Master and Apprentice (Star Wars: TPM archive)

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Archive
Name: Master and Apprentice
Date(s): 21 May 1999 - present
Archivist: Lori
Founder: sockii
Type: slash fanfic
Fandom: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
URL: Master and Apprentice Archive, Archived version
http://www.valdemar.net/ma/warn.html (defunct, 1999)
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Master and Apprentice is the main Phantom Menace slash archive, and is associated with the master_apprentice mailing list. It contains works focusing on the characters Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker.

The archive was a member of the Jedi Grrls webring, SW Slash, the Slash Fan Fiction Ring and The FanFic Archives WebRing.[1]

The warning page featured a quote by Keelywolfe:

"A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away, George Lucas created Star Wars. And he looked at it and saw that it was good. And all was right in the world. But then, we saw that Obi-Wan doth look upon Qui-Gon with lust, and that Mr. Lucas was not likely to include that in the next movie, so we said screw it and wrote it ourselves, even though we do not make any money off of this. And all was right with the world." -- Keelywolfe

History

Sockii founded the archive in May 1999. She was the archive creator, owner, and moderator until November 2001. She asked for someone that had a technical background to take over, since the archive was running on a unique Perl script database. Lori took over as moderator.

In 2003 Lori published a fundraiser fanzine - Master and Apprentice Archive Fundraising Zine - to raise funds for the archive's operating costs. The zine consisted of original content and was distributed on CD in support of the archive. In 2005 there was another very short lived fundraiser featuring Fuumin's fanart.

As of January 2011 the archive had over 4,200 stories. There is also a small gallery of fan art as well.

For more on the birth of this archive, see A funny thing happened on the way to my birthday…, posted by Sockii at Fan History Wiki's blog on May 18, 2009 [2]

On March 1, 2014, the stories were imported to Archive Of Our Own, in the Master Apprentice Archive collection. The collection has over 1,100 works.

Rules & Guidelines

1. Underage explicit fiction (under 15) was not accepted at the old archive and will not be included in the collection here. If you add it, it will be removed by a moderator.

2. No RPF was accepted at the old archive so please don't include it in the collection here.

3. Crossover stories with characters other than Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan but played by the same actors are, however, quite welcome, as are 'alternative-universe' scenarios.

4. Character focus. Submitted stories must contain Qui-Gon and/or Obi-Wan and/or Anakin, or they will be turned down. No Qui-Gon/female, Obi-Wan/female, or Anakin/female erotic/romantic stories will be accepted, unless the story also contains a strong slash theme relationship.[3]

Controversy

In 2000, Sockii created a CD as a fundraiser for the archive. It was a copy of the archive at the time and permission was not asked of the authors before the CD had begun mailings. A few authors were unhappy that distribution in a different format had not been cleared with them. The Jan 2001 CD contained 2179 stories and was in an interactive web browsing format, with stories indexed by title and author. It also contained the author bios.

Years later the website had the following statement:

Once upon a time (2000) there was a CD of the archive. There were many issues with permission with that CD and a question of use of the profit that came from it. Because of those issues the CD is no longer available. Please don't ask the archiver(s) for one. If there is a another CD it will only be with the explicit permission of the authors - but don't hold your breath.

In 2005, the new archive owner created a second fundraiser CD with artist and writer permission: We're Not Dead Yet.

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Sample Fanart

The archive contained approximately 60-80 artpieces. Many of them were uncredited in the gallery. An archived version of the gallery can be seen here.

References

  1. Master and Apprentice,via Wayback: 1999. (Accessed 21 November)
  2. WebCite
  3. Master Apprentice Archive Profile on AO3