On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah

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Title: On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah (Dagobah)
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Editor(s): Mark Fisher and Melea Fisher (M and M Graphics)
Date(s): 1985 - 1998
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Fandom: Star Wars
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On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah is a series of gen Star Wars fanzines. The editors were Mark and Melea Fisher. It contained stories by multiple authors, some had color covers, and interior illustrations by various fan artists including the two editors.

The front covers of 1-3: "On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah." The front covers of 4-9 were titled simply "Dagobah."

An Origin Story

[Jeanine Hennig]:
Mark Fisher, Melea Fisher, Mark Word, and Paul Roberts cosplay Star Wars in 1982 - photo by Alan F. Stacy

Here I was, half-sitting on the floor, clad in green paint and tentacles, waiting (like everyone else) for the costume contest to begin, when this black-clad, blond young man comes up to me and says, "Hey, GREAT costume!"

I look up and nearly drop my teeth. Naw, it couldn't be. Aforesaid young man almost got his bones jumped, then and there, then I looked closer and saw that no, it really WASN'T Luke Skywalker giving me the once-over. Close, but not quite. Alas.

'Luke' motioned to another figure, and I gaped once again. Clad in fatigue poncho, braids and other sundry items, the young woman was the quitting image of Princess Leia. Except prettier. Damn. I couldn't believe my eyes. This was TOO perfect.

[snipped]

"My name's Mark Fisher," the young man told me confidentially. "This is Melea Roden."

I raised one green eyebrow. 'Oola' looked skeptically at them. "C'mon. You're pulling my leg! Mark Fisher? Melea?"

"Nope. That's us."

"Right. Well, would YOU believe used to do I Luke?..."

They both eyed the obviously female body under my skimpy costume skeptically. I went on, playing it to the hilt;

"You'd be amazed at what an ace bandage can do!" One good believe-it-or-not deserves another, right?

We all started laughing. And such, my friends, is the role of costuming in history...

Well, it's been just over a year since that fateful afternoon, and we've shared a lot of good times, a lot of love, a lot of laughter. Especially laughter. These people are very special, and I think this zine proves it. The need to laugh — at yourself, at life, is a very needful talent. These are TALENTED wonderfen, heart and soul. What is it that Gonzo sang in the muppet movie? "There's not a word yet, for best friends who've just met.." How about soul-mates? Yeah, I think that'll do nicely. Walk the skies. ANd, never forget, that on a dear day you really CAN see Dagobah...

— Jeanine Hennig
[Melea Fisher]:

The beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that it is the year 1985 A.D. A new zine is being created by myself and Mark Fisher, my husband. In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice, caffeine. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to zine publishing.

The zine editors and its writers, who the spice has mutated over 15 years, use the amber spice liquid which gives them the ability to meet their deadline. That is, get their zine to the printers in time for MediaWest. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you, the spice exists on only one planet in the entire universe; Terra, otherwise known as EARTH.

— words of Melea Fisher from "The Zine Publishers Bible"

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1, Mark Fisher
back cover of issue #1, Melea Fisher

On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah 1 was published in 1985 and contains 96 pages.

The art is by Jim Markle, Steve Bales, Mark Fisher, Melea Roden Fisher, Paul Roberts, Carolyn Cooper (not listed in the zine, but mentioned in a letter of comment in issue #2), Jem, Jenni Hennig and Dani Lane.

Paul Roberts created a detailed four-page portfolio of weapons, handy for cosplayers and others.

Melea Fisher had a handful of advertisement parodies, each one starring Leia Organa and commentating on femininity.

From the original publisher's flyer: "A virgin zine featuring an "In-Laws" story by Ann Wortham. Why was it that trouble seemed to follow Han Solo no matter where he went? All he had to do was buy a certain lady a drink. "Mourning" by Jeanine Hennig.Leia and Wedge share an ancient ritual in memory of Alderaan. "With a Bit of Luck" by Carolyn Cooper. Luke spends the first day with his newly discovered daughter, only to find that a six-year-old can keep a Jedi busy! Also, stories and poetry by Cheree Cargill, Mark and Melea Fisher, Violet Nordstrom; puzzles by Lynda Vandiver. Premiering artwork by Jim Markle, Steve Bales, Mark Fisher and Melea Roden Fisher, and including artwork by Jenni and Dani." [1]

  • A Heart of Gold by Ann Wortham (an "In-Laws story) (1)
  • Mourning by Jeanine Hennig (also in Catalyst! Collected) (8)
  • Art Portfolio by Jim Markle (12)
  • With a Bit of Luck by Carolyn Cooper (A short story in the Hanna Beru Skywalker series.) (17)
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Quiz by Lynda Vandiver (29)
  • Art Portfolio by Steve Bales (30)
  • Martyr by Jeanine Hennig (35)
  • Art Portfolio by Melea Fisher (52)
  • Destiny by Cheree Cargill (58)
  • Art Portfolio by Mark Fisher (60)
  • Business Before Pleasure by Mark Fisher (65)
  • Yoda Puzzle by Lynda Vandiver (66)
  • Weapons of Star Wars, art by Paul Roberts (handy for cosplay!) (67)
  • * Don't Cry for Me, poem by Mark Fisher (73)
  • Oops! by Mark Fisher and Paul Robert (74)
  • By Any Other Name... A Brother by Violet Norstrom (75)
  • Back at Dagobah Puzzle by Lynda Vandiver (83)
  • Han Solo and the Princess, filk by Melea Fisher (85)
  • Not a Game Anymore by Mark Fisher (87)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

First of all I love most of the artwork. I like the idea of showcasing artists' work. Sometimes we have work that doesn't fit with any particular story but is just good art.

Mark, I just loved your renditions of Luke in "With A Bit of Luck", especially the one on page 20 ((ed. Carolyn Cooper must take credit for this illo, and the one on page 28)). His expression is perfect. It's how I feel when I walk in my 10 years old son's room to clean it! Your third and fourth pieces of work in your portfolio were just great. The one of Luke is one I would like to have separate so I could frame it. Han and Chewie are the perfect models for Ray-Ban's commercials. The drawing of Leia and Han that accompanied Melea's poem is something I would give anything to be able to create. This drawing, as all good art (to me) does, tells a story or evokes an emotion.

Melea, to me your work is the best of all the artwork in the zine (or any other zine!). The first piece in your portfolio is another example of something I'd like to frame. The lines and contrast of tones is excellent. (It's been a long time since college art classes so I'm not real sharp on my terms for doing a critique, but I know what I like!).

Some of Steve Bales work I like and some I don't. My likes are the caricatures of the big three (and Chewie), especially the one where Han takes a shot at the stormtrooper and the other two are startled. I liked the drawing of the evil three, but I think Luke looks a little more hung-over than evil. I didn't care for the second drawing in the portfolio at all. [Leia in a provocative pose in a chair].

I liked all of Jim Markle's work and in particular one of Leia, Han and Luke. Great likeness.

Now to the fiction. My favorite of the longer pieces is "Martyr" by Jeanine, but then ever since I read her CATALYST! series I've loved her work. I hope it isn't too long until we find out what happens!

My favorite shorter piece was "Business before Pleasure" by Mark. I admit I had no idea where you you were going with it until the end, even though the the answer was right there in front of me all the time.

I enjoyed "With A Bit of Luck" by Carolyn Cooper. My only problem with it was I wish Carolyn had explained more of how Han had found Beru, and how he knew she was Luke's daughter. And how did she come to be named Beru?

With "By Any Other Name... A Brother" I had some trouble with a few quick changes of thought on scenes, such as when Luke was saved and Gemma immediately showed up. I thought that perhaps Gemma had come to the cell that Luke was being held in, then I realized that they ran into her on the way to the ship. What I liked best was Helena, there wasn't enough of this interesting character. I'm looking forward to finding out what's in the mysterious little box.

I hope that "Oops - Take 27" will be a permanent fixture of your zine. I got a good laugh out of all of them!

On the whole I loved the look of the zine and your clear appreciation of good art. The only thing I'd have liked was for the zine to be longer with maybe a long story (but then I have a a ravenous appetite for SW fan fiction, so no zine is ever long enough for me). I'm looking forward to your next issue.[2]

Hi! I can' t thank you enough for sending me my copy of ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE DAGOBAH. I absolutely loved it! From cover to cover it was a real treat of great artwork and wonderfully written stories.

You have a very interesting format - particularly the art portfolios. Each of them were stunning. Such talented artists. Both of you are extremely good and have a fine eye for detail and pointalism work.

I loved Jim Markle's works, particularly the live falcon superimposed over our favorite metallic FALCON.

Steve Bales work was incredible - a very different view of some of our favorite peoples. I found his rendition of Luke as the Emperor with Han, Leia and Bobba Fett in attendance particularly interesting. I wonder if anyone has written a story for it?

