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Title: Rerun
Publisher: Polaris Press
Editor(s): Lorraine Bartlett
Date(s): 1983-1994
Medium: print
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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Rerun is a gen multimedia anthology zine.

Issue 1

Rerun 1 was published in 1983 and contains 152 pages.

cover of issue #1, Signe Landon — In his book Textual Poachers, Henry Jenkins included an image of this cover and described it as "a multi-media zine [that] borrows iconography from a number of different series, including the Doctor's scarf, Barnabas Collins' cane and ring, John Steed's bowler, and Jim Kirk's pants." Also included in this illo is Ralph Hinkley's suit and David Starsky's tennis shoe.
back cover of issue #1,
a flyer for issue #1

Artwork: Signe Landon (front cover), Jean C., Jessie Craig, Ruth Kurz, Ann Larimer, Rhonda Reese, Rob St. John, Lynne Witten (inside back cover), Leah Rosenthal

The editor mentions that the original publication date was to be May 1982 ("Ha!")

  • Ye Olde Editor Speaketh by Lorraine Bartlett (3)
  • TV Guided, poem by Paula Smith (mixed media) (4)
  • View from a Window by Brian Gardner (At the end of the series, the Prisoner was returned to London.) (The Prisoner) (6)
  • I Saw Solo Kissing April Dancer, filk by Erika Rausher (The Man from U.N.C.L.E) (16)
  • Confessions, filk by Erika Rausher (Man from U.N.C.L.E) (17)
  • Kal-El, poem by Robbie Sturm (Superman II) (18)
  • Going Back by Linda Brown (Being human isn’t as much fun as Clark Kent thought it would be.) (Superman II) (19)
  • Shadow Dancing, poem by Robbie Sturm (Unknown) (22)
  • Ode to the BAD Cats, filk by Laurie Haldeman (B.A.D Cats) (23)
  • THIS IS A TEST. It is only a test.... (trivia) (24)
  • Only Child by Lorraine Bartlett (In the galaxy of Andromeda, Sarah’s disappeared.) (Fourth Doctor) (Doctor Who) (25)
  • Eye of Horus, poem by Teresa Sarick (Doctor Who) (56)
  • An Extraordinary Encounter by Jude Wilson (Sarah Jane Smith has a flat tire on the B1416.) (Fifth Doctor) (Doctor Who) (58)
  • Renko: A Dramatization, poem by Teresa Sarick (Hill Street Blues) (61)
  • Hero, poem by Teresa Sarick (The Greatest American Hero) (64)
  • Ralph , poem by Ruth Kurz (Greatest American Hero) (66)
  • The Three the Suit Was Meant For by D.C. Black (Ralph and Pam are getting married.) (Greatest American Hero) (67)
  • The Vigil by Robbie Sturm (Conan the Barbarian) (71)
  • So Long Beej by Mary Carson (M*A*S*H) (72)
  • Then I'll See You in Hell by Lorraine Bartlett (Han confronts his feelings while awaiting rescue on the snow plains of Hoth.) (Star Wars) (reprinted from Landspeeder) (74)
  • Find Your Favorite, word find (80)
  • Hello, Marion, poem by Ruth Kurz (Raiders of the Lost Ark) (81)
  • Magnum, P.I., A Compendium of Facts by Jude Wilson (Magnum, P.I.) (82)
  • The Winds of Iwa by Lorraine Bartlett (Hurricane Iwa hits the Hawaiian Islands.) (Magnum, P.I.) (88)
  • Grey Panthers by Laurie Haldeman (Being mugged can be deadly. Starsky & Hutch get help from all quarters when they stop a group of senior citizens from taking the law into their own hands.) (Starsky and Hutch) (106)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

I am utterly delighted with RERUN. It's gorgeous! The artwork is super and I really like all the series logos you've included. The UNCLE material sure brought back some campy memories. My compliments to Ann Larimer, Jessie Craig, Jude Wilson, Rhonda Reece. Haven't read everything yet, but I loved these people's work! Also all the poetry and filks are lovely! [1]
Please tell Laurie Haldeman that I made the mistake of reading ODE TO THE BAD CATS while drinking a coke and almost ruined my copy of the zine! Also loved D.C. Black's GAH vignette. It was a real rush to see my pictures in print! (Oh my god--I drew Sarah cross-eyed!) [2]

First let me say how much I liked the overall zine. I especially like the use of all the different logos for each show, and the artwork is fantastic. Hold onto Jesse Craig, she is an artist worthy of Signe Landon, Joni Wagner, or any of the other famous fan artists. Also, tell Signe how much I like the cover.

Now, in the tradition of theatrical critics everywhere, I'll proceed with the dissection. TV GUIDED is a very good poem, and it reminded me of a similar one in the first or second issue of Holmesian Federation. Sort of a combination of the best of TV Guide, huh?

I am not too fond of Erika Rauscher's I SAW SOLO, but find CONFESSIONS to be a much better piece concerning the friendship of Solo and the Russian. But then, I really am not too knowledgeable about filksongs, Linda Brown's GOING BACK fits right in, and seems to me to be a scene left out of the theatrical movie. I believe this is the highest praise a writer of a media-based story can receive, if the story is so good that it seems a part of the actual series (or movie). This can also be said of D.C. Black's GAH vignette, THE THREE THE SUIT WAS MEANT FOR, and your own TESB piece, THEN I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL. It might interest you to know that the radio script for the NPR version of TESB written by Brian Daley, could almost be taken word for word from your no-doubt earlier story. Don't you love it when you outguess a pro SF author?

You may have noticed I've not said anything about your Doctor Who story, but I do not feel qualified to judge it as my acquaintance with the Doctor is slight at best. Now we come to my favorite piece which is THE WINDS OF IWA. This is a perfect example of a story fitting right in with the series. While I read, I could hear Tom Selleck doing the voice-over at the appropriate places. Your gift for dialogue is amazing. You have not only captured T.M. in the story, but your Higgins is little short of masterful. You may tell all the fellow contributors that this contributor thinks they all did a splendid job, whether it be art, poetry, or prose! [3]
I would like to say how much I liked your MAGNUM P.I. story. It showed an unseen side of Higgin's character. I also liked the Doctor Who story, AN EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTER. It is a very interesting premise. I have often wondered what the meeting of Sarah Jane (my favorite companion) and the fifth Doctor Who would be like. I hope there will be many more Doctor Who stories in your future issues. [4]

I loved RERUN, even tho' I am not a fan of all the shows represented, and some I have never even heard of, but overall it was really good. Loved the cover -- talk about a composite of everything. Please pass on my compliments to Signe Landon. There are a number of new talents here that I never encountered before. Jessie Craig, for example.

Liked Paula Smith's TV GUIDED. Cute! VIEW FROM A WINDOW was interesting. Now I have never seen The Prisoner, although I have heard of it, and had a vague idea of what it was about. It didn't seem like it would be interesting to me, even though I liked Patrick McGoohan. However, the way the story was written, there was enough background included so that I knew what was supposed to be going on, and it held my attention and my interest. I liked the various cartoons, too. TV SHOWS WE'D LIKE TO SEE--neat: Bonanza, Ozzie & Harriet and Family Feud - boy do I hate that show! Oh, I forgot to mention that I liked the IN MEMORIAM OF JAKE BLUES--I'm a Blues Brothers fan. Loved that movie!

Actually, my poem, KAL-EL was written post Superman I, but I guess it applies to the second one, doesn't it? GOING BACK, by Linda Brown, was okay, but seemed to me to be a rehash of what was covered in the movie. Maybe I missed a pertinent point somewhere. I enjoyed the Doctor Who stories, particularly DOCTOR WHO AND THE ONLY CHILD. I must admit that Sarah Jane is my least favorite of the "companions" thus far, I favor Leela and then Romana (played by Mary Tamm, not Lalla Ward), but still the story was really good. Ann Larimer's illo of the Doctor is really good. I don't understand the poem, EYE OF HORUS, by Teresa Sarick. I do like RENKO: A DRAMATIZATION. It certainly says it all, particularly the last two lines. The Greatest American Hero I have seen twice, so at least I have an idea of who is who, but I don't care for the show. The artwork is good, especially Ralph on page 65. HERO, by Teresa Sarick is an interesting poem, too. THE THREE THE SUIT WAS MEANT FOR, by D.C. Black — I can't be a good judge here because as I say, I don't really care for the show or the characters. Probably like someone who doesn't care for Starsky and Hutch trying to be objective about an S&H story. Practically impossible, because you can't appreciate the actions, nuances, conversations and emotions involved.

SO LONG BEEJ by Mary Carson was well timed. It's a good poem, I liked it. I really enjoyed THEN I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL. Nice job, Lorraine. Being a SW and Han Solo and Harrison Ford fan helps my enjoyment, of course. This was typically Han. Very good. Also loved Ruth Kurz's poem and picture of Indy Jones. That's our Marion all right. God, that was a good movie. Only got to see it seven times!

What have they done to Magnum this season? I think they have tried to ruin it. All anyone does is scream and act like complete juvenile wimps--and that includes T.C, Rick and Higgins. Aaaeegghh! Loved the COMPENDIUM OF FACTS. Very interesting. If the shows don't improve, characterization-wise, we may have to depend on fan stories. Sheesh! I have been watching them all, nonetheless. When you're hooked, you're hooked. THE WINDS OF IWA would make a good TV show. Gee, Lorraine, is there any show you can't write about? How about HSB? This was really believable, not only were all the people realistically in character, the background of WHY Magnum baits Higgins was enlightening. And how Higgins feels about Magnum even though he pretends to be irritated with him all the time. GREY PANTHERS was great. Congrats to Laurie Haldeman. Ending with the photo of S&H was nice. Wish I had the original of that.

Congratulations on a very nice job and I look forward to the next one. [5]

Well, overall I'd have to say I enjoyed RERUN very much; if, as in your editorial, you say you thought of this as an 'experiment,' then I think your 'experiment' was a success! This is the first media zine I've ever read, so it was something new for me, too.

THE PRISONER: VIEW THROUGH A WINDOW, never having seen one single episode of this series, I must confess that the story was thoroughly confusing to me! But it was like putting together a puzzle, and I did enjoy that. If the tone of the story was meant to be nightmarish, unreal and depressing, then it certainly succeeded.

