On Wings of Light
|Title:||On Wings of Light|
|Editor(s):||Carol J.E. Schorn|
|Fandom:||Phoenix and multimedia|
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On Wings of Light 1 was published in 1985 and contains 177 pages.
It includes 4 poems, and 48 illustrations and cartoons, as well as fiction.
- Snowbound by Carol Jo Eidelberg (5)
- De Varga by Carol Jo Eidelberg ("This short biography examines the forces that have shaped one of Bennu's most interesting antagonists.") (13)
- Joie de Vivre by Carol Jo Eidelberg ("After rescuing a group of school children from a flash flood, Bennu helps their troubled young teacher, who has given up on finding happiness.") (17)
- With Wings, as Eagles by Peggy Spalding and Carol Eidelberg ("The folks running a bird of prey rehabilitation project find strange events occurring when they invite home a tall blond stranger.") (26)
- The First Step by Stephannie Stoddard ("Bennu helps a young handicapped girl realize her true potential and overcome the limitations of a wheelchair.") (53)
- Discovery by Carol Jo Eidelberg ("Poisoned by a tranquilizer dart during a capture attempt, Bennu turns to Dr. Ward Frazier for help. But can they find an antidote before Yago attacks?") (59)
- Castaway by Carol Jo Eidelberg (77)
- Spirit Quest by Peggy Spalding and Carol Eidelberg ("Inadvertently sent back through time, Bennu at last finds Mira... but it's the 11th century. His immediate problem in not how to return to the present, though, it is how to regain his sanity.") (90)
- Connections by Carol Eidelberg and Peggy Spalding ("Bennu must deal with a 45-mile marathon, a damsel in distress, industrial espionage, and more in this two-part tale.") (137)
The art is by Joy, Nancy Kolar, Cheryl Allen Minekime, Linda Raedisch, Peggy Spalding (including front cover), Stephanie Stoddard, and Leisa Urbantke.
- Editors' Page The Editors (2)
- Acknowledgments The Editors (4)
- Though Hell Should Bar the Way Leni R. Sommer ("Bennu's vacation at the beach introduces him to a young woman and an Irish Wolfhound. But where Bennu goes, can Preminger be far behind? ") (7)
- Bounder Melissa Shyan ("Bennu makes friends with a member of an endangered species, then puts himself at risk from the poachers who hunt them both.") (19)
- Shake Up Carol Jo Schorn ("In an earthquake rayaged city, Bennu and two of the government agents sent to capture him make a yery unlikely team.") (27)
- Lesson of the Phoenix :omda Reedisch (39)
- Origins of the Phoenix Legend K.A. Sanders (41)
- The Rescue Affair Laurie Keeper ("Bennu is captured by the government, and Dr. Frazier goes for help... to Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo." crossover with Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (43)
- Two Sides of the Coin K. A. Sanders (81)
- Melissa Nancy Hibbert (83)
- Beenu Lisa Reeser (86)
- Unread Messages Linda Raedisch (87)
- Alice's Brother Nancy Hibbert ("Eric, age 5, goes searching for the White Rabbit, but meets Bennu, instead. More fun than a tea party with the Mad Hatter!") (89)
- Secrets Linda Raedisch (94)
- Bennu and the Leprechaun Peggy Spaulding ("The magic comes al lye when Bennu teams up with one of the Wee Folk.") (86)
- The Owl Called My Name Nancy Hibbert (105)
- Bad Vibes from Salem Town Lani R. Summer and Peggy Spaulding ("Mira's sarcophagus falls into the evil hands of Hanoi Xan. Can Buckaroo Banzai help Bennu find his missing partner before the worst can happen?") (109)
- Enough is Enough Stephanie Stoddard (133)
- Keepers of the Dream K.A. Sanders ("Tortured by Yago and left to die, Mira passes her powers and her mission to the young archaeologist who finds her. But will 'Satra' find Bennu before Yago can destroy them both?") (139)
- Star of Hope Leni R. Summer (147)
- Song of Eldebran Carol Jo Schorn (151)
- Family Ties Cheryl Allen Minekime (153)
The art is by K.A. Sanders (front cover), Nancy Kolar, Cheryl Minekime, Cheryl Pederson, Linda Raedisch, K. A. Sanders (calligraphy and hieroglyphics), Peggy Spalding, Stephanie Stoddard, Leisa Urbantke, and Lynne Allise Witten.