My favorite piece of Melea's was her Stay-Free Blaster add. I guess that's my sick sense of humor, but I loved it! Very funny.

Mark also has so much I really enjoyed that it's a toss-up between Luke looking around the corner with blaster drawn, or Han and Chewie with sunglasses.

Anyway, everything was very beautiful. One last thing about the art before I drop a few words about the stories. Loved the picture of Han and Leia on page 84 by Jem. Do you know if there will be a print of it? I found it very stylish and romantic.

Well, I could go on and on about all the art, but I don't want to kill you with boredom (I'll settle for crippling you some) and say a few words about the stories.

Annie Wortham's IN-LAWS stories are always cute and good for a laugh. "A Heart of Gold" is no exception. Cute story. Poor Luke. He should know better by now.

"Mourning" by Jeanine Hennig was nicely written as always. I am a follower of her CATALYST! series and welcome any and all chapters to it.

Carolyn Cooper's "With A Bit of Luck" was cute. I am not really fond of "missing relative" type stories, but Carolyn did a nice job with her story idea.

"Martyr" by Jeanine Hennig - OUCH! Don't stop there. I want to know more! I want to finish it!! It was great.

Cheree Cargili's "Cestiny" was a bit of a new twist. Let's take it a step farther from a short story and see where it might go. I like to think there are al^rays possibilities.

Thanks to Paul Roberts for his weapons sketches. Very interesting and so well drawn.

"Business Before Pleasure" was very funny, Mark. I don't think it holds up in the STAR WARS film - after all, why draw the gun? But it's still funny.

"By Any Other Name...A Brother" by Violet Nordstrom and Lonna Polanci was very good. Why didn't we finish it, huh? I'm dying to know what'll happen.

Mark wins hands down for funniest story. "Not A Game Anymore" was great! Such suspense - such emotion and pathos! Accompanies with Jim Markle's somber illo, it was a very nicely executed joke. Good work. [3]

I received issue #1 recently and I must say, it's the fastest I've ever received a zine that I've sent for. I'm not finished reading it yet, but I've really enjoyed what I've read so far. Being a big Luke fan, I especially liked "With A Bit of Luck" although I really can't picture Luke going to Ord Mantell with Han and "discovering the garden of galactic delights".

I also loved "Martyr", 'though I went crazy at the ending. Can't wait for part 2. The shocktrooper being a woman was an interesting twist. But her name being Kahli - Okay Jeanine, how many times have you seen INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM?

The artwork in the zine is wonderful. Melea, the back cover portrait of Luke and Leia is beautiful, and I love how the border is made up of lines that Luke or Leia said in the Sage. I really love Mark's sketch of Luke and Beru, and Jem's drawing of Leia and Han is great. I also chuckled over the the drawing of Han and Chewie with sunglasses on the and the cartoon of R2 projecting that hologram of the dancing girls ((ed. Steve Bales)).[4]

I loved ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE DAGOBAH! The front cover was funny, and the back cover was absolutely great! I made a xerox copy of that and hung it up.

In fact, all the art portfolios were beautigul, and I especially like the portrait of the STAR WARS' mirror, mirror universe (Steve Bales). It was nice that artists had their own sections instead of just illustrating stories. They must get tired of that. "Not A Game Anymore" was really clever. I had no idea of what was coming, and when I reached the end, you had to laugh.

"Mourning" is rather haunting but beautiful nevertheless. Of all the CATALYST! stories, I think this is my favorite, although I also enjoyed her story dealing with Lando after Bespin. This one however, includes sanething very rarely seen: a mourning celebration for Alderaan. It was about time.

But while I liked everything in the zine, my favorite stories were "Martyr" and "By Any Other Name... A Brother". Both had excellent character izations and plots, although to reach both endings and to find out they were continued was too much. Leaving everyone in the scrapes they were in until who knows when (don't tell me - you know) was frustrating, but I'm sure the endings will be worth it.

Honorable applause goes to "Meet Leia -- Stayfree Protection" and Chewie with those sunglasses oh.

Thanks again for a great zine from cover to cover and and please take notice of the SASE for information on on the next issue. [5]

Boy, oh boy! What a great looking zine, from cover to cover! Both covers are fab! Glancing through, all the art looks terrific (Leia's eyes on the back cover are gorgeous!).

As reading: Loved Melea's intro! Funny! "A Heart of Gold" - Great! I'm really getting into the IN-LAWS series. Loved the illos, especially page 5 ((ed. Luke taking advise from Sylas)). "Mourning" - I love Jeanine's stuff. This one was sad. Made me sad. (The true talent of a writer is is moving his/her audience). Art Portfolios - Loved them all! What talents out there. Jim Markle's FALCON and Luke on page 16; Steve Bales' Darkside, and cartoon on page 34; Melea's You've Come A Long Way Baby and Stay Free; Mark Fisher's Luke/Yoda and Han with sunglasses in shirt. (Love all the art).

"With A Bit of Luck" - I like this series and I hope Caroline keeps it up. Beru is such a precocious and adorable child. Loved the illos, especially Pages 17, 21, ((ed. Mark Fisher)) and 20 ((ed. Carolyn Cooper)). "Martyr" - two of Jeanine's stories in one zine? Too much heartache! I can feel it coming. ARRGH! She's done it again!! Can't wait for the contin uation. Poor Luke! Poor Han! Poor Leia! Is Kahli Fett's Daughter?? "Destiny" - A very moving interpretation of my favorite scene in EMPIRE. Jeanine's Luke, Gorgeous! (Drool! Drool!) "Business Before Pleasure" - What a neat twist! Enjoyed "Don't Cry for Me" - Moving! "Oops" - Hysterical! Love Darthie giving the Emperor the finger. "By Any Other Name... A Brother" - ARRGH! Another TBC (I really love them!) Good story! Love Han and Leia on page 84 ((ed. Jem)). GORGEOUS illo! "Han and The Princess" - Nice piece. "Not A Game Anymore" - Trivial pursuit? I love it! Love all the illos in the back (Bales and Fisher). Man! What a great debut zine! You get my award for for best new zine of the year! Everything is top-notch. Not a bad piece of art or writing to be found.

I'll be looking forward to OACDYCSD #2. [6]

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2, Karen River
back cover of issue #2, Melea Fisher

On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah 2 was published in 1986 and contains 179 pages. It is also called "On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah Again."

The artwork is by Karen River, Melea Fisher, Jim Markle, Sandi Jones, Mark Fisher, Dani Lane, Steve Bales, and Rhonda Henderson.

  • Letters of Comment (i)
  • Martyr by Jeanine Hennig (1)
  • But That Was Yesterday, vignette by Lynda Vandiver (50)
  • Training of a Jedi by Mary St. Cyr (51)
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner by Michelle Malkin (72)
  • Art Portfolio by Sandi Jones (75)
  • Hunting the Hunter by Martha Wilson (Martha Wilson's first ever Star Wars story, and first story in the Arandu Series. Han meets a Sith Lord while captured by Boba Fett.) (reprinted in The Renegade and the Rogue) (79)
  • Boba Fett's Lament by Rhonda Henderson (100)
  • The Classifies by Marci Erwin (102)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Royal by Ann Wortham (103)
  • Motherless Child by Michelle Malkin (115)
  • Hold On by Marci Erwin (118)
  • An Idea Worthy of Fannish Consideration by Michelle Malkin (humorous poetic speculation about a Darkside Wookiee) (120)
  • By Any Other Name... A Brother, part two by Violet Nordstrom (122)
  • Mixed Blessings by Pat Grant (153)
  • The Falcon With the Dish on Top, filk to the tune of "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," by Ellen Randolph (162)
  • The Fourth Apparition by Ann E. Huiznega (163)
  • Will I? by L. A. Carr (167)
  • Fireside Reverie, vignette by Lynda Vandiver (169)
  • The Golden Jewel by Mark Fisher (171)
  • Take 27, Icky-Poo by Mark and Melea Fisher (179)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

MARTYR- A good story, although I think that Jeannine has written better. I liked the way Kahli's attempts to break Luke thru teaching the princess about the Dark Side made both young Rebels see things they had never considered before. Also thought that Luke's reaction to her methods were perfectly reason able. I wouldn't want to be manipulated that way either. Is there more to this? The ending gives me the impression that it's not finished yet.

BUT THAT WAS YESTERDAY- Good insight into how meeting that one special person can change your whole perspective and make you realize that some things aren't as important as they seem.

LUKE'S ANXIETY TREE- Snicker, snicker. Loved Michelle's little short. We all found out how bloodthirsty the Ewoks really were, but this is the only story I've seen where Vader got to them before the Alliance. Seems that they fell to the Dark- side by accident and our friends wound up paying the price. Still, it's an interesting idea.

