Posted 13th of July 2000
June 2000 -Blake's 7 graphic novel style comic strip featured in the
newly launched APE Magazine!
Read about it at The Aquitar Files -
the B7 Webzine
What is APE Magazine?
You could describe it is a magazine which features fiction, art,
poetry, pop lyrics and more...written by young, unconsciously hip and
mostly London-based writers. Loulou Harris went to the launch party
in a converted warehouse and was surrounded by dozens of very arty
types in existential black and a couple of rock bands of such
breathtakingly fringe cool that she had to make apologies and leave
for the familiar coziness of a salsa club.
This was young, hip and literary London that was too iced to bother
about looking or sounding cool, just honest, raw, enthusiastically,
almost geekily arty. If you can be that way. Loulou and hubby were
hopelessly out of place, being totally out of practice at small talk
with people who don't want to talk about ecommerce...
How did Loulou or Blake's 7 come to be associated with such a wildly
out-there and dangerously poetic publication?
Well, one of the editorial team, is an old friend of Loulou's and saw
Loulou and Reba on that infamous "Lost in Space" documentary about B7
fandom, in which Reba spoke so eloquently about the reason for the
popularity of fan fiction. He was actually quite taken with the idea
and thought it would be exciting to have a B7 comic strip in APE
magazine, since the age of readers ensures that they will all have
fond memories of B7. So he asked Loulou to write a B7 story in graphic
novel format: the rest is history.
What? Blake on the front cover?
Yes indeed. Look out for it in WHSmith's, Borders, the MOMA in Oxford,
the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. "Blake's 7" is written on
the front cover of issue 1 and there's a picture of Blake too...
What's the story?
Written by our very own Loulou Harris, this is a four part story which
begins with a PGP Avon imprisoned and at the mercy of Federation
psychiatrists. Issue 1 features Part 1 - parts 1, 3 and 4 are original
stories - part 2, many Aquitar Files readers will recognise as a
version of the story "In the Lattice of Memories Which Intertwine",
part of "Between Life and Death".
Price £3.99. It will be on the shelves a while yet and when the
retailers return unsold copies, you'll be able to snap copies up by
Is it worth it?
Hey, Loulou is doing her best to entertain here. The 4 part story will
feature angst, A/C, A/S and V/Soolin romance as well as Loulou's own
take on some of the events PGP which lead to Avon's re-invention as a
Federation agent 20 years later. And the rest of the magazine is
terrific too, but it is very different to what most of us conservative
sciffy fans are used to and it ain't Jane Austen, okay?
To look at some excerpts, please visit
The Aquitar Files.
Their website is:
http://www.apemag.demon.co.uk/home.htm, and there is an email
address for people who want issues.
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