The Beauty and the Beast Companion
|Title:||The Beauty and the Beast Companion|
|Creator:||Peter J. Formaini & Loving Companion Enterprise/TunnelWorld Publications|
|Fandom:||Beauty and the Beast (TV)|
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The Beauty and the Beast Companion is a gen and het resource to the show. Although fans participated in the creation of the resource guide, it is not a fanzine but professionally published and distributed by Random House Postings Division.
DescriptionsFrom a flyer in the The Beauty & the Beast Buyer's Guide to Fanzines:
The Beauty and the Beast Companion is a 304 page reference work for one of the finest dramatic series ever to grace network television. Perfect bound, with a color cover by renowned fan artist Sue K, this work contains detailed synopses of all 55 episodes, critiques, full production and performance credits, literary and musical references, trivia, series milestones, and special information for each episode.
For an additional fee ($19 a year) fans could also subscribe to The Beauty and the Beast CompanionQuarterly Update Series:
The Beauty and the Beast Companion is expanded and updated by this quarterly journal. Each issue is 35-45 pages long and contains additions, revisions and corrections to the Beauty and the Beast Companion. Also included are essays, news, rumor control, classified and display ads, humorous articles, convention news, fandom news and commentary, poetry, fanzine reviews, syndication information, contests, and lots more.
ControversyIn May 1991, the cover's artist, Sue Krinard, disassociated herself from this zine:
Recently, I entered into a professional arrangement with the author of a semi-professional publication called The Beauty and the Beast Companion to provide a cover painting of Vincent and Catherine for an updated version to be distributed by RandomHouse. My personal dealings with the author were at all times cordial and pleasant, and at no time did I consider political "stance" in B&TB to be a relevant issue in terms of our professional relationship. This still holds true. However, it has been brought to my attention that one ofthe quarterly updates to the B&TB Companion, specifically the February issue, contains an editorial that is not only unprofessional in tone, but also criticizes and belittles fans of B&TB who hold views which I happen to share. To relate the contents of this editorial, which purports to analyze the split in fandom, is not necessary or desirable here; I'm sure it could be obtained in full else where. Suffice it to say that I wish, at this time, to fully disassociate myself from the contents of said-editorial or any future remarks of such a critical personal nature that may appear in future updates of the new B&TB Companion. Though I agreed to do the cover, my personal views are NOT represented by the contents or opinions of the author. Sadly, the author also sent personal letters of a somewhat vitriolic nature to friends of mine who took polite exception to some of his comments; in one such letter he opined that there were about 12 people in fandom whom he would not "allow" to buy his books. Also, I fear that by his own criteria, I would most likely be one of those unfortunate few. 
- from Tunneltalk (May 1991)