This month marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Phil Clarke and Steve Moore's KA-POW #1 - One of the first British comic fanzines.
The year is slipping by, with no sign (that I'm aware of) of this momentous event being celebrated. This seems to me to be a great pity, especially considering how many great zines appeared in that half century; how many wonderful artists and writers cut their creative teeth in their pages, and the life long friendships that formed around the hobby.
So how about we celebrate those fifty plus years by putting together a huge kick-arse fanzine?
I'm hardly the most qualified person to be in charge of this kind of project; but I'm more than willing to put in the time and effort needed to pull it all together. I'm thinking that a print enabled PDF would be the way to go. Distribution would be easy with a digital file, there would be zero costs, and people could have it printed themselves if they wanted a physical copy.
Talking of costs, in true fanzine tradition, there would be no payment offered for contributions ( apart from a 'free' copy of the issue of course ;) ), but perhaps we could make the zine Donationware, and raise some money for charity?
Everyone would be welcome to contribute of course, but I'd REALLY like the people who were there right at the start of all this to write or draw something. Content could be nostalgic or current in nature, mainstream Superhero, independent, or small press.
I'd like to get this out by the end of the year (possibly for Christmas), so I guess we're looking at a deadline of December 1st.
Full page drawings, spot illustrations, strips, opinion pieces, reviews, news, anything that would be at home in a zine (other than adverts) would be very welcome.
We'll also need a title for the zine. of course. I was thinking of 'Leg-ends of Fandom - A Celebration' , but I'm sure someone could come up with something better ;) :D
I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org - Let me know if you're interested in contributing."