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Zine
Title: Indigo Boys
Publisher: In Person Press
Editor(s): April Valentine
Date(s): 1994-2000
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Language: English
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Indigo Boys is a slash multifandom anthology.

Art samples are included with the publisher's permission.

It has a sister zine, The Indigo Stories of Starsky and Hutch, which reprints the S&H content in the main series.

The title of the zine series comes from its focus: "men in jeans."

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Indigo Boys 1 was published in May 1994 and has 174 pages. Includes

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

See reactions and reviews for Fever.
  • "Secret Admirer" by Leah S. (QL)--Typically good Leah S. This story takes place during the shutting down of the Starbright Project and Donna leaving Sam at the altar, right before the set-up of Project Quantum Leap. It's a set-up story, though, and stops right before the big sex scene.
  • "Clandestine Report #208" by MRK (S/H)--I love the Clandestine reports and this is one of the best installments, which takes place during the episode "Starsky v. Hutch". I liked the fact that it showed that the very aspect of falling in love that attracts one person the most is sometimes the very thing that scares the other one the most. For those not familiar with this series of stories, They were started in THE FIX (the zine not the episode), and are basically personal reports that Starsky writes for himself about things he and Hutch do. The first story was centered around when Starsky found himself falling in love with an unknowing Hutch.
  • "Celebration" by Theresa Kyle (S/H)--"Promise me you won't kill yourself if I die" storyline. So-so. Starsky's written a little more stupid than I think of him. The biggest problem with the story, though, is the fact that it hits a pet peeve of mine: Hutch starts calling Starsky David once they go to bed. Excuse me, if he wasn't calling him David through all those years that they were best of friends, I really don't think he'd start calling him that now that they're having sex.
  • "The Hopeless Ways of Fools" by Rosemary C. (S/H)--Good story that centers around the episode "Starsky's Brother". Only real problem is that despite the fact that she stays fairly true to the episode, Nick comes off a little too good to be true at the end of the story.
  • "Fever" by Theresa Kyle (MUNCLE)--Illya and Napoleon go camping (for fun), Illya is bitten by a copperhead snake, straight and stupid Napoleon basically promises to be with only Illya to quiet him in his fevered rantings without understanding what Illya is talking about (Nappy, it's the clue line, pick it up), then discovers that he really wants to go to bed with Illya when he gets better. Okay story, and definitely way on the low end of the wussification scale for a MUNCLE story. Illya is still the one who has been silently in love with Napoleon, the only one with experience with men, and, inevitably, the one on the bottom, but we can't have everything.
  • "Eternal Friendship" by P. Williamson (HIGHLANDER)--It was better when I went back to read it again for this review, but I could never see Duncan/Richie as a couple, and this story didn't really convince me otherwise. Nice pen and ink portrait of Duncan by TACS, though.
  • "Shelter" by April Valentine (THE FUGITIVE)-- I was surprisingly disappointed with this story, seeing as how I usually love April's writing. One of the problems was the fact that I have a problem seeing Gerard/Kimble anyway, but the other was that the story took place right after the end of the movie. Kimble has been on the run, worrying about clearing his name and really hasn;'t had much time to mourn his wife's death, so I have a problem with him so easily going to be with anyone at that point. I'm all for the comfort factor in hurt/comfort, but there are times and places.
  • "Entre'acte" by Jassamyn Fox (Pros)--Nice, if a bit on the sappy side, PWP.
  • "JeanGenie" by BARAVAN (Pros)--Cute story about Bodie's propensity for walking behind Doyle when they climb stairs.
All in all, I'd say it's far from the best of the zine's [April]'s put out, but it was still worth what I paid for it. Which, of course, I can't remember how much it was. [1]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Indigo Boys 2 was published in May 1995 and has 163 pages. Art by SVE, Jan Davies, TACS, and April Valentine.

The editorial:

Closer to Fine...