HUNTING THE HUNTER- A great story. It was never established if there were other Sith Lords and I kind of like this one. He must be one pretty powerful dude if Fett's afraid to face him. Still he seems a decent sort. He didn't leave Han for dead when he very well could have, and he has a grudge against Vader. He gave Han infor mation that could help the Alliance and then let him go when he could just as easily have taken him prisoner. I agree with Han. He hasn't heard the last of Arandu. I would like to see more of him myself. Please ask Martha, if she will consider it.

Ann Wortham seems to have a million funny stories. She gives us another one here. It's amazing how much trouble Han Solo can get into without even trying. He doesn't need Luke's help. And for Luke to get him involved with all those princesses wasn't fair. I can just hear Leia's reaction to this! By the way, who are Valentine and Mykel? I get the feeling I should know, but I have never run across them outside of Ann's writing.

MOTHERLESS CHILD- Beru actually Luke's mother? Well, his mother was mentioned only in passing and her part in the trilogy was never expanded upon so it is possible. It even makes sense. After all, we were never told that she died.

VADER'S ANXIETY CLOSET- Four Lukes? Force forbid!

A DARKSIDE WOOKIEE? Worthy of consideration indeed. I wonder if anyone will take a stab at such a creature.

I figured out where Violet's story was leading before I finished the first part. However, I wasn't disappointed by the second part. It was nice that Han turned out to be Luke's brother and that their father was still alive, but I think that Treyahn got shorted. Han should have taken her with him. Liked the way Leia took care of Corven's operation and reconfirmed her own abilities.

HAN'S ANXIETY CLOSET- Although I would once have disagreed, I now agree with Yoda. I don't know why Han would be the Other either, except that it makes for real fascinating reading.

Liked everything about DAGOBAH 2 and am looking forward to #3. [7]

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3, Steve Bales
flyer for issue #3

Dagobah 3 was published in 1987 and is 146 pages long. The art is by Dani Lane, Wanda Lybarger, June Edwards, Jenni Hennig, Mark Fisher, Rhonda Henderson, Melea Fisher, Emily Penfield, front cover is by Steve Bales.

[Editorial]:

Well, here it is, the third and perhaps final issue of On a Clear Day You See Dagobah. They usually say the third time's a charm, but in this case, it's also a damn pain in the ass (that should be our title!). As I sit here typing this bit of nonsense, I can hear the steady hum of a rented Xerox machine in our spare bedroom, endlessly turning out crummy copy after crummy copy. It prints too light, it prints too dark. It crinkles some pages, it streaks others, and all the while we just keep getting farther and farther behind. It is the night before we leave for MediaWest, and we are literally at Frustration's Edge (Asimov pun).

It is now 2:00 am and I just got home from work. Melea is sound asleep, as she has to get up early for work, then home to pack for the 24 hour drive to Lansing. About 5 miles away, our good friends, the Hennigs, are also asleep, and I hope it's a peaceful one. This has been a long, exhausting, frustrating, frequently funny month. It would have made a great episode of the Twilight Zone, because that's where we have all been. It is strange to think that the presence of a Xerox machine in one's home could cause such an ordeal, but to show you what it was like, here is the basic scenario of what happened;

Day One: Damn machine arrives. Being a nocturnal, bloodsucking "vampire, the owner of the damn machine can only bring it over after regular 9 to 5 hours; it therefore arrives right in the middle of dinner (7:30 pm). Food gets cold and has to be nuked an hour later. Oh well, it only took 2 hours to prepare.

Day Two : Damn machine breaks down. Young company fix-it genius must come to service machine. Naturally, Mark is asleep when he arrives. Boy wonder fixes machine, and Jeanine is able to print. Oh happy day.

Day Three : Damn machine breaks down. This time it is the drum, which is dirty and causes streaks. Aforementioned boy wonder must come to repair. Again, Mark is asleep.

Day Four : Why should today be any different? Damn machine breaks down again. The pages crinkle. Intricate internal rubber band must be replaced in damn machine. Doesn't take too long, and Jeanine is happy and can print.

Day Five: Damn machine runs fine, but Mark can't sleep because he expects fix-it boy to arrive and wake him up.

Day Six: Damn machine runs out of toner (black, magic dust that makes words appear on paper, copy after copy) Bloodsucking vampire must bring more toner over, but has to wait for sun to set before he can make it over.

Day Seven: (remember, the Earth was created in less time than this) Damn machine is on fritz and bloodsucking vampire and boy wonder cannot be found. Message is left with bloodsucking vampire's nubile, nymphet, young, ditzy, brainless wife. Message is not returned, so day seven becomes an unplanned day of rest.

By now you should have gotten the picture. So although we are happy with this issue, it cost far more (time and money) than we had hoped to spend. But hey, who's complaining? One final note. I want my wife, Melea, to know how much I love her, and how much I know she put into this zine, finished or not. She is one heck of a gal. Melea, I LOVE YOU.

- Mark Fisher

P.S. This page is being printed at a copy store because damn machine is no longer with us.
  • Shadow of the Hunter, story by Martha Wilson ("A crazed Sith Lord searches for information about an old rival and comes across the name Han Solo. How did Han Solo survive a meeting with a renegade Sith Lord? Sith Lord Lan Adarin had to find out." Second story in the Arandu Series. See The Renegade and the Rogue) (1)
  • Blood-Right, story by Jeanine Hennig (Pre SW - "Tamlin is drawn to the planet Sith by an unknown Force-sensitive only to discover a young Darth Vader trying to cope with being different.") (also in Catalyst! Collected) (22)
  • For Liberty or Death, poem by Barbara Gardner (53)
  • Like My Father Before Me, vignette by Ellen Randolph (54)
  • Bespin Delusion, story by Carolyn Golledge. (Pre ROTJ - "What happened when Han, Leia and Chewie walked into Vader's little dinner party on Bespin? Vader uses Han's pain to draw Luke to Cloud City by torturing the Corellian before turning him over to Boba Fett, but the waves of pain sent unconsciously by Han become a torment to Darth Vader.") (41)
  • Potential, story by Waverly Pierre III (ROTJ - Luke had a few anxious moments when Chada had begun to probe him. His shock and surprise at seeing an untrained Force sensitive use an advanced Jedi mind probe had made him careless. Even though he had erected a shield, he had not bothered to fade it out, and so, was nearly found out by the young Acha. He worked quickly to rectify his mistake. At the same time, he surreptitiously tacked a probe of his own to hers and followed her journey.") (56)
  • Without Wings, poem by Marci Erwin (70)
  • Twist of Fate, vignette by Barbara Gardner (72)
  • Winter Sports, story by Karen Ripley (Pre TESB - The new Hoth base is being assembled and the only form of transportation is the native taun-tauns that have not yet been sexed. When Luke discovers the furry creatures are trying to reproduce, he must tell the transportation supervisor, who happens to be Princess Leia. This is one dilemma that Han just can't miss.") (74)
  • Art Portfolio by Daara (81)
  • It's Only Thunder, story by L.A. Carr (Pre TESB - Luke finds out that thunder can sometimes be just a bunch of noise.") (85)
  • The Gerster Affair, story by Marti Schuller (Post ROTJ - Han finds himself stuck with a small furry animal as a wedding gift from the king of a strategically important planet. Unfortunately its a two week flight home and Han is in no mood to babysit, but the gerster doesn't know that.") (90)
  • My Fair Jedi by M. Raunch (filk, The Star Wars characters sing their own lyrics to the tunes of "My Fair Lady." Filks include: "The Sith He Is" by Master Yoda, "Get Us Out of This In Time" by Han, Leia, and Luke, "Just You Wait, Luke Skywalker" by the Emperor, "Isn't Evil Lovely" by Jabba the Hut.) (105)
  • Regrets, poem by Barbara Gardner (116)
  • Art Portfolio by Melea Fisher (117)
  • Silent Message, story by Barbara Drake (Pre TESB - An ancient religion requires a human sacrifice for their ritual, but their gods require that sacrifice be a Jedi of which only two are known to exist, Luke and his aunt Leanna Skywalker. Returning to Tatooine could mean death for both of them. A chapter in the Skywalker Chronicles.") (120)
  • When You're Hot, You're Hot, poem by Rhonda Henderson (144)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

SHADOW OF THE HUNTER- WOW! Martha Wells is really developing a nice series here. Her charactors are really what I feel are SW~and from what she says in the last sentence or two, our Han is really in for trouble. As usual the Lyberger illos are great. BESPIN DELUSION- Ah that Carolyn, she does it every time. Her ability to play off Han against Vader is great. At least in this story he (the big nasty) got payed off a little for hurting our favorite Corellian. And the dinner table scene was really great. WINTER SPORT- A lot of fun, but do you really think a farm boy would be that embarrassed? IT'S ONLY THUNDER- This is a new thought. It is something like seeing the reactions of people the first time they are in an earth quake. THE GERSTER AFFAIR- This is great and Han's last comment was a classic. SILENT MESSAGE- This is a good story and well done, but since I tend to like stories that center more on the main SW characters, this was not exactly my cup of tea. The other stories were all interesting, but they did not grab my interest as those I have mentioned. The art pages were nice. I particularly like the drawing by Mark on page 101.

