The Smegazine Catalogue

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It seems strange now. Even though Red Dwarf is a current TV show once more, is popular enough to maintain an official fan club even during the ten year hiatus, and has always been extremely well represented on fansites, blogs and social media… a magazine? A whole magazine, dedicated to just Red Dwarf? In proper shops and everything? Monthly? It’s baffling.

But remember, back in the early to mid ’90s, Red Dwarf was a pretty big deal. Viewing figures were constantly on the rise, the likes of Ace Rimmer and Talkie Toaster were invading the public consciousness, conventions were being organised and the show was expanding into other platforms. The audience of teenagers and young adults were ripe for commercial exploitation, as books, videos, t-shirts, posters and more started to hit the shelves. So actually, why the hell not add a magazine to the mix?

In early 1992, with the airing of Series V just round the corner, the now-defunct Fleetway Editions, then part of the Egmont Group, took the punt of adding Red Dwarf to its stable of 2000 AD and UK editions of various DC titles, appointing Mike Butcher as editor. The main feature of the early issues were comic strip adaptations of the first two episodes of the show; with Series 1 yet to be repeated or released on video, this would have been the first time some fans experienced the material. Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons, who later collaborated on four editions of the Programme Guide, wrote the vast majority of the supporting content, which in those early days mostly consisted of in-character comedy pieces, alongside the regular Red Dwarf Interview strand. Full page photographs and artwork provided filler, or possibly an opportunity to cover one’s bedroom walls with pictures of people other than Take That or East 17.

Those first few issues are great, but the Smegazine, as it was known from issue three onwards, was soon to become even greater. It became apparent that it was much more interesting to create original comic strip adventures, rather than transposing dialogue-heavy sit-com scripts to a new medium, especially considering that the male Holly and the lack of Kryten were at odds with the show that was currently airing. After completing Future Echoes, the adaptations were dropped, and the space given over to an increased number and variety of strips. Each issue usually contained one “main” story, with the Series V era characters, along with tonnes of material from the wider universe, such as spin-offs for the likes of Ace Rimmer, Duane Dibbley, Jake Bullet, Mr Flibble, The Inquisitor, Androids and even Trixie LaBouche.

Talented artists such as Colin Howard, Nigel Kitching and Kev F Sutherland were just some of the names that provided this great work, while the likes of Jane Killick and Joe Nazzaro worked alongside Howarth & Lyons to revamp the written content. The in-character stuff was vastly reduced, in favour of more in-depth analysis, interviews and behind-the-scenes features, as well as a regular news service and an increase in reader interaction. While those early issues felt like they existed in a bubble, without ever really reflecting ongoing developments behind the scenes, all of these changes contributed to the Smegazine being established as the ultimate tie-in – always relevant, always interesting and above all, always original.

A revamp after fourteen issues brought a bigger page count and a larger format for the second volume, which saw the title reach its absolute best; the more polished and consistent design a fitting accompaniment to the increasingly ambitious comic strips, and features that probed deeper than ever before. But sadly, it was all over within nine months. When the bumper-sized January 1994 issue hit the shelves, ever-present Mike Butcher’s editorial revealed that this was to be the final edition, which came somewhat out of the blue, having never been so much as hinted at beforehand. Information as to why it closed is scarce, save for the PR guff that Fleetway wanted to concentrate on other titles. We can only speculate as to how the magazine would have coped with the eventual three year hiatus, Grant Naylor split and temporary unsuitability of Craig Charles as a cover star, but it’s a shame that they never got the chance to try.

Because at its height, the Smegazine was the ultimate testament to the richness and creativity of Rob and Doug’s work. It spotted untapped potential, and gleefully ran with the most minor of the show’s concepts and characters, expanding and celebrating the fictional universe, with results that sometimes varied in quality, but were always imaginative and interesting. It also introduced us to Red Dwarf‘s capacity to withstand scrupulous analysis, and for the first time, opened a door on to the chaos that takes place behind the scenes. It provided a platform for the first generation of fan writers, and inspired the next. And that’s why, having criminally underrepresented it thus far, we want to celebrate it now.

Key

  • Comic Strips
  • Features
  • News
  • Reviews
  • Full-page Art
  • Prose Fiction
  • Adverts
  • Misc
  • Meta

What follows is a guide to each and every edition of the magazine, with credits taken verbatim from the inside cover, and a page-by-page breakdown of the content. All titles and subsequent credits are also as-printed, as are descriptions or synopses that are in quotes – any that aren’t in quotes are our own, and therefore unofficial. The types of content are broken down into nine colour-coded categories, as per this handy key. Mostly self-explanatory, other than “Meta”, which covers information and promotion regarding the magazine itself, and “Misc”, which is usually standard magazine regulars such as letters pages, quizzes, puzzles, competitions, etc.