- A Second Rising by Linda Raedisch (The sequel is "Sky and Earth" in the next issue.) (6)
- The Court of Chants and Crystals by Cheryl A. Minekime ("Bennu and Mira's last days on Eldebran, and how Yago came to Earth.") (16)
- Stranger in a Strange Land by Peggy Spalding (23)
- Valentine's Day by Nancy Hibbert ("On that special day of the year, concern for a mutual friend brings two lonely people together.") (24)
- The Island by Carol Jo Schorn (The most vital thing to have in a survival situation can be a friend.) (34)
- I Wonder by Tammy Dennis (59)
- Eye of the Beholder by Susan Huffer ("Bennu meets a number of most unusual people in a dark alley....") (60)
- Bright Phoenix by Peggy Spalding (61)
- The Rabbit and the Hawk by Carol Jo Schorn (72)
- All Hallowed Saints' Eve by Nancy Hibbert (74)
- For the World is in Darkness, and I Have Killed My Brother by Carol Jo Schorn ("Andre didn't die at the bottom of that wolf pit, and Bennu has more than his hands full with his deadly double But will Mat Houston or Yago prove to be the more deadly to the unsuspecting ancient astronaut?") (82)
- Buried Treasure by Linda Raedisch (111)
- Hard Facts by Nancy Hibbert (112)
- To Greet the Sun by Tammy Dennis (121)
- Drowning Man by Laurie Keeper ("When Bennu is captured by De Varga, help arrives in the shape of a mysterious man who drives a black '65 Corvette Stingray". Crossover with Stingray.) (122)
- Hitchhiking on a Dream by Stephanie Stoddard (148)
- Power of the Phoenix by Linda Raedisch (152)
- Moon of Exile by K.A. Sanders (sequel to Keepers of the Dream, "Bennu and Satra travel to the Yucatan in search of a device left by Bennu's people.") (153)
- Satra's Song for Bennu by K.A. Sanders (172)
- Gather of the Sun by Linda Raedisch ("Bennu becomes a leader of the pack, and Preminger gets thrown to the wolves.") (173)
- Untitled Poems by Alyns Lawchilde (177)
The art is by Steve Carter, Ruth Dempsey, Elizabeth Gagliano, Shepherd Hendrix, Laurie Keeper, Terri Librande, Cheryl A. Minekime, Cheryl Pederson, Frances Quinn, Linda Raedisch, Joy Riddle, K.A. Sanders (hieroglyphics, calligraphy), Peggy Spalding (front cover), Stephanie, and Lynne Allyse Witten.
- Fire Raven by Ruth Dempsey ("Helping rescue teams in a raging forest fire, Bennu is soon engulfed in an even worse situation.") (5)
- Untitled Poem by Allyns Lawchilde (14)
- Enlighten by Teresa Sarick (15)
- Amhran Na H-each by Frances Quinn (17)
- Untitled Poem 2 by Frances Quinn (18)
- Mountainside Meditation by K. A. Sanders (19)
- In the Greenwood by Carol Jo Schorn (crossover with Robin of Sherwood, "When the forces of evil are loose in Sherwood Forest, and the Hooded Man is in deadly danger, Herne summons help from a distant land. But will Bennu and Lady Marion be able to free Robin (JC) and his band from the sorcery of Simon de Belleme?") (21)
- Untitled Poem 1 by Frances Quinn (48)
- Admonition by Linda Raedisch (48)
- You Should Believe in Fairies by Robbie Sturm (49)
- The Starman by Ruth Dempsey (55)
- If the Sky Could Sing by Mike Post and Stephen Geyer (56)
- The Stones of Maitawi by Laurie Keeper (crossover with Stingray, "In this sequel to "Drowning Man" and the Stingray episode, "The Neniwa," Bennu returns to repay his favor to the mystery man known only as Ray. But can even the Phoenix and the Neniwa together save a world threatened by Yago's evil?") (59)