SUPERMAN II: GOING BACK, by Linda Brown. Yes! The most effective part of the movie, for me, was Superman's conflict of interests and his anguish over sacrificing his powers for the woman he loved. The style does remind me of a comic book story, but I enjoyed it. Could have been less melodramatic, but then, maybe it was meant to be, no? ((—Ed note: Yes!))

THE DOCTOR WHO STORIES: Again, here's a series I've never watched before, and am not into at all. It's hard for me to really comment on presentation of characters, etc., since I am not familiar with them, but I found ONLY CHILD, by Lorraine Bartlett, particularly well done and engrossing. The material has intrigued me to the point of making me curious enough to watch the series on our local channel. Good stuff!

GREATEST AMERICAN HERO: The poem, RALPH, is wonderful. In just one poem, Ruth Kurz has managed to more than effectively capture the essence of Ralph, the spirit of the entire series, in fact. The poignancy of Ralph's inevitable loneliness, put on him by his super-hero status--all the while being much too human, and certainly far from perfect. Beautiful poem. Likewise, THE THREE THE SUIT WAS MEANT FOR, by D.C. Black--very effective. That episode ended much too abruptly for me--without sharing the doubts and fears and insecurities that Pam had to have felt. This story captured that aspect beautifully, plus giving a very good portrayal of Bill, too. I always loved Bill, and it's so nice to see him portrayed with sensitivity and feeling, which we all knew were there all along, anyway, but which the series was often remiss in sharing. This and Ralph's relationship came over loud and clear, too. And the three of them as a team. I enjoyed it a lot.

STARSKY AND HUTCH: GREY PANTHERS. S&H, of course, is still and always will be 
my all-time favorite series and fandom, so maybe that's why I feel sort of
 critical about this particular story. I was left with the feeling that it 
could've been done better. The story itself was well written and interesting;
 the problems of old people today are very serious and real, and this story
captured a lot of that in an effective way, I particularly enjoyed the character 
of Adelle, and the other 'senior citizens' were equally well drawn; real flesh-
and-blood people you could feel for, care about. That part of the story was en
joyable. But The characterizations of Starsky and Hutch themselves were very disappointing, at least for me. It was a surprise, coming from Laurie Haldeman, who always used to write S&H with such feeling, I felt none of the closeness, caring and true affection between S&H that is always the hallmark of a really good S&H story. For me, so many times during the story I kept thinking that S&H could've been replaced by any other two cops and nobody would have noticed. It's a shame. If the feeling and old S&H 'magic' had been there, this wouldn't have been just a good story--it would've been a GREAT story, one that I might have re-read.

MAGNUM P.I.: THE WINDS OF IWA -- I loved it! Everything was so right about this story. Good solid plot, excellent characterizations and the subtle interaction of Magnum and Higgins and T.C. and Rick that makes the series what it is. The series makes me feel like they are a 'family' and this story left me with that feeling, too. I particularly enjoyed the portions with Magnum's thoughts. I could almost hear his voice over just like on the show. Good story. Also enjoyed the COMPENDIUM OF MAGNUM FACTS by Jude Wilson and Lorraine Bartlett, handy to have around if I ever want to take a crack at a story of my own...

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: THEN I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL by Lorraine Bartlett: I have a soft spot in my heart (head?) for Han Solo, and this story shows him just the way I love him the most--as the tough guy with a heart of gold. It was a very moving story of a man struggling with his feelings of commitment and loyalty to Luke, Leia and the Rebel Alliance, and his old urges to be his 'own man.' Always looking out for himself. Which, of course, is just a facade, or he wouldn't have been there slowly freezing to death, trying to save Luke's life to begin with. One of my favorite stories in the whole zine. [6]

Of course I immediately read Laurie Haldeman's GREY PANTHERS. It was very good, well plotted and filled with nice scenes. So glad to see her writing. Enjoyed also [Jean C's] illos. She is a fine artist who puts a lot of 'character' into the drawings she does. The illo on page 123 is delightful.

Your own work -- THEN I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL, I also read with pleasure — and DOCTOR WHO AND THE ONLY CHILD. While I certainly can't claim to be familiar with the good gentleman (I've only seen the episodes you ran for me at Z-Con), the story held my interest from beginning to end. I guess what confuses me is the differences in Who's appearance between stories, but the universe is fascinating and I love the idea of being a Time Lord.

Liked Robbie Sturm's imagery in THE VIGIL. She continues to improve. Also RENKO by Teresa Sarick. Jude Wilson did a provocative vignette in AN EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTER. Again, my unfamiliarity with the characters is a hindrance, but she has a nice style— clean and crisp.

Laughed at Laurie Haldeman's ODE TO THE B.A.D. CATS. I think she expressed all our feelings.

I haven't finished the rest of the stories, but I do have a comment or two I'd like to make. Lori, as usual, you know how to put out a zine. It has the look, feel and size that makes you feel glad to receive it. The printing is good, illos good to excellent (delightful cover by Signe Landon) and the contents are varied enough to please most everyone, I have always enjoyed the Zebras and while offset etc. gives good quality, there's something so homey about mimeo.

Oh--before I forget--enjoyed THE WINDS OF IWA. I just started watching Magnum a couple of months ago--so the biogs were timely as well. All in all a most commendable effort. [7]

RERUN arrived safely a few weeks ago and I must tell you how enjoyable it was to read! The stories were all well-written and the 'zine had a nice balance of different programs. The best part, however, was that the 'zine had a sense of fun in it. It didn't take itself too seriously. It was enjoyable reading in the same way reruns are enjoyable viewing.

I was particularly fond of the stories THE THREE THE SUIT WAS MEANT FOR by D.C. Black and THE WINDS OF IWA by Lorraine Bartlett. In THE THREE THE SUIT WAS MEANT FOR, D.C. Black captured the spirit of Bill Maxwell quite nicely, and she got Pam Davidson down to a tee. In the episode the story was based on, Pam had just told Ralph she was going to leave him because she couldn't handle the situation any longer. Of course she's not then going to do a 180-degree turn because Ralph has asked her to marry him. She's still going to have the same doubts as before. D.C. brought this all out and also solved it in a manner you'd expect the characters to use. THE WINDS OF IWA made me try watching Magnum p.i., which I had never seen before. What higher praise is there for a story?

The artwork in the 'zine was also very well done. I especially like the styles of Ann Larimer and Jessie Craig. [8]

Just finished RERUN. Well, the stuff I was interested
 in. Y'know, somebody oughta chain Laurie Haldeman to a typer more often. I really, really enjoyed GREY PANTHERS. Haven't seen your SN-short, THEN I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL, since ya sent me that first draft a zillion-teen years ago. It ended up pretty good. I liked it! Who perpetrated that cover?! (by Signe Landon) Did the two of you conspire? It's one of the most absurdly enjoyable things I've seen since Connie Faddis' cover for Jan Lindner's "One-Shot." Can't remember the last time I saw anything so funnily asinine.

I'm sorely tempted to return the inside backcover of RERUN to you. I think it's
 terribly rude not to check off anything on the YOU ARE RECEIVING THIS ZINE BE
CAUSE. [9]

RERUN was great, a pleasurable grouping of material on many shows. TV SHOWS WE'D LIKE TO SEE was hilarious; do it again. There's still an episode of High Chapparal in which Blue raises a nice marijuana crop, for instance....

Paula Smith's poem calls up so many memories. We certainly are the media generation. These days, aside from the shows already covered in RERUN, I'm partial to TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY. (Obviously, Corky was the father of Lt. MacReynolds of MAGNUM P.I. Mac inherited his dad's skill with machinery and love of doughnuts and candy bars.)

I enjoyed seeing the artwork and compendium of Magnum facts. Even though I was late discovering this show, I seem to have caught the most informative episodes. THE WINDS OF IWA by Lorraine Bartlett was especially good. I have a weakness for "get'em" stories like this, which strip away a character's defenses and reveal his or her true essense. My only complaint is that I would've liked to follow Higgins in his trek to and from the wall, but I suppose then you couldn't easily work in the T.C. and Rick rescue scene. The boys may bicker and snipe at each other, but, as this story shows, they do care about each other. I've read that story three times. [10]

Many thanks for sending RERUN which I've much enjoyed
 reading. It certainly enlarges my education in introducing me to other programs which I know only by name --
 we don't get them all over here. You've got a lot of
 variety in one zine, and some nice artwork. Congratulations. I always think fandom is so lucky in having people like yourself who give us the reading which is such an important and enriching part of the whole thing. Thank you.

And as an S&H fan, I want to say, again, a special thank you for those ZEBRAS and for GREY PANTHERS by Laurie Haldeman. I'd be grateful if you'd tell Laurie how much I enjoyed the fresh, direct style of the writing. Some delightful scenes--! love the kittens nesting on the back seat (I must find out what a 'Calico' cat is.). The story made me think of the first season when we were first recognizing and responding to a very special series. And I thought Jean's illos were very satisfying. I do like her artwork. [11]

Just thought I'd drop you a note thanking you for RERUN. I really enjoyed it, even though I haven't finished it...I skipped over the Magnum p.i. story because I don't watch that show and don't know what it's all about, really. But I think I'll eventually tackle it.

The zine is very large, which I always like to see—plenty to read. The illos are all very good to excellent, and the graphics are carefully and imaginatively done. I enjoy the variety of contributions...a little something for everyone. And the stories were very good. Your DW story (DOCTOR WHO AND THE ONLY CHILD) was excellent, very exciting, and the characters well-written. I hope that you will be writing more of the adventures of the Good Doctor. I also enjoyed the S&H story, GREY PANTHERS, by Laurie Haldeman. It was suspenseful, and kept me interested the whole time!

Really, all the work was very good, and I hope that fandom will be fortunate enough to see another issue of RERUN in the not too distant future.

Again, thanks so very much, to you as an editor and to your contributors for all the work, time and effort on RERUN! [12]

I've read RERUN and have a few comments on it. VIEW FROM A WINDOW by Brian Garner was a depressing story and not like the PRISONER series at all; There was none of the humor or good plotting that added so much to the series. GOING BACK by Linda Brown was just a rehash of part of Superman II and not that interesting. I would have liked a new adventure with him better. DOCTOR WHO AND THE ONLY CHILD by Lorraine Bartlett is one of the best in the zine. It really caught the spirit of the series. AN EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTER by Jude Wilson was also good; just the right length and well written.