I am not one much of puzzles and poetry so I really can't comment on them. As a sometimes frustrated fan, I have often wondered if it might not be possible for the Editors to list the addresses of the authors and artists as well as their names. For us fans who live on the outer edge of nowhere it would be a great help if we should like to ask them questions without going the robin way through the Editor back to the source. Well enough for now...

(ed. If the authors and artists want to have their names and addresses listed in the next issue, they can let me know. I do know there are some writers that wish to remain anonymous.)[8]

So you're doing another issue! I enjoyed the last one (and #1 and #2) quite a lot. About the only objection I could find to #3 was the absence of "Take 27". Oh well, you can't have everything... Some things I particularly liked about #3 included Martha Wells' story "Shadow of the Hunter." It really stood out; it was extrememly well written and an excellent story, as was "Hunting the Hunter" from issue #2. I hope to see more of Martha's work. "Bespin Delusion by Carolyn Golledge was also very good. I haven't read many stories written from Vader's point of view, and this one did a very good job of portraying him. By the end of the story I felt quite sorry for him and what he had done to himself and ended up being. I also thoroughly enjoyed "Winter Sports" and "The Gerster Affair". Another nice touch was the glossy cover. The layout in general has gotten nicer with every issue, too.

I'm really looking forward to #4![9]

MARTYR- A good story, although I think that Jeannine has written better. I liked the way Kahli's attempts to break Luke thru teaching the princess about the Dark Side

made both young Rebels see things [10]
The fanzine looks great! That color cover really turned out well. And the interior artwork is the usual high quality stuff. Rhonda Henderson draws well enough, but I wish she wouldn't always make it a cartoon. I did like "Bespin Delusion". When it started out I thought it was going to be one of those "Darth is really a saint"- type stories, but then she turned it into something else. It turned out pretty good.[11]

Received DAGOBAH #3 in fine shape and found it to be as full of good stuff as the first two.

SHADOW OF THE HUNTER- Martha has more of these stories I hope. I thought it was a great idea to have a couple more Sith Lords running around the galaxy. It never was stated that Vader was the only one. Boy, Han sure bought himself a mess of trouble when he helped Arandu. Of course it was merely in the interests of self preservation, but tell that to Adarin. I really liked this story, especially the way Leia came to Han's defense when Kcintrell accused him of being an Imperial spy. Also liked the way she pointed out, very logically, why she should go with Han to get the information about the infiltrator.

BLOOD RIGHT- an interesting idea for Vader's presence among the Jedi. If Tamlin's ability made him sterile then Vader really was Luke's father, 'tho some people still resist that idea. Having been raised in the environment he was, it's easy to see how Vader could turn to the Darkside.

BESPIN DELUSION- So the Dark Lord's motives were no different from those of his Master. Carolyn's writing improves with every story of hers that I read and this is no exception. I always wondered what happened during that dinner, and why Vader just didn't kill Han out right. Carolyn's description of the Sith Lord's thoughts and feelings, how he ceune to realize that he was no better than Palpatin, and his reaction to Han's torture were very believable.

LIKE MY FATHER BEFORE ME- When is comes to treachery, women can be worse than any man alive. I hate to think what Leia's going to be like whn she has full use of her inherited powers. I've got a feeling she'll make the emperor look like a pussycat.

A TWIST OF FATE- It could have very well worked out this way. If it hadn't been for the princess, Luke might have been lost to the Dark forever.

WINTER SPORTS- I love Karen Ripley's sense of humor. Apparently it's as warped as my own.

IT'S ONLY THUNDER- Han was only too right. Most people are only thunder, always too eager to bad mouth what they don't understand or are jealous of. The storm was a good way to get this point across and also explain the din to Luke.

THE GERSTER AFFAIR- Poor Han! After all the trouble the little critter caused, Leia is allergic to him. Looks like the FALCON just picked up a permanent mascot. Wonder what the Wookiee is going to think of that? Anyway, I always knew Han had a soft spot for small animals, although he would probably deny it.

SILENT MESSAGE- Since I haven't seen any other stories in this universe, I can't say too much about this one except that I found it interesting. I am puzzled as to why the Imperial officer wanted the baby.

That's all I have to say about #3. I enjoyed all of it and can only hope that there will be another.[12]

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Mark Fisher
back cover of issue #4, Melea Fisher

Dagobah 4 was published in 1989 and is 113 pages long.

The art is by Mark Fisher, Melea Fisher, Dani Lane, Emily Penfield, Rebecca Carey, Wanda Lybarger, Cathy Fisher, and Scott McCullar.

  • Letters of Comment (i)
  • The Artash Gamble story by Martha Wilson (Han and Leia are caught up in an Imperial entanglement while trying to rescue Luke and other rebels from an ambush on a commercial space station. Fourth story in the Arandu Series.) (reprinted in The Renegade and the Rogue) (1)
  • Knights in Pink Satin, story by Carolyn Golledge ("This is comedy-farce and not meant to be taken seriously. Tells the tale of what would happen if a Luke-fan joined the Rebellion. The punchline concerns the friend upon whom I based this story, suddenly switching from Star Wars to Beauty and The Beast." (29)
  • The Message, story by by Marti Schuller (41)
  • Betrayal, fiction by Lucy Carr (55)
  • The Portside Girl, fiction by Susan Zahn (67)
  • Blood-Stained Hands, fiction by Barbara Gardner (72)
  • The Knighting, fiction by Barbara Drake (76)
  • Sha-Khan, fiction by Waverly Pierre III (87)
  • The Lords of the Sith Presents, parody by Melea Fisher (115)
  • Victory, story by Rachel Natasha Mohr (116)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

It was so good to see another issue of Dagobah arrive. It's a fine zine and I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. Now on to my humble obsenratlons and comments. As always, Wanda Lybarger's art was very good. I also really liked Rebecca Carey's work for Knights in Pink Satin. Emily Penfleld did a nice job of illo-ing my story too, especially the lllo on page 50! Melea, your art just gets better every time I see It. My favorite lllos of this Issue were yours on page 69 of Leia and the beautiful piece on page 72. The cartoons by Scott McCullar were wonderful, too! Humor Is always appreciated. My personal favorites were I'm melting and Hand Sob. Groan.

Chuckle. The ad on page 111 was so authentically written and drawn that you had me gaoing for a second or two. Delightful send-up!

The stories themselves were also quite good this issue.

Knights in Pink Satin by Carolyn Go Hedge was very funny. I especially loved the ending. Of course, I'm fortunate enough to know the Inside source for this story and that hasnt hurl my appreciation at all. Wonderful fun!

Blood-stained Hands by Barbara Gardner was quite an Insightful piece on Vader. I enjoy works which depict our favorite villain in a more human light, yet keep the character true to the sage. Good writing.

Victory by Rachel Natasha Mohr - Here Is another sensitive piece of writing. The final sentiments are sure to touch the peace-lover in all of us. The last line has always been my favorite Yoda truism.

The Portside Girl by Susan Zahn is very well written and accurately depicts the emotional desperation of a woman unable to override an unhealthy obsession, but never in a million years does it fit the scenario I see for Han and Leia. In fact, I kept hoping, despite knowing better, that the speaker would turn out to be one of Han's earlier "conquests", prior to his having met Leia. The princess I know just doesn't fit this story. It's a good work though. If I remove my own prejudices.

The Artash Gamble by Martha Wells ~ first, let me say thank you to whomever was responsible for the summaries of the preceding two parts of this story. It's refreshing to be reminded of a long work's history since zines are unable to be produced as quickly as I can read and my overworked gray matter fails to retain even the most Interesting stories beyond a few months. The writing, description and action of this piece are very well done and the characters are recognizable and believable. Overall, I found this story very acceptable and a good read.

Betrayal by Lucy Carr was also a good, action-packed story that I enjoyed a lot.

Sha-Khan by Waverly Pierre III was one of my favorites of this Issue. An exciting story with an Interesting and unique enemy for Luke, It sets a perfect scenario for our young Jedi's battle in ROTJ. Very, very good.

