Q-fer, the Catalogue of Dreams

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Q-fer, the Catalogue of Dreams is by JoAnn Baca. It is about the history of The Q-fer, a Beauty and the Beast (TV) zine resource.

Introduction: "The current cyber Library database has a looooong history...... On the occasion of the re-opening of the Crystal Rose Lending Library and the linkage of the Library with the Qfer, here is some background about the Qfer and how it came to be."

See The Q-fer history, Archived version.

Some Parts

  • What is the Qfer?
  • How was the Qfer developed?
  • What was in a hardcopy Qfer?
  • Why was it necessary to create the consolidated online Qfer?
  • What’s the future of the consolidated online Qfer?

Excerpts

For many fans, it’s hard to believe (and for others, it’s hard to remember!) that when Beauty and the Beast first aired on CBS in the 1980s, the vast majority of fans did not have computers or access to them, and the Internet, for all intents and purposes, did not exist for the general public. So when most fans wanted to talk about the show, they had to telephone or write to each other, or physically get together. Fandom burgeoned as fan communities sprang up all over the world, generally based along city or regional lines, although an international fan club was established early on. Almost immediately, fans began to write about the show – publishing club newsletters, letterzines in which fans could submit comments about the show to be shared with other subscribers, and episode analyses and synopses. Fans also were writing fan fiction and creating art – lots and lots of fanfic, and lots and lots of art! But how were they going to get these creations out to a wide audience in those pre-Internet days?