My Xena adventure

Posted: August 17, 2012 in Magazines

It has been 10 years now since the publication of my fourth issue of the Xena/Lucy Lawless fanzine (The Unofficial) LUCY IN THE SKY. The run ended in 2003 with the fifth issue.

I really had a blast creating these and the team involved was quite phenomenal, and international in nature. The covers had art by Patricia Parker, every issue sported a Xena cartoon by Scott King, fans from all over the world contributed with articles. In this particular issue, the big article was how two major fans (Deb and Wendy) travelled to New Zealand and walked in Xena´s footsteps – or rather, to many of the locations seen in the show. Very detailed with around 90 pictures – many in full colour – certainly one of the best articles that ever went out within the publication. Hell, they even met Lucy Lawless herself on that trip!

The publication lasted three years and the fact that it existed was highlighted in a number of swedish media outlets, including major newspapers and TV weeklies. I was interviewed several times. It was clear that Xena had many friends within the swedish media. I know that there was a publication, by fans for fans, over in Germany as well. In the States the official fan club had their excellent publication (The Chakram) and then there was the official magazine that went out for a while. It was good to be a fan back then.

When Nikki Stafford put together her book “How Xena Changed Our Lives” (ECW Press, 2002) I had a chapter in it about my fanzine and the swedish scene. Several of my buddies who used to contribute to LUCY IN THE SKY were also in it. I must have done something right.

In the end, support dwindled and I decided to end it. But even then I was busy writing a detailed book about the show (with complete episode guide) along with my friend Eva Hamberg (now Eva Svartkrut). I tried very hard to sell it to a swedish publisher but with no luck. Nobody has ever (to this day) published such a book in Sweden (or Scandinavia) so the publishing houses just could not get their their heads around it. It is very frustrating to read that the work is very good but… (and then comes the excuse). I published the guide through four magazines (later on) instead, not quite the same but at least it saw the light of day. I guess we could still publish a book some day but not through a publishing house. Maybe a small independent run of 100 copies or so. I can see that happening some day, when RETROFUTURE is over.

My little Xena adventure was a very positive experience. The fans of Xena are some of the loveliest human beings you can imagine. From New Zealand the response was a quiet one, I only got a thumbs up from Lucy´s agent on a couple of occations. No interview was offered or could be set up. To this day I wonder how the people behind the show looked at the “Xenaverse” out there. Still, they had a show to do. On a personal level, by chance, I could compare this with the DEEP PURPLE FOREVER magazine. Did many interviews with guys from Deep Purple and the surrounding musical family (Whitesnake, Rainbow, Sabbath etc). Probably one of the reasons I felt that LUCY IN THE SKY was done.

In any case, a splendid time.

(Top image shows fanzine cover, issue 4)


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