Well, there you have it, my very unprofessional opinions. I do commend Mark and Melea for their hard work on Dagobah and sincerely hope we can look forward to Issue #5 In the future. Keep the force, everyone![13]
I generally have a bit to say about all the stories, those I like and those I did not care for, you understand. These are personal opinions, and since we all have our own ideas about what we like and what we don't, here are mine....My favorite is — all of it! It is really a great zine, well balanced and everything very well written, nicely laid out, good art, good comedy, good adventure. I have read quite a lot of fine zines, but I don't think I have ever enjoyed one more. Keep up the good work and...Go In peace with the Force.[14]

Artash Gamble and Shadow of the Hunter - It is hard to comment at length on these since I haveni read the whole saga by Martha Wells. I have read a few stories based on the Sith Lords and I found this to be different and one of my favorites, not to mention well written.

Knights in Pink Satin - Garolyn Golledge's story had me laughing. Imagine poor Luke being besieged unknowingly by an adoring lady...and one who frames his picture in pink satin, too. Han really had a good time with that one.

Blood-Stained Hands -I loved this poem by Barbara Gardner about Anakin's/Vader's feelings. It was really touching and beautifully done. Betrayal-1 thought this story by Lucy Carr was well done. There was only one thing I disagreed with, Han's reaction. I think Han would have at least given Luke a chance to explain or prove himself. Han and Luke were too close for Han to have reacted the way he did.

One the funny side. The Lords Of Sith Foundation Presents... That was a neat ad Melea...the deadly grip of Darth Vader. Put me down for one!

The rest of the stories in the issue were good or what I read of them. As usual, Dagobah 4 was good and definitely not disappointing. Keep up the good work Mark and Melea and the wonderful art-work also.

Oh yes, a small LOC to A LOC concerning my contribution to Dagobah 4, Silent Message. Dear B.J. Evans, you are supposed to be puzzled as to why the Imperial Officer wanted the baby. That's the idea! [15]

Well, the fanzine looks great again! Both front and back covers were excellent.

People are probably going to have trouble deciding which one to look at first. I still think you have the highest quality illustrations of any fanzine I've seen. All the artists did great jobs. Every illo in the zine seemed to have a good deal of care and effort put into it. I'd like to thank Wanda Lybarger for illustrating Shadow and Gamble. I've admired her word for a long time. The layout of the zine was nice, too. I liked the way you used those little ornamental borders, and I liked the addition of of a LOCs column. Makes me glad I got you my new address when I did.

For the stories. Knights in Pink Satin was funny and written well. I've enjoyed Carolyn Golledge's stories in other zines and she is quite good.

Good poetry in Blood-stained Hands and Victory.

On the whole, I thought all the stories were interesting. I didn't agree with the characterization in Betrayal, but I looked at it as a what-if story, and that made it an interesting read.

Overall I enjoyed Dagobah all the way through. Good art, good stories, and other good stuff like "Foundation of the Sith Lords." that sounds like my kind of organization.) [16]

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Melea Fisher
back cover of issue #5, Melea Fisher

Dagobah 5 was published in 1991 and contains 182 pages.

The cover by Melea Fisher won the Star aWard 1991 SW COVER ARTIST. Other art is by Melea Fisher, Mark Fisher, Rebecca Carey, Debbie Hoyt, Melanie Guttierrez, Z.P. Florian, and Wanda Lybarger.

  • Death And Taxes, story by Carolyn Cooper ("This Is another short story in the Hanna Beru Skywalker series. For those unfamiliar with the series that began In From a Certain Point of View. Luke Skywalker discovers he has a daughter from a prior visit to Ord Mantell with Han Solo. Imagine a Force-talented, Artful Dodger merged with Dennis the Menace. Beru and Han have a certain bondlng, kind of like Bonnie and Clyde. The rest of the story should be self-explanatory. For those following the series, this story takes place 3 years after Beru's "flying lesson" in "A Fine Time Was Had By All" In From a Certain Point of View #4 and Liander Is spending some time with Chewbacca on the Wookiee home world which explains their absence. Enjoy!") (3)
  • Lost Soul, poem by Lorrie Cherry (13)
  • Wind Chill Factors, story by Sue Zahn (14)
  • A Tribute to a Not So Ordinary Man, poem by Debbie Hoyt (ode to the genius of George Lucas) (18)
  • Hoth Winds, story by Z.P. Florian (20)
  • Luke's Farewell to Yoda, poem by Debbie Hoyt (24)
  • Force Factor Nine, story by Anne Goetz (Star Trek: TNG/Star Wars) (26)
  • Art Portfolio by Z.P. Florian (67)
  • It's All in the Brain, story by Homer Sapiento (A knock on the head (and Han's attempt to help) accidentally changes Luke's personality.) (27)
  • Welcome, story by Carolyn Golledge (Set during Return of the Jedi. Follows "A Flicker of Light" chronologically. Han Solo has been successfully rescued from Jabba the Hutt. Physically he seems fine, but what psychological scars yet remain to disable him? Also in Hoth or Bust) (73)
  • Conclusion, poem by Melanie Guttierrez (84)
  • Chosen, story by Barbara Drake (85)
  • Art Portfolio by Debbie Hoyt (109)
  • Word Search by Barbara Gardner (113)
  • Nobility's Price, poem by Susan Zahn (114)
  • Fine Dining, vignette by Z.P. Florian (This article has been reprinted with the permission of the Intergalactic Gourmet magazine.) (116)
  • From Another Point of View, story by Ann Goetz (117)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

This is a beautiful, well designed, subdy elegant zine. A pleasure to see and a pleasure to read. It was good to find another story in the Hanna Bern Skywaiker series, always great fun, this time even greater, in the tradition of ±e true French comedies. I hope there is more to come.

Debbie Hoyt's poem and beautiful picture was a touching double-page treat. And Lorrie and Melanie's pix+song had me howling!!! Plus, a few pages later, another poem, 'Conclusion,' in a totally different vein, a poem that went deep into the soul of the Skywalkers and found light.

Ann Goetz's story, 'Force Factor Nine,' found enthusiastic audience not only in me, but in a twelve year old Star Trek fan. Mark Fisher's drawings were stunning. Her other story about Tricia took the Mary Sue situation to a new high, showing that it can be done well. It was tricky, entertaining and full of surprises.

Carolyn Golledge's story, as all her stories, adds more detail to Han's character than we can possibly imagine...and we can imagine quite a lot.

Re-reading all of the above, I must add that the whole zine was like an Olympic competition, each story, poem and picture breaking some kind of record.

Thank you, and I hope to see the next zine soon![17]

Dagobah 5. Beautiful and enjoyable. The front and back cover by Editor Melea Fisher were very well done, and I must admit that her Luke is one of my favorites.

'Force Factor Nine' by Ann Goetz: I'm not a real big fan of cross-universe stories, but this one just might make me change my mind. Wonderfully written and almost believable. Luke being able to recharge the Enterprise's Yes! I say YES!!!! Such unlimited power. Keep up the good work, Ann.

'Conclusion' by Melanie Guttierrez; Perfect! Melanie did a simply wonderful job, and her artwork as usual is super.

Overall, Dagobah 5 was very well written and beautifully put together. Very nice.

Plus, I want to thank you, Melea, for the contributor's copy and for all the apparent love and hard work that showed in Dagobah 5. Walk the Skies....[18]

I finished the zine! Dagobah 5 is a truly heart-soaring zine. I recently also finished reading Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn — and though it was a good book, I actually appreciated the zine better! Believe it or not. As per usual, the style Carolyn Cooper uses for her tales was impeccably hilarious in 'Death and Taxes.' Simply because I always ate up a good comedy set-up (like ones we used to find in the old black and white movies and sitcoms) her story had me rolling. Her timing is perfect!

'Wind Chill Factors' was a good re-write and insight into important feelings left only to our imagination in TESB. Good, Sue! But where was 'Peggy' or 'Mary Sue' to save the day? No — I'm glad you kept it true to George's story frame. I appreciated Debbie Hoyt's tribute to Lucas. He is not unlike Walt Disney, you know? Wonderful art. Deb. Luke's Farewell to Yoda was excellent, too.

'Hoth Winds' was compelling and eerie. A good look at that horrid man Palpatine. Poor Anakin. 'Always a Buddy' is something I have been waiting for! Thank you thousands, Lorrie. How simply perfect. I hope you do more filking of this caliber in the future. I laughed in delight. 'Force Factor Nine' was one of the best STNG/SW crossovers I have read in a long time.

Everyone was as they should be, plus that great sense of humor in just the right dosage. I could go on and on about this story. Suffice it to say that I love a story that can be true to the original characters while still being unique in the writer's hands. Geordi glowed with life. And I LOVED your art portraits, Mark!! How beautiful. Let's see more of that new technique of yours with a felt marker. Excellent, excellent![19]

Issue 6

front cover issue #6, Mark Fisher
back cover of issue #6, Melea Fisher
flyer for issue #6, from a 1992 Southern Enclave

Dagobah 6 was published in 1992 and contains 120 pages.