- Path of Destiny by K. A. Sanders (86)
- Preminger by Teresa Sarick (87)
- Earth and Sky by Linda Raedisch ("In this sequel to "A Second Rising," Mira is now searching for Bennu. But dangers expected and unexpected are closing in...") (88)
- Ellie by Teresa Sarick (102)
- The Measure of a Man by Nancy Hibbert ("Bennu helps a good-natured, but timid accountant realize the full measure of his worth as he accompanies the other man on his mission of mercy.") (104)
- Values by Teresa Sarick (110)
- So Alone by Cheryl Pederson (111)
- Justin's Midnight Musings by Ruth Dempsey (112)
- Thoughts on an Amulet by K.A. Sanders (113)
- Untitled Poetry by Alyns Lawchild (113)
- The Return of the Phoenix by Ruth Dempsey ("Tragic events require drastic action when Bennu loses another close to him. But even the most bitter endings can herald new beginnings.") (115)
- Rebirth by Ruth Dempsey (143)
- Untitled Poetry by Alyns Lawchild (145)
- O the Sun Shines Bright on the Windmills of my Heart by Archie O. Lowjyst (146)
- Fragments by Tammy Dennis (148)
- Musings at Sunrise by K. A. Sanders (149)
- Heir of the Sun by K.A. Sanders and Carol Jo Schorn ("Third in the "Keepers of the Dream" series: unexpected events lead to a decision by Bennu and Satra, and a dramatic change in their lives.") (150)
- Bennu by Tammy Dennis (194)
- Portrait of a Visitor by K.A. Sanders (195)
- Sky and Earth by Linda Raedisch (A sequel to "A Second Rising." Mira is now searching for Bennu, but dangers expected and unexpected are closing in.)
On Wings of Light 5 contains 202 pages. It was published in 1991.
The art is by Peggy Spalding (front cover), Terri Labrande, Pam Martin, Frances Quin, Joy Riddle, K.A. Sanders (hierglyphics, calligraphy), Stephannie, Maggie Wade, and Lynne Alisse Witten.From a July 1993 ad in GAZ:
Issue includes: "Beauty and the Busters" - When the "Ghostbusters" pick up strange readings from a certain NYC apartment's balcony, will Catherine Chandler be able to save Vincent and his secret world from detection? Will Vincent be able to save Catherine from the dubious charms of Peter Venkman? (A B&B-GB crossover story); "Storm Warnings" - An incoming tornado and a lost child combine to produce certain tragedy - unless Paul Forrester can alter the course of events; "The Life Debt" - The enigmatic man known only as Stingray finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces when Yago, an ancient evil from Bennue's world, sets a trap to catch a Phoenix. (A PX-SR crossover story). "Echoes of the Future" - Sam's latest leap makes him the leader of a strange underground community and a Father to a most unusual small boy. (A B&B-QL crossover). "Music of the Night" - Yago's machinations send Bennu traveling through time and space, where he meets and is befriended by a disfigured stranger who has a gift for opera. Will the Phoenix find a way to return to the present before the portal that sent him there is closed forever? (A POTO-PX crossover). "Rose Petals of Gold" - When a Peruvian archaeological exhibit visiting New York City leads Falcon into a dangerous encounter with a South American drug lord, Bennu seeks help from Below the city. (A B&B-PX crossover). "A Christmas Presence" - Bennu gets a helping hand from an unexpected source when tub strangers offer him a ride on a wintery day. (A PX-HTH crossover). And lots more! Stories, poetry, and art.