Welcome to issue #2 of INDIGO BOYS. The first issue was really well received and I'm looking forward to readers' response to this one. it's turning into a very fun zine to do and I'm looking forward to continuing with it.

The theme of INDIGO BOYS is simple: Slash stories written for characters who would wear jeans. I love the way a gorgeous male butt looks in tight denim and many a man has intrigued his partner by wearing his most snug jeans. Why not glorify this look in the pages of a zine? I got to thinking that a lot of the characters and couples I like are the jean-wearing kind, so that seemed a suitable theme for a fanzine.

Not all the characters in this zine constantly wear jeans, but they've been seen in them occasionally and they're in them in the stories you'll be reading — and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

About this issue's contents — We have several stories that, although they stand on their own, they fit into a universe that has appeared elsewhere or in the previous issue of INDIGO BOYS. Two of the S/H stories come under this heading. "Magic" by [MRK] is another of the "Clandestine Reports" that Starsky "writes" about his feelings for Hutch. Many of these have appeared in my SH zine, THE FIX, and there was one in the first issue of IB, too. "Worth Untested" by [Leah S] is also from a "series" that appeared in THE FIX, a group of stories that explore the partners as yet unrevealed secret feelings. Leah's "Pain of Separation" about A1 and Sam of QL, is set before the series and Sam's leaps have begun, just as her story in the last ish was. Penny Williams is continuing her Duncan/Richie universe in "Immortal Comrades" this time out. And I've written a second story about Sam Gerard and Richard Kimble (Tommy Lee Jones & Harrison Ford - not the tv ones!). Last time out, I wrote what I considered a little fantasy what-if. The response was great and someone who shall remain nameless (cough, Trish Jeffers, cough) said "write more!" At the same moment I was protesting, saying that one story was all there was, another idea popped into my head. Once I started working on it, I realized there is quite a lot to say about those two interesting men. The story included here is complete, but a third story will continue exploring the themes in this one and the first. Watch out — it could get big enough to turn into a novel — help me before I fantasize again!

Thanks to all the contributors, the above and newcomers L. Gray for her "Twin Peaks" story, Mary Millard for her UNCLE contribution and Kris Brown & Kathy New for a long-delayed publication of "Noel's Story" — this is a fascinating look at S&H from the point of view of another gay cop. Welcome back to Theresa Kyle and [Rosemary C] (for the delicious I-need-it-tomorrow story). Thanks to Jan Davies, TACS, and SVE for their art. SVE — great job on all the different characters and especially the 'uncredited' jeans on the title page. Most of all, I'm so thankful to have a friend like Laura Boiling who's always willing to help with any facet of the project. I couldn't do it without her skill, patience and friendship.

There is no Professionals selection this time, although one was planned. Jessamyn Fox has a wonderful two part story that unfortunately was just too large to fit in this issue. I'm hoping to be able to include it in the future.

INDIGO BOYS 111 is being planned. I'd love to have more varied fandoms represented. So if you write, get 'em in jeans (or out of them) and send them to me.

Now, enjoy the contents of INDIGO BOYS 11!
  • The Pain of Separation the Agony of Reunion by Leah S. (Quantum Leap) (1)
  • The Room 101 Affair by Theresa Kyle (UNCLE) (reprinted in Reclassified Affairs #2) (5)
  • The Welcome Home Affair by MLM (UNCLE) (21)
  • Yet Something Is Different by L. Gray (Twin Peaks) (30)
  • Magic by MRK (Starsky and Hutch) (48)
  • Worth Untested by Leah S. (Starsky & Hutch) (reprinted from an issue of The Fix) (52)
  • Noel's Story by Kris Brown and Kris New (Starsky and Hutch) ("Author's Note: With appreciation to Lynna Bright. The idea for this story is her fault, she wrote the first page or two and a scene between Noel and Starsky. We were inspired and the rest you can blame on Kris.") (54)
  • Fireside Interlude by Rosemary C. (Starsky and Hutch) (92)
  • Immortal Comrades by P. Williams (Highlander, Duncan/Amanda, Duncan/Richie) (102)
  • Healer by April Valentine (the film The Fugitive) (128)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