THE THREE THE SUIT WAS MEANT FOR by D.C. Black didn't make it. It was all talk and didn't fit in the series format at all. It was just a rehash of events that occurred in the episode The One The Suit Was Meant For. THEN I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL by Lorraine Bartlett was an average Star Wars story; nothing good or bad about it, just average.

THE WINDS OF IWA by Lorraine Bartlett was good, on the same level as some of the best Magnum episodes done. GREY PANTHERS by Laurie Haldeman was the worst story in the zine. It was too long and reminded me more of a Quincy story with another of his causes than anything else. [13]

I really enjoyed Laurie Haldeman's S&H story, GREY PANTHERS. It was very well done.

Nice cover by Signe Landon. I figured out everybody except for the coats. ((Ed. note: Hitchhiker's Guide and The Prisoner)) The Bowler hat is John Steed's, the scarf Doctor Who--Tom Baker, the shirt Ralph Hinkley's suit, left leg and foot Han Solo ((Ed. note: Nope--it was from Trek!!)), right leg and foot, Starsky, and right hand and cane Barnabas Collins.

The poems and filks were all well done, but I think the best was CONFESSIONS by Erika Rauscher. It was a very poignant piece. And I agree completely with Laurie Haldeman's ODE TO THE B.A.D. CATS. That was a terrible show! She echoed my feelings exactly. Both Doctor Who stories, AN EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTER by Jude Wilson and ONLY CHILD by Lorraine Bartlett, were well done in their views of two very different Doctors. THE WINDS OF IWA was good too. I laughed, even shed a few tears and did a lot of hoping while I read. It didn't help that we had a rainstorm that night either. Good story, Lorraine. Very well done.

GOING BACK by Linda Brown wasn't too bad, but since I haven't seen SUPERMAN II, I found it rather hard to follow. I enjoyed the Han Solo story, THEN I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL, too. I'm a Han Solo fan anyway, and you got him down just right. And that limerick sounds like him. Good artwork by Leah Rosenthal, too. Thanks, too, for the Magnum information. It'll help if I ever decide to try a Magnum story.

THE THREE THE SUIT WAS MEANT FOR by D.C. Black was also well done. I can imagine having doubts. But as Pam said, they are a team. And I rather like the idea of Bill bouncing little Hinkleys on his knee. And finally GREY PANTHERS by Laurie Haldeman: It was very good. Being a cat person, I can sympathize with Starsky. A tiny kitten's mews can be very penetrating. I would've loved to have seen him as a bag lady too. Some of the Grey Panthers seemed rather familiar. I've met people just like them. And I wanted to feel sorry for Allison Gilly, too, but it was rather hard to. Especially since what she was doing. Loved the ad on the back too! [14]

RERUN is a neat zine. That suras it up for me...nice appearance, great contents, beautiful layout and graphics

And Paula Smith's TV GUIDED of course sums up the whole reason for RERUN; after all, aren't we the TV generation? DOCTOR WHO AND THE ONLY CHILD was my favorite story, fitting nicely into the gap between Revenge of the Cybermen and Terror of the Zygons; as well as satisfying all us closet Harry Sullivan fans. THE THREE THE SUIT WAS MADE FOR was a terrific story--D.C. Black certainly captured the characters and the proper mood of Greatest American Hero. I also enjoyed THE WINDS OF IWA. If a story can be visualized as an episode while it's being read, then it's good. I was really surprised by GREY PANTHERS. I am not a Starsky and Hutch fan and what little SfiH fiction I've read I usually haven't liked. But Laurie Haldeman has written a good story--action, suspense, interesting characters, and no gloom, doom, or extreme anguish; just enough nastiness (Mrs. Gilly) and despair (Allison) to keep the plot moving. I liked it. A lot.

Teresa Sarick shows a nice feeling for characters in her poetry; I particularly liked the RENKO piece. I alternately love/hate Renko, week to week, depending on whether he's being a nice guy or a real jerk.

The cartoons and filler art really added to the zine, instead of just taking up space as in some zines. I liked Rob St. John's non-functioning Dalek (totally gross!). Leah Rosenthal's Carbonite No. 5 was very funny. As for the regular artwork, Jessie Craig and Ann Larimer both show a nice flair, especially Ann's illos for the Doctor Who story. Signe Landon's cover is beautiful.

Like I said, -- a NICE zine. I'm looking forward to a 'rerun' (or should that be a 'sequel'?) of RERUN. [15]

I bought RERUN for the story GREY PANTHERS by Laurie Haldeman. That was the main reason, anyway. I was prepared not to read all the other stories, then I thought that would be very unfair. So I sat down and read RERUN from cover to cover after reading GREY PANTHERS, which I really liked. It would have made a cute episode.

The whole zine is a delight. Most of the fandoms, with the exception of Doctor Who, I was familiar with. Now I want to see more of Doctor Who; the characters fascinated me and I loved the story DOCTOR WHO AND THE ONLY CHILD. Deeva was something else. I like Harry and Sarah, too. I think that story would have to be about my favorite in the zine. I liked the plotting and the twists and turns
that turned up. Kept my interest right to the end. Gonna have to stay up late
so I can actually watch an episode of Doctor Who. The artwork and poetry are all very good. Like Ruth Kurz's poem and artwork especially. She's a very talented lady and I've told her that often enough.

The Magnum p.i. story, THE WINDS OF IV/A was excellent, and very realistic to me. Liked having the recap on different characters before the story, too. As you can tell, I was really impressed with your stories and the whole zine. I thank you for the many hours of reading pleasure you have given me now and in the past. Thank you barely seems enough. Can't wait to read your next issue. [16]

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your fanzine, RERUN. I purchased it just for the Magnum p.i.
 story, originally, and was quite prepared to throw the rest of it away, if need be as it would have been worth the $6.50 even if I'd hated all the other stuff.

But you'll be happy to hear that I loved ALL of the zine. Among the 'other' stuff, I especially liked TV GUIDED by Paula Smith and THEN I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL by Lorraine Bartlett, and, of course, THE WINDS OF IWA. Now I really can't wait for your upcoming Magnum zine, Robin's Nest. [17]

It would seem that the hurt/comfort theme is one of the more durable in fandom, as a means to characterization; and what ails us, who enjoy reading about our heros suffering so dramatically. This theme is a means to an end, and what is the end? Given, two stories, DOCTOR WHO AND THE ONLY CHILD and THE WINDS OF IWA, by the same author, characterization is the end, when a very observant Ms. Bartlett so adroitly reproduces, recaptures, the nuances of the video characters. VIEW THROUGH A WINDOW is Brian Garner's sterile lithograph of The Prisoner. Hurt and no one to comfort. We are shown man versus feeding frenzy, man versus the elements, and man versus the dynamo; and only in the first two cases does man emerge eminently victorious. The Doctor and Magnum have love, that is why they survive as individuals. Hurt/comfort reassures us of our humanity, that is why the theme endures.

Humanity. It occurs, in fandom, even in very inhuman packaging. The ability to love, to feel, to think, to reach outside oneself. Some biological humans aren't very loving, but that's another story.

Humanity, the love and the thoughts and the outreach, is why we have art, is how we define art. GOING BACK, at first glance, seems a ludicrous portrayal of a depthless movie, yet both depict a pathetic Kal-El in desperate search of an identity he ultimately sacrifices, for us, his charges. More Who, AN EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTER, is one easily mishandled, yet was not, warm with restrained feeling and screaming for a sequel. We are shown Hill Maxwell in THE THREE THE SUIT WAS MEANT FOR, the 'real' one behind the silly redneck mask, an insecure and frightened man, but one who would be nice to know. Star Wars, and all of its sequels, is a shallow bit of space opera, but one born of its creator's love of old movie serials, one which appeals to the child buried in all of us. THEN I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL is a tiny piece of the film's subliminal affection.

GREY PANTHERS. At last we have a piece of fiction which depicts the aged, not as deteriorated obstructions, but with respect, thoughtfulness, intelligence. With humanity. Ms. Haldeman hits created a public service, and had fun doing so. The humor shows, even if S&H are not quite so predominant. I hardly missed them.

Humor, the ability to make and enjoy it, is another of the traits, and this is a plug for TV SHOWS WE'D LIKE TO SEE. More, please.

Thanks for the soapbox. The end. [18]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Karen River
a flyer for issue #2

Rerun 2 was published in 1984 and is 141 pages long.

Artwork: Karen River (front cover), T.J Burnside, Mary Bloemker, Jessie Craig, Cheryl Duval, Sandy Goodall, Ruth Kurz, Ann Larimer, Wanda Lybarger, Rhonda Reese, Leah Rosenthal, Ann Shelby, Rob St. John

From the editorial:
In reading through RERUN 2 you'll notice that a lot of the fiction is short. Some of it very short, I'd really like to include longer pieces in the next issue. And I'd like to include a lot more fiction, too. I know there are a LOT of good writers out there (who, incidentally, bought RERUN 1) that are churning out good stuff—but for some reason they don't think to send their work to a mediazine. Mediazine editors need love, too--and especially submissions. There are a million great ideas out there—and tons of movies/shows to base stories on. I'd like to see some of these stories, and hopefully in a length longer than 5-10 pages (double spaced). I've been told by the readers that they'd like to see some Hill Street Blues stories, St. Elsewhere, Simon & Simon—something, ANYTHING!! Is anyone writing material based on sit-coms like Cheers, Taxi, WKRP? How about some real oldies—even Leave It To Beaver!? (What did happen when all the treebark in Mayfield was being attacked by the mysterious midnight marauder—and Beaver was having a lot of dental reconstruction done at the same time???)

After two years of soliciting material for a Doctor Who proposed zine called, "A Stitch in Time," the editor admits that she was never able to collect enough material for a separate zine, and that that content has been printed in this issue of "Rerun."

