Vworp Vworp!

3rd February 2010 • Blog Post by Seb Patrick •

Well, now. This looks lovely.

Fanzines are, of course, something of a dying breed, rendered largely (though not entirely) irrelevant by the internet; and if this were just another showcase for people writing lengthy articles and opinion pieces, you’d have to wonder what would set it apart from (a) all the other fanzines and (b) all the countless websites (hello!) But this does have something that sets it apart, focusing as it does on the comic strip and magazine history of Doctor Who. And that fact alone is enough to justify it coming out in print format, rather than online, as it’s a far better medium to appreciate the doubtless tonnes of archive (and new) artwork and the like contained within. It also has a pretty damned impressive array of contributors – everyone from Dez Skinn to Dave Gibbons, Roger Langridge to Andrew Pixley. And look at that cover!

£5.99 (plus a quid postage) seems a little much for 80 pages, but given that it looks to be more akin to the quality of an actual newsstand magazine – and given that it’s a not-for-profit venture that presumably could do with recouping as much of its production costs as possible – it still looks very worth getting. Limited to 1000 copies, though, so get in there quickly!

Seb Patrick once met Paul McGann, who immediately pretended to be Mark McGann. He writes for Den of Geek, BBC America, Film4 and the official Red Dwarf website, among others. He owns over thirty toy Daleks and wishes the Dapol factory tour was still open.

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