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The Fanzine Book: The Golden Age of the Doctor Who Underground Press
 

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By:Alistair McGown
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Released:  August 2023
Publisher:  Telos
ISBN:978-1-84583-220-9
Format: hardback
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Cover blurb:
Long before social media, the only way a generation of Doctor Who fans could find their voice was to produce a fanzine. Following in the slipstream of mid-1970s punk rock music fanzines, for a decade or two it seemed anyone with a shaky old typewriter and buckets of enthusiasm was putting together their own amateur magazines filled with news, reviews, interviews, opinions, convention reports, fan fiction, artwork and comic strips. Schoolkids and students alike struggled with sheets of rub-down lettering, correction fluid, cow gum, hand-cranked duplicators, messy ink and overheating and ill-tonered photocopiers to try their luck at becoming fan publishing press barons. Some sold dozens of copies, others sold thousands.
   Covering UK fandom’s earliest beginnings in the 1960s, through to the ‘golden age’ of the 1970s and 1980s, over 300 different fanzine titles — and fandom itself — are documented, discussed and displayed in this book, from hand-stapled newsletters to full colour, professionally-printed magazines. These fanzines included the first published work by many Doctor Who writers and artists of the future — many of them going on to comic strips, books, audios, Doctor Who Magazine and even the TV show itself.
   With contribution and comment from many of the editors, publishers and writers who were there, plus over 1,000 rare images, this is the definitive look at the UK Doctor Who fanzine phenomenon.


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