First off, there were a couple new things from April Valentine that were out....INDIGO BOYS 2, her multi-media slash zine, was there (at Z-Con) and had several stories. One was an installment in MRK's "Clandestine Reports" series, one was an installment in Leah S.'s "Secrets" series (both of these take place pre-sexual relationship), one was a story about S&H being "out" and knowing another cop who is gay and involved in a relationship (can't remember the authors' names or the title; it was something like "Noel's Story"), and a short story by Rosemary C.. The last two were the only ones with any sex in them and they really were the weaker of the S/H stories in there, IMHO. [2]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3
Indigo Boys 3 was published in May 1996 and has 215 pages.

The Suzan Lovett art on page 99 won a 1996 Stiffie Award for Best Wiseguy art titled "Diamonds and Rust." [3] Other art is by Karen River.

The editorial:

CLOSER TO FINE ...

At least I hope so. This is going to be a short and sweet editorial due to last minute (what else is new?) computer breaks downs and the fact that there aren't 48 hours in every day and 60 days in every month. Important sanity tip — never do new zines and reprints of old ones while planning a wedding. (Like, I didn't realize it would be this hectic.) I should know better after all these years. Anyway, I still do zines for one main reason — I love fandom. It's been a good year so far with new interest in old friends and new interest, for me, in newer ones. Starsky & Hutch seems to be making quite a comeback. Welcome to Victoria Racklyft, whose first SH story appeared in FIX 13-14. I can't do INDIGO BOYS without S&H, and her contribution more than filled the bill. And I'm pleased to say I finally have some Wiseguy fiction in this issue. Partly, I gave up and wrote my own after not receiving any for the last ishes. But the other reason was a combination of the fact that I've always loved the series, Kevin Spacey's Oscar win and Suzan Lovett. (She knows the why's and wherefores, and few things have proved as terrific an idea.) Enjoy her beautiful Frank and Vinnie illo in these pages — they've been more than inspiring! Welcome to these pages also to Kate McChesney and her Wiseguy offering. I'd also like to welcome and thank Karen River who provided illustrations of some of our heroes in this issue. Two other writers are here for the first time. Jessamyn Fox presents the Professionals story that didn't fit in the last issue and I'm sure you'll agree it's been worth the wait. And welcome to KayCee — her first published story appears here. Fans of "The Chief" will enjoy her blending of that series with Pros. KayCee wandered into my room last year at Media and plowed head over heels into fandom. She's been a supportive friend and a tireless helper. Thanks to all the contributors and helpers. Your stories are terrific and you've all been a pleasure to work with. SASE for information on INDIGO BOYS IV. So far, publication is planned for Media in '97, but if I get deluged with contributions, an issue may appear sooner. What? I'm not sick of working down to deadline yet? Never!

Enjoy!
  • Rites of Passage by Leah S. (Quantum Leap) (1)
  • Revenge is Mine by Leah S. (Quantum Leap) (5)
  • Deep in the Heart of Texas by Theresa Kyle (Walker, Texas Ranger) (9)
  • The Dream Come True Affair by MLM (Man from UNCLE) (21)
  • Return of the Huntress by Victoria Racklyft (Starsky and Hutch) (39)
  • Brief Interlude by Kate McChesney (Wiseguy) (80)
  • Safe House (Wiseguy) by April Valentine (87)
  • More Than Kin, Part 1 by Jessamyn Fox (The Professionals) (101)
  • More Than Kin, Part II by Jessamyn Fox (The Professionals) (134)
  • Lost and Found by Meridian by KayCee (The Chief/The Professionals) (167)
  • Lover by April Valentine (The Fugitive) (197)

Issue 4

cover of issue #4

Indigo Boys 4 was published in May 1997 and has 166 pages.

The artwork is by Karen River and Suzan Lovett.

The editorial:

Closer to fine...

