D.S.V. #3

Mini Review By Sarah Thompson

This is a light-hearted zine-- not entirely humor, although there's plenty of that, but even the serious stories are upbeat ones. Like its predecessors, it's beautifully designed; and no wonder, since the editor is also an artist.

There are lots of fun things here, but IMO the very best of all is "Liberator Gardens." Utterly wonderful, even for people like me who know nothing about gardening! The review of Sevencyclopedia reminds me of an alleged early review of Lady Chatterley's Lover, which complained that it was sadly inferior to Practical Gamekeeping. Dayna tells how to kill pests, Cally explains the making of a proper compost heap, Tarrant reviews lawn mowers, Kerril introduces "tender charmers," and Sarkoff has a column on "Back to the Fuchsia." Avon and Vila offer trenchant advice on various matters to all and sundry.

And then there's this little item, from Meegat's column on "Delectable Vegetables:"

"Parsnip Avonresister Firm fruits of a good length. Resistant to canker, its succulent white flesh will become sweeter and better flavored after a period of cold storage. Can be pulled from late May. Highly suitable for exhibition. Fine smooth skin."

Oh, the images this description evokes! I could swear there was also something about a variety of potatoes with beautiful white skin that bruises easily, but I can't seem to find it now. Wishful thinking, perhaps.


D.S.V. #3: The Still Crazy After All These Years Issue
Editor/publisher: Celeste Hotaling-Lyons (Everett, MA)
Date: 1998
Format: letter size, [4] + 172 text pp. + [4] pp. ads, white paper front with clear plastic overlay, white card back, perfect binding

Celeste Hotaling-Lyons and James Kythe Walkswithwind, "One of Those Centuries" (S2; Forever Knight/Starsky & Hutsh/The Professionals crossover; humor)

Marian Mendez, "Mutualism" (sequel to "Symbiosis" in #2; S5; Z)

Susan Cutter, Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, Kim Ashford & Alicia Ann Fox, "Great Crossovers That Should Have Been Made But Fortunately Weren't" (S1, S3, S5; Bonanza, Due South, Robin of Sherwood, Nightmare on Elm Street, X-Files, Forever Knight, Quantum Leap, Kung Fu, Starsky & Hutch, Mod Squad, All Creatures Great and Small, Gone with the Wind, The Sentinel, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Doctor Who crossovers; humor)

Alicia Ann Fox & Bill Brickman, "Wild Cards" (STTNG crossover; sequel to "Parallel Intersection" in #2; S2, alt-post-Star One)

Celeste Hotaling-Lyons and Jon Manzo, "The Dickens, You Say" ("A Christmas Carol" parody; S5; humor)

Kim Ashford, Alicia Ann Fox, and Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Great Cartoon Crossovers That Should Have Been Made But Fortunately Weren't" (all S5; Warner Brothers, Ren & Stimpy, Marine Boy, Jabberjaws, Casper the Friendly Ghost, X-Men, Scooby Doo, The Simpsons crossovers; humor)

Susan Cutter, "Happiness is a Warm Puppy" (S2; V) Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Through the Force-Shield... And What Avon Found There" (Through the Looking Glass parody; sequel to "Avon's Adventures on Wonderworld" in #2; A; humor)

Marian Mendez, "Conscience of the Queen" (S3, Terminal-S5; Se-Z)


Marian Mendez, "Tom Swifties" (humor)

Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "The Wild Child's Guide to The Kiss of Death" (cartoons; humor; reprinted from B7 COMPLEX #13; other parts of the series in B7 COMPLEX #s 12, 15 and D.S.V. #s 1-2)

"From the Pen of Kerr Avon, Genius" (humor)

Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "The Wild Child's Guide to Blake's 7: The Fourth Series" (cartoons; humor; reprinted from B7 COMPLEX #15; other parts of the series in B7 COMPLEX #s 12-13 and D.S.V. #s 1-2)

Chris Blenkarn, "Liberator Gardens" (gardening magazine parody; humor)

"You Are Receiving This Zine Because:"

June Hudson cover A costume design
(original sold at auction by Horizon)
ORmAC p. 16 B
p. 151 Se
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons p. 36 Liberator cartoon
p. 47 Liberator cartoon
p. 48 Orac
pp. 49-55 "Kiss of Death"
p. 77 Liberator cartoon
p. 123 A-V cartoon; reprint
pp. 124-9 "4th Series"
pp. 170-1 cartoons, reprinted
M.G. Blenkarn p. 155 A-V cartoon
p. 162 Ta cartoon

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