|Type:||fan artist, fan writer|
|Fandoms:||The Sentinel, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Professionals, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars|
|URL:||website, LJ; Media Art (accessed December 2017)|
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Jean Kluge is a well known and highly praised fan artist. She started in Star Trek fandom, and has created artwork for many years. She's been active in many fandoms, but is probably best known for her artwork in Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Professionals, and The Sentinel. Her art has been on the cover of many zines, sold as originals and prints at conventions, and later on the Internet, and recently, sold as t-shirt transfers.
One of her ST:TNG drawings is the cover of Textual Poachers, by Henry Jenkins. Jenkins later commented that her artwork "went up in value within the art hierarchy of fandom because it was associated with the book."
During the 1980s and 90s, like Suzie Lovett and a few other artists, her art often went for hundreds of dollars at art auctions at conventions, leading to conversations about why it was considered wrong for fan writers and fan publishers to profit from their work, but all right for fannish artists to profit from their work. See letter of comment submitted to the The Hatstand Express on the topic.
Zines Containing Kluge's Work
Changes | A Companion for My Death | Dr. Bellfriar's Memorial Journal | Elusive Lover - Alternate Visions | Elusive Lover | Fantasia | Gentlemen Never Tell #6 | Guardian | Idylls #4 | Leave a Light On for Me | Mind Meld | Missing Links #1 | Motet #1 | Powerplay #5 | Pulse of the Machine | Rerun #7, #8 | Sanctuary | Sanctuary Moon | Sardonac | A Secret Place #4 | Smarm | StarQuest | Subspace Chatter #4 | The Machiavelli Factor | The Road to Hell and Other Stories | The Sensual World #1 | The Wookiee Commode #5 | Those Who Favor Fire | Threshold to Dreams | Vilya | Masiform D #5 (article) | Vault of Tomorrow #13 (fiction)
A few examples of Jean's artwork.
"The Quest," used as the cover of Textual Poachers
cover of Subspace Chatter #4
Cover of the Sentinel zine Changes
Blake's 7 zine Powerplay #5
Sentinel zine The Sensual World #1
interior, Motet #1
cover Leave a Light On for Me
cover of A Companion for My Death
- "There are T-shirts which have the cover of Textual Poachers on them which circulate in the fan economy, and the work of that artist, Jean Kluge, went up in value within the art hierarchy of fandom because it was associated with the book. She became a more valuable fan artist as a result of that." -- Intensities interviews Henry Jenkins @ Console-ing Passions, University of Bristol, July 7, 2001.