Sappho (multimedia zine published in the US)

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For the German language femslash zine, see Sappho!

Zine
Title: Sappho
Publisher: Pink Triangle Press
Editor(s): Melissa Mastoris
Date(s): 1993-1995
Series?: yes
Medium: print zine
Size:
Genre: femslash
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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cover of issue #1, Miami Vice: (Trudy/Gina) by I.S. Burnett
anti-piracy stamp here from Sappho, click to read disclaimer

Sappho is a femslash mulitifandom anthology. These two zines contain fiction from Blake's 7, Doctor Who, Cagney and Lacey, Star Trek: TOS, Fried Green Tomatoes, Carmen San Diego, Batman: The Animated Series, Wonder Woman, X-Men and others. One issue has fiction by Penny Lane.

Submission Request

Zine Scene: 1992: "No deadline. Shooting for MediaWest '93. Submissions of poetry, stories and art are now being accepted. All fandoms welcome! Come on, let's show everyone out there what the ladies can do!"

Guidelines

Printed in issue #1:
1. Sappho is a multi-media lesbian fanzine. All work must be lesbian in nature. However, it doesn't have to be explicit. (In other words, if your lesbian story doesn't have sex in it, that's okay by me.)
2. All fandoms, including original SF and Fanatasy, are welcome. However, in the case of Quantum Leap, please focus on the ladies of the Project. (Tina/Donna, Verbena, etc.) No Sam-leaps-into-a-lesbian stories, please! (That's cheating!)
3. All art must be done in B&W ink or very dark pencil suitable for xeroxing, and all other submissions must be typed. I can't use computer discs or color art at this time.
4. I immediately edit for spelling, grammer, and clarity. However, no major changes will be made with the writer's OK.
5. All submissions and inquiries must include an age statement and a SASE for a reply. Potential illu strators, please send samples.
6. Pen names and pseudonyms are cheerfully accepted. (I can understand not wanting your mother to know what your hobbies are!)
7. All work will entitle the author or artist to one free copy of the zine their work appears in. (I hate quotas!)
Sappho accepts stories, filks, poems and all types of art. If you have something else in mind you'd like to try, let me know! I'm open for suggestions.

Description

From Media Monitor:
This "multi-media lesbian zine is finally out of the closet! We're serving up some Fried Green Tomatoes, crashing a Musters/Addams Family Halloween party, traveling with Doctor Who, visiting a ladies only pleasure palace with the women of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and making a few discoveries with The Girl from UNCLE, and the ladies of Simon and Simon. Poetry from Blake's 7, Cagney & Lacey, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Art by Trevor Hedden, Melek. It has a Miami Vice cover from I.S. Burnett. Look out fellas... it's the ladies' turn!

Issue 1

Sappho 1 was published in May 1993 and contains 132 pages. The art is by Trevor Hedden, Melek, I.S. Burnett (cover), "naked lady graphics and borders courtesy of verious Dover Art books."

The editor threatened that any unauthorized duplication "will result in the perpetrators being tied up and forced to listen to the editor's entire Barry Manilow collection. You have been warned!"

Also: "Sappho is a multi-media lesbian slash fanzine. Age statement required."

From the editorial:
It's a week before Media*West '93, and (as usual) I have no idea how to start this, so I'll just jump right in.

First off, I'd like to thank everyone who helped Sappho come out of the closet: the writers and artists, my sister for putting up with my typing for two solid months and the lovely girl at Kinko's who did my covers at 2:30 in the morning. Thanks also to those of you who ran my ads, sent SASE's and pushed people my way. If it hadn't been for all of you, I wouldn't be tearing my hair out right now.

I would also like to thank The Sisters Of Paulsboro (including Flamer, Jesus, Whitney, Bar Slut, and a bunch of other people that I know and love but can't remember right now!) for all of their love and support. Extra- special thanks and a big hug and a kiss go out to Joni-Jeannine for always being there whenever I've needed a friend. I love you, sister, and we're not going shopping!

