Yes after Bob took over SA stopped being a magazine and became a mimeographed fanzine with light cardstock covers that was stapled together. There weren't any more solo adventures, but there were some puzzles. articles and stories written by us that followed the mag over to his publication.
Post by peterpanda on Apr 25, 2017 12:59:20 GMT -5
stefanj - that's fascinating. I had no idea that SA managed to live on after all. If you don't mind, I have a bunch of questions:
How did you come by these issues? Did you have a subscription? What is the time range for the issues that you have (i.e. from date X to date Y)? Was it a monthly, quarterly, whenever, publication? Do any of the issues contain content from FBI/Blade, such as was implied by Mike Stackpole in his letter to me? May I assume that by calling them "Fanzine quality" they were mostly black-and-white photocopies stapled into a "magazine" format with amateurish layouts?
I found thirteen issues of Liddel-era Sorceror's Apprentice, most still in their mailing envelopes and utterly pristine. As in "unread." Probably "looked at once and stuck back in the envelope. They are dated May 86 to #29, which is April 87. There is one issue with no date which I presume is July 86.
Oh man do those covers take me back! The only one I don't remember is the last cover with the thief on it.
No Peter, from what few stories I still have and my memory I don't remember anything 'official' in any of them. The majority of stories and articles were written or co written by Bob himself (including one solo I found listed on a title page). With a few of us contributing either short stories or game extra's' like Stefenj's.
Stefanj - if you ever want to get rid of them (whole or part) drop me a PM. If nothing else I'd love to have the 2? I had things in.
stefanj - sorry to have you go through all of that work but...I'm really happy that you did! Thank you for answering my questions and uploading those pictures; you have filled in some historical gaps for me. The front cover artwork is, in some cases, better than what my mind's eye thought it would be. The overall look of each issue does, however, comport with what I was expecting.
nebless - thank you for your further clarifications. You guys are so helpful!
For those who are interested, there are 5 or so issues of Sorcerer's Apprentice for sale on eBay currently. The seller's store is here.
I have no connection to this seller, nor am I particularly recommending them. I'm just letting people know of the availability of some issues, given that the magazine comes up infrequently and dungeondevil at least was interested in obtaining copies.
Love the pics stefanj, I remember when SA was canceled by Flying Buffalo I still a few issues worth on my subscription Rick gave me store credit, not sure what I bought but I was still in High School at the time. I had no idea that Liddi took up the fanzine until much much later.
Bob Liddil did produce a number of issues of Sorceror's Apprentice. They had "zine" production and editing standards. Not very memorable, to be honest, especially after the leftover material was used up.