- The Life-Debt by Laurie Keeper (Phoenix)/Stingray) (5)
- Beauty and the 'Busters by Mike Winkle (Beauty and the Beast)/(Ghostbusters) (28)
- Phoenix Episode Guide by Teri Sarick (Phoenix) (41)
- Storm Warning by Kate Nickell (Starman) (43)
- Spheres by Teri Sarick (Starman) (46)
- The Empty Balcony by Terri Librande (Beauty & the Beast) (47)
- Music of the Night by K.A. Sanders (Phoenix/Phantom of the Opera) (48)
- ...And in Darkness, Light by K. A. Sanders (Phoenix/Phantom of the Opera) (59)
- The Questions I've Asked by Chantal Gaudiano and Carol J. E. Schorn (Phoenix) (61)
- Dark Journey by Teri Sarick (Beauty & the Beast) (78)
- From the Management Terri Librande by (Beauty & the Beast) (79)
- Rose Petals of Gold by Ruth Dempsy (Phoenix)/(Beauty & the Beast) (80)
- Tunnels by Teri Sarick (Phoenix) (108)
- Noelle's Thoughts by Francis Quinn (Phoenix) (109)
- Noel by Teresa Sarick (Phoenix) (109)
- Ghost Hunt by Ruth Dempsey (Phoenix)/(Navajo Wolf Witch) (110)
- Echoes of the Future by Terri Librande (Beauty & the Beast)/(Quantum Leap) (123)
- Fire of Life by Teresa Sarick (Phoenix) (136)
- Capture by Madona Skaff (Phoenix) (137)
- Hidden Treasure by Francis Quinn ( Phoenix) (147)
- Follow the Bouncing Ball Bearing by Lynnee Alisse Witten (Phoenix)/(Beauty & the Beast)/(Starman) (148)
- A Walk on the Wild Side by Emily Parker (Phoenix) (151)
- Who Could Have Known by Carol J. E. Schorn (Starman) (163)
- Christmas Presence by Elizabeth Knauel (Phoenix)/(Highway to Heaven) (165)
- Along Route 20 by Teresa Sarick (Phoenix) (197)
- Resurgat by Francis Quin (Phoenix) (197)
- Steal To Me by Chantal Gaudiano (Beauty & the Beast) (198)
- True, Yes by Teri Sarick (Beauty & the Beast) (198)
- When Jenny Laughed by Vai Janeway (Starman) (199)
- When Dreams Come True by Terri Librande (Beauty & the Beast) (200)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5
I'm very impressed by the general presentation of On Wings of Light 5, the cover is a glossy stock and the artwork is beautifully reproduced in a rich, deep black. The spiral binding, although not quite large enough to allow one to bend the page back while reading (understandable with 202 pages of content), is of acceptable size and allows you the luxury most stapled zines do not-it can be laid flat on the table and read while you're eating your lunch. The type throughout the zine is clean and legible, a joy in varied lighting conditions (subway strap-hangers, take note). I appreciate the lack of typos, the clean corrections, and general attention the editors have provided. Well done!
OWOL used to be an all-Phoenix zine and has since expanded its horizons to include B&B and Starman because, as the authors explain in the editorial, their own interests have expanded. The latest cry in fandom seems to be "adapt or die" and expanding an existing zine certainly makes more sense than folding a zine with a small fandom simply because the number of fans has decreased over time. By providing material for readers of other fandoms, as well as your original, you may introduce new fans to your first fandom.
Three stories in the zine are way above the fannish average. "Storm Warning," by Kat Nickell, is short and to the point, with interesting secondary characters, a good setting with sufficient description (good God, she even describes sounds!), and main characters who very much act as they should.
"Ghost Hunt," by Ruth Dempsey, is the third in a series of stories. It is a hell of a read, and you don't need to know a damn thing about the previous two--I didn't. Information is parceled out sparingly, without hitting the reader over the head or insulting their intelligence. The female lead is kind of "almost perfect," but at least she's abrasive enough to speak her mind and she's not the central focus of the story. The real strength of this story lies in point of view and in the author's maintaining that point of view. There's a little mysticism, a little magic, and some really fantastic descriptions of a world just a little closer to history than downtown Manhattan. If there's a flaw, it's that the build-up to the climax is strong, then the climax hits and everything is...well, okay, we can go home now. The description seems to run the same way; you get a breathtaking vista on one page and really look forward to a mystical dream sequence. ..which proceeds to sputter and die before it even gets started. Strong story, good characters, good setting...another winner.
The other prizewinner, this time a crossover of Phoenix and Highway to Heaven, is "Christmas Presence," by Elizabeth Knauel. I was expecting a very soppy Christmas story. What I found was a well-written education in the art of self-depression and enlightenment.
