Letters of Comment: Issue #11

 

We look forward to receiving your letters at editor@nthzine.com.

 

Mike,

I got the issues of Nth Degree #6 yesterday and was blown away! The magazine looks slick and professional, and when I read the story, “Smoke,” I realized that the writing is of professional quality too. You should be selling Nth Degree! It is better than a good many semi-pro zines I won’t name. No joke.

Of course, I am thrilled to see my work on the cover, especially that particular piece—it was one of my favorites, one that I painted just for the heck of it, and I hated to see it go to waste. Glad that you noticed it, and that Rob wrote the story! “Smoke” has such fantastic Gnostic overtones, the whole concept of hatred of the flesh, the computer ‘smoke’ reaching sentience and becoming a god. I kept comparing the story to the “story” I imagined while I painted the picture. In my mind, the man was facing a computer screen, (that’s the source of the light), and the horrible little worm-creatures are springing out of it. My son posed for it, (he says I’m constantly putting him in the most horrible situations in my art, but what’s a Mom for?) and I think I got the idea watching him sitting up late in front of the computer. Maybe I was trying to scare him into turning the darn thing off.

Well, thank you again for putting my art on the cover. One suggestion—Nth Degree needs a letter column!

Cover #6Best,

Julia Morgan-Scott

As you can see we’ve been waiting for quite some time to establish a letters column. This letter goes back a whole year. Julia was kind enough to donate cover illustrations for Issues #5 and #6. I liked the cover for Issue #6 so much that I asked my Associate Editor, Rob Balder, to write a story to go along with the cover. This was actually the first cover to illustrate a story. If you missed it, here’s what it looked like:

 

Michael:

Thanks for Nth Degree #8 and congratulations on all the success. I never would have thought you’d manage, but you seem to have found a viable niche and I’m glad to see it.

I love the Lake George, NY area. Especially in October when the colors are changing. As a student I was very active with the Rensselaer Outing Club and we hosted an annual event around Columbus Day on Turtle Island in the middle of the lake. We used to base our flotilla of canoes from Lake George Village (the water institute just north of town), but when we lost that space we switched to the YMCA camp on the east side of the lake. The distance was longer, but across a less open portion of the lake and they were very accommodating. One year it snowed Saturday night and everyone bailed out early on Sunday. One of my tasks was to make sure they all ate something before they began the trip back. It was actually more pleasant had they waited a few hours to make the return journey.

Until next issue…

Henry L. Welch
Editor, The Knarley Knews

Henry’s Knarley Knews is about as far from Nth Degree as you can get in the fanzine spectrum. For starters, he passed the 100-issue milestone this year, something we won’t be doing for a looooong time. Henry started TKK as a means of keeping in touch with old friends and it has grown from a simple perzine into a great mix of family updates, editorials, and LOCs as well as artwork from many of the best fan artists in the biz. I love the fact that fandom can encompass such a wide range of publications. Of course, it’s also nice to hear positive comments from an established ziner. Sometimes it’s tough being the new kid in school.

Henry’s comments about Lake George refer back to Andy World’s review of last year’s Albacon. Everyone that I’ve talked to that went to the con says the same thing, that it was one of the most beautiful con sites they’d ever been to.

 

Mike,

It was great meeting you at ConCarolinas, as well as being on the “Pirates in SF&F” panel with you. I wish we’d had more time to talk. You seem very down-to-earth.

I hope you had a good time at the con, and were able to do a lot of promoting and make good contacts. I was fortunate enough to be interviewed for the web-radio show “Requiem of the Outcast” (it will “air” in two or three months).

My photographer, assistant, and sister Peggy took a lot of photos. I plan to add a page of them to my website within the next few weeks.

If you would like a CD of the 138 photos that Peggy shot of ConCarolinas 2004, just email me a snail-mail address and I will be happy to send you a complimentary copy. I look forward to seeing you again at future cons.

Talk to you later,

Stephen Euin Cobb

I was hoping to use some of Peggy’s photos in this issue but I just didn’t have the space (although some of them made the website). If you want to see how much fun we had at ConCarolinas you can see the photos at www.stevecobb.com.

 

Dear Mr. Pederson,

Two days ago at Kinko’s I met a cool guy by the name of J. Andrew from jandreworld.com. We had a great conversation and he told me about Nth Degree and that you are looking for artists.

I was writing you now to let you know that I am an artist and I would love to do some work for your zine ASAP! I am aware that there is no pay, but I need the exposure.

Hope to hear from you soon,

John Eboigbe

We’re always looking for new talent and I’m hoping to have one of John’s illustrations in an upcoming issue. You can check out his work at www.astromercs.com. And if you’re interested in sharing your creations with us, our submissions guidelines are posted at nthzine.com/submissions. In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Keep those letters coming!

 

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