Strong Enough

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Title: Strong Enough
Publisher: Pony Ex-Press
Editor(s): Audrey Lynne
Date(s): February 2003
Medium: print
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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front cover by K9
back cover, K9

Strong Enough is a gen multifandom 81-page anthology focusing on female characters. It is a charity zine with proceeds, according to the publisher, going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support breast cancer research.

The art is by K9 (front and back covers), Panda, Shar, Emily Veinglory, and Carl Elbing.


Summary from a distributor, Agent With Style: "How strong do the women on our favorite shows dare to be? Strong enough! This gen zine contains stories focused on women who refuse to back down and refuse to be overwhelmed by the men in their lives. These stories show that the women can run with the big boys, and look twice as good doing it!"

Original Submission Request

Multimedia gen zine from Pony Ex-Press devoted to female characters and what they want. Tell us about their goals, their hopes, their dreams, or maybe just a little more about them. No ship, please--if there is an established romantic relationship in the show's canon, a mention is fine but please don't let it take the focus. It doesn't have to be all angst and drama--humor and poetry are fine, too. No AU, please; this zine is canon-based. Also, no deathfic, please, unless the death in question was canon (yes, SG-1 fans, this does allow Meridian fic :-D). Proceeds from the sale of this zine will go to benefit breast cancer charities. As a result, tribbers will have to pay for their copies, but at a discounted price so that more money can go to charity. All media fandoms welcome, please no lit fic for legal reasons.


Disclaimer: This is a non-profit amateur publication, written about wonderful female characters in the hopes of helping real women. By no means do we wish to infringe on the copyrights held by the creators of these characters. No endorsement of this book by any persons holding said copyrights is intended. We are quite grateful to anyone who participated in any of these shows or movies for creating these wonderful worlds for us to play in. Copyright of the individual stories or pieces of artwork rests with the authors and artists. Should you find any remaining typos in this zine after edits, contact Austin James at Serendip for a full explanation. (Does anybody else remember "Probe"?) We were not bribed in any way, shape, or form, but if you should happen to find Ray Stantz, keep him there and we'll talk; the editor can be contacted at the above address. (Just seeing if you were paying attention!)

The Editorial

Neither rain, nor sleet... Yes, the motto of the Pony Express. It had been raining much more than usual in Northern Virginia (where I happen to live) when I came up with the idea for a zine.

Forced by weather to spend more time indoors, I eventually decided that, after extensive review of Laramie tapes, I was going to have to con one of my editor friends into putting out a Laramie zine.

Then the two most dangerous words in the English language came to my mind: "What if?" What if I were to put together a Laramie zine? Immediately, I recognized that this was potentially one of the more insane ideas of my lifetime. As a button I saw at a con said, "In zine publishing, the cowards never started, and the weak died along the way." Even with an agent, I knew that it wasn't going to be easy. Once in, rarely out. Boy, am I learning the truth of that.

The Laramie zine idea never caught on as well as I'd hoped-interest was expressed, but no submissions received. However, I was still, technically, editor of Pony Ex-Press (blame Linda Stoops; she suggested the name). And then it happened. in a "dream zine" discussion on one list, a member mentioned that she would like to see a gen zine focused on the female characters of our favorite shows - their hopes and dreams, their lives. I said, "Damn, that's a good idea!" By day's end, this zine had been created. Within twenty-four hours of putting out the call for submissions, there was such overwhelming interest that I knew "Strong Enough" would become a reality. In the meantime, I put together "Superman", the Emergency! one-shot zine by AJM...she and I both know that, in many ways, that was my "practice" zine. At least I had a better idea of what I was doing this time around! It's a wonderful story, though, and I was glad to have it.

In case you didn't know, the proceeds from this zine will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support breast cancer research. It seemed fitting that a zine focused on women should help real women. So, as you read through these pages, enjoy the stories and feel good knowing that you're helping to support a wonderful cause. Many thanks to all of the contributors and artists as well- -without you, this zine would not have happened.


  • Editor's Notes (4)
  • The Other Woman by DoggyJ (Samantha Carter) (Stargate SG-1) (5)
  • Exceptions To The Rules by Sheila Paulson (Janine Melnitz) (The Real Ghostbusters) (15)
  • Could I, poem by Knoteach (Amanda King) (Scarecrow and Mrs. King) (27)
  • Comes The Dawn by Linda Stoops (Dawn Summers) (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (31)
  • Should It Matter by Kate Mulder (Dana Scully) (X-Files) (37)
  • What’s A Girl To Do by Blue Topaz (Samantha Carter) (Stargate SG-1) (39)
  • Mac Gives The Order by Brilew (Sarah Mackenzie) (previously online, revised, was a finalist in the JAG FanFest competition) (JAG) (69)
  • It Could Have Been Me by Audrey Brackett (Dixie McCall) (previously online, posted to the AllEFanfic list, revised) (Emergency) (73)
  • links and additional info (75)
  • Just for Fun (77)