The best stories in the zine contain something more than plot and character; they contain the essence of a truth oran investigation of an idea. "Storm Warning" discusses simple values and the worth of truth. "Ghost Hunt" contains an examination of old ways and old ideas, of how courage is not to be found in protecting oneself but in protecting another. "Christmas Presence' is about the gifts inherent in the small things in life and death, and how the universe is more complicated than even angels dream. There are beautiful descriptive passages-- about horses, about Christmas Eve, about promises made and twisted to fit circumstances. The story isn't flawless, but you can easily forgive the few flaws because of the charm. The characterization is spot on. Mark is a friendly bear of a person and Jonathan is...kind. And beyond understanding. Bennu is himself—affable, yet affected by a darkness that comes of inner weariness and despair. And, beyond a comprehensible plot, there are layers of things, like ghosts, and snow, and tricks you can teach horses. A great story, and well told.
The rest of the fiction runs just about even with that average mark. Yes, there are some stories that have major problems ("The Life Debt" makes no sense medically), and there's at least one story that actually upset me ("A Walk on the Wild Side"), but on the whole, the fiction is well-written and well edited.
The poetry is actually better than the usual smattering of fannish poetry and, alas, some of it is used for filler. The omniscient narrator in Teresa Sarick's "Noel," a Phoenix poem, works, the last stanza echoing the first, that loss may be loss, no matter who you are or how long you've been away. It's one of the best pieces I've ever seen from Teresa. "...And In the Darkness, Light," by K.A. Sanders, is a companion to her Phoenix-Phantom story. A few of the line breaks are awkward, but it's a far better recap of what she was trying to say than her story. Carol J.E. Schom's "Who Could Have Known?" is a Starman poem that is more "stream of consciousness" than poetry, yet it brings up some truly promising images. Frances Quinn's poetry is undoubtedly the best in the zine. Her "Resurgat" is magnificent, from the empty hills to the herds of night fleeing before the dawn. These are images that bring a soul to fire.
The cover, by Peggy Spalding, has a wonderful layout incorporating good design elements. The hieroglyphs clash slightly with the deftly shaded characters and might have been offset by giving the border, or even the hieroglyphs, a sense of depth through some additional shading, but this is really a small design flaw. There's also something just subtly wrong with the shading on the various characters--I believe it's that each has a different light source (Bennu is lit from the back, Vincent and Catherine from the front). A little judicious shading, no more than a mark or two, would solve that problem easily. The cover is attractive, representative of the interior material, and a definite bonus for the zine. Good job.
If there's any problem with the zine, it is that more attention needs to be turned toward layout and art reproduction. Delicate line work seems washed out in places (as on the frontispiece/copyright page), but large areas of solid black have generally excellent reproduction (smooth, unbroken, unblemished...ah, that's how black should look!). The artwork in the zine is just about ninety percent portrait and ten percent illustration...disappointing to my personal preference for illustration, but well within the current dictates of fannish requirements. In fact, there are forty-five illustrations in the 202 pages, literally one illustration every four-point-five pages. That's heavily illustrated.
Most of the artwork suffers from inconsistent or tentative layout. Portraits, especially, need to be grounded to the page, and too much white space can detract from the power and elegance of a good portrait. The occasional border (whether clip art or hand drawn) would help, as would some contrast shading behind the portraits themselves. And what about using quarter-or half-page illustrations with text?
One of the highlights, a Phoenix done by Frances Quinn (page one), suffers from bad reproduction. It's a truly lovely piece; a stunning design, deftly executed. A little darker printing, or offset, would have made a very good illustration an exceptional illustration and a hellof a way to open the zine. Page 29, the illustration of Catherine doodling, by Pam Martin, is my absolute favorite piece in the entire zine. Yes, it's light, but it's also grounded, just the right size for the page, illustrative, expressive...hell, when I grow up I want to be able to do things like this. Good job. Great job. Come to my house and teach me. I'll pay airfare. This is artwork!
Joy Riddle's artwork is sprinkled lavishly throughout the zine, ranging from spot on to just plain awful. I have to give her a lot of credit for her illustrative work-she does action scenes! Wow! But her best piece is on page 68, a really keen Preminger portrait. It, too, suffers from layout-floating-itis, but it's also a pistol of a portrait. The line work conveys depth, character, and expression. This is not a happy buckaroo. And in a zine with a portrait every few pages, her version of Bennu on page 138 stands out. It needs a bit of reduction, grounding, and placement, but there's an expression on the face that makes you want to throwout all the junk food and switch to trail mix, oral least Crispie Wheats and Raisins, for good.
