Sunday, 3 June 2007

That Difficult Second Album

As has already been noted, most fanzines don't survive to produce a second issue. RTP! did, and only two months after the first had been unleashed upon NZ fandom. Again, as with issue 1, most of the material on display from from Matt and Wade with the rest coming from basically myself and a dollop in the form of a Birdy from Graham Muir. But one other new contributor was on hand in the form of Brendon Bennetts, who provided the fanzine with one of its first cartoons — Cyber Guy. Issue 2 was a huge improvement over the previous issue, given that the pages were actually numbered which made finding something in the issue easy, and that things weren't badly spread out in strange places.

And the editorial:
Another month and another issue, and fortunately we have the benefit of hindsight. So you'll notice a few differences with this issue, namely the scaling down with the number of in-jokes. Maybe too many beers influenced that decision! But ether way, we've also increased the page count and even managed to increase the quality a bit for cripes sake! We hope you enjoy our new cartoons—the welcome return of Saucer Smith and his comrades; all new Cyber-Git, and a mini series by Alexander Ballingall, suitably entitled Pulp Who. And you can look forward to more of the same in future issues as Garry Jackson begins work on a new strip with us. This is just one of the new and exciting things to come for Reverse the Polarity!, and you can have your say next issue with our readers poll - so watch out!
As for the nasty rumors of strife and rampant insanity amongst staff, I have to say, they're all true. Pressures of exams have finally pushed us down to sub-human levels of existence. Presuming you read this before results come out we expect this to continue for some time yet! We only hope we don't sink as low as to release on RTP! Video, 'An Afternoon With Phillip J. Gray' in a desperate attempt to raise funds. Perhaps 'Davros reads his favorite Nursery Rhymes' would be more profitable? Snow White and the Seven Daleks? I don't think so.
Anyway, we hope you enjoy this issue and feel free to keep those submissions flooding in - we look forward to your correspondence ...
The next issue will be mostly edited by Wade, as Matt will be working and holidaying in Japan for most of December and January. Stand-in editor will be regular contributor Joe Ballingall.

- Matt Kamstra
The basic guff:

Published: December 1997
The Fanzine of the Christchurch Chapter of the NZDWFC
Editor: Wade Campbell, Matt Kamstra
RTP! Logo Design: Jamie Campbell
Front Cover: Alexander Ballingall [panel from Pulp Who]
Back Cover: Garry Jackson
Internal Artwork: Garry Jackson
Letters: Garry Jackson, Jeff Stone, John Williams [AKA Matt Kamstra]
Page Count: 44
Print Run: 30
Price: NZ$2

~ Contents ~
  • [01] COVER
  • [02] CONTENTS
  • [03] EDITORIAL
  • [04] UPDATE
  • [05] WHO?! on the Internet
  • [06] /full page advert/
  • [07] The BOOTCUPBOARD [Letters]
  • [09] OPINION: Where the Wades Have No Name
  • [10] REVIEW [Review of The Sea Devils]
  • [12] CARTOON: Birdy - In 'Revenge of a Handful of Cybermen!'
  • [14] /photos/
  • [15] Magic Eye Dr Who!
  • [16] OPINION: Into the Fishbow
  • [18] FICTION: Eruption
  • [19] OPINION: Doctor Who?
  • [20] REVIEWS: The Scope [Reviews of Virgin New Adventures and TSV]
  • [22] Doctor Who Bullsh*t: Graham Muir's Secret Lair!
  • [23] COMIC: Pulp Who - The Doris Situation [part 1 of 4]
  • [37] REVIEWS: Cracked Through the Covers [Reviews of BBC books and Benny books covers]
  • [38] FICTION: I, Renegade
  • [41] Fan Who - Past and Present: Matt Kamstra
  • [42] OPINION: Julian Vance Says ...
  • [43] CARTOON: Cyber Guy
  • [44] COVER

1 comment:

PhilGray said...

Hmmmm, 'An Afternoon with Phillip J. Gray' sounds like great all-round entertainment to me!

Ladies and gentlemen, with my very special guest, all the way from glamorous New Plymouth... Mr Jeff Stone! (Where are you now, Jeff, I wonder....?)