  • From the Editor by Lorraine Bartlett (3)
  • Letters of Comment by The Loyal Readers (Any and Every) (5)
  • The Dreamer and the Spoil Sport by Karen L. Mitchell (mixed media) (14)
  • Daddy Loves You by Valerie DeVries (M*A*S*H) (16)
  • Susan's Quest by Karen L. Mitchell (Doctor Who) (23)
  • Nursery Rhymes by Karen L. Mitchell (Doctor Who) (25)
  • Doctor, Your Eyes by Patrice L. Heyes (Doctor Who) (28)
  • Roswell by Jude Wilson (Benton travels with the Doctor, Harry and Sarah to Roswell, New Mexico, where they encounter a UFO and the U.S.Army. Featuring the fourth Doctor.) (Doctor Who) (30)
  • Beyond the Sevateem by Teresa Sarick (Doctor Who) (54)
  • Best Friend by Teresa Sarick Doctor Who) (56)
  • Romana's Regeneration Mark II: The Way it Wasn't by Patrice L. Heyes (What really took place on the TARDIS when Romana regenerated into the form of Princess Astra? Featuring the fourth Doctor.) (Doctor Who) (57)
  • When Your Time Runs Out by Teresa Sarick (Doctor Who) (62)
  • The Jumper by S. Goodall (Baretta is confronted with one of the most difficult assignments any police officer must face —- talking someone out of taking their own life.) (Baretta) (64)
  • Reunion by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Simon and Simon) (70)
  • I Made It, Dad by Jude Wilson (An epilogue to the fourth-season opening episode "Home From the Sea.") (Magnum, P.I.) (72)
  • How Much is that Bantha by Leah Rosenthal (Star Wars) (82)
  • Trinity by Patrice L. Heyes (Star Wars) (84)
  • Don't Call Us by Darla E. Doxstater (Han is tired—dead tired -— and the Princess wants him to take on just one more mission.) (Star Wars) (85)
  • A Couple of Mavericks by Dougherty/ Rosenthal/Sneed (Star Wars) (88)
  • Entombed by Teresa Sarick (Phoenix) (90)
  • The Destroyer by Teresa Sarick (The Earth has been destroyed, and Bennu must flee — but what were his instructions and where will he run to?) (Phoenix) (92)
  • Blood Brothers by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Hill Street Blues) (94)
  • Goldblum's Journel by Liz Gregory (Hill Street Blues) (95)
  • A Shadowy Reflection by Ann Wortham (Indiana Jones is back teaching classes, but he has a very unusual pupil —- Rene Belloq!) (Raiders of the Lost Ark) (98)
  • Silent Knight, Holy Knight by Lorraine Bartlett (It's Christmas, and Michael is late for the Foundation's annual banquet when KITT suggests a shortcut — a lonely stretch of canyon road. KITT's electrical systems short-circuit and the lights go out for both of them.) (Knight Rider) (102)
  • TV Misguide by Anne Tenna (mixed media) (141)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Rerun 2 is for mixed media fans...also "straight" but there's a Simon & Simon poem by Sue-Anne B, and accompanying illo by Ruth which is worth it. Plus the Knightrider story...[19]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Karen River
a flyer for issue #3

Rerun 3 was published in 1985 and contains 122 pages.

Reactions and Reviews

[The Wall]: Really nice A-Team/Knight Rider/ Magnum P.I./Airwolf story (or maybe I should say series of vignettes) about these veterans going to the memorial in Washington. The A-Team section is about 5 pages. [20]

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, Karen River
a flyer for issue #4

Rerun 4 was published in 1986 and is 166 pages long. It had a print run of 500 copies.

  • The Editor Speaks by Lorraine Bartlett (Any and Every) (3)
  • Letter of Comment by The Loyal Readers (Any and Every) (5)
  • Your Announcer by Teresa Sarick (Any and Every) (17)
  • A Brush With Disaster by Leah Rosenthal (Any and Every) (18)
  • The First Time Again by Annita Smith (There's a big burn on the living room rug, and 8-year old Marty McFly decides to run away from home.) (Back to the Future) (20)
  • D-O-C-T-O-R by Karen L. Mitchell (Doctor Who) (30
  • Not Really T.V. Guide by N.D. Jones (Rat Patrol) (31))
  • The Old Scores to Settle Raid by Ann Wortham (Injured during a special mission, Hitch is rescued by a mysterious woman who may not have his best interests at heart.) (Rat Patrol) (32)
  • FlameBird by Teresa Sarick (Phoenix) (45)
  • Miami by Teresa Sarick (Miami Vice) (46)
  • So Long Best Friend by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Simon and Simon) (47)
  • Hello, Paz by Jean Thrower (Simon and Simon) (48)
  • Grieving by Jean Thrower (Simon and Simon) (49)
  • Two Detectives Too Many by Jane Leavell (The Simons return from the sea and run into the RIPTIDE crew in King Harbor. Then Marlowe and Boz are kidnapped, leaving the rest of the guys to solve the case.) (Simon and Simon/Riptide) (50)
  • Empty Space by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Riptide) (65)
  • The Marshal by Teresa Sarick (McCloud) (66)
  • Beach Thoughts by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Hardcastle and McCormick) (67)
  • Deja Vu by Lizabeth S. Tucker (Mark panics when Milt must go into the hospital for a prostate test. Written before the episode DO NOT GO GENTLE aired.) (Hardcastle and McCormick) (68
  • Mark by Lin Thompson (Hardcastle and McCormick) (75)
  • Intermezzo by Paula M. Block (Being a slave to duty is definitely no fun for young Frederick, and the Pirate King plans to keep it that way.) (Pirates of Penzance) (76)
  • Partners by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Hunter) (83)
  • Steele Reflections by Annita Smith (Remington Steele) (84)
  • Fire and Steele by Teresa Sarick (Remington Steele) (85)
  • Of Red Lights and Greensleeves by M.D. Bloemker (Bogg) and Jeffrey pop up at a 15th century Fete just in time to avert a hanging and croon a tune.) (Voyagers!) (97)
  • Chasin' Shadows by Ann Larimer (Shadow Chasers) (104)
  • Star Trek Filks by Karen L. Mitchell (Star Trek) (105)
  • Amadaddy by Paula M. Block (Star Wars) (108)
  • Songs for a Slow Day by Cool Han Luke (Star Wars) (112)
  • A Date With Destiny by Paula M. Block (On the moon of Endor members of the Rebellion are celebrating, but Luke can't get into the party mood as he contemplates his past and his future and the hand that fate has dealt him.) (Star Wars) (114
  • Archangel by Teresa Sarick (Airwolf) (123)
  • For the Sake of a Lady by Doranna Shiner (Caitlin's good intentions lead Dom and Hawke into danger, when she involves them all in the aid of a damsel in distress.) (Airwolf) (124)
  • Stereo Scenario by Sheryl Adsit (Ralph and Bill have more than just a meeting of the minds when they try to stop a high-tech thief from stealing a valuable new microchip.) (The Greatest American Hero) (148)
  • In Llanfairfach by Teresa Sarick (Doctor Who) (157)
  • The Auld Lang Syne Affair by Jackie Paciello (It's just another assignment for Napoleon and Illya, but terrorists are out to make it their final affair.) (The Man From U.N.C.L.E) (158)
  • I Don't Need Another Fandom by Leah Rosenthal (Various) (166)
  • Artwork: Karen River (front cover), Sheryl Adsit, T.J. Burnside, Dani, Ruth Kurz, Ann Larimer, Pat Loomis, Wanda Lybarger, Marty Otten, Leah Rosenthal (back cover), Doranna Shiner, Ronnie Silverstein, Annita Smith

Issue 5

cover of issue #5, v.1, Karen River
cover of issue #5, v.2, Karen River
page one of a flyer
page two of a flyer

Rerun 5 was originally published in 1987 and in two volumes.

The first volume was 162 pages and included, "The Never Say Die Affair," "The No-Win Scenario," "The Blind Faith Raid," and "Dueling Egos."

The second volume was 148 pages and contained the remainder of the current combined volume.

  • The No-Win Scenario by Jane Leavell (Protectinga famous scientist from kidnappers was had enough, hut now Ralph Hinkley and Bill Maxwell must deal with the Hulk as well.) (Greatest American Hero/Incredible Hulk) (14
  • TV Teams We'd Like to See by Cool Han Luke (Multimedia) (32)
  • Twilight by Teresa Sarick (The Twilight Zone) (33)
  • Anne Tenna's Episode Guide by Anne Tenna (Star Trek (TOS)) (33)
  • McCoy's Odyssey by Karen L. Mitchell (Star Trek (TOS)) (35)
  • Khan's Revenge by Karen L. Mitchell (Star Trek (TOS)) (36)
  • Paradox by Mary G.T. Webber (Star Trek (TOS)) (38)
  • Starship Enterprise's Clan by Anne Tenna & Kay Bull (Star Trek (TOS)) (41)
  • The Blind Faith Raid by Carol Jenkins (Tully feels responsible when a jeep battery explodes in Moffitt's face.) (Rat Patrol) (42)
  • Starbuck's Lullabye by Laurie Haldeman (Battlestar Galactica) (59)
  • Proctor Mouse by Guy Clayton Brownlee (Proctor Mouse and his companion, Katrina J., must battle to save the universe (and the Curious Bookshop) from Feagin DeSaade and his evil Derricks.) (Doctor Who) (60)
  • Gauda Prime, a Circle of Poems by Mary G.T. Webber (Blake's 7) (76)
  • The Loner Sue-Anne Hartwick by (The Professionals) (92)
  • Dueling Egos by Jane Leavell (Robin Masters' parties are always memorable, but with the Hulk as a gatecrasher anything could happen.) (Magnum, P.I./Dynasty/Incredible Hulk) (93)
  • The Never Say Die Affair by Jan Lindner & Connie Faddis (Napoleon is dead — or so Illya thought. Is it possible that somehow he's still alive? Or is Illya being tricked by a very convincing THRUSH agent?) (Man from UNCLE) (112
  • The Miami Gambler by C.S. Jenkins (Miami Vice) (166)
  • Decisions by Doranna Shiner (A mission to pick up the wife of a dead FIRM agent, goes disastrously wrong, and becomes a struggle for life or death for Hawke.) (Airwolf) (168)
  • The New Airwolf: a Review by SuzAnne Grenci (New Airwolf) (192)
  • Airgoof by Cool Han Luke (Will Strangefellow Hawke find his long-lost brother, or will Tail-Spin remain an MIA — MISSING IN AIRGOOF?) (Airwolf) (193)
  • Fire and Rain by C.R. Faddis (With Hawke injured in an explosion, Caitlin and Jo Santini must rescue St. John from mercenaries. An alternate universe version of the new Airwolf.) (Airwolf) (197)
  • Little Debbie by Anne Tenna & Kay Bull (Commercial) (224)
  • Haiku for an F-14 by Sheryl Adsit (Top Gun) (225)
  • Couples We'd Like to See by Cool Han Luke (Multimedia) 225)
  • Shadow Man by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Stingray) (236)
  • Alison by Elaine Batterby (Stingray) (237)
  • Knight Drive by Jane Leavell (Sparks fly when Mark McCormick and Michael Knight find themselves working on the same case—but is one of them a murderer? ) (Knight Rider/Hardcastle and McCormick) (242)
  • No Matter Where You Go, There You Are by C.R. Faddis (Mark must pay the price when a vengeful ex-con targets the judge.) (Hardcastle and McCormick) (260)
  • All in the Family by Cool Han Luke (Multimedia) (312)
  • Artwork: Karen River (front cover), Guy Brownlee, Dani, Connie Faddis, Ann Larimer, Mary Otten, Lee Shackleford (back cover), Doranna Shiner, Frank Solomon, Sheryl Adsit, Dani, Pam Loomis, Anne Malcolm

