Corflu, the annual convention for science fiction fanzine fans, has announced Corflu Concorde 38 will be held 26th – 28th March 2021 in Bristol.
Corflu is a small, annual convention of SF fanzine fans. Other conventions with a strong fanzine aspect are held across the US, Australia, and the UK, but Corflu is now the only one which keeps fanzines as its primary focus.
Typically moving its venue from year to year, the name “Corflu” is derived from CORrection FLUid, which older downthetubes readers will know is a substance that allowed typing errors in mimeograph stencils to be corrected, which was in much demand during the low-tech, pre-computer days of fanzine publishing.
Chaired by Rob Jackson and taking place at the Mercure Hotel, the event will not only discuss fanzines but also host the Fan Activity Achievement Awards (FAAns). Launched in 1975, revived after a 15-year gap in 1995, these are given for work originally published in the previous calendar year, although this has in the past been expressed as “the last twelve months” before settling on the current window.
Voting is open to anyone with an interest in fanzines – no convention or group membership is required. The ballot is typically issued early in the year the awards are scheduled to be given and is linked to from the corflu.org main page, efanzines.com and other venerable sources.
While Corflu Concorde organisers are of necessity keeping an eye on developments in the battle to bring an end to the Pandemic, there’s also a clear sense of determination from the team to deliver a physical event, in partnership with a hotel who are very helpful, and willing to be pragmatic should circumstances force us to change the date.
Another major plus, born out of necessity as a result of the COVID crisis, has been the massive development of expertise in video conferencing which may allow the event to have an even livelier virtual Corflu as a support for the real thing.
If you’re interested in SF fanzines, then head over to the Corflu web site here and keep up to date with developments here on Facebook. Attending and supporting memberships may be purchased via PayPal or cheque/check at the Corflu 38 website.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.