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Iguanacon. 36th World Science Fiction Convention Iguanacon Two - Page 48. August 30, 1978 - September 4, 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 18, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/815/show/736.

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Iguanacon. (August 30, 1978 - September 4, 1978). 36th World Science Fiction Convention Iguanacon Two - Page 48. 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/815/show/736

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Title 36th World Science Fiction Convention Iguanacon Two
Creator (Local)
  • Iguanacon
Date August 30, 1978 - September 4, 1978
Description Program book for the 36th World Science Fiction Convention Iguanacon.
Donor Fritz Leiber; Justin Leiber
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction, American
  • Fantasy fiction, American
Subject.Topical (TGM-1)
  • Meetings
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Leiber, Fritz, 1910-1992
  • Ellison, Harlan
  • Busby, F. M.
  • Nesvadba, Josef
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Bowers, Bill
  • Iguanacon
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Phoenix, Arizona
Genre (AAT)
  • brochures
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 11
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
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Transcript BILL BOWERS: "I need friends..who care // by Cy Chauvin I first saw the name 'Bill Bowers' in a fanzine review column in 1970. It was a review of Outworlds, and the reviewer called the. fanzine "pretty" but downgraded it because it "only consisted of letters and a short editorial." This was before there was a heavy emphasis on graphics and artwork in fandom; when the written word was more important than layout. This review put me off Outworlds, so it wasn't until some time later that I bought a subscription. I was graphically amazed, but found it a bit confusing. Why did the fanzine begin with page 134? Why were there names under all the illustrations? A fanzine done for my "visual entertainment,,? Outworlds, from the beginning, was knowji for its experimental graphics. When I first bought the fanzine, it was mimeographed, with offset covers. Impeccably mimeographed. There were half-page inserts (made by folding one page lengthwise), color coordinated ink and paper, large margins around the artwork (unheard of when he began his fanzine, at least to me) and special art folios, which have almost disappeared again from fanzines. In some issues, to place more emphasis on the artists' contributions to Outworlds, he typed their names underneath their artwork. One issue, he had a special Alfred Bester tribute: a folio of artwork drawn by Stephen Fabian, illustrating some of Bester's stories and also the man. Another issue Bill produced in an SY2 x 14 format. Just to experiment. Arnie Katz once wrote that if Bill Bowers were president, he'd soon have artists out trimming the borders of the states, so that maps of the USA would be more graphically pleasing. Certainly, fandom's artists have never had a better friend than William C. Bowers. As an editor (rather than graphic designer) Bill seems to be "looser". Discovering the Bowers' "editorial slant" would be difficult. His editorial policy tends to change every other issue, and usually Bill would devote half his editorial to explaining it—often, one suspected, to clear it up in his own mind as much as to inform the readers. He's had many conflicting goals. Bill seems willing to publish anything; serious criticism, humorous anecdotes, poems, cartoon strips, fancol- umns, procolumns, even some off-beat fiction. There are two types of fan editors: those who accept what comes in over the transom, and those that actively solicit material of a certain kind and style. Bill has always tended to be the former; this is not to say that he'd publish your laundry list if you sent it to him (unless, say, your name was Mike Glicksohn), just that he is unprejudiced. Anything Bill finds entertaining I suspect he finds fit to publish in Outworlds. What impressed me most about Outworlds, however, were neither its graphics or the wide range of written material, but Bill's own editorials. They seem written with an honesty and sense of personal vulnerability that is rare in fandom, and almost unknown in the outside world. In the last issue of Outworlds published to date (No. 28/29), he writes "I think I am a rather 'open' individual—and yet always qn guard and conscious of protecting that part of me that makes me me instead of you... I probably will be writing more, with more candor than ever before." (P. 1104—the page numbering is continuous, from one issue to the next.) Does the editor of Time—or even Analog—write things like that? This element of soul-searching and personal evolution is as unique as the graphics in Outworlds. Bill wants to communicate himself to his readers. (He once wrote that he was reluctant to sellf Outworlds through dealers, because he wanted to know who got each issue.); His comments on the "status" involved in being a Big Name Fan (a humorousj appellation, originally, but now taken! seriously by many) say even more about Bill Bowers, the person: "/ won *t deny that I have spent lA years working to be accepted andl acknowledged by my peers, striving to become a Famous and Respected fan editor/producer. But, having attained that to such a degree that / detect envy (and, damnit, "awe")] from some other fans, I have to ask\ myself..was ii worth it? ".../ do sometimes wonder.. .ij\ the people who spend time with me\ do so because Vm me, or because\ Vm Bill Bowers, Big Time, Big Deal Faneditor. The answer, of course, is\ that some do, some don't. The fame* is useful for making contact;] it is a detriment if it is the only rea\ son for maintaining that contact..- and while I've certainly 'used* it, that is not what I want: What l\ want, what I need, is friends who care for me in spite of the 'image rather than because of it." (p. 1104) 48 IGUANACON PROGRAM BOOK