Vincent's Pride

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Title: Vincent's Pride
Publisher: Dragonback Publications
Editor(s): see below
Date(s): 1990-1995
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (TV)
Language: English
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cover of issue #1, Barbara Gipson

Vincent's Pride is a gen anthology of Beauty and the Beast (TV) fiction.


The stories all revolve around Vincent and Catherine's children and further descendants.

From a flyer for the first issue:

Sherry Sanfilippo's enchanting alternate-timeline fantasy lets us step out of Beauty and the Beast's storyline before Paracelsus sets the tragedy in motion. Join Vincent and Catherine as they build their happy life for themselves -- and their children! Jacob, Anne-Margaret, Charles, Vincenta, and Peter -- can you picture Vincent and Catherine as the parents of five headstrong, adult offspring? The Wells children all take after their father, and are every bit as beguiling. Share their adventures as they make their way both Above and Below, with all the complexities and heartache of their individual lives. Each is searching for "some one to be part of" -- and none will settle for anything less than the soul-deep bond their parents have. Romance, wild indians, circuses, seeing-eye dogs and alley kittens. ... You won't want to miss it!

Issue 1

Vincent's Pride 1 was published in June 1990 and contains 140 pages of fiction by Sherry Sanfilippo.

This zine was edited and produced by Beth Druhan and Shannon O'Connor. The art is by Barbara Gipson (cover and interior), Phyllis Berwick, Anna Deavers, Kerin Houseburg, Terri Librande, and Alix Otterstar.

a flyer for the first issue, one that states that it contains "seven PG-rated stories (reprinted from Who's/Blake)." Note: "Who's Blake" contains four stories and one poem by the author, not seven stories.
from issue #1, Barbara Gipson
  • Forced Hand (reprinted from Who's Blake #3) (1)
  • Jessie (reprinted from Who's Blake #4) (16)
  • Alleykitten (27)
  • Apache Raid (55)
  • When I'm With You, There Is No Darkness (85)
  • Green Eyes (reprinted in Who's Blake #3) (117)
  • Princesses (reprinted from Who's Blake #4) (126)
  • Family Tree (144)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Generally sedate but interesting stories of Vincent and Catherine's children, the “Vincenti,” all of whom take after Vincent-and their children, in turn. They're all financially well-off, handsome/ beautiful, talented, and have no internal or external conflicts to speak of, and most of them find true love-their bondmates -first crack out of the box. The writing is consistently good.[1]

All stories in this zine, with the exception of the first one, focus on Catherine and Vincent's grown children and their search to find their bondmates. The five offspring all resemble Vincent, and each has their own unique gift. [2]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Barbara Gipson

Vincent's Pride 2 was published in December 1991 and contains 196 pages of fiction by Sherry Sanfilippo. It includes a poem by Katherine Garnett.

This zine was edited and produced by Beth Druhan and Shannon O'Connor.

The art is by Barb Gipson (cover, title page), Phyllis Berwick, Anna Deavers-Kelley, Kerin Houseburg, Terri Librande, Michele L. Sayles, Pam Tuck, Lena Wood.

  • The Legacy, poem by Katherine Garnett (1)
  • Passing Glimpses (21)
  • Journey Through Purgatory (21)
  • He Followed Me Home... Can I Keep Him? (70)
  • Mother's Day (77)
  • Dragon from the Past (87)
  • More Passing Glimpses (108)
  • Crossing the Rubicon (123)
  • Squaw Wars (152)
  • Tunnelhaven (175)
  • Graduation (183)
  • A Final Glimpse (194)
  • Wells Family Treek, chart by Orianna Lee Warren (196)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Further Continued Classic adventures of the Vincenti, a separate race whose genetic inheritance is dominant. When there are over fifty of them in the grandchildren's generation, it's time to go public. Refreshingly, this second volume sets the Vincenti some real problems. In the standout novelette “Journey through Purgatory,” Charles, V/C's son, is captured Above and displayed for some months in a traveling circus before his bondmate, Jess, can locate and reach him. V/C are mainly background figures; the stories center on their children and grandchildren...who no longer have to live in “a secret place” and can even graduate from Radcliffe. Also a poem, “The Legacy,” by Katherine Garnett. [3]