Just a brief editorial word this time. Welcome to the fourth issue of INDIGO BOYS. Some of the planned fandoms and stories didn't make it into this issue, but we do have some new and interesting ones for you.

The Sentinel, Wild Wild West and characters from the movie "Thunderheart" appear in stories this time, plus we have Wiseguy, UNCLE and Starsky and Hutch.

Most of you have probably seen Sentinel — it seems to be the new fandom everyone is talking about. The story here, "Obsession" is complete in and of itself, although a continuation is planned. If you haven't seen the movie "Thunderheart" go out and rent it. The chemistry on the screen between Val Kilmer and Graham Greene is fabulous. If you like Native American stuff at all, you'll love this story set in that universe.

The planned Fugitive story that was to conclude the series did not make it in time for this issue. Actually, it wouldn't have fit anyway — this issue is pretty packed. I will attempt to finish the story for the next issue, especially if there is interest out there.

Thanks to all contributors for your excellent stories. Big thanks to Karen River and Suzan Lovett for again doing an outstanding job with their art.

Next INDIGO BOYS is planned, as usual, for MediaWestCon in '98. I'd love submissions from other fandoms — just be sure your characters do or woiild or could wear jeans. Basically present day, but there is lee-way.

Now, enjoy the jeans — both on and off the characters!

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

Indigo Boys 5 was published in May 1998 and has 173 pages.

This issue has some publicity photos, but no fan art.

The editorial:

Welcome to INDIGO BOYS 5 — it's hard to believe that it's been 5 years since I first did a multi-media fanzine. I've enjoyed doing it, as my own fannish interests have grown to encompass more than one fandom and I hope all you other fannish butterflies out there feel the same.

This issue we have a couple of really hot fandoms represented, along with some old friends and a couple unexpected universes, too.

Tiger Tyger has written the sequel to her Sentinel story, "Obsession," which appeared in IB 4. And Killashandra has contributed a fabulous Methos/Duncan story, "Matter and Antimatter."

What slash zine would be complete without some PWP's? We have a hot offering in the Starsky/Hutch universe and a sizzling menage in the Wiseguy universe — you'll have to read to see about who!

And we have several entries in "different" fandoms. Stacy Doyle presents "Out and About" based on the Kevin Kline, Tom Selleck movie. In and Out. Lorelei contributed a story based on the film. Lost Boys — which thrills my little Kiefer Sutherland-loving heart. One last story comes from the world of 60's sitcoms, Theresa Kyle's My Favorite Martian story. I know, I know — but as a kid I always thought Uncle Martin was kinda sexy and we all loved Bill Bixby, didn't we? Give it a shot and you won't be sorry.

Thanks to all the generous contributors for their well-executed efforts!

There is no Fugitive continuation in this issue. I know I promised but it just didn't fly this time. I still intend to finish my Kimble/Gerard saga and will notify readers when it is ready. One other piece of news: In Person Press has found an agent to provide mail order service to those readers who can't attend cons. The address for The Flamingo Valentine Express is on the title page. Flamingo, well-known writer in Miami Vice and S/H, has agreed to take on the task of handling mail orders. We will be posting a web page with a listing of all available zines. You can order by check, money order or C.O.D. For further information, contact me at April Valen@aol.com.

Now you can go read the zine. Enjoy!

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

Yes, it's another fun-filled romp through my zine collection. This will probably be it for a while, though, until I get something new. Anyone want to make a request? Anyone else want to review?

Long Reviewer's Notes: See my Big Ol' Review note or e-mail me if you're interested in getting it privately.

Short Reviewer's Notes (I'm only 5'4"): Any spoilers that follow are as minor as I can make them. Each and every opinion here is mine, all mine! Mwahhahhaa! *ahem* Salt to taste.

