Sunday, 24 June 2007

Pleading the Fifth

And so it began. With issue 5 I was suddenly promoted to co-Editor alongside Matt Kamstra, he and Wade Campbell having fallen out in the three months between this issue and issue 4. I guess I should have seen the split coming having become Assistant Editor the previous issue during which Wade was absent a lot of the time. The issue has a whole twenty pages devoted to the end of Pulp Who - The Doris Situation, but still manages to squeeze in some other things like the first interview with an NZ fan, in this case artist Alistair Hughes.

Who would know it? A whole year since Reverse the Polarity! first hit the streets! So many things have happened in this past year, both with the zine and in our own lives, that sometimes it seems much longer than that. But you only have to observe the changes that have taken place in that year to see that it has all been worth it. From the design of the pages to the content of it articles and diversity of writers, Reverse the Polarity! has risen from strength to strength.
At this time however we have just experienced our first fallout - we are now officially a fanboy magazine! On a more serious side though, unfortunately we have lost the services of Wade Campbell in the editorship. Wade and I have had our personal and professional differences, and Wade has left to pursue other paths. I hope you all share with me in wishing him all the luck for whatever he plans to do. Alex Ballingall will replace Wade as the new co-editor effectively from this issue onwards. Here's to another year, plus heaps, and thanks to all those who have been involved in getting this zine up and running.
'Goodo,' or so I thought. 'It's the middle of the month, time to go get DWM.' Hmmm, well, yes. Many of you will at least know of, if not have read of, the controversy over Doctor Who Magazine's regeneration of the Paul McGann Doctor into their own Nicholas Briggs Doctor. The regeneration didn't bother me much at all. It was a welcome contrast as I could read the new adventures of both the Eighth Doctor and the Ninth at the same time. But low and behold (WARNING: SPOILERS) if they don't go and do the daftest thing. Issue 269, Wormwood, for those of you who know what I'm talking about. What's up with that? Does that add some spice or what? I won't spill the beans, but I encourage any of you who don't read DWM to go out there and get copies of #266 thru #269 right away!
I would also like to take this opportunity to dedicate this issue to Doctor Who's 35th anniversary celebration. But inside this brand spanking new issue we have the special twenty page conclusion to Pulp Who by Alex Ballingall as well as a new expanded Cyber Guy by Brendon Bennetts (yes, that's what that guy writes)!
Oh well, my time is just about up, and next issue you'll have that nice chap Alex Ballingall chatting to you about, not ferret pudding this time, but perhaps something like talking tomatoes and their recurrence in TARDIS Tales. Keep well everybody, and keep safe.

- Matt Kamstra
Bride of the Guff:

Published: September 1998
The Fanzine of the Christchurch Chapter of the NZDWFC
Editors: Alexander Ballingall, Matt Kamstra
RTP! Logo Design: Jamie Campbell/Alexander Ballingall
Front Cover: Peter Adamson
Back Cover: Brendon Bennetts [part of Cyber Guy comic]
Internal Artwork: Peter Adamson, Alistair Hughes, Garry Jackson, Matt Kamstra, Graham Muir
Letters: Peter Adamson, Alden Bates, Garry Jackson, David Ronayne
Page Count: 48
Print Run: 30
Price: NZ$2.50

~ Contents ~
  • [01] COVER
  • [02] CONTENTS
  • [03] EDITORIAL
  • [04] UPDATE
  • [05] WHO?! on the Internet
  • [06] The BOOTCUPBOARD [Letters]
  • [08] REVIEW [Review of The Happiness Patrol]
  • [09] FICTION: Short and Sweet
  • [10] INTERVIEW: A Brush with the Doctor ... [Alistair Hughes]
  • [15] Who Farted?
  • [16] REVIEW [Review of The Space Museum]
  • [18] ARTICLE: If - The Laird Of McCrimmon
  • [19] REVIEWS: James' Corner [The Web Planet and Twilight Of The Gods]
  • [20] REVIEWS: The Scope [Reviews of EDAs, PDAs]
  • [22] /full page artwork/
  • [23] OPINION: Wade's World
  • [24] COMIC: Pulp Who - The Doris Situation [part 4 of 4]
  • [44] Doctor Who Bullsh*t: BBC Books
  • [45] CARTOON: Doctor Who meets ... South Park
  • [46] OPINION: Julian Vance Says ...
  • [47] CARTOON: Cyber Guy

1 comment:

Jamas Enright said...

Ah, the impossible to get issue 5...

I now have those comics, was it really that big a deal?