Best resurrection issue ever!
A favourite zine with many names
11 September 2011
Yes, serials can end, and start again. That is why we sometimes have links to later or earlier titles. But not always. Generally we only create a new record for what we consider a "major" title change, but if a serial has lots of minor variations in a word or two of the title we may handle this all on a single record.
I have on my desk The life and times of Mavis McKenzie fanzine. For a zine it has already had a long and distinguished life! I have Issue 1 (January 1996) to Issue 40 (January 2009) and it is still being published. The issues I'm cataloguing are part of the Henderson Zine Collection.
I really enjoyed the different titles of some issues, which are listed in the 246 field of our catalogue record.
We call these variant titles, and by putting the different titles in the record they are searchable in our catalogue. If you searched for War on Terrierism, you would come up with this one serial record. So in this case, we only have one record for all our holdings. Issue 20 is titled "The life and death of Mavis McKenzie", but I know she has to survive. I have 40 issues here!
Issue 21 is titled "Mavis McKenzie the resurrection". What a riot. At her funeral Mavis wakes up in hell, has a chat with the devil and a cup of tea, before being put in the resurrection machine. Only two places to go, heaven or hell. Mavis got a bump on her head and started chatting to God, who said she had more good deeds to perform. But before she went back, she had time to watch God play pool with Lady Di (being a royalist for many issues she couldn't miss out). She resurrected at her graveside and shock and horror turned to joy! This fanzine is put together by Jason, who writes as "Mavis 87 years young". It includes a mix of gossip, reviews and interviews, and letters to companies and replies, plus an issue in which Jason's friends put together a skit in photos. It's obvious that being such great fans they could never bear to see Mavis McKenzie come to an end.
For which fans and this cataloguer are very happy!