The front cover by Mark Fisher tied for the 1992 Star aWards SW COVER ARTIST. The other art is by Z.P. Florian, Melea Fisher, Jim Markle, and Mark Fisher.

  • Letters of Comment (i)
  • Dialogue by Marti Schuller (post ROTJ. Luke tries to convince Leia to forgive their father, but she finds that her hate for Vader is too strong.) (1)
  • Storm Front by Susan Zahn (3)
  • Less Than Twelve Parsecs by Z.P. Florian (Pre SW. Han Solo and Chewbacca accidentally win the Kessel Run race with the fastest time recorded.) (reprinted in Han Solo) (9)
  • Wish I May by Susan Zahn (During SW. Leia didn't even hear the last part of his comment, her eyes widening in surprise as recognition dawned. "Han Solo. I've heard af you.") (15)
  • Tainted Sands by Barbara Drake (pre SW. Leanna Skywalker is discovered hiding on Tatooine by bounty hunters and desperately tries to save the life of her new baby while Obi-Wan tries to shield a young Luke from their probings.) (17)
  • The Stand by James A. Casselbury (pre SW. An Imperial commander reminisces about a famous battle that occurred during his youth.) (37)
  • Prisoner of the Empire by Marti Schuller (post ROTJ. While on a rescue mission to release political prisoners from a secret Imperial prison, Luke befriends a half-wild girl who is strong in the Force.) (45)
  • Corellian Bonding by Z.P. Florian (post ROTJ. Han Solo's buddies give him a traditional bachalor party the night before his wedding, and Leia learns more than she cares about Corellian wedding rituals.) (59)
  • Love and Justice by Ann Goetz (Post ROTJ. Anakin Skywaker survives the second Death Star only to be charged with war crimes by the Alliance. Luke is left to defend him, but will Leia forgive him if he does?) (66)
  • How to Build a T16 Skyhopper Model by Paul Roberts (the model Luke was playing with in SW) (120)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

I really loved the look oiDagobah 6, especially the story titles. Very crisp and dear, easy to read. And what a read it was.

'Storm Front' by Susan Zahn was a great scene filler. Some really good interplay between Han and Leia. Z.P.'s 'Less Than Twelve Parsecs' was hi larious. It was an interesting way to describe Han's winning of that important event in his life. Another chuckler was 'Corellian Bonding'.

I was glad to see more of Barbara Drakei universe. Tainted Sands' was heart-breaking.

James Casselbury's 'The Stand' was quite heavy on the military aspect which I enjoyed a lot. I haven't read many stories with that much military flavor and found it a refreshing change. The Dialogue' and 'Prisoner of the Empire' by Marti Schuller were both good stories. In regards to the second one, Luke certainly needs to find recruits to train, and I would like to see more of Mathia in other stories.

What a story! Ann Goetz's 'Love and Justice' was a great alternative rotj ending/extension. Great plot and excellent reading.

The artwork was exceptional throughout, especially the front and back covers. I also liked the model building plans for the T-16. Perhaps when I have more time, I might attempt it. I can't wait till #7![20]

An excellent zine! Dagobah 6 was excellent!

'Less Than Twelve Parsecs' was hilarious! That one had me laughing out loud. Tainted Sands' was first-rate. All the art and the rest of the zine, I can go on raving about. But the one story that I raved about on the phone to a friend was 'Love and Justice'. Now she wants to buy the zine! All in all, Dagobah 6 was one heck of an effort. Definitely lives up to the hype!

I'm definitely getting #7 at MediaWest. Thank you all for a great zine![21]

Another excellent issue of The covers—both front and back—are terrific! The layout was great! And Arwen [the volunteer who typed the zine] is heaven sent.

What can I say about the stories? I enjoyed them all. Z.P. is fast becoming one of my favorites. I loved her look into Corellian customs in "Corellian Bonding'. Marti Schuller and Susan Zahn have both been long favorites. Ann Goetz and James Casselbury are also becoming fast fa vorites. And Leanna Skywalker is getting to be an old friend.

Am looking forward to Dagobah 7. [22]

Just thought I'd write while Dagobah 6 was still fresh. I was so glad to see a new one at MediaWest. Star Wars zines are getting to be a rare treat, and Dagobah 6 was also unexpected— double pleasure!

My favorite story was the long 'Love and Justice' by Ann Goetz. She's really come a long way as a writer. This was a fun read, especially for a Vader fan like me, more so since he lives! My favorite scene was the saber duel between Darthie and Luke to cover the Dark Lord's escape. Good dialogue and a funny scene. She's captured good characterizations of all the main folks and woven them into a believable scenario. I hope Ann keeps writing since she's definitely getting better.

I also liked both of Z.P. Florian's stories. She's got such a good imagination and her stories are always fun. 'Less than Twelve Parsecs' filled in well for what has always been an annoying line of dialog in the movie. Now I'll always think of Z.P.'s Kessel Run race when I hear the line. 'Corellian Bonding' was fun too, though I'd like to hear more of that song. Surely there are some bawdier verses.

Marti Schuller's 'Prisoner of the Empire' was a good Luke story. I hope she brings the character of Mathia back. She's an intriguing character and her lineage could bring up some interesting problems for Luke.

The artwork was all great—y'all put in a lot of Vader pics. Can't have enough of those for this Sith fian. Especially fine was Mark Fisher's 'Dr. Tikaris Examines Vader' since it's so much more than the usual portraiture. The angle of this one is neat too. (I'm not an artist, obviously; maybe I mean perspeaive or one of those artsy terms. Really neat' is as artistic as I get...)

Also, liked Melea's close up of Han and Leia on p. 14. I like the taut expressions—like a photograph that captures a bit of emotion.

The whole look of the zine says quality. Good printing in an easy to read typeface. No distracting typos (a typo here or there isn't bad, but sometimes there are so many you can hardly figure out what's going on).

And the best news of all, a new one next year! Yeah! I'm so glad folks like you are willing to keep publishing zines for appreciative fans like me.[23]

The first expression that came to my mind about Dagohah 6 was 'understated elegance'. The style and setting of the titles were stunning. Both the front and back covers were wonderful. Han nearly jumps out of that picture. The art on page 58 is lovely. The typesetting and layout delight the eye.

And now, the content. Schuller: 'Dialogue'. I tend to agree with Leia in the matter, so this is definitely my kind of story!

Zahn: 'Storm Front'. Finally we could see this part of the movie! The ending makes a fine, subtle point—and her next story sort of expands on it.

Drake: 'Tainted Sands'. Rich in back ground, this story has fascinating ideas about the Jedi and the use of the Force.

Casselbury: 'The Stand'. Strong and fresh, an inside view of Imperial military in action.

Schuller: 'Prisoner of the Empire'. This is a stunning idea, to give Palpatine a runaway son. I'd like to know why the granddaughter was spared.

Goetz: 'Love and Justice'. This story was exciting all the way, and even my 13 year old goddaughter got hooked on zines after reading it. (She said Dr. Tikaris is fantastic.) The ending, with the reorganization of the Galaxy, was very satisfying.

And thanks to Roberts for the Skyhopper design. It should keep my little hands busy for a while.[24]

What a wonderful delight Dagobah 6 is! Melea, you and Arwen and Mark should be justly proud of this fine production. Long may you continue! SW fans, writers and artists need showcases such as your zine.

The front and back covers were very nice and the layout, design, was crisp and sharp. I especially liked the way the story titles and authors were included on every page. The interior art was also very good. I particularly liked your pics, Melea, on pages 14 and 58. I also liked the art accompanying Paul Roberts' T-16 model in structions. (That was a cute idea, too.)

As for the story contents, I'll comment only on my favorites.

'Love and Justice' by Ann Goetz was an interesting alternative. Though I found it a bit jerky in spots, and had one confusing moment due to a seemingly inappropriate time gap, the solution Ms. Goetz devises for the smooth transition of government seems preferable to the offering of the films. It's a good story, told interestingly.

'Storm Front' by Susan Zahn was a nice story, very well-written. Susan has a real grasp for the characters of Han and Leia.

'Less Than Twelve Parsecs' by Z. P. Florian was a clever story, nicely handled.

"Wish I May...' by Susan Zahn is, again, a lovely insightful piece into Leia. A very good idea well done.

'The Stand' by James Casselbur)' is also an exciting, well-told tale that I truly enjoyed reading.[25]

Turning over a new leaf and trying to log all the zines I got this year, so this may read like a telegram trying to fit in a lot in a little time and space.

