|Cover Artist(s):||Linda Fairbanks|
|Fandom:||Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
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Observare is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer gen fanzine. It is 112 pages long. Written by Jeanne DeVore with illustrations by Linda Fairbanks.
"When the Watcher's estranged father dies and he must fly to England to take care of matters, he falters, feeling the pull of familial duty on one side and a desperate desire to keep Buffy safe on the other. Buffy squashes the dilemma in her typical pragmatic fashion by insisting on coming along on the trip. Now, that Giles knows Buffy is safe, he begins to worry about her learning too much about his rough-and-tumble past. Can their Watcher-Slayer relationship last if Buffy discovers everything he's worked so hard to hide?" 
From the Author
"The story you're about to read has had a wide and varied history. It began life as a story on the Buffy-Beta internet mailing list, and was known by the title "Journeys Past and Present". The response on B-Beta was extremely positive, and thanks to comments received through there, and from my other beta readers (Signe, Nea, Linda and Jan), it went on to receive several revisions.
Being an old child of zines, I just couldn't bear the thought of the story ending there, with simply a beta exposure. I like finished products. More than that, I like paper products-zines you can pick up in your hands and read over and over again without having to be chained to a PC. Stories you can (as one of my commenters put it) sprawl in bed munching chips and swigging Diet Cokes and lose yourself in the written word. Like Giles, I like my words to have context. I also like the idea of having illustrations to go with stories, and with my own resident illustrator, I'm that much more motivated to want to produce paper works.
So in November of 1998, I produced the story, with a new title, "Observare", as a fanzine novel, with a limited print run. It was once again very successful, so successful that it sold out in only a few months, and I continued to receive questions about it's availability.'
So then I took it to its final destination-a web page. It had always been in the back of my mind that I'd eventually put the story on the web. But as it's now been a year since it's initial publication, and almost six months since it went out of print, I trust those who bought the zine in paper won't feel cheated that they paid money for something that's now available for free. Believe me, the paperzine was a good deal, and the illustrations look far better in person than they do on the web. Not only that, but there are two illos in the paperzine which have not made the transition to web document. I don't know whether they eventually will or not-I don't have one of the originals anymore, as it was sold at auction at MediaWest last year. And it's really up to Linda if she wants the others to be available on the web...."