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The Jeffro Johnson 2016 Fan Writer Packet

Well it’s that time of year again– time to put together the latest selection of Jeffro Johnson book blogging posts for the reading pleasure of Worldcon’s throng of Hugo Award voters.

I only have one problem doing this. Last year is just a great big blur to me at this point…! Fortunately somebody remembers what all we got into: Spencer Hart graciously selected these as being of interest to the more bookish of book-inclined book blog readers out there:

Now I dunno if I’ll have to trim this down or not. Or maybe somebody will turn up with a totally awesome Jeffro Johnson blog post that I completely forgot I wrote. But if you’re looking to go ahead and get rolling hashing out who is the preeminent fan writer of this year’s incredibly competitive field, this ought to get you going.

Oh, and incidentally… the blog where all of these were posted is Castalia House blog, which is up for Best Fanzine this year. Check it out!

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5 responses to “The Jeffro Johnson 2016 Fan Writer Packet

  1. hoocott April 14, 2017 at 12:42 am

    “awesome Jeffro Johnson blog post that I completely forgot I wrote”

    I loved your Vikings and Stranger Things live bloggings.

    Those happened in 2016

  2. Durandel Almiras April 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Jeffro, where do you keep finding these awesome covers of the pulp era? Is there a photo file collection on the web somewhere that you recommend?

    • jeffro April 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      A google image search of Appendix N authors’ names reliably turns up some great covers. This one… with a Moore Merritt stories to boot is in a class of its own, however. Everything that’s been bled out of sff in one image, wow! Avon: the name you trust for the truly good stuff! Bwa-ha-ha!

      Frazetta, Brundage, and Finlay form the trinity of pulp cover greatness, no doubt. They’re the ones I sent to the cover artist to use as a reference when I had the cover for my book put together. And yeah… the guy totally “got” it.

      • Durandel Almiras April 17, 2017 at 6:34 am

        Yes, your artist did a great job with that and did a decent job with that cover he did for John C. Wright.

        Thanks. What I find interesting about the covers is on the issue of feminine aesthetics that gets discussed at times in this sphere and definitely within the what is now being called the alt-right but used to be largely referred to as the manosphere. Rubenesque women are definitely not on the covers, nor are Twiggy Lawsonesque women. While a fun art source, they also serve as more evidence of what a male audience actually likes visually in women, among other evidence. I’ll go a searching, thanks for the tips.

        Also the wife likes the covers of these pulps. She wanted me to look up the legal status of the artwork to know what the deal would be for reprints for wall art would be.

        Also, is it just me, or do the same 15 or so illustrated women keep gracing the pulp covers? I figure the artists had a particular model, be it an ideal in their head, their wife, or an actual model they work with. There just seems to be a slight consistency in their look, kinda like Greek statues but not as completely uniform.

  3. Pingback: Appendix N and the Dawn of the Pulp Revolution – castaliahouse.com

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