring up the "real" pace. One wonders why this form WAS preferred over straight fiction, since it's HARD WORK to flesh out even the BEST likeness form the skeleton that every script necessarily IS. That the script had me giggling from start to end says much for its ability to overcome this in-built handicap. Despite my initial fears, I wasn't bewildered by references to shows/characters unknown to me (and probably VERY dated for many zine readers, today). Additionally, the fact that this "film" could ONLY be produced in the mind only bothered me for a nanosecond, before I realized how lovely was that concept & the irony TRULY hit me, and me me laugh even more. I'd still like to see this in "straight" form, though. My $$$$s were NOT wasted, and what a rare thing THAT is! If you've ever loved the "Fab Four", and you don't take your MFU TOO seriously (Napoleon, ESPECIALLY, takes his lumps!), then you'll enjoy HELLO/GOODBYE as much as I did. 
- from Datazine #43