| On Fanzing In General
It's excellent. I really enjoyed the Tony Isabella interview and
especially the play-by-play for Invasion, one of the most underrated
Also, so's you know, I'm the new comic guide for The
Mining Company, and when my site goes "live" in January,
you'll find your site listed there under "Comic News & Reviews."
One of only eight sites to make my list.
Consider yourselves warned! :-)
"Stewart Brower" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks, Stewart! We appreciate the links. Speaking
of links, I JUST got an announcement as we "went to press"
that Yahoo has decided to add our little fanzine to their pages! Excellent
and quite fast for Yahoo. We're impressed.
Oh, and for all of you who miss Marc Campbell's wonderful old
"This month in Fanzing" link graphics, we are working
on some. Look for them in the "Fanzing Multiverse" pages
when they're ready.
Subject: Metal Men "Cold Metal"
I've read your fanfic. I must say i really enjoyed it. I can't
really say much was wrong with it since it is a fanfic not set in
the DC continuity, but there was one thing that bugged me. Magnus
was referred to as Will and Wil. It's just nitpicking, but it was
slightly annoying. I enjoyed the references to Chemo, the Fantastic
Four, and Green Lantern. I could see this working as an animated
series. maybe the Metal Men wiill appear on Superman's show since
they've been known to team up with the Man of Steel. I was suprised
that Magnus wanted to shut off Tina's emotions, but I suppose it
is logical that he wanted to end his annoyance. I can't wait for
part two. It's excellent that you can tell a hero story without
so knock down drag out fight scene. The whole piece was very well
done. You now have at least one fan. Do you have any other fanfics
I could read?
That "Wil" was a typo
be sure to fix it when I can. I'd sure love to see the Metal Men
guest on "Superman: The Animated Series"
love to write it! Speaking of writing for animated series
someday I'll run my prospective "Batman: Gotham Knights"
story in which Bruce Wayne dates young socialite Sue Dearbon and
encounters her jilted stretcheable boyfriend.
As for future fan fiction (That's tough to say five times fast),
we have several items coming up. Jon Karl Haynes plans to resume
"Memoirs From Blackgate." I've got a story running next
month (it was entered into Ed Dylan's recent online contest) which
will be written in script format and will hopefully have several
illustrations. And we're always looking for new material from all
of you! If you have something that you think is worth running, be
sure to e-mail us today!
Subject: Tony Isabella Interview
BTW just read the the Tony Isabella interview in Fanzing. Very
enjoyable, and I'll be reading the rest of the mag over this week.
All the best!
"Alan J. Porter" (email@example.com)
Thanks, Alan. Tony was very kind to help
us kick off Fanzing's first issue, and we wish him the best of luck
in getting a new Black Lightning mini-series off the ground in '98!
How about the rest of you? Did you like the interview? Is it the
kind of thing which we should do more often? Because ye olde editor
DOES just happen to live in the same town as Superman's Dan Jurgens!
(Jeez, in a metro area of a couple million
what are the odds?)
I Paid This Guy To Write In
I have to say I'm impressed as hell with Fanzing! That looks like
a lot of work! Great job! You have to put it on your ISP's server?
How do people find it that have been following it for a while? Did
you do the interview article? (Must have. I noticed the Wallace
Shawn picture.) Anyway, had to drop you a note. Has anyone else
Not enough people have commented, Rog!
Surprisingly, it looks like all of Fanzing's old readers managed
to find the new link, as our counter topped over 1000 in just 5
and out of those, we had seven pieces of mail on Fanzing.
And of those, one was from a certain old radio co-worker.
So come on, people! Send us responses!
It's not like we're getting paid here; feedback is our bread and
| Subject: Fanzing
Not bad, but it needs more Legion content. :-) Also, I get the
feeling you're a big Silver Age fan. The problem with a lot of Silver
Age fans (not you specifically) is that they have this mentality
that Silver Age Good, Modern Age Baaaaaaaad. I'm of the opinion
that there's plenty of crap in all eras. :-) Like when I picked
up Superman Red/Blue the other day, I found the free enclosed Superman
comic (containing reprints from the fifties) fairly unreadable.
Also I'm a huge Plastic Man fan, but you won't hold that against
me, right? ;-)
Jeremy B (KrytenToo@aol.com)
I'm sorry, Jeremy, but we don't need your kind
Seriously, you're very right about crap in all eras. We all remember
"Kingdom Come" and forget about those last few stinky
years of JLA. I'm sure that thirty years from now we'll be talking
about how wonderful Kyle Rayner was. And if you ever see me doing
that, please pull the plug on me.
Subject: Batman as an urban myth
Wow! Good point.
I can see the allure to make him so on Denny's part though. All
of the best Batman stories involve the question of his existence.
Look at the brilliant Year One by Frank Miller. There's that great
scene where the cops are meeting to discuss "the bat-man"
and they have all those rough sketches on the wall
itself is the fear that Bruce was looking for. Or, heck, leap forward
(in comic-time, backward in our time) to Dark Night Returns, where
Batman's return is at question, making him a scary figure again.
This same feeling was echoed in Sam Hamm's screenplay for the first
I think Denny mught be doing this because that's what Bruce wants.
The character, I mean. The character craves to be hidden in myth
and shadow, to more effectively do his job as protector of the night.
But DC has an 800-pound gorilla on there hands. He got so good by
being secret, and once he got big he couldn't be secret any more.
Its like the alternative band that suddenly has success based on
being counter-culture, but then can't be counter-culture any more.
And heck if Bruce wants to be unknown again, he can just go ahead
and be Matches, for all I care.
James A. Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It really is a tough point. I certainly
don't think that Batman should be hosting center stage at charity
events (what was Schumacher thinking?), but there's just no denying
his very existence! Check out the current New Year's Evil title
"Prometheus" on page 18. There's a building-sized poster
of the JLA with Batman on it!
Subject: Rogues? Where we're going, we don't need
Just perused through your fanzing, great stuff!
Just one query though:
On the Contributors page, the artwork of the Rogues gallery, izzit
Gene Ha's work? Beautiful stuff.
"Wayne Hotu" (email@example.com)
I'm not sure, Wayne. I scanned it from one
of DC's old free monthly handouts. I don't believe the art was attributed.
If anyone out there recognizes it, I do like to attribute all artwork
to the artist.
| One last thing
alert reader Jack Grimes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
made me aware that some people with older browsers such as Netscape
2 can't see complex colors, thus some of my pages appear as
black on black. I do want to accomodate the widest range of
people possible, but at some point I have to trust that people
I've looked at my "visitors statistics" which tell me how
many people are visiting using what kind of browser. Most
people out there have Netscape 3 or 4 (one stylistic improvement
in Netscape Communicator/Navigator 4 is the ability to do
bordercolors like the one on this box), followed by several
hundred users of Internet Explorer. But I've had a small number
of Netscape 2 users and even someone using Netscape 1!
Like I say, I try to accomodate everyone
but a webmaster
also has to bear in mind that he can't keep his page in the
dark ages forever for the few stragglers. If you have some
technical limitation which keeps you from upgrading, I apologize.
Please let me know, so that I can get some estimates of how
many people can't see whatever. But for the rest of you
what can I say, download Netscape Communicator! It's free
and Bill Gates doesn't profit from it.