[zine info omitted]

I love multi-media zines. As a committed fannish butterfly, there's nothing I find so heartwarming as looking through the table of contents of a mm zine and seeing story after story from different fandoms. In the case of the IB [Indigo Boys] zines, there's the added warmth of knowing that while I'll find stories from various fandoms, they'll all be fandoms I know and love. This issue, while having a couple of stories that weren't quite up to par, had some very well-written stories, all with different styles, and all from different fandoms.

The layout (single columned, single spaced) and type seem to be the same as in previous issues. There is no artwork, but there is a photo from the pertinent movie/show either before or after each story.

"In Envy of Paradise (Possession)" by Tiger Tyger (Sentinel; 65pp)-Listed as Part II of "Obsession", the first part of which can be found in IB 4, this is an excellent continuation of the story. This one takes place immediately after the first part with Jim and Blair now lovers, but there are continued problems with Victor, Blair's old boyfriend-cum-stalker. There are several plot twists and lots of angst before the end.

"Tikinikiyu" by Theresa Kyle (My Favorite Martian; 24pp)--That's right, it's MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, as in the sixties sitcom. Now, don't go icking out on me, this story is actually surprisingly good--if you like the sitcom. The thing actually reads like an episode. Well, if there had actually ever been an episode in which Uncle Martin was going through a sort of Martian version of Pon Farr. I could practically hear the canned laughter. (That's a good thing, btw. I think.)

"Passion Fruit" by Merricat Kiernan (WG; 4pp)--An evil (yet good), short, two-part story which is actually two interrelated dreams from Vinnie. The boy really needs some therapy...

"Out and About" by Stacy D. (In & Out; 40pp)--The note at the beginning of this story reads (in part): "This story takes place during the movie "In & Out" [...] it's what you didn't see and what was happening just outside the frames of the film. Seeing the movie or knowing about it would help, but it's not a requirement for enjoying the story. I've been told you'll want to see the movie right after reading the story if you didn't know it." Actually, I'd recommend reading the story more for people who haven't seen the movie and probably never will. The biggest problem with any 'during the movie/episode' story is that you have to make it different enough from what we see on the screen or give enough added insight into what characters were thinking to make it worthwhile. In other words, there must be something added to make the story an interesting view of events rather than just a written retelling. The biggest problem with this story is that it's redundant. In several ways. It goes through the entire movie telling what happened, but while it's all from Howard's pov (like most of the movie), I never really saw any extra added insight into what he was feeling than what I got from the movie itself. And when we get to the different scenes, the ones "outtside the frames of the film," namely the story's sex scenes, those don't really add anything either. In fact, they're rather repetitive.

"Perfect Way to Spend a Rainy Sunday" by Kate McChesney (S/H; 4pp)--Well, look at the title!  :-) Pretty standard pwp. It did show, however, how sometimes other stories can intrude through no fault of the author's: As a HL fan, to me the words "Yes...oh, yes," insert quite a different picture than the one intended.

"Found Again" by Lorelei (Lost Boys; 12pp)--A very nice, lyrical story set directly after the movie with flashbacks to scenes--and missing scenes--from it. Most of the missing scenes, in fact, are actually added parts to scenes already in the movie, and they're added quite seamlessly. For instance, one of the most famous scenes is the one where the boys dangle from underneath the train bridge then fall through the mist. The story shows what happens underneath the mist. Through this and the other missing or added scenes, we see more of the connection between David (leader of the vamp gang) and Michael. The story has the same sensual rather than overtly sexual feel to it that the movie had, even without the hard edge. But she doesn't try to make David a 'nice guy', which I very much appreciate.

"Matter and Antimatter" by Killashandra (HL, DM/M; 29pp)--Last story of the zine, which definitely ends it on a high note. Tension is built and sustained throughout the story, and it has an ending which makes sense, but was still unexpected. Set immediately after "The Modern Prometheus", all the guilt and anger in and between Duncan and Methos come out and reveal a few other emotions as well. Hope is sometimes the hardest thing to take.