To quote the very first editorial:

You’ve seen the TV show, read the book, watched the video and worn the T-shirt… well, now it’s time to read the RED DWARF MAGAZINE! You will be thrilled by our funny, yet highly informative features; you will be chilled by our nerve-jangling adaptation of the very first TV episode of RED DWARF; and you will be spilled if you try sitting in a cup of coffee held by Dave Lister the morning after a particularly heavy night on the lager and vindaloos. Such is life, read on…

Index

Volume 1: 1234567891011121314
Volume 2: 123456789

Red Dwarf Magazine No. 1

March 1992, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Features: Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons
Photographs: Mike Vaughan
Design and paste-up: Elitta Fell

Comic strip based on original scripts by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor
Artwork by Alan Burrows

Cover artwork: Jon Rushby

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett and everyone who voted for us.


Page 2: Editorial/Credits
– With picture of Series IV crew surrounding Holly monitor

Pages 3-17: Comic – The End (1)
– Writer: G.N.B. / Artist: Alan Burrows / Letters: Elitta Fell
– This straight adaptation of the first episode takes us up to the end of McIntyre’s welcome back reception.

Page 18: A Beginners’ Guide To Red Dwarf
– Character bios of Lister, Holly, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten.

Pages 19-21: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Chris Barrie, conducted during rehearsals for Red Dwarf V

Page 22: Holly’s Amazing Facts!
– In-character comedy piece, with Holly displaying her knowledge of computers, the solar system, astronauts, the sun, black holes and Kevin Keegan.

Page 23: Advert – The Complete Judge Dredd: Law in Order

Pages 24-25: Series V Preview
– Episode-by-episode preview of the new series

Page 26: Full-page photo of The Cat (yellow and black suit)

Pages 27-29: “Could You Pilot ‘Red Dwarf’?”
– In-character comedy piece; a questionnaire filled in by Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten.

Pages 30-31: Fixing Reality! by Brian M Clarke
– Spoof interview with Professor Neider-Lewis, fictional inventor of Better Than Life

Page 31 (half page): Caption Competition
– Rimmer and Flibble

Page 32: Advert – Fleetway Editions of Superman and Batman

Page 33: The Red Dwarf Fun Page
– Cat’s Crazy Crossword (all answers are ‘fish’) and Kryten’s “Lying Can Be Fun” Section (inaccurate descriptions of pictures of fruit).

Page 34: Full-page photo of Lister pointing a bazookoid to the top left

Pages 35-37: Red Dwarf Studio Report
– Report from the shooting of Terrorform.

Page 38: Test Your Red Dwarf Knowledge
– Quiz comprising ten ‘Pretty Tough’ questions and ten ‘Complete and Total Bastard’ questions

Page 39 (half page): Advert – Red Dwarf t-shirts

Page 39 (half page): Next Issue preview

Back cover: Photo of Ace Rimmer from Dimension Jump

Red Dwarf Magazine No. 2

April 1992, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Features: Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth
Photographs: Mike Vaughan, Chris Ridley and Paul Grant
Design and paste-up: Elitta Fell

Comic strip based on original scripts by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor
Artwork by Alan Burrows

Cover artwork: Colin Howard
Cover design: Steve Curley

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Robert Llewellyn, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Martin Gray, Kate Cotton and Martin Gray

Special thanks to: Martin Gray


Page 2: Contents/Credits

Pages 3-17: Comic – The End (2)
– Writer: G.N.B. / Artist: Alan Burrows / Letters: Elitta Fell
– Continuing the adaptation, from the morning of Rimmer’s exam, up until Holly revealing that Lister was in stasis for three million years.

Page 18: Advert – Fleetway Editions of Superman and Batman

Page 19: Lister’s Cookery Ideas
– In-character comedy piece; a recipe for Peach Surprise.

Page 20: Full-page photo of Kryten and Camille

Pages 21-24: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Robert Llewellyn, conducted after the completion of filming on Series V.

Page 25: Holly-Grams
– Inaugural edition of the letters page. Here, they’re all fictional, but there’s an address for submissions for the next issue.

Page 26-27: Red Dwarf USA – An Exclusive Report
– Written soon after the pilot was made.

