Julien

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Name: Julien
Alias(es): Stew, Harlequin, slashweaver, as mrs_leary
Type: writer, zine publisher
Fandoms: Buckaroo Banzai, Due South, more
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URL: online fiction
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Julien is an Australian fan editor and writer. She produced a number of notable fanzines, many of which included her stories. In the 1990s, she agented Manacles Press zines in Australia, and the Manacles Press girls, Megan Kent and Charlotte C Hill, agented her zines in the U.S. (Before the Internet made getting in contact with far away fans seem easier, buying agented zines felt safer than sending your money off to other continents.)

She would include her "editorial waffle" in her zines, a bit at the beginning of each story to explain who was featured and what fandom they were from.

From her online bio:

G’day! My name’s Harlequin, and I write slash.

If you don’t know what slash is, then you might want to read the Warnings and Disclaimers page before proceeding!

You can find me on Live Journal as slashweaver and as mrs_leary.

I got into fandom 20-some years ago while I was living in Australia. Back in the days of zines. I headed straight into slash fandom (so to speak!) having already managed to write slash without knowing that other people did, too. I started with ]]Kirk/Spock\\ – how classic is that! And I wrote band slash way back when, too. :-)

I am mostly a fannish multi-media butterly, flitting here and there between universes, from tv shows to movies to books and back again. But my first big fandom was Buckaroo Banzai. And seeing as all the characters in that universe had pseuds themselves, we fans all adopted them, too. Mine was Stew, drawing on my musical obsessions. (Stewart Copeland, of course! Which later led to the rather odd situation of my Copeland-fandom name being Stew, and his being Klark Kent… Anyway. I digress.) I soon put out a Banzai zine myself, called Samurai Errant.

Later I felt I outgrew Stew, and renamed myself Julien. Further zines ensued – Homosapien, Pure Maple Syrup (Due South), Espresso, and so on.

I loved zines, and I resisted the internet when it came along. But then I kind of dropped out of fandom anyway, and in 2004 I moved to England, and pretty much went into hibernation. I wrote thousands and thousands of words of RPS about rugby league players, which shall Never See the Light of Day! For various reasons, I just couldn’t bring myself to cross the line and publish those stories, and they shall remain in my bottom drawer.

When spring arrived and I finally stirred, I decided a new pseud was in order – hence, Harlequin. You will find here the slash stories I have written since then. (I have also been putting up my older stories from my zines, which is a slow process. So please stay tuned!)

I had a passionate fling with Die Hard 4 for a while, but then I fell hard for Merlin… which led almost inevitably to Merlin RPS, and I loved Bradley/Colin so much that I ended up breaking my own rule and circulating my RPS fic. For a long while there, I wanted to keep it seperate from everything else, hence the creation of Mrs Leary. But I’ve reunited since, and now I’m whole again!

And the obsession continues with Merlin and Merlin RPS… I haven’t written anything else along fannish lines since that fateful hour on Saturday 20 September 2009, when I first watched Merlin and Arthur as (to quote the marketing) ‘two hot young things’… ♥ [1]

Fans Comment

Julien Bozza, who produces the Homosapien series of zines (currently up to Homosapien Sux) and the Espresso series (currently up to Espresso for Three) is next-door to excellent. I've always dealt with her directly, and have found her reliable and honest. However, in the US... ::grins:: you'll see she's agented by, um, Mysti Frank. As I own contributor's copies of all Homosapiens and all Espressos, I can't say how good or bad the versions produced by Mysti are: I've never bought any. But the zines as produced by Julien are good quality (a few typos, I have to admit, but nicely laid out, no wasted white space, good writers ::buffs nails::). [2]

Fanzines

References

  1. About Harlequin « Harlequin's Slash Fic, Archived version undated
  2. a comment by yonmei at Dear Disreputable Zine Publisher, a 2003 post complaining about Agent With Style