Overall, I have to really recommend this issue. While I didn't like one story and had only a passing interest in another, all the others were good--some surprisingly so. (Honestly, I scared myself by liking the MY FAVORITE MARTIAN story.) [4]

Issue 6

Indigo Boys 6 was published in 2000 and has 180 pages.

cover issue #6

The zine supposedly was to premier at EclectiCon in November 1999. [5] Perhaps the publishing date was pushed back?

  • Daily Requiem by Owlet (The Outsiders) (6 pages) ("Teenage boys living in rural America in the 60’s struggle with their feelings of loneliness and confusion about the world.")
  • An Encounter In New York by Meridian (The Chief/Sentinel) (23 pages) ("It’s been so long since I’ve just held anyone, I’d almost be satisfied with that,” Simon said truthfully. Since his wife had left him, there had been no one, actually,he amended to himself, that had been true for sometime before their marriage ended too. He was starved for affection. Alan chuckled, rubbing his lean body against Simon’s causing all kinds of wonderful sensations to spark and sputter along his spine and down into his groin. “Almost?”")
  • What is and What Can Never Be by Chelsea Mayfair (The Professionals/Alex & Tris (30 pages) ("What happens when CI5 agents are tapped to guard a rock star being harassed by a fanatic.")
  • It Started When by Yolanda (Sentinel) (8 pages) ("Was that when it started? No, that was just one link in the chain of events which joined the two of us together. I could say that it started when he ate some poisoned pizza, and started shooting up the police garage with my gun. I'd caught him then, as he fell off the police car. He was small in my arms, not the energetic person who always seems twice my size when he enters a room. It's because he fills the empty spaces in me. And I'd never noticed it, in all our time together.")
  • Tilt by Cinel Durant (Sentinel) ("Sometimes, you can actually find love on Valentine’s day.")
  • Willie/Phil by Constance Collins (15 pages) (Film based: “Willie & Phil” "Film stars Michael Ontkean and Ray Sharkey as two best friends who think they are both in love with the same woman. When she finally exits their lives, they realize who it is they each really love.")
  • Headed for Disaster by April Valentine (Wiseguy) (18 pages) ("Story #4 in the “Safehouse” series postulating encounters between Vinnie Terranova, OCB agent and his field supervisor, Frank McPike, and CIA operative Roger Lococco. The series begins at the conclusion of the “Profitt” arc, the second half of the first season of Wiseguy. Each story can be read independently of the others.")
  • Venus Entire by Zoerayne (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (19 pages) ("What the hell was happening between Angel and me, and what was I going to do about it? For that matter, was it really between us, or had I just gone insane by myself? No, there was the kiss. Angel had kissed me.")
  • Flamingo's Police Complaint by Flamingo (mixed media: Starsky and Hutch, Homicide, Professionals, X-Files, Sentinel, and Miami Vice) (29 pages) ("Multi media humor based on a real life incident . What if a group of fans living in the same building as their idols got what they thought was internet hate mail?")
  • Line and Sinker by Lasha (Starsky & Hutch) (23 pages) ("This story is a sequel to the author's net published sotry "Hooked" and is set following the final episode of Starsky and Hutch, "Sweet Revenge."")
  • The Quality of Silence by Natlyn (Dogma or Jay and Silent Bob) (3 pages) ("Film based (Jay and Silent Bob pre-slash) A missing scene from the film “Dogma” in which the actors re-create roles they played in “Chasing Amy.”")
  • Together by April Valentine (The Fugitive)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

I don't know many crossovers but this really took my fancy. The list above are only the ones that I recognised, there are others. Regardless of that, the story is very funny and Flamingo as always has the banter between partners spot on. [6]

References

  1. In 1994, Michelle Christian posted this review to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is reposted here with permission.
  2. In 1995, Michelle Christian posted this review of issue #2 to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is reposted here with permission. The review was posted shortly after she had attended Z-Con where she had purchased the zines.
  3. see it at Partnersrmore
  4. In 1998 Michelle Christian posted this review to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is reposted here with permission.
  5. Premiering Fanzines
  6. 2011 comments at Crack Van