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Karen River
flyer for issue #6

Rerun 6 was published in 1988 and is 168 pages long. It won the 1988 Fan Q for Best Media Zine.

  • Department of Weird, Wonderful, and Useless Information by Lorraine Bartlett Any and Every (3)
  • Letters of Comment by The Loyal Readers (Any and Every and Then Some) (5)
  • Fans Just Wanna Have Fun by J. Ruth Dempsey (16)
  • The Monkees' U.N.C.L.E by Sheryl Adsit (Neil Diamond has a new song for the pop group, but why are the men from UNCLE tailing them?) (Monkees/The Man from U.N.C.L.E) (17)
  • Please Buy Me Dove by Ray Darr (Commercial) (33)
  • Jaime and the Gypsies by Jane Leavell (Rudy Wells is missing somewhere in France, and with Steve Austin on assignment, there's only one person Oscar Goldman can trust to find the missing scientist. (Bionic Woman) (34)
  • Spies 'R' Us by Susan M. Garrett (Media) (54)
  • A Sense of Honor by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Stingray) (58)
  • The Wait by Karen J. Stewart (Ray takes a serious look at his life—and possible death—after being exposed to deadly smallpox. ) (Stingray) (59)
  • There are No Small Cases by Marcia Brin (Benny the Rat is murdered, and Spikings takes delight in dumping the case on his favorite Yank.) (Dempsey and Makepeace) (62)
  • Fanzine Writer, filk? by Karen J. Stewart (Star Trek) (77)
  • Amanda's Last Farewell by Karen L. Mitchell (Star Trek) (78)
  • Soul of a Nude Machine by Karen J. Stewart (Tasha Yar is incredibly embarrassed after the Tsiolkovsky virus subsides—and who should show up at her cabin but the one 'person' she doesn't want to see.) (Star Trek: TNG) (79)
  • He's Always Standing There by Tenna, Bull, Darr (Star Trek: TNG) (83)
  • And It Must Follow by Patrice L. Heyes (The Q have left Riker with a lot to think about.) (Star Trek: TNG) (84)
  • Incredibly Bad Data Jokes by Tenna, Bull, Darr (Star Trek: TNG) (89)
  • Hit My Honda by Anne Tenna and Ray Darr (Commercial) (90)
  • What a Difference a Word Makes by Jan Lindner (Airwolf) (91)
  • ReRun 6 Studio by Some Unscrupulous Soul (Any and Every) (92
  • Play It Again, Murphy by Karen L. Mitchell (Remington Steele) (101)
  • Addison and Steele by Roberta Rogow (Jennifer and Jonathan Hart throw the party of the season—but the fun ends when one of their guests turns up very dead.) (Moonlighting, Remington Steele, Hardcastle & McCormick, Hunter, Hart to Hart, and Murder, She Wrote) (102)
  • Steele Writing Limericks by Karen L. Mitchell (Remington Steele) (135)
  • To Catherine by Jackie Paciello (Beauty and the Beast) (reprinted in Above and Below's Dreamscapes) (136)
  • Vincent by Lindsay Thompson (Beauty and the Beast) (137)
  • A Place Among the Shadows by Jackie Paciello (Vincent has the chance of a lifetime—freedom above ground—but will Catherine choose to spend her life with him?) (Beauty and the Beast) (139)


  • Karen River (front cover), Dani, Ann Larimer (back cover), Anne Malcolm, Rhonda Reese, Lee Shackleford, Doranna Shiner, Ronnie Silverstein, Frank Solomon

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

RERUN 6- On the whole was fantastic! The printing was quite clear, the layout great. The price was amazingly low (I forget exactly, but it was about $8 for 168 pgs). My zine arrived extremely fast carefully wrapped and in perfect condition. I don't like to compare apples and oranges, so it is hard in some ways to pick a best story. But I have to say the A PLACE AMONG TIME SHADOWS, a "Beauty and the Beast" story by Jackie Paciello, was outstanding. It followed the structure of a traditional episode (the office scenes, the surprise encounters with Vincent, the case to work on, even the sonnet at the end) but incorporated a most untraditional plot. We learn about Vincent's origin, and believe me it is not what you would expect. I was especially pleased with Father's role and development. There is a lot of psychological drama as Vincent must choose between returning to his lost origin, or remaining in a world where he doesn't belong. The only flaw I found was that the final resolution of the problem seemed just a bit too easy (if I tell you exactly why, I'll give away too much!) But that was my only problem with a beautiful story. I also like the story ADDISON & STEELE by Roberta Rogow a lot. This one was the mystery crossover to beat all mystem crossovers, featuring a party that brings together the detectives from Remington Steele, Moonlighting, Hardcastle & McCormick, Hart to Hart, Hunter,and Murder, She Wrote and a few surprises! It did a good gob of keeping the characters straight in all their, ahem, intermingling. Maddie and Laura were especially funny together. The cameo by Quincy was nice, too. The hint at the end of the story -another such party next year -can it be true? Oh, please. Please. I enjoyed another crossover, MONKEE'S UNCLE, by Sheril Adsit, too, though I am always wary of stories that have real people instead of fictional characters. I mean, don't these people mind? That aside, I liked the characterization of Peter Tork the best-it seems "spot on! I'm not a fan of the BIONIC WOMAN but I read JAIME & TIlE GYPSIES by Jane Leavell anyway, because I liked the gypsy parts. It seems very well researched and sympathetic. My favorite fiIk was "He's Always Standing There" by Anne Tenna, Kay Bull, and Ray Darr, it summed up my feelings about Wesly exactly! Both ST-lNG stories were after-the-episode vignettes, which is nice and they were well-done; but I would like to see some real stories too! TIME SOUL OF A NUDE MACHINE by Karen Stewart is a post -"Naked Now" conversation featuring a delightfully subtle come-on by Yar to Data. In AND IT MUST FOLLOW by Patrice Heyes, Data helps Riker come to terms with the events of "Hide and Q". I have not discussed every piece in the fanzine, partly because I am unfamiliar with fandoms like 'Airwolf', 'Stingray', and 'Dempsey and Makepeace'. It is fair to assume, however, that the zine's quality is consistent, so if you like these fandoms you will probably like this zine, too. I like the sense of balance to this zine; stories are nicely interspersed with short pieces and also the material is grouped (and listed in the Table of Contents! by fandom. I usually avoid media zines because I don't follow every fandom and so a good percentage of the zine may be of little or no interest to me; with RERUN 6 the material I'm interested in is good enough to make the whole thing worthwhile! [21]
The best story of the lot [recent TNG fiction] was "Soul of a Nude Machine" in RERUN #6. This is a post-The Naked Now story involving some discussion between Tasha and Data regarding their interlude in that episode. It was very nicely handled. The characters were well- delineated, the dialogue was close to perfect, and the story resolved itself easily and smoothly, saying everything it needed to say without over embellishment or over-simplicity. A highly enjoy able piece of work—I recommend it. The following story in RERUN was also a Next Generation piece, and itincluded a very nice Data portrait by Ann Larimer. This one was titled, "And It Must Follow." I can't say that I cared as much for this story, although in comparison to most of the Next Generation fiction available, it shone. It, too, dealt with the aftermath of an episode ("Hide and Q") and this time presented a discussion between Riker and Data. The fact that I am far from a Riker fan may have colored my opinion of this piece, but primarily I believe this story suffered from a slight confusion about what it wanted to say. Nothing major, just a vague lack of cohesion to the structure. All in all, though, for the best Next Generation fiction currently available, I would suggest RERUN #6. You can't beat the price—I believe that it's in the $6 range—and even if you don't care for other media fandoms, it's still a better value for the money.[22]

Issue 7

cover of issue #7, Ann Larimer
a flyer for issue #7

Rerun 7 was published in 1989 and contains 164 pages. It was the winner of a 1990 Fan Q for Best Multimedia Zine.