Page 27 (half page): Advert – 2000 AD

Pages 28-31: Arnold J Rimmer. My Life, My Diaries
– “As dictated to Holly, the ‘Red Dwarf’ computer.”
– Fictional diaries, the first page of which is largely comprised of a full-page photo of Rimmer in green uniform, saluting.

Page 32: Advert – The Complete Judge Dredd – Law In Order

Pages 33-34: All The World Is A Conceptual Map
– Spoof follow-up to last issue’s interview with fictional Professor Nieder-Lewis; this time the interview is with the professor’s clone.

Page 35: Full-page photo of Lister, c. Series IV

Page 36-37: The Red Dwarf Episode Guide
– In-depth synopses and trivia for Series III.

Page 38: The Red Dwarf Fun Page
– Lister’s Riddle-Me-Ree (a series of Rimmer insults) and Rimmer’s Intellectual Poser (spot the difference between identical pictures of telegraph poles)

Page 39 (half page): Advert – Red Dwarf II videos

Page 39 (half page): Next Issue preview

Back cover: Photo of The Cat from Justice

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 3

May 1992, £1.50, free badge

Editor: Mike Butcher
Feature writers: Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons
Feature artists: Carl Flint and John Geering
Photographs: Mike Vaughan, Chris Ridley and Paul Grant
Design: Elitta Fell

Comic strip based on original scripts by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.
Artwork by Alan Burrows.

Cover artwork: Colin Howard
Cover design: Steve Curley

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Hattie Hayridge, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett, Kate Cotton, Nic Farey and Mr Flibble.


Page 2: Contents/Credits

Pages 3-17: Comic – The End (3)
– No credits, but presumably as per the first two installments.
– The adaptation concludes, from Lister taking in the “three million years” news to the end of the episode.

Page 18: Advert – Fleetway Editions of Superman and Batman

Page 19: Holly Calling…
– In-character comedy piece with Holly giving information about Earth, with photo-manipulations illustrating each point.

Page 20: Full-page photo of High Holly from Demons & Angels

Pages 21-23: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Hattie Hayridge, conducted at an unspecified “recent” point.

Page 24: Cat’s Fashion Tips
– In-character advice page

Pages 25-26: Red Dwarf II On Video
– Review of the VHS release, mostly focusing on the episodes themselves.

Page 26 (half page): Advert – Red Dwarf clothing

Pages 27-29: The Visitors’ Guide To ‘Red Dwarf’
– A-Z of locations and items on board the ship, according to Holly.

Pages 30-31: Better Than Life… But It Really Screws You Up!
– “(or the unofficial history of the Official Red Dwarf Fan Club)”

Page 32: The Red Dwarf Fun Page
– Rimmer’s Records (identify the artists of albums, most of which are Reggie Wilson); Kryten’s Chores (order list of Kryten’s daily tasks in order of importance)

Page 33: Advert – Judge Dredd: The Megazine, Issue 1

Page 34: Caption Competition
– Results from Issue 1, new photo of Kryten, Lister and Talkie from White Hole

Page 35: The Red Dwarf Two-Way Quiz
– Ten easy questions, ten hard questions.

Pages 36-37: The Red Dwarf Episode Guide
– In-depth synopses and trivia for Series 1.

Page 38-39: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 39 (half page): Next Issue preview

Back cover: Photo of Rimmer in Enlightenment uniform from Holoship

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 4

June 1992, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Features: Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth
Feature artwork: Carl Flint and Rob Sharp
Photographs: Mike Vaughan and Steve Cook
Design: Elitta Fell

“FUTURE ECHOES” comic strip based on original scripts by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.
Artwork by Jon Rushby.

“MUTINOUS PURSUITS” comic strip by Howarth/Lyons, with artwork by John Royle

Cover artwork: Carl Flint
Cover design: Steve Curley

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Danny John-Jules, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Kate Cotton, Damian Crux and Phil King.


Page 2: Contents/Credits

Page 3: Holly Calling…
– In-character comedy piece giving factoids about machines, with a photo-manipulation to illustrate each one.

Page 4: Series V Survey
– Survey asking for order of preference for Series V episodes (with space for comments), and for a top 5 favourite episodes of all time. Also includes very brief reviews and order of preference from the editor.

Pages 5-12: Comic – Mutinous Pursuits
– Writer: Howarth/Lyons / Artist: John Royle / Letters: Elitta Fell
– During an on-going Trivial Pursuit tournament, the Skutters go on strike. Rimmer launches into a campaign of extreme negotiations.

