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Seacon. 37th World Science Fiction Convention, Seacon '79 - Page 40. August 23, 1979 - August 27, 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 22, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/482/show/379.

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Seacon. (August 23, 1979 - August 27, 1979). 37th World Science Fiction Convention, Seacon '79 - Page 40. Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/482/show/379

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Seacon, 37th World Science Fiction Convention, Seacon '79 - Page 40, August 23, 1979 - August 27, 1979, Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed October 22, 2020, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/482/show/379.

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Title 37th World Science Fiction Convention, Seacon '79
Creator (Local)
  • Seacon
Date August 23, 1979 - August 27, 1979
Description Information regarding the guests of honor for Seacon '79.
Donor Leiber, Fritz; Leiber, Justin
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction conventions
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Science fiction
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Leiber, Fritz
  • Aldiss, Brian W.
  • Shaw, Bob
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Seacon
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Brighton, England
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  • brochures
  • documents (object genre)
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 29
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Original Collection Fritz Leiber Papers
Digital Collection Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/1984_003
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript And he was getting better with every drawing in every issue. All at once everyone wanted a Harry Bell cartoon (or seven); and a fan named Glicksohn in a city named Toronto realized that a major new force had arrived on the fanzine scene. What we didn't know (then) was that this was the Second Coming of Harry Bell. If you want all the biographical background on Harry look elsewhere in this Program Book or buy Harry a double whisky in the Metropole bar and I'm sure he'll fill you in on dates, names and places. At least, that's what he told me to say . . . But the fact remains that Harry arrived on the North American fannish scene as a fully developed and extremely talented cartoonist. When I went to SEACON in197r>, Harry Bell was a name I knew well The walls of my apartment are covered with the humourous artwork of Kirk, Canfieldand Barrand I'd become a Bell energumen as soon as I'd encountered his work Within a matter of months, Harry had established himself as one of the most recognizable and powerful artists in fandom I looked forward to meeting him. But history never really observed when the two people who had made "scotch" and "Newkie Brown" synonymous with fanac actually met. / remember though. I may not be able to describe the cartoon that first fixed Harry's enormous talents in my mind and I may not recall precisely where and when in the De Vere hotel in Coventry we first were formally introduced but I remember when I first "met" Harry Bell. In 1975 I was a visitor to English fandom, a stranger in a (very) strange land I didn't know the acceptable rituals to observe. I tended to "go along with the crowd". A strange little troll by the name of Williams gathered a bunch of lis together to partake in some sort of esoteric Anglofannish rite of passage: we were to watch the latest episode of something known as "Dr Who". As a foreigner, I decided to take my cue from my hosts. Ian was like a small boy on Christmas morning when everything was new and shining and wonderful. Unfortunately I was still moderately sober. So what I remember most was a solid, chunky, cherubic, soft-spoken, smilingly sarcastic Devil's Advocate who sat and smiled and quietly muttered to himself — and a few lucky people nearby throughout the show. I'd previously been introduced, in passing, to Harry Bell, but for me that was our introduction. And I knew from that moment on that completely apart from my admiration for his artwork I was going to like this sharp- tongued, soft-voiced, rotund gentle man with the choirboy face. Over the next two years it was a pleasure to publish Harry's work in my own infrequent fanzines His sheer expertise was always a joy to behold, and his sense of humour was a constant delight. Quickly he became a fannish super-star; not just because he was British and hence in some way different from the previous pantheon of fannish artists but simply because he was good. As a technician, he was unrivalled And to that unparalleled drawing skill he added an understanding of fans and fandom and an incisive (and very British) sense of humour that could deflate fannish pomposity, capture the occasional moments of poignancy that make fandom worthwhile or just perfectly preserve the essential spirit of fannishness. Within a year, Harry had won a FAAN nomination, indicative of how quickly and completely fanzine fans throughout fandom took to the Bell style and philosophy. In 1977, Harry won the FAAN Award as the Best Humorous Artist in fandom and, coincidentally, that was the summer I was able to visit with Harry and sundry other odd (careful choice of words) Newcastle fans. The accompanying picture shows the largest collection of FAAN Award winners ever assembled in the known history of mankind. Harry Bell is the hairier of the two clean-shaven winners: the one who looks as if he needs a psychiatrist rather than is one. Getting to know Harry better was one of the highlights of that summer for me. I was delighted to discover that what I'd sensed in a crowded hotel room in Coventry two years earlier was completely correct. In addition to being one of the finest artists it's been my privilege to work with in fandom, Harry Bell is one of the nicest damn people I've ever met. Perhaps he's a bit on the quiet side, a little shy, and not exactly the Harlan Ellison of the artist world, but he's also one of the most decent individuals it's ever been my pleasure to know. He's a kind and amazingly generous person, with a truly inspired sense of humour. He sees every foible of fandom and yet retains an openness of spirit and an exuberance that seems to grow from year to year. And damn me if he doesn't get better as an artist with every passing fanzine! left to right: Bob Shaw, Rob Jackson Harry Bell, Mike Glicksohn. 40