  • Editorial by Lorraine Bartlett (Any and Every) (3)
  • Mixed Media Heart by Ruth Dempsey (Commercial) (5)
  • Rio de Sombre by Sheila Paulson—Dom blames Archangel, when Hawke is missing and presumed dead after a Contra-aide escapade in Nicaragua. (Airwolf) (6)
  • The Wall by Shannon (Magnum, P.I.) (18)
  • Mr. Dead by Ray Darr (Mr. Ed) (19)
  • Survival by Doranna Shiner—Heiress Sharon Rakes finds herself in a frightening situation when she’s abducted and imprisoned on a farm in the middle of nowhere. (MacGyver) (20)
  • For Ladies Only by J. Ruth Dempsey (Commercial) (39)
  • The Return of the Hunter by Jane Leavell—Steve Austin suspects something fishy when three scientists in the LA area disappear within hours of each other. (Riptide/Six Million Dollar Man/Man From Atlantis) (40)
  • Last Message Beyond by Shannon (V) (68)
  • True Confessions by J. Ruth Dempsey (Commercial) (69)
  • Freedom Fighter by Tashery Shannon (Blake's 7) (70)
  • The ReRun Gallery by Some Unscrupulous Soul (Media) (72)
  • The Fickle Fan by Susan M. Garrett (Star Trek: TNG) (83)
  • A Secret Farewell by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Star Trek: TNG) (84)
  • Incredibly Bad Q Jokes by Anne Tenna and Kay Bull (Star Trek: TNG) (86)
  • A Silly Klingon Filksong by Mac (Star Trek: TNG) (87)
  • Limited Parameters by P.L. Heyes (Star Trek: TNG) (88)
  • A Wedding? by Marcia Brin (Bonanza) (90)
  • Crossroads by Lorraine Bartlett—Kate’s unexpected pregnancy has a sobering effect on her TV star husband’s life. (Pulaski, the T.V. Detective) (91)
  • Red Herring by Susan M. Garrett—Jonathan and Benny are asked to give speeches in the Soviet Union. (Shadow Chasers) (102)
  • Food for Thought by Roberta Rogow—Catherine Chandler’s visit to Tattinger’s turns out to be more than she bargained. (Beauty and the Beast/Tattingers) (reprinted in Above and Below's Dreamscapes) (143)
  • Wheels of Fire by Anne Collins Smith (Beauty and the Beast) (reprinted in Above and Below's Dreamscapes) (150)
  • Friday Night's Dream by Lindsay Thompson—Narcissa seeks out Catherine to give her a very special gift. (Beauty and the Beast) (reprinted in Above and Below's Dreamscapes) (152)
  • Cheaperoni by Anne Tenna and Kay Bull (Commercial) (162)
  • The Joe Isuzu Song by Anne Collins Smith (Commercial) (163)


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

[zine]: My absolute favorite story is Crossroads. it really caught Larry's character. Return of the Hunter was a darn good crossover story and mixed several series I never would have thought could have been mixed successfully! I only saw one or two of the Shadow Chasers episodes, but Red Herring by Susan Garrett was so complete. I didn't have to know the characters to know the characters (if you get my drift). A well-thought-out story with a nifty plot and a great twist at the end. Friday Night's Dream used a dream sequence delightfully and didn't leave the reader with a bad aftertaste. All the filks were wonderful--as were the graphics for each. For their artwork, Joan Kluge and Marty Siegrist should both take bows. RERUN 7 more than lived up to its predecessors.[23]
[zine]: The Return of the Hunter, was a pleasant surprise. The characterizations seemed to ring quite true...being an old VTTBOTS fan, I was dolighted by the mention of the Seaview and Admiral Nelson! Food for Thought, the B&B Tattinger's crossover, was a real treat, definitely, but fun. Friday Night's Dream was a good Beauty and the Beast fantasy. My favorite filk was Mister Dead. I keep singing the darn thing...drives my hubby bonkers! Rio de Sombra took Airwolf where no helicopter has gone before! I loved and agreed with the interpretation of Archangel. I would like to see a dozen more like it.[24]
[zine]: The serious artwork was outstanding. Ann Larimer's covers took my breath away. Another well-matched illo was Karen River's for A Secret Farewell. I looked at it a couple of times before I noticed the shadowed image on the right of Yar standing as she appeared in the hologram. And Marty Siegrist's illo for Limited Parameters is just heartbreaking. Roberta Rogow's Food for Thought was heartwarming. I liked the way Catherine's concern for the hungry in the beginning continued through the story to become part of the resolution. Friday Night's Dream was a beautiful story. I liked Vincent quoting Father at the end. Ray Darr's Mister Dead was totally sick and I loved it! [25]
[zine]: Once I started RERUN 7, I couldn't put it down. Survivor, by Doranna Shiner, kept MacGyver in character. The action starts right away, and it never stops. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. The Shadow Chasers story, Red Herring, by Susan M. Garrett, pulled me in. I could not put it down.[26]
[zine]: I read through RERUN 7, repeatedly snagged by the good writing. The Pulaski piece, Crossroads, introduced me to a new set o( characters with satisfying completeness. Splendid cover! Inside, your red and blue inks are real pretty on the logos and page-bottom decorations. Lindsay Thompson pulled off her wish-fulfillment theme beautifully in Friday Night's Dream. How nice to find a way to take Catherine and Vincent out on the town. The short bits were groat, too. I got a charge out of J. Ruth Dempsey's "macho" poems for ladies and her confession to possession of a "mixed media heart." Anne Collins Smith's Wheels of Fire appealed to me with its lovely structure and the way it conveyed Vincent's feelings for Catherine.[27]
[zine]: Rerun 7 arrived intact, as usual, thanks to the editor's policy of using more tape than envelope. She mentions somewhere that people tease her for this, but I for one am tired on bent-cornered zines in mangled envelopes! The editor also writes that she went to a fair amount of trouble to print color in the zine in some places. When I first read the editorial, I thought, 'Why bother?' It seemed like too much work to be worth it. I found three instances, however, where the use of color was so striking as to change my mind. The first was the RERUN-7 logo on the very first page. As the first thing one sees on opening the zine, it's a nice greeting to the eye. The second was the blood-like "V" on page 65 accompanying 'Last Message Beyond' . It brought back memories of the show in a very graphic way. Because the color had been used sparingly it was shocking and effective. By contract, the red Christmas lights on page 143 and 149 helped set the holiday mood for the story. It is very considerate to have the fandom(s) listed before each piece and in the table of contents, and it's a pleasant touch to have them in the logo form. The zine features a kind of filk that I have only ever seen in Rerun that is filks about commericals! There's a special symbol for commercials, too, and the cartoon-style illoing-of the filks was a unifying factors that brought the diverse media together. The artwork in the zine was generally outstanding. Ann Larimer's cover took my breath away. The front, with the portraits worked into the letters of the zine's name, must have been an incredible amount of work. The different styles of portraiture somehow complement without clashing. I especially loved Q and Sylvester McCoy. And the back cover of Data as Sherlock Holmes - sigh. The gallery of artwork, a separate section in tbe middle of the zine, was beautiful. The Data/Tasha picture by Marty Siegrist was evocative without being obscene. I considered quibbling that Tasha's hair was slicked back at the time (it isn't in the picture), but then I considered that Data might has fluffed it back up with his fingers, and thinking of that made me want to stop typing and go drool over the picture again! Riker is the quintessential pirate in Jean Kluge's picture; and now that I've seen it in the pictue I can see the rogue in him even when I'm watching him on the show! Thanks, Jean, for expressing the insight so well. The other pictures in the gallery were of fandoms with which I'm not all that familiar, but they were nice to look at anyway. There were only two stories in fandoms that I follow. Roberta Rogow's 'Food For Thought,' a Beauty & the Beast/Tattinger's crossover, was heartwarming. I liked the way Catherine's concern for the hungry in the beginning continued through the story to become part of the resolution. I was able to enjoy the story even though I've never seen Tattinger's. 'Friday Night's Dream,' by Lindsay Thompson, another Beauty and the Beast story, was beautiful. I like Vincent quoting Father at the end, to the effect that the dream would come true someday. Without that touch of optimism it would have been too sad, to depict something so wonderful that could never happen. Although I read few of the stories, I enjoyed the poetry and filks immensely. Some of the filks simply begged to be sung aloud. "Ray Darr"s 'Mr. Dead' was totally sick and I loved it! ('The horse is a corpse, of course, of course ... ') Ruth Dempsey's wicked 'For Ladies Only' was a scream. 'Incredibly Bad Q Jokes' and 'Cheaperoni', both by 'Anne Tenna and Kay Bull' were both kind of dumb, I thought, but fun. I don't know the song on which 'Fickle Fan' by Susan Garrett was based but I liked the clever rhyming of 'Fandom' and 'random'. 'The Wonderful Thing About Klingons' by Mac (illo by Fran,k Solomon) was so delightful that I wound up inadvertently sharing the fanzine with my toddler! I was singing the filk to my husband and added, 'Look at the picture of Tigger as Worf!' when little feet came running and a small voice piped, 'Want to see Tigger!' My three-year old took the zine in (fortunately, for once) clean hands and stood enchanted. 'Oat's a 'Tar T'ek Tigger!' he informed us. (That's how he says 'Star Trek'.) It took some time toget the zine away! Of the serious poems, 'Limited Parameters,' by P.L. Heyes, about the aftermath of the ST-TNG episode, 'Measure of a Man,' was my favorite. I liked the structure -even free verse can fall into a pattern! The metaphor of measuring, adding, substracting, and counting was well done, finally completed in the last verse with the "final cost." And in Marty Siegrist's illo, Riker's expression is just heartbreaking. I also enjoyed Shannon's Blake's 7 poem, 'Freedom Fighter.' The line' As the man who brought war, in freedom's name' rings true, yet she manages to make this criticism sympathetic by showing us his painful awareness of the paradox. The silhouette style of Rhonda Reece's illo was very approporiate; giving us just a shaded outline corresponds to the inner emptiness express in the poem. One thing puzzled me: is Blake supposed to be carrying a cross, or is that an accidental effect of the fourth-season crosshair logo? In either case it, bothered me; the religious metaphor wouldn't fit the poem, and I didn't get the impression that it was set in the fourth season. But other than that I liked it a lot. Sue-Anne Hartwick's 'A Secret Farewell,' about Data and Tasha, was touching though I did not find it exceptional. Karen River's ilIo was very subtle and well-matched to the poem. I looked at it a couple of times before I noticed the shadowed image on the right of Yar standing as she appeared in the hologram. Finally, I loved Rita Terrell's illo for my sonnet; she pulled out the main images and themes and depicted them as I wish I could. I know there's a lot I didn't comment on, but there's a lot I wasn't interested in. What I did like was more than enough! I can pass on a couple more recommendations: a friend of mine who also read the zine says that the MacGyver story was well-written and that the Magnum PI poem was hard-hitting. It also features Shadow Chasers material and a Riptide/$6 Million Man Man from Atlantis crossover. If the quality of the material I have reviewed is indicative of the quality of the rest of the zine, rest assured I will enjoy these other stories too! [28]
[This review focuses on the art]: I was aghast when I realized that Rerun 7, just like any other zine, came in a plain 'ol manilla envelope, and not in a curtaintd and tasseled litter borne upon the shoulders of half-naked Egyptian bearers and preceded by virgins strewing its path with rose petals. 'Cause the book is one class act. Editor Lorraine Bartlett has designed a multi-media zine that manages to be ultra-clean without ever being commonplace, and where the art is . . .well, artistic. None of her contributors stop at a portrait that is only pretty or an illo that is merely adequate. Instead, they compose. They crop. They design. Starting with Ann Larimer, whose front cover is a visually nifty rentage of personalities fron Vincent to the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, all enclosed in huge block letters that spell out the zine's name. Her back cover comes from one of those stills of Data-as-Sherlock Holmes that seems to be all over the place. It could have been simply a 'nice drawing' of the android, but she's made it interesting by closing in on her subject--tight—containing him in a aimple but interesting border, and hyping up the contraat between the roughness of his collar and Deerstalker and the smoothness of his face. She did this by varying the sizes of dots used in the shading, from fine to HUGE, in a fandom where the average artist seldom thinks to change the quality of line within a single work. The rest of Lorraine's stable of artists aren't exactly into stick figures, either. Rita Terrell has cotnposed a helluva nice Vincent illo by building a kind of rough triangle out of three figures. A snail, leaping Vincent and a stalking lion form its base; they are topped by a full-faced, snarling Vincent. Tha face of each figure is eade up of large white areas, but they are surrounded by black, staking than appear to leap out froo the page. Remember, darks recede, lights advance. Jean Kluge has cast Star Trek's Riker as an old-time avenger of the Spanish Main, complete with eye patch, earring, and horse pistols. Her drawing works in part because of a successful blend of symmetry and asymmetry, and because she isn't afraid to repeat shapes and elements. The character meets the reader's gaze almost straight on, but his body is turned only three-quarters of the way towards us, and his head is nearly, but not quite, in the center of the composition. He is enclosed in an oval, dark at the top around his upper body; again pushing the lighter form forward. The lower half of the oval ia made up of his own crossed arms in their full, sweeping sleeves. Jean keeps the theme going and keeps things symmetrical by putting a tiny cutlass, treasure cheat, and anchor and canon at the four corners of the portrait. Symmetrical, but not too symmetrical; each of the four elements is slightly different in size and altogether different in shape. The fact that the woman does bloody beautiful work, and knows the difference between being detailed and being busy, doesn't hurt... Lorraine is dedicated to putting out a champagne product on a Coots Light budget—all her zines are mimeoed—so that her buyers don't have to choose between ordering Rerun or eating something other than Tuna Helper three nights a week. Unfortunately, the most cost-effective way to repro art doesn't always make for the truest image. Her photocopies of Rhonda Peace's Blake's Seven piece and Karen River's Data portrait both have large black areas that gray out—lose density and become just a little less clean and solid than the originals... A minor problem in a zine that has roughly four times the art of what's on most of the dealer's tables these days; and at a third of the price. Of course, the half-naked Egyptian men are extra.[29]

