The University of Iowa Libraries, with the help of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW,) has acquired The Fanzine Archive, a collection of 3,000 classic fanzines long managed by Mariellen (Ming) Wathne. The bulk of Ming’s collection are Star Wars titles originally collected by Lucasfilm themselves, a valuable cache of fandom and fanfic history. (You can read more about the collection’s history at Fanlore.)
OTW and UI are intent on securing even more ‘zines and documents as part of their Fan Culture Preservation Project.
First it was the mostly harmless Revenge of the Sith from 1986, but now he’s pulling out a zine with a (PG-13ish) smutty Han/Leia painting… I think Pete Vilmur is intent upon embarrassing us to death. Of course, I’m pretty sure we’re already throughly immune. And there’s certainly not anything worse out there or anything. Nope, nothing at all.
WFMU’s Beware of the Blog features a variety of fanzine covers from back in the day, including a hefty selection of Star Wars ones. Has your embarrassment squick kicked in yet? (via)
In An American Mythology: Why Star Wars Still Matters Steven D. Greydanus looks at the mythic roots of the saga – and a few common criticisms.
Pablo finds an amusing letter in one of the old Marvel Comics…
Darth Morbus ponders religion and the force. Should we tell him about the folks who think they’re actual Jedi?
The Wookiee has no pants explores the use of religious metaphors in fandom.
Taxy’s adorable Pirates review doodle bring up Star Wars similarities. Beware spoilers!
Discussion: Beej wonders why people still make zines. I’ve been wondering that myself for years. Yeah, having fanfic in tangible form is nice, but that’s why Adobe gave us PDF format.