'Dialogue'—glad to finally see a story that takes Leia's part in the Family Feud. To forgive or not to forgive? And if you don't run around nobly setting aside the hideous consequences of someone's deeds at the drop of a hat, does that make you Darkside? Luke would not seem to've learned much if he's still sanctimoniously insisting everyone adhere to his vision of life. The last line is chilling—nagging wearing down disguised as tender imderstanding. There's no understanding at all, and he's probably not even aware of it.

'Storm Front'—Sue fills another offstage moment from the Saga very nicely. She gives these vignettes a subtext with bite, playing on our foreknowledge of events to drop in deft-and-sharp-foreshadowing lines that stop you in mid-stride through a seemingly comfortably familiar stroll.

'Less that Twelve Parsecs'—Z.P. Florian crafts a solid adventure yarn with a payoff-in this instance lighthearted—not unlike the ones Marti Benedict, Marcia Brin, Jean Ann Berger, Judi Hendricks and others used to enliven zines with, and which hardly anyone seems to write anymore: it has a plot, not a series of angst set pieces or so mired in relationship tangles it for gets to tell a story. Marvelous.

Both Barbara Drake's and James Casselbury's stories flow with easy command of lan guage and dialogue. Hard for me to find any sympathy for the Imperial point of view, but pleased to see a male writer's perception among mostly female. I notice he spins an authentic-sounding war tale; interesting that he so deliberately writes himself even by name into the action. Is he a role gamer by any chance?

'Prisoner of the Empire'—If we're going to have yet another Unknown Force-Strong Woman show up on one of Luke's excursion, Mathia has at least a past and a legacy unusual enough to make her strongly intriguing in her own right.

"Corellian Bonding'—I know we've come full circle and there's again a lot of Han-the-Cross-red-neck-trucker characterization as well as Leia's-Birth-Goddess, etc. But there's nothing in the movies to give any foundation for Han to have a cultural bias that makes a virtual rape of consummation of the vows, nor that he'd be so insensitively complacent about it. I do appreciate the writer exploring that people who fall in love in war have to get acquainted later. And I like Leia here.

'Love and Justice'—Has a vaguely Star Trek flavor and premise: Anakin/Vader surviving to learn—and come to terms with—his own duality, as Kirk had to in 'Enemy Within', he needs even his dark side to be a whole person. His force-enhanced arrogance and elitism still make my teeth hurt, but that's a disquieting tendency that bothers me in a lot more of the Jedi-oriented stories than this. I like Dr. Tikaris. Her back ground sets her apart from other peppery, dedicated female doctors in SWars fiction and also from characters invented to admire and cringe and stand up to and fuss over Vader, characters who are nearly embarrassing surrogates for the authors' passion for the Dark Lord. Tikaris has some dimension.

Happy to see the non-fiction analysis and diagrams of the T-16; something else no one seems to write anymore. We'd gotten away from the Science Fiction aspect, and the creative nuts and bolts.

Mark's crisp marker illoing technique is on effective display in 'Love and Justice' illos, but especially on the cover. Excellent anatomy and distribution of lights and shadows. I've always enjoyed Melea's well-composed lights and darks along with her assured, rich pen hatching. Among the best of her work this issue seems to be the back cover. Not simply because of my notorious bias toward the Corellian, it seems the best realized and finished.

I'm thoroughly pleased to hear we can look forward to an issue #7![26]

Issue 7

front cover of issue #7, Mark Fisher
back cover of issue #7, Melea Fisher
flyer for issue #7

Dagobah 7 was published in 1994 and contains 137 pages.

This issue won an Honorable mention in the 1994 Star aWards for Best SW Zine as well as an Honorable Mention for Mark Fisher's front cover.

The interior art is by Mark Fisher, Melea Fisher, Z.P. Florian, and Wanda Lybarger.

From the editorial:
Well, it's done. After 2 hectic years, "Dagobah Seven" arrives with a satisfactory sense of... completion. For Lea and myself, this issue of "Dagobah" hails the end of struggles to get me through college (I graduated on May 14 — thanks sweetie!!) and the beginning of what will hopefully become a decent career.
  • Letters of Comment (i)
  • Silent Partners by Marti Schuller (post ROTJ "A death threat on Leia sends Han and Luke to a distant planet where Han discovers that reacquainting himself with old friends and old business can be fatal.") (1)
  • If the American Press Invaded the Galaxy, We Would Read in the Newspapers That... by Z.P. Florian (32)
  • The Death of Innocence by Veronica Wilson (pre SW "An exhausted Vader is ordered by Palpatine to use the Force to interrogate a Jedi prisoner. Vader knows that only one of them will survive the experience.") (33)
  • Inheritance: Birthnight by Bambi (post ROTJ "Luke's wife follows him to Tatooine to learn about her relative Obi-wan and almost dies during childbirth.") (51)
  • The Turning by Marti Schuller (post ROTJ "Mathia had once before refused to face the cave on Dagobah. Now she had to en ter and choose between the Light or the Dark, and she could feel her paternal grandfather Palpatine awaiting her within.") (55)
  • Han's Asteroid by Lisa Cowan (Honorable Mention for the 1994 Star aWards Best Filk). (70)
  • Art Portfolio by Z.P. Florian (71)
  • For Love of Jedi by Shad Wilson (pre SW "Anakin and his love share a brief tender moment before Anakin leaves for Jedi training on Alderaan.") (77)
  • Decisions by Marti Schuller (post ROTJ "While interviewing the survivors of Alderaan, Leia discovers that her first love, thought dead all these years, has been rescued from a prison camp and is determined to renew their relationship.") (79)
  • Dark to Bright by Jennifer Moore (99)
  • A Finite Distance by Susan Zahn (100)
  • Rest & Relaxation by Z.P. Florian (post TESB "Ordered to take a vacation and denied permission by the Alliance command to look for Han, Leia decides to take Luke shopping for a birth day present that can only be found in the Imperial Archives.") (101)
  • Yoda's Place, filk by Lisa Cowan (107)
  • Love Song of Cobbler the Dru by Wanda Lybarger (post SW "Risking everything to be united with his one love, an old friend of Han's seeks passage home. Han, thinking it a simple request, soon becomes entangled in politics and ancient rituals.") (109)
  • Words of Wisdom by Susan Zahn (137)
  • Falcon or Master by Jennifer Moore (Honorable Mention for the 1994 Star aWards Best Poem). (138)
  • A Model Man by Paul Roberts (139)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

Just finished Dagobah #7 and it was a delight. The front and back covers are simply gorgeous.

All of Marti Schuller's work was great. I have yet to read anything of hers I didn't like. Silent Partners vfas really good. I loved the interplay between Luke and Han when Luke got into Han's mind. I loved it when Han/Luke used the Force and then to have Luke not know anything about what happened, sent me into spasms. I was glad to see another Mathia story in the zine. The Turning was wonderful, and I was sorry she killed off Dymon. Hiked the guy. Of course, it was essential for the story, but still... And Decisions was nicely done. In my mind, there would be no question who I'd be with, but it was good seeing how both Leia and Droy had changed and Droy not able to accept her parentage.

I got a good laugh out of Z P Florian's American Press Tabloid Headlines. Veronica Wilson's The Death of Innocence was quite moving. I loved the images of Vader going through Mortha's mind. Wonderfully done.

I enjoyed Lisa Cowen's filk Han's Asteroid. I'll be singing that next time I see a rerun of Gilligan's Island.

Z.P.'s Art Portfolio was quite nicely done. I always enjoy her work. Someone else's work I truly enjoy is Wanda Lybarger's, and Love Song of Cobber the Dru was really great.. Jennifer Moore's poem Falcon or Master was right on the money.

All in all, Dagobah #7 was an excellent piece of work and can hardly wait for #8.[27]

Thanks for a great zine! The layout looks great! The contents were great to read, too! All in all, a nice job.

As usual, Wanda Lybarger is in top form. It amazes me how well she can both write and illustrate. Love Song of Cobber the Dru is an excellent addition to her portfolio. I liked her character. Cobber, and the whole idea behind the Dru culture. It's amazing to me how someone can imagine an entire culture and make it so believable! I hope she writes more about the Dru.

Marti Schuller's story. Silent Partners, was really interesting. I liked the idea of how Han and Luke dealt with the Force- her concept of it was really interesting. Veronica Wilson, Susan Zahn, and everyone else made excellent contributions as well. The art and poetry were first rate. Dagobah is defmitely one of the best zines in fandom! Deal me in for the next round of orders for #8.

Thanks again for a great zine! [28]

Hello all! Dagobahyost keeps looking classier all the time and Mark's front cover defmitely gets my vote for best cover in next years Star aWards and Fan Q! Melea's back cover gets my second vote, but I like her interior illustration of Marti Schuller's Decisions even more. All of Marti's work has consistently grown more polished and her stories this issue are no exception, but I particularly like the way in Decisions, she resists the temptation to make Droy a paper tiger- he is not so obviously unworthy of the princess that her choice is never really in doubt and the rival only serves to make Solo shine in comparison. Both men are admirable-and flawed. Marti midces you really feel Leia's torn feelings.