Page 13: Advert – Wrestling Ringside magazine

Page 14: Full-page artwork – montage of Cat illustrations
– Close-up of face; Frankenstein; long shot of Cat in pink suit; Starbug

Pages 15-18: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Danny John-Jules, conducted between performances of Carmen Jones at London’s Old Vic

Page 19: Are You A Red Dwarf Fan?
– Gossip magazine style personality quiz to determine how “sad” the reader is.

Pages 20-21: The Red Dwarf Episode Guide
– In-depth synopses and trivia for Series IV.

Page 22: Advert – Judge Dredd: The Megazine, Issue 1

Page 23: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Pages 24-38: Comic – Future Echoes
– Writer: G.N.B. / Artist: Jon Rushby / Letters/Colour: Elitta
– Part 1. Adaptation of the episode, taking us up to Rimmer and Lister arguing about the plan to return to stasis.

Page 39 (half page): Advert – Red Dwarf clothing

Page 39 (half page): Next Issue preview

Back cover: Photo of Lister with space mumps, from Justice

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 5

July 1992, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Feature writers: Steve Lyons, Chris Howarth and Steve Noble
Feature artists: Carl Flint and Glenn Rix
Photographs: Mike Vaughan and Glenn Rix
Design: Elitta Fell
Typesetting: Centrepoint

“Future Echoes” comic strip based on original scripts by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, with artwork by Jon Rushby.
“Ace Rimmer” comic strip by Howarth/Lyons, with artwork by Alan Burrows.

Cover artwork: Colin Howard
Cover design: Steve Curley

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Kate Cotton, John Cummins and Albert the pet slime mould.


Page 2: Contents/Credits

Page 3-8: Comic – Future Echoes
– Writer: G.N.B. / Artist: Jon Rushby / Letters/Colour: Elitta Fell
– Part 2. The adaptation continues, with this installment taken up with Lister’s encounter in the mirror.

Page 9: Advert – 2000 AD and Judge Dredd: The Megazine

Page 10: Full-page photo of Duane Dibbley from Back to Reality

Page 11: Red Any Good Books Lately?
– Reviews of sci-fi novels The Technicolor Time Machine by Harry Harrison, and On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony.

Page 12: Advert – Batman

Page 13: Are You Worthy Of A Red Dwarf T-Shirt?
– Inquisitor themed competition

Page 14-15: Holly Calling
– In-character comedy piece on the subject of games, with photo-manipulation artwork

Page 16-17: The Red Dwarf Episode Guide
– In-depth synopses and trivia for Series 2.

Page 18: Full-page photo of Lister sneaking around with a bazookoid, from Demons & Angels.

Page 19-22: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Craig Charles, conducted at an unspecified time.

Page 23: The Red Dwarf Fun Page
– Cat’s Dot-To-Dot (it’s a fish), Lister’s Word Search (unused letters spell “Arnold Rimmer is a complete and utter tosspot”).

Page 24 (half page): Advert – 2000 AD

Page 24 (half page): Subscriptions plug

Page 25-27: All Things Kryten Beautiful
– Fiction in the style of a video transcript, with Kryten giving a guided tour of Red Dwarf.

Page 28: The Red Dwarf Two-Way Quiz
– Ten easy questions, ten hard ones.

Page 29-36: Comic – Ace Rimmer Space Adventurer
– Writer: Howarth/Lyons / Artist: Alan Burrows / Letters: Elitta
– Ace Rimmer fights a horde of monstrous Cats, before dimension-hopping to the female universe version of Red Dwarf.

Page 37: Full-size photo of Duane Dibbley and Billy Doyle

Page 38-39: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 39 (quarter page): Next Issue preview

Page 39 (quarter page): Advert – Muscle Dynamics

Back cover: Rimmer in gingham dress with Mr Flibble, standing in the doorway.

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 6

August 1992, £1.50, free badge

Editor: Mike Butcher
Feature writers: Steve Lyons, Chris Howarth and Steve Noble
Feature artist: Carl Flint
Photographs: Mike Vaughan and Paul Grant
Design: Elitta Fell
Typesetting: Centrepoint

“Future Echoes” comic strip based on original scripts by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, with artwork by Jon Rushby.

“THE GEAP” comic strip by Ann Wright, with artwork by Vince Danks.

Cover artwork: Colin Howard
Cover design: Steve Curley

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Grant Naylor, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Kate Cotton, Damian Crux, Phil King and Jodