It Ain't the Lollipop!

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Title: It Ain't the Lollipop! (Thoughts by the man and the character...)
Publisher: Datazine Publications
Date(s): 1986
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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It Ain't the Lollipop (Thoughts by the man and the character...) is a 10-page zine written by Walter Koenig.

front cover

It is a transcript of a short one-act skit in Ni Var form, a conversation between Koenig and the character he played on Star Trek: Chekov.

It is quite a biting, angry commentary on acting, fandom, and hero worship, and involves an airplane bathroom incident.

Description from an Ad

A tongue-in-cheek look at Mr. Koenig's thoughts and feelings on his involvement in ST and its effect on his life. Also included is 'The Chekov/Koenig Debate' which has been performed by Mr. Koenig at several conventions and delighted audiences everywhere. Read this humorous yet insightful glimpse into the complex relationship between an actor and the character he portrays. Each copy is individually autographed! [1]

Similar Creations

Fans were very interested in Star Trek's stars, and this interest generated a lot of "side projects."

Shatner and Nimoy, of course, had the for-profit option of big-name publishers, hence the large selection of offerings such as I Am Not Spock, Nimoy's poetry paperbooks, Shatner and Nimoy's spoken and singing LP albums and much more.

The actors with less attention, and therefore less money-making ability, were more available to fans and their fanworks. Nichols, Koenig, and Kelley were much more willing to write poetry and introductions to zines, as well as creating small zines of their own.

Some examples:

Interior Sample


  1. from Communications Console #1