There are neither too few nor too many lines. Good likeness, good expression. Spalding's Vincent, Catherine, and Bennu on page 105 is-hurrah-an illustration that actually belongs with a scene in the story. What ruins it is the tunnel roof line near Vincent's head-it totally destroys all perspective...but I like the fact that the illo's grounded. The edge lines on the left and right should have been cleaned up, but it's a job well done on three faces and costumes, including that sneaky little shadow Catherine casts on Vincent's chest. Stephanie's "Jonathan," on page 181, deserves better layout - he's sitting way down at the corner of the page, all by himself. Great expression in the eyes and on the face. Definitely needs a bit more background. Good likeness, wonderful illustration.
Individual story titles have been hand-lettered, but often seemed squashed into the space provided. The calligrapher, K.A. Sanders, shows a lot of promise, but needs to use a straight edge more, to balance both the upper and lower edges of her lettering. She also might try to adapt her style to accentuate the text font-the free and easy style of calligraphy clashes in some instances.In addition, there are a number of stories in the zine that are continuations of previous stories. The editors should be thanked for giving the names of the previous stories or series of stories, but the title and copyright date of the zine in which the other stories had appeared would be beneficial to those readers who were picking up OWOL for the first time. OWOL5 succeeds where most good zines succeed-varied subject matter and style, well-edited stories, sharp cover, and an eye toward that reader of fiction who wants clean, quality text. This zine receives a three plus...a little more attention to interior layout and reproduction could turn a well-written zine into a showcase for artists, as well as authors. 
I don't think Susan Garrett was too harsh in her assessment of my art in On Wings of Light 5. Some of that stuf was dreadful, and I apologized to Peggy Spalding even as I gave it to her. What isn't mentioned in the forward of the zine, or anywhere else, is the fact that a lot of the art was done at the last minute, at a convention in Houston over Thanksgiving, at around two o'clock in the morning! Reference materials were limited to whatever was on hand in the co-editor's-Carol Schorn's-apartment and whatever art supplies I had with me, while she, Peggy, and I think it was Laurie Keeper, worked on the zine's written portion in the next room on a rather cranky computer and printer-not the best of circumstances to do anything artistic, let alone doing it well! Those are also some of the few illos I've done that I don't have a copy of somewhere other than the zine itself; all the art was just handed over to Peggy as completed. Friends do odd things to help friends, don't they? 
On Wings of Light 6 was published in 1993 and contains 229 pages.
- Editors' Page by The Editors (Phoenix)/(Stingray) (2)
- Flame from Another Fire by Michelle L. Levigne (Phoenix) (5)
- The Final Song by J. Ruth Dempsey (Phoenix) (22)
- Deserted Stars by Kate Nickell (Starman) (23)
- Bait and Switch by Michelle L. Levigne (Starman) (25)
- Lights of Blue and Gold by Elizabeth Knauel (Phoenix)/(Quantum Leap) (39)
- Phoenix in Blue Jeans by J. Ruth Dempsey (Phoenix) (77)
- Burnout by Lauren Keeper (Phoenix/Stingray) (79)
- By Fell Dreams Touched by Mark R. (Phoenix) (85)
- Serpent by Kate Nickell (Beauty & the Beast) (132)
- Storm over New York by Kate Nickell (Phoenix) (132a)
- Gizmos by Michelle L. Levigne (Beauty & the Beast) (133)
- Vincent by J. Ruth Dempsey (Beauty & the Beast) (147)
- My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is by Mark R. (Phoenix) (148)
- Into the Light by Mark R. Whittington (Phoenix) (170)
- Arisen from the Ashes by Kate Nickell (Phoenix) (180)
- Semper Fidelis by Mark R. Whittington (Phoenix/(Quantum Leap) (183)
- The Court Marshal of Justin Preminger by Mark R. Whittington (Phoenix)/(Dallas) (197)
- Close Encounters by Elizabeth Knauel (Phoenix)/(Starman) (227)
- Wings of Light by Kate Nickell (Phoenix) (229)