The Agonizer

Given the fact that the Klingon empire is a military dictatorship populated by grunting, trigger-happy warriors with bad teeth, one might wonder why anyone would want to obsess over this dark quadrant of Trekdom as Sue Frank's gargantuan zine The Agonizer does. But with humans in the 24th century living in a kind of Kumbayah paradise, and the Federation one big happy cosmic family, embracing the wild and hot-blooded Klingons is an act of rebellion. Not to mention the fact that the Klingons have the cooler uniforms.


In this day and age of fancy, professionally produced zines, it's nice to be reminded what a "fanzine" was once all about; The Agonizer will knock you upside your head with its heavy devotion to those knot-headed space bikers, the Klingons. Every year or so, a 100-plus-page issue emerges, tediously crammed with letters, impressively bad fan art, photos, stories, newspaper clippings, and ponderous essays on Klingons of both the TV and live-action role-playing varieties. In early issues, Frank even took the time to paste in color photos of especially fetching Klingons decked out in full convention regalia.

Thumbing through page after page of Klingon speculations and no small amount of playful bravado from groups with names like The Klingon Attack Group, Klingon Strike Force, and The Klingon Language Institute may be bewildering to "mundanes" (those who don't subscribe to the Klingon faith.) But if you're just dying to slap on your Klingon battle knife and a ridged prosthetic forehead, you may be ready for The Agonizer. The most recent issue (#11, published in 1994) is on Klingon mysticism and magick and the next issue, on Klingon games, is in the works.

Qapla'! (I have no idea what that means, but all the Klingons use it.)

The Agonizer #11 is available from Sue Frank PO Box 30077 Philadelphia, PA 19103 for $10. Details on that and forthcoming issues are available by emailing SueFrank@aol.com.

-Gareth Branwyn

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