A second issue of Sappho is currently in the works, so send me your stuff! All fandoms are welcome, and guidelines are in the back for anyone whose [sic] interested.

Well, that about does it here. Enjoy!
  • To Honor the Goddess by Jeannie Marie (Author's Note: The Lily Munster and Morticia Addams envisioned here are the TV versions played by Yvonne DeCarlo and Carolyn Jones. So are the rest of the Addams characters.) (It's Samhein, and Lily and Morticia pay homage to the Goddess with their fellow witches and each other.) (Munsters/The Addams Family) (1)
  • More than Friends, poem by Khylara (Blake's 7) Jenna/Cally (20)
  • Sappho's Retreat by Montoya (Star Trek: TNG) (Tasha Yar has only one night of R&R, and she plans to make the most of it at Artemis' premier women's only pleasure palace.) (21)
  • Aftermath: Magenta, poem by Khylara (Rocky Horror Picture Show)(37)
  • Maxine the Man-Hater by Khylara (Girl from Uncle) (April Dancer finds herself teamed with a lesbian agent and discovers there's more to her than just a nickname.) (38)
  • Beautiful Rebel, poem by Silver Srebryanyi (Blake's 7) Jenna/Cally (58)
  • A Shoulder to Cry On by Silver Serebryanyi (Dr. Who) Tegan/Nyssa (Tegan and Nyssa console each other after Adric's death.) (59)
  • Satin and Lace by Khylara (Star Trek: TNG) Deanna/Tasha (65)
  • Simon Sisters by Jeannie Marie (Simon and Simon) Janet/Temple (69)
  • The Surprise, poem by Silver Serebryanyi (Cagney and Lacey) (90)
  • Hospitality by Trevor Hedden (Dr. Who) Ace/Jo (91)
  • Feminine Forms, poem by Kyhlara (Blake's 7) Jenna/Cally (111)
  • Alabama Rose by Montoya (Fried Green Tomatoes) Idgie/Ruth (Ruth Jamison wants her first time with Idgie Threadgood to be special, so Idgie sets out to give her a little bit of romance.) (112)

Issue 2

Sappho 2 was published in May 1995 and contains 96 pages.

front cover of issue #2
flyer for issue #2

From a submission request: "Pink Triangle Press is now in the market for submissions for a second issue featuring the ladies. Stories, poems, filks, art...everything's welcome! Deadline: August 1, 1994. Hopefully I'll have it out by October... Help us celebrate love lesbian style!"

From Media Monitor: "Our second issue! We've got 3 out of 4 Star Treks (Classic, Next Generation and Deep Space 9), and we've been taken over by the cartoons! (Carmen San Diego, X-Men, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batman, the animated series). Star Trek: The Next

  • The Gift (Star Trek Deep Space 9 Kira/Dax) (13 pages)
  • Behind the Mask (Blake’s 7 Solin/Dayna) (1 page)
  • Where in the Bed Is Carmen Santiago (Carmen Santiago Carmen Ivy) (5 pages)
  • Harley and Ivy (Batman Animated Series) (4 pages)
  • Just a Little Comfort (Star Trek TOS Uhura/Chapel) (24 pages)
  • Let Me (Blake’s 7 Jenna/Cally) (1 page)
  • Kira by Candlelight (Star Trek Deep Space 9 Kira/Dax) (6 pages)
  • The Hunt (Vampire) (3 pages)
  • Reclaiming Love (Star Trek the Next Generation Gen Deanna/Beverly) (7 pages)
  • Happy Birthday (X-Men Rogue/Storm (3 pages)
  • Deanna’s Dilemma (Star Trek the Next Generation Deanna/Beverly) (1 page)
  • Paradise (Wonder Woman/Supergirl) (16 pages)
  • For Some Reason (Blake’s 7 Dayna/Soolin) (1 page)
  • The Competition (Star Trek the Next Generation Deanna/Tasha) (10 pages)