Issue 8

cover of issue #8, Karen River
a flyer for issue #8

Rerun 8 was published in 1990 and is 150 pages long.

  • Behind the Eightball by Lorraine Bartlett (Any and Every) (3)
  • Repeat by Jane Leavell (When Dr. Rudy Wells heads for Washington to deliver a top-secret biochemical concoction, he finds himself kidnapped not once, not twice, but SEVEN times in the span of three hours!! ("Honest, Jane promises this is her last Rudy-gets-kidnapped story!!")) ($6 Million Dollar Man(sort of), Man from UNCLE, Jonny Quest, Knight Rider, Misfits of Science, Beans Baxter, Get Smart) (5)
  • Musings over a Corpse by Marcia Brin (Blake's 7) (18)
  • Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Georgetown by Barbara Mater (The lure of a free meal nets Jonathan MacKensie more than he bargained for when he's regressed to a previous life that's all too real when he's promptly -— and painfully -— thrown in Nottingham Castle's dungeon.) (Robin of Sherwood/Shadow Chasers) (20)
  • Paper Training by Marcia Brin (Doctor Who) (36)
  • Requiem by Sara Arnold (Spring cleaning becomes a state of mind and more when the Doctor and "Adric" have their final argument.) (Doctor Who) (39)
  • Pas de Deux by Stephanie Davis (Beauty and the Beast) (reprinted in Above and Below's Dreamscapes) (44)
  • Betwixt and Between by Stephanie Davis (Beauty and the Beast) (reprinted in Above and Below's Dreamscapes) (45)
  • Diana by Lindsay Thompson (Beauty and the Beast) (reprinted in Above and Below's Dreamscapes) (47)
  • Sunset of My Dreams by Loretta J. Bryce (Vincent and Catherine part, both thinking it's for the last time...but is it really?) (Beauty and the Beast) (49)
  • Lesson Learned by Sheryl Adsit (Quantum Leap) (55)
  • TV Misguide by Anne Tenna (Any and Every) (65)
  • The ReRun Galley by Some Unscrupulous Soul (Multi) (66)
  • Married With Aliens by Esmeralda Strangemother (All the dirty socks in Chicago have gone missing, and that means a trip to the laundromat for the Bundy family, where they meet more than just aliens!) (Married... with Children/War of the Worlds) (77)
  • Border Shadows by Jane Leavell (With relentless reporter Jack McGee hot on his trail, David Banner heads to Mexico where he hopes to find experimental drugs to help alliviate his "condition." Instead, he finds La Bruja, who promises him her own brand of cure.) (Incredible Hulk) 85
  • Disruptive Influence by Anne Collins Smith (Star Trek) (106)
  • Raw Data by Lorraine Bartlett (Star Trek: TNG) (117)
  • Pinocchio by Marcia Brin (Star Trek: TNG) (120)
  • Picard's Song by Marcia Brin (Star Trek: TNG) (122)
  • Visions by Doranna Shiner (Commander Riker thinks he's seeing things while negotiating with a new race of beings.) (Star Trek: TNG) (123)
  • Co-stars We'd Like to See by Anne Tenna and Co. (Multimeida) (150)
  • Artwork: Karen River (front cover), Jean Kluge, David Lawrence, James McNair (back cover), Emily Penfield, Rhonda Reese, Leah Rosenthal, Carol Salemi, Doranna Shiner, Marty Siegrist, Frank Solomon

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

I was initially reluctant to review a zine, as my days of media fanning have long since passed. However, Rerun 8 intrigued me, as I remembered editor Lorraine Bartlett from the Glory Days of fandom, and was delighted to know that she was flying in the face of snob publishing by mimeoing in her basement. Being a very old fan, I have the utmost respect for an edtior that will actually do manual labor to keep costs down. Let's do the overview first. A very nice cover by Karen River that literally shows what we're preparing to dive into. I would've liked a better back cover, but then I'm admittedly a picky old bitch about these things. An attractive layout, although I prefer some diverging from straight-across-the page text. but an editor who knows the difference between illustration and portraiture gets a hat tipped from me for sure. Although I generally dislike fan poetry, I found it attractively presented. The Gallery was a real bonus -- a beautiful collection of artwork, including a gorgeous Connery by River, and Siegrit's 'Bob & June & Will & Data' was a true hoot. Smatterings: 'Repeat' by Jane Leavell was clever - tightly written and ending right on time. All the Beauty and the Beast pieces had me sniffly and wistful. A very good Classic Trek piece by Anne Collins Smith brought back memories of the days of finer fanfic in zines. Two TNG pieces -- 'Visions' and 'Raw Data' - are probably the most cleanly written offereings I've seen from that genre yet. What I found most admirable about Rerun is Ms. Bartlett's obvious concern for quality of content. Although I am not a Whofan and therefore cannot reconize, for example, whether characterization is true or not, what I do reconize in 'Requiem,' and in this zine overall, is good writing. At first I though it ludicrous to review anything by such remedial standards, but since I have returned to fandom, I'm awash in supposed 'literature' that lacks even the most elemental and rudimentary manifestation of structure and composistion. I realize that not everyone who is literate is literary. However, I FIRMLY believe that it is the primary job of an edtior to strive to produce as fine a piece as possilbe. If that means a heavy-handed red pencil and occasionally telling Kind Souls 'Sorry, but no thanks,' then so be it. The job of the editor is more than just filling up pages with text. The challenge is to entertain by the judicious selection of material. Editors who take my money for mediocrity succeed only in guaranteeing they won't do it again. And if they're not going to get in there with their sleeves rolled up and BE the definition of 'editor,' then they'd better call themselves publishers or typists, and leave the title for those whose labors merit it. As Ms. Bartlett's do. A very good read, as I thought it would be, reminiscent of fifteen years ago, when fanzines were more treat than trick. All the trees you can give her, they died for a worthy effort.[30]

Issue 9

front cover of issue #9, Karen River
back cover of issue #9, Melody Rondeau

Rerun 9 was published in 1991 and contains 161 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

RERUN is one of the original multi-media genzines and I've never been disappointed by an issue. This latest is no exception. I've found that more recent genzines sometimes choose stories that are so focused on a particular episode or character of a series that it is difficult for the genzine browser to understand and appreciate some of the stories, especially when you aren't familiar with the show. I've seldom encountered this problem in RERUN. The casual reader will find everything comprehensible and most of the contents genuinely enjoyable, however unlikely they may sound. A good example is Jane Leavell's GREEN ACRES AIN'T THE PLACE TO SE, a classic Trek/Green Acres crossover. The best crossovers realize the potential of interactions between characters of both series, and capture the spirit of both shows, doing balanced justice to each. Jane shows that she knows and delights in both of these series, and she shares the fun with the reader. Similarly, TWO TIMING WOMEN (A Bionic Woman/Riptide crossover) shows that Jane is just as familiar with these very different series, and can intermesh them in a riveting story. I'm not certain that the villain of her story, "The Hunter," actually did appear in both series...but she makes a very convincing argument in her engrossing story that he could have.

Ann Malcolm's LAST WILL 4 TESTAMENT was a poignant, bittersweet crossover story of another kind (but I won't give anymore away, for fear of spoiling it for the prospective reader); Among the other stories in RERUN #9, I took particular pleasure in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE by Anne Collins Smith (classic Trek); A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME (B&B) by Stephanie Davis and MAC AND THE MOUSE (MacGyver) by Shannon O'Conner. My only objection to the latter is that 5hannon passed up the opportunity for an even more amusing ending to her whimsical little vignette. As anyone who has ever had mice knows, where there is one, there are usually a few more you don't see immediately! I did enjoy watching the master gadgeteer wrestle over the age-old dilemma of building a better mousetrap, however. Shannon's longer Quantum Leap entry, MAN IN THE MIRROR, was equally entertaining, although I found the ending a bit enigmatic for my taste. Is Sam stranded forever in an alternate universe...or has he solved the problem, leapt out, and returned to his own timeline, leaving another "self" (and us) with Caitlin Graves? Inquiring time travellers wanna know.

It's always a mistake to overlook the filks and poetry in RERUN, and you'll take particular joy in Marcia Brin's SOMETHING IN COMMON series. And while we are on the subject of mediafan paranoia, Lynn Tucker's PARANOID FAN is also a delight. RERUN consistently features above-average artwork. Among my favorites this time around are Karen River's usual super cover, Bobbi Jo Simons' illo for LAST WILL & TESTAMENT, MacGyver by Doranna Durgin and Data by Marty 5iegrist (both in the portfolio section), the to-die-for MacGyver on page 139 by Karen River and Siegrist's angsty Sam Beckett on 144* Mel Rondeau provides endlessly clever cartoon illo entertainment throughout and there are clever 'toons by Jim McNair and Frank 5olomon and (surprise!) the editor herself has contributed clever and appropriate clip art everywhere (I especially enjoyed the Band-aids adorning the hurt/comfort themed stories. All in all, RERUN #9 is a good choice for the genzine-reading fan and a welcome addition to the fan's library. I can't wait to see what Lorraine has in store for Issue #10! [31]

Issue 10

front cover of issue #10, Karen River
back cover of issue #10, Melody Rondeau

Rerun 10 was published in May 1992 and is 136 pages long. The artwork: Karen River (front cover), Doranna Durgin, Jim McNair, Melody Rondeau (back cover), Bobbi Jo Simons, Frank Solomon (inside back cover).

This zine has sporadic bits of red used in some illos. This may be stylistic, or may be a way to reduce zine piracy; if it is the latter, it predates the the 1993 piracy discussion by a year.

From the editorial:

Welcome to RERUN 10 -- ohmigod -- a decade of RERUN! I've never done so many issues of one fanzine. It's shorter this time out, but I'm very pleased with all the contents. While I received a lot of good submissions, I ended up being very cautious about what I accepted. It doesn't take a marketing expert to reahze that mediazines don't sell as well as they used to. Therefore, I ended up accepting very "mainstream" material that I thought would sell the issue. While some of my readers are bemoaning the lack of eclectic material—too often I hear "why should I pay for stuff on fandoms I don't want to read?" Is it the seemingly never-ending recession or are readers just tired of variety? I don't know, but I do know that since RERUN 7 sales have been down/slower. Anybody got any other ideas to explain this phenomenon?


A note from Doranna Durgin: "Yes, the ultrasonic gimmick was used in an episode of MacGyver. I picked up on a news item regarding the use of ultrasound at a London racetrack and thought it would make a good MacGyver plot device. Apparently, so did the MacGyver writers! But I had my plot ready so wrote 'Echoes' anyway, and it bounced around in the land of the unpublished until now. Enjoy!"

Issue 11

cover of issue #11, Karen River

Rerun 11 was published in 1993.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

The first thing I have to say is that I was disappointed in the art. Despite the fact that Lorraine Bartlett's Rerun is printed on a mimeograph machine-not the most congenial method of reproducing artwork-this zine has a reputation for good art. Rerun 11, however, is not a good art issue. One piece, a Sam Beckett portrait by Frank Solomon on page 95, even ventures into the "not at all successful" end of the art spectrum. While the majority of the art in the zine is not bad, my disappointment that it was not notably good colored my reception of the entire project.

The cover, by Karen River, typifies the problems with most of the art in the zine. The artist has delicately rendered cross-hatched head and shoulders of several of the media characters that appear in stories inside the zine. It is not a bad drawing. The small portraits are competently done. In fact, I'd say the Sam Beckett in the bottom corner goes beyond competence into being really beautiful (oh, Marty, about those drool marks on the review copy...). However, the cover lacks impact as a whole. The title of the zine is squished into the upper left hand corner and left stranded there. Nothing connects the title to the drawings below. Nothing connects the various portraits to each other. They're simply stacked together. I think it would have made for a more visually exciting cover if the artist had come up with a gimmick to unify all these disparate characters-such as having them all sitting in front of a television, as Bart and his family do in the opening of The Simpsons. She could have even taken the same poses she chose here and rearranged them so that the characters seemed to be talking to each other, and thus created a little more excitement in the drawing.

In the same vein, Bobbi Jo Simon's illustration on page 54 has a compositional flaw so typical of fan art, I cannot pass it without commenting. The illustration is of the Incredible Hulk being attacked by a vampire while Jack McGee and Carl Kolchak cower in the background. Should be an exciting drawing, shouldn't it? It isn't. The artist has succumbed to the "ducks in a row" syndrome. She has lined all her characters up in front of a brick wall. We view them from the side. This of course means that the two most prominently featured elements of the drawing are the Hulk's right shoulder and the brick wall. Are these the most interesting things we could be viewing? No! The attacking vampire and the terrified bystanders are crunched into the bottom right corner of the page. Artists, remember Khan's downfall, and think three-dimensionally! Wouldn't it be more interesting to, for instance, view the scene from over the Hulk's shoulder, placing the vampire's flashing fangs and fingernails nearer to the center of the drawing?

Even what I consider to be the best drawing in the zine suffers from a lack of imagination and daring. Karen River's Sam Beckett on page 79 is so good, it's kissable. However, it just sits there. And, although it sits there very sweetly and nicely, just a little touch could have made it so much more illustrative. A wedding ring is a key element in the story. Finding a way to add that wedding ring to this portrait could have turned it into a very fine illustration.

The quality of writing throughout the zine is good.

This is pathetic to say, but Rerun 11 is the first anthology zine I've read in a long time without coming across at least one "cringer" per story. You know what I mean: phrases so awkward, words so misused, or grammatical mistakes so blatant, they just give you that "yeeiik" feeling all up and down your spine.

I find most crossover stories corny and tedious, but Bartlett has managed to collect several here that I would call delightful-a little goofy, but delightful. Half the fun of Jane Leavell's pair of cross-genre adventure stories, "The Bionic Wolf Affair" and "The Incredible Night Stalker," was being horrified at how much I remembered about those dreadful seventies television shows. Leavell, like most of the authors in the zine, has a wonderful way of evoking characters with a minimal amount of words by on-target descriptions of their distinctive mannerisms and quirks. "Farewell," by E. Michael Whitmore II, was a little overwrought for my taste. It seemed too impressed with being A Story with a Message to work equally well as entertainment. "Sweet Dreams," by Linda Parker, chronicling the difficulties of a Beauty and the Beast fan, and "Reality Check," an extrapolation on Roseanne by Kim Bennett, both provoked well-earned giggles. I liked 'Secrets of the Human Heart," a Crying Game story by Karen J. Stewart, until I got to the end, which seemed abrupt and melodramatic. I found both the Quantum Leap stories enjoyable (although you might have been able to predict that by now). I preferred Sara Arnold's "Drowning Sorrows" over Lorraine Bartlett's "Blurred Image" because, in the second story, Sam ended up resorting to a physical method of avoiding his host's death, rather than the sort of "solve the puzzle" endings 1 tend to like a little better.

Attractive typefaces have been used for the text, and material from each different media source is marked by a distinctive logo. Because Rerun is mimeographed, the print quality does vary from page to page, and there are occasional ghosts and smears.

I found the Quick and Dirty Letters of Comment form included in the front of the zine to be a good-and brave-idea. Bartlett asks readers to identify their favorite story, poem, art, and humorous item. Readers are also asked to finish the following statements: The best thing about this issue was...; The worst thing about this issue was...; Next issue I'd like to see more...; Next issue I'd like to see less.... Maybe zineds who are discouraged by a lack of reader response should try this route. An enterprising editor could compose a quick response form of this nature to insert in the back of the zine for a lazy reader to fill out and send in without troubling himself or herself too much. Such survey-type responses won't compare to a true LoC, but I think providing a short form would encourage frank and valuable dialogue between producers and consumers of fan fiction.

On the other hand, I say this is a brave idea because it could possibly turn into a quick way to get rid of contributors. Imagine getting twenty or so votes saying-without explanation-that they found your piece the worst in the zine. A potential even more frightening than a single unfavorable Berkeley Hunt review, isn't it? I think this is why Bartlett has included two collections of limericks and puns in this issue. Authors of limericks and puns are capable of viewing comments like, "Your work made me groan and want to puke," as appropriate and positive responses.

As you can see below, I give Rerun 11 three trees, mainly because of the lackluster art. However, I do feel guilty doing so. I see enough zines to know that this is not-in all honesty-an average zine. Good editing, competent writing, and respectable production values as exhibited in Rerun 11 should be minimum standards a buyer can take for granted. Unfortunately, they are not. Rerun 11 is more what an average zine should be like, rather than what the average zine actually is. However, by giving it only three trees, I mean to communicate to a potential buyer that Rerun 11 is competent and entertaining, but not spectacular. From all indications, this is a below average issue of what is usually an above average zine.[32]

Issue 12

cover of issue #12, Karen River

Rerun 12 published in 1994 and is 158 pages long.


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  19. from Hanky Panky #13
  20. The A-Team Fan-Fiction Index
  21. from Datazine #57
  22. from Treklink #14
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  28. from Datazine #57
  29. from Artforum #2
  30. from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #2. The reviewer gives it "5 trees." The reviewers in "Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?" rated zines on a 1-5 tree/star scale.
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  32. from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #5. The reviewer in gives it "3 trees." The reviewers in "Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?" rated zines on a 1-5 tree/star scale. See that page for more explanation.