Volume II of the series contains more stories focusing on the Wells' brood - Jacob, Anne, Margaret, Charles, Vincenta and Peter. We learn what happened to Charles in that circus and, later, the Vincenti go public. Lovely cover by Barbara Gipson.[4]

Issue 3

Vincent's Pride 3 was published in June 1995 and contains 141 pages. It was edited by Beth Druhan. The fiction is mostly by Sherry Sanfillippo, with other fiction by Ciney Van Houten Mickey Sayles, and Barbara Trimble. The zine contains poetry by Debbie Ruth DiSantis and Katherine Garnett.

The art is by Terri Librande, Sandy Shelton, Mickey Sayles, Amber Shelton, Michele, and Anna Kelley. Cover art by Simone Smit.

  • Catspaw, fiction by Sherry Sanfilipano
  • 1000 Cranes, fiction by Sherry Sanfilipano
  • Doctor in the House, fiction by Sherry Sanfilipano
  • Passing Glimpses, fiction by Sherry Sanfilipano
  • A Voice in the Night, fiction by Cindy Van Houten
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part, fiction by Mickey Sayles
  • After the Storm, fiction by Barbara Trimble
  • poem by Debbie Ruth DiSantis and Katherine Garnett

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

Most but not all the stories of the Vincenti here are by the concept's originator, Sherry Sanfilippo. Essentially, each story details the personal and professional life, and character, of one or more of the Vincenti, descendants (often great-great-grandchildren) of Vincent and Catherine, who bear Vincent's dominant leonine traits. And those details are varied and described with seeming effortlessness and confident expertise, from the rock concert milieu of "Catspaw" and the Japanese custom, language, and lore of "1000 Cranes" to the medical jargon and judgments of "Doctor in the House." This aspect is consistent, regardless of the author. So is the story's basic progress: one of the Vincenti discovers his (sometimes her) bondmate and, usually after some difficulties, is rapturously married to the destined one. Within the safe predictability of this formula, there's some very interesting and engaging storytelling going on here. For instance, in novelette "Catspaw," twin Vincenti brothers Valarian and Sebastian, touring rock stars, unexpectedly encounter their bondmates, sisters Kimberly and Danny. Except that Bas is bonded to dazzled, 16-year-old screamer Kimberly, who has eyes only for twin Valarian; and Danny, Valarian's bondmate, is convinced all rock musicians are drunken, drug-addicted, lewd degenerates. Not a good beginning. And after Kim and Bas are abruptly married, things only get worse. This tale is considerably enlivened by young Kim's forthright approach, essential decency, and Southern wit.

Occasionally, we get glimpses of Vincent and Catherine, now well into their nineties. But the main focus is on the multitudinous younger generations, and the stories deal pretty exclusively with their finding their bondmates. An exception is "Doctor in the House," in which Dean Morgan's doubts about patients' potential aversion to a Vincenti doctor leads him to disapprove young Jeremy's application to medical school. He learns better after observing the young medic Below. Another is the brief, "Passing Glimpses," in which young Peter manages to get the better of father Vincent with artful quoting from The Lion King.

Other writers contribute to this growing fund of Vincenti lore. Cindy Van Houten contributes "A Voice in the Night," in which Vincenti latenight DJ Victoria is uncertain whether womanizing Brandon Fenster is interested in her or her sultry on-air alter-ego, Tina Fox. In Mickey Sayles' "'Til Death Do Us Part," Vincenti Simone is the only one of the Vincenti ever to marry without a bond, to her childhood sweetheart who is rapidly dying of cancer. And in Kori Kent's "Alexandra," the titular character, a college student, is stunned and dismayed to find she's bonded to an inappropriate partner, as she considers it.

Besides the 11 tales, which include both slight vignettes, full-scale stories, and a complex novelette, there are poems by Debbie Ruth DiSantis and Katherine Garnett. Artwork, mainly portraits of the various Vincenti, by Terri Librande, Sandy Shelton, Mickey Sayles, Amber Shelton, Michele, and Anna Kelley. Cover art by Simone Smit. [5]