Robin Hood (fan)

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Name: Robin Hood (legal name)
Alias(es): Wheaten Buckly, Sue Cameron, Susan Delon, Sharon Delon, Jane Fury, Lisa Joas, Carolyn McTarrell, J. Mercedes, Sara Rodale, Pam Smith, Ellen Thacher, Kathy Tipton, Carol Turner, Chris Waken, Cassla Williams, Karn Wills (in 1989, she had 33)
Type: fanwriter, zine editor
Fandoms: Star Trek: TOS, K/S, Blake's 7
Communities:
Other: Merry Men Press
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Robin Hood is a fan writer, zine editor, and owner of Merry Men Press. She is a collector of fanart and frequent convention attendee. Robin has also been of great assistance in behind-the-scenes help with The K/S Press.

Robin Hood is her legal name. She passed away on November 14, 2017.

Not an Online Fan

From the 2007 Blurring the Lines: Online or in Print, It's Still K/S:
Veteran K/S zine publisher Robin Hood disagrees [that K/S on the internet is a good thing]. She has been upfront about disliking seeing the slew of unedited K/S stories self-published on the Web. Says she about stories in her zines later going online, “I don’t like it. I tell my authors that, but it’s not my choice. It’s possessiveness. Those stories were given to me; they’re my babies. I had them the way I want them. There’s too much junk on the Internet; I want to keep my babies safe.”

In Her Words: From Scribbling Women: Editors Talk Back

What made you decide to print artwork given that it is expensive and difficult to reproduce?: “Every editor before me had art, I loved it, therefore....” Ergo her zines are lavishly illoed from cover to cover. In fact the very first thing I do when I get a Merry Men Press zine in the post is flick through for the artwork.
When you decided to publish a zine what were your thoughts about art?: “My general comment is: I can write (be it bad or good) but I can’t even trace a picture, let alone have you recognize the subject. I decided that artists were more...‘artistic’ in temperament and I had to chase them around with a butterfly net, and when caught, they were difficult to threaten, deaf to pleas, etc. Therefore they were to be coddled. After all, we can write a story, or a novel, and they usually have one picture to say it all. My passion for art began when Gayle F. sent me my first cover. I had asked her for a non-explicit cover, and she sweetly ignored me and sent me the first pencil piece for First Time 1. After I picked myself up off the ground, I was hooked. I couldn’t afford the $50 she wanted for it, I later had the privilege of duking it out with Barbara J.”
What was your policy—would you take all art? Or only that judged to be good? What is your policy on very explicit material? And CGA?: “I accepted everything I liked, or that no matter how well elicited, held the essence of what I felt K/S was.” I once had the pleasure of looking through some of Robin’s art at a con and hearing what she had to say about this mysterious “essence.” It was a real eye- opener, and I think encouraged me to try and draw with a little more freedom. Robin may say that she cannot draw but she certainly has a very perceptive eye and a mind to match! Robin says “Explicit, yeah! CGA, Boo! CGA and photos are the only things that are illegal. I know that’s being paranoid, but hey, why give in now?”
How far do you try to match the fictional content with the artistic? Do you try to illustrate the stories you print, or let art stand alone as a separate treat?: “Generally I’d try to illustrate—in the beginning there were more illustrators—but later I realized that the artists had problems selling illustrations, therefore I went looking for art and then sent out art to people I knew were writing stories, allowing them to pick and fit the art to their own stories. Sometimes it works in inspiration alone, sometimes not.” Robin stands a good chance of finding a picture for every story because she has a large collection of art just waiting for the right story to make its debut. Robin says “I have 65 framed pieces of K/S art hanging on my walls.” I suspect she has more in a portfolio too! She says, “If I have them, I want them up in the house. 25 artists are represented. I am still attempting to find a picture by the artists that are not represented, unfortunately it takes either money or time to do that.”
Given that women are often said to be less visually aroused than men, do you think that the images you print add to the erotic content of the zine, or do you think they provide something more subtle?: “Visually erotic? Oh, I hope so! If something is too explicit, move on quickly. There is something for everyone in the art world. I think a lot of my readers enjoy the ‘naughtiness’ of holding a zine in hand, therefore they don’t have to go too far a-field looking for some spice in their life. A zine in hand many consider ‘naughty,’ a good way to be ‘bad’ without jumping in the water.”
How do you feel about the visual impact of the zines you produced?: My what a modest lot you editors are! Robin simply responded with “I try.” I had to drag further confessions from her like pulling teeth! I wrote, “But I want to know...do you think you succeeded?” So Robin says “I think I succeeded pretty well. There are some zines I like the look of, but a lot are not consistent.” I asked “Are you pleased to look at them all on the shelf?” “Yes!” she says. “Proud?” I ask. “Yes!” she says, and so she should be—I sure love the look of all those lovely perfect bound zines with stunning covers on my shelves!

Many Pseuds

In 1989 in the editorial for Beside Myself #1, Robin Hood wrote that she had thirty-three pseuds:

This is the true zine of the pen names: We're having a funeral for these ladies. At the present, I have 33 pen names. It's time some... disappeared. Now don't be embarrassed that you raved about FT 8 'Time Enough', it was my first writing effort (and for those of you who didn't like it f... y..!) Anyway. Why do we use pen names? Most for the obvious reasons. That's not my reason. I use them because I like to read your honest comments, (and because if you didn't like it, then someone else wrote it, not Robin Hood).
In the editorial for Beside Myself #4 in 1996, Robin Hood wrote:
Again? Didn't I say once, many years ago that I'd retired all these damn pen names? What the hell happened? Well...

Memories/Recollections

During the 1980s, Robin Hood and I were pretty inseparable. We met through fandom - each of us beginning our K/S zines nearly at the same time - but our friendship reached far beyond. We went to plays together, museums, movies, estate sales, conventions. We enabled each other in our shared passion for Victorian lamps and lampshades. We shared hotel rooms and airplanes and cars. We, along with our non-fan friend, went to England and Scotland together. We laughed and we cried and gloried in our shared love for K/S. We wrote for each others fanzines. I often found myself with a piece of art Robin had acquired and told: "Write me a story". My story, "Tango", in First Time #14 is the perfect example of this. She loved art. Collected art and artists. She was a patron of K/S fan art, a passion we also shared. And we enabled each other in our often irrational desire to matte and frame art in the most decorative ways imaginable

As often happens, time sent us in separate directions. I moved from the San Diego area and we only saw each other once or twice after that at cons. I think the last time we talked was at Escapade when it was still in Goleta (CA). She was already in the dealers room when I arrived and she looked up and said something like: "Dovya! Black hair?" Typical Robin. She was never shy in sharing her opinions, good or bad. She was the one who told me that 20 was too young to be going gray and dyed my hair for me the first time (which sent me on a long, rainbow trip of hair coloring).

Robin was often irreverent, nothing was sacred if she saw something funny in it. Laughter was a common language with us.

She left behind one of the most popular K/S zine series, which has more issues than any other zine of which I'm aware. She was a strong woman who drew joy from just about everything.

Her passing is very sad. She was too young to leave us. My deepest sympathies are with her significant other, Robyn."[1]
" I was part of the San Diego bunch of fans who met every month in the the early 1980s. I am so proud to have been a part of her first publications. She would peer over my shoulder while I worked on a Trek drawing and ask, "Got any plans for that one?" She would coax poetry out of me that I never planned on submitting anywhere, and understood what they meant. She was a multi-talented creator, and I wish I could have bought everything she published. I am so grateful for whatever caused me to trace her contact info, out of so many I've lost touch with......... Peace and Long Long to those she leaves behind.[2]
""She was one of the coolest KSer I have ever met. When I was a KS newbie, she took me under her wings. She was sharp as a tack, had a wicked sense of humor, knew everything about the KS fandom classic and boy did she churn out some great KS anthologies and novels, and always encouraged any and all KSers to write stories or draw illos. She also kicked ass and took names. She was a character who had charisma and can always draw you in. I've enjoyed many of the KS cons with her. I'm going to miss her greatly. She was one of the best, nicest, funniest person you can ever meet and know. I'm really sad that she has passed away. She was a great KS friend and an awesome human being. R.I.P Robin Hood."[3]

References

  1. Dovya Blacque post to the KirkSpockCentral mailing list on Nov 15, 2017, quoted with permission.
  2. Vel Jaeger post to the K/S Zine Friends Facebook group dated Nov 15, 2017, quoted with permission.
  3. Sarian's post to the KirkSpockCentral mailing list on Nov 15, 2017, quoted with permission.