I twitted Z P last issue for Corellian Bonding that others found amusing but which failed for me because of an uneasy clash of serious and outrageous that did not mesh into a coherent tone. No quibbles this time! If the American Press is hysterical, the art portfolio is hysterical and tasty...and I hurt myself when I got to the one with Yoda in bloomers. But Rest and Relaxation shows her versatility with a satisfying and logical shared adventure for Luke and Leia. Believably in character, including the reasonable differences in life experience, nicely jocular in the light exchanges of repartee and the impromptu fake tryst but with an underlying seriousness. This time the differing moods complement, and it all comes off perfectly.

Veronica Wilson masterfully orchestrates Jedi vs Vader mental contest that bypasses most of the metaphysical dreamscape imagery that has become too overused an approach. Instead of a wizard's duel, she presents a rigorous clash of philosophies and ideals that defines the title innocence - Death of Innocence—even as it is lost.

There's not a clinker in the zine, but this LOC is already too long for more specifics. Wonderful stuff all![29]

Congratulations on another fine-looking, good-reading issue of Dagobahl You should be quite proud of your efforts.

Melea, I love your idea to award a fi-ee zine to an LOC'er. As a writer, I know I thrive~or anguish—over readers' remarks, but I suffer without them. Without LOCs, an author (at least this one) feels as though we're throwing our hard work into a black hole. Even constructive criticism is preferable to agonizing silence. I know I appreciate your thoughtfulness already.

Dagobah 7 sure had some interesting artwork this time arormd. The covers, both fi-ont and back, were eye-catching and appealing. I especially liked the portrayal ofLeia on the back. Thanks to both you, Melea, and Mark for your superlative illos for my stories, too. I most love the portrait ofLeia on page 93. What a haunting and haunted expression you gave her! Z P's art portfolio was delightfiilly funny, risque, and downright gorgeous. I love the bloomers on Yoda and the lightsaber- size naughtiness, but page 75 had my mouth watering! Of course, I've long admired Wanda Lybarger's talent, also. A stamp for Vader—how absolutely perfect! What wicked humor! Like it.

I like it. I vote for the "older, more mature" version. If the American Press Invaded the Galaxy, We Would Read in the Newspapers That... by Z P Florian was a scathing commentary on those so-called journals we all know too well. However, being American I found the title biased. After all, I've seen some pretty raunchy, disgusting British papers, and I'm sure other nations don't escape such yellow journalism, either. It's a fine expose, nevertheless.

Han's Asteroid by Lisa Cowan weis really a cute and remarkable singable filk—much preferred to the original lyrics, in fact.

For Love of Jedi by Shad Watson- Shad's a fiiend of mine, so I'll confess that my opinion of this short piece may be less than impartial—still, I think this simple picture of young, unselfish love perfectly suits the parents of Luke and Leia.

Jennifer Moore's Dark to Bright and Falcon or Master provided such pure and realistic images that I really enjoyed them a lot The Death of Innocence by Veronica Wilson offered a chilling view of the final destruction of Ana^ Skywalker. As always, it's a little unnerving how well Veronica seems to know and understand the Dark Lord.

Finally, Love Song of Cobber the Dru by Wanda Lybarger—how fully dimensional Wanda paints the world, culture, and characters of her alien species! This lady has one fine imagination and the talent to bring her readers along for the pleasurable ride.

A thoroughly enjoyable issue, and I look forward to the next. Keep up the terrific work, Mark, Melea and Arwen. You should all be congratulated![30]

Issue 8

front cover #8, Mark Fisher
back cover of issue #8, Melea Fisher

Dagobah 8 was published in 1995 and has 144 pages.

It won an Honorable Mention in the 1995 Star aWards for 'Best Star Wars Zine' as we all an Honorable Mention as 'Best Cover Artist' for Melea Fisher's back cover.

The interior art is by Z.P. Florian, Mark Fisher, Melea Fisher, Amanda Palumbo, and Wanda Lybarger.

From the zine:

A special thatiks to my husband of almost eleven years, Mark Fisher, for being so patient in the last couple of weeks as our home became overrun with zine and art stuff.

I remember having a dining room table at one time, but I haven't seen it recently. I think its buried somewhere near the kitchen.

The contributors will notice that the title sheet of their zine has blue foil lettering. This is something I found at a local office supply the day I printed the zinc. I have been meaning to try it (it's a technique that uses a laser printer and foil paper and itsy bitsy dots— Arwin knows what's involved), anyway after a couple of hours, I managed to have enough title sheets for the contributors as a special thanks.
  • Letters of Comment (i)
  • Between The Lines by Susan Zahn. Winner of the Star aWards 'Best Long Story (1)
  • I Swear, filk by Debbie Kittle (38)
  • Suspicions, story by Marti Schuller (39)
  • Takh Solo Anid Graal by Z.P. Florian (reprinted in Han Solo) (57)
  • What Might Have Been by Marti Schuller. Star aWards 1995 Honorable Mention for 'Best Star Wars Vignette' (65)
  • A Wookiee's Eye View by Jennifer Moore. Honorable Mention of the Star aWards 'Best Poem' of 1995. (67)
  • Inheritance: Voices in the Mist by Bambi (68)
  • ISB Chronicles by Jason Grant (71)
  • How Can I Help You Say Goodbye, filk by Debbie Kittle (81)
  • A Princess, A Pirate, A Jedi, and a Wedge by Amanda Palumbo (82)
  • Decent Proposal by Mary Jo Fox. Star aWards 1995 Honorable Mention for 'Best Star Wars Vignette' (83)
  • IF I Could See Him Now by Bambi (86)
  • Staying On by Jennifer Moore (88)
  • Bendem vs Barfield by Amanda Palumbo (90)
  • Diplomatic Immunity by Nora Meyers (91)
  • Of Time and Regret by Veronica Wilson. Winner of the Star aWards 'Best Short Story' for 1995. (Palpatine ponders his fraught relationship with Vader, debating what to do about the existence of Luke Skywalker and his own all-too-inconvenient sentiments.) (97)
  • Rebel Musings of a Tenacious Youth by Jennifer Moore (105)
  • Pacifist Rebel's Bloodstripe Thoughts by Jennifer Moore (106)
  • Elegy for a Core World by Amanda Palumbo (108)
  • The Haelon by Marti Schuller. Honorable Mention of the Star aWards 'Best Long Story' by Marti Schuller (111)

Issue 9

Dagobah 9 was published in 1998 and contains 122 pages.

front cover of issue #9, Melea Fisher, originally printed in black and white in issue #3
back cover of issue #9, Melea Fisher

The interior art is by Debbie Casselbury, Z.P. Florian, Marla Fair, Laura Sherman, Wanda Lybarger, Mark Fisher, and Melea Fisher.

  • Bespin Breakout, fiction by Carolyn Golledge (1)
  • [fiction title crossed out in black marker from the table of contents, four pages missing from the zine, not listed in 2003's Star Wars Zine Bibliography -- a mystery]
  • The Time Has Come, fiction by Tammy Olsen (11)
  • Chewie, She's Crazy, filk by Debbie Kittle (19)
  • I Know His Name is Han, filk by Debbie Kittle (20)
  • Lightspeed, poem by Sarah E. Glasgow (22)
  • Master Yoda, poem by Sarah E. Glasgow (23)
  • Mission Objectives, fiction by Richard Gawel (24)
  • I've Been Thinking About You, filk by Debbie Kittle (26)
  • The First Challenge, fiction by James Casselbury (27)
  • Drifters, fiction by Z.P. Florian (76)
  • A Small Hand of Sabbac, fiction by Richard Gawel (81)
  • To Let Go and Die, fiction by MJ Mink (85)
  • Carbonite, poem by Sarah E. Glasgow (89)
  • Full Circle, fiction by Susan Zahn (91)
  • How Do I Escape, filk by Tammy Olsen (100)
  • Wheel of Misfortune, fiction by Mary Jo Fox (Chewbacca is captured as a slave.) (102)
  • ISB Chronicles: Reprisals, fiction by Jason Grant (107)
  • Cries in the Clouds, poem by Sarah E. Glasgow (117)
  • Last to Know, filk by Tammy Olsen (118)
  • The Conflict, poem by Sarah E. Glasgow (120)

References

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  20. from a letter of comment in "On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah" #7
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  27. from a letter of comment in "On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah" #8
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  29. from a letter of comment in "On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah" #8
  30. from a letter of comment in "On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah" #8