One Safe Harbor (Blake's 7 art)

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Fan Art
Title: One Safe Harbor
Artist: Suzan Lovett
Date(s): 1993 or before
First Published:
Medium: print
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Fandom: Blake's 7
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One Safe Harbor is an erotic Blake's 7 illo by Suzan Lovett. [1]

The illo was used in 1993 as the cover of |Strange Bedfellows
The illo was used on the cover of the first issue of Strange Bedfellows in 1993. The central mailer of "Strange Bedfellows," Shoshanna wrote in that apazine:

The cover for this issue [...] is probably the best example I've ever seen of obeying the letter of the law while thoroughly evading its spirit. "No exposed genitalia," I said in my rules for SB covers, and lo and behold, Agnes ups and offers me the use of a stunningly gorgeous piece of artwork, and, well, it's got no exposed genitalia...[snipped] it was too wonderful to turn down as a special premiere treat, I knew I wouldn't be comfortable reading a zine with [this] cover on the bus, which is the real litmus test for SB covers, and if I wouldn't be comfortable—I'm pretty brash, as some of you know—I could imagine how others might feel.

[snipped]

For the record, Agnes got Suzan Lovett's permission for the limited reprinting of this piece as an apa cover. I won't use any fan artwork without such permission. Commercial pictures from whatever source I consider fair game; if we were going to quibble over such appropriation, we wouldn't be writing fanfic, would we? [2]

Reactions and Reviews

1993

Wasn't that Avon/Blake cover in the last issue wonderful? Generally speaking I have no great interest in slash art(or fan art in general) but this Lovett piece knocked me over. Even were I to throw out SBF #1 (speaking hypothetically of course), I would keep this cover. [3]

1994

And lastly, the B7 piece... mentioned last week, I think (I forget its title). Avon & Blake wrapped around each other, emotional stuff everywhere, complete and total nudity with no penises displayed. [4]

1996

I've just acquired the last copy of Suzan Lovett's print, One Safe Harbor. I think it is the most beautiful piece of art that I own, because it expresses the emotional need between Blake and Avon. They are embracing tightly, as though they are terrified of losing one another. [5]

References

  1. see at here; WebCite
  2. see full quote at Strange Bedfellows #1
  3. from Strange Bedfellows #2
  4. Charlotte Hill's post to the Virgule-L mailing list in May 1994, quoted with permission.
  5. from a fan in Late for Breakfast #28 (1996)