downthtubes contributor Ian Wheeler is hoping to launch a new fanzine based on the hugely successful American detective show Columbo which continues to be popular on both sides of the Atlantic – and, while we’ll admit there’s only a tenuous connection with comics, the show was parodied in MAD and Cracked, so we’re happy to plug his plans here.
Ian’s last fanzine, Eagle Flies Again, co-produced with John Freeman, covered the wide topic of British comics (with a bias towars Eagle and Dan Dare) and met with some success – it was twice nominated Fanzine of the Month in SFX Magazine.
“Columbo is equal in my affections to Doctor Who,” says Ian, a former Coordinator of the Doctor WhoAppreciation Society.
“Although there is a terrific fan website about the show, I can’t find any evidence of there ever being a fanzine. I’d like to rectify this.
“With constant repeats, the recent UK stage show (which is reteruning in 2011) and a new short story collection, the time is right. I’m therefore hoping to launch This Old Man – the fanzine of Columbo. We’ll start modestly – it’s likely to be a photocopied affair and, like any fanzine, contributors will not get paid. But hopefully it will be fun to do and fun to read.
“Although many printed fanzines have long-since vanished to be replaced by internet-based content, there are still many people who prefer to actually hold something in their hands they can read and there appears to be a minor revival of A5 photocopied zines, particularly based on Doctor Who.”
• Anyone interested in contributing to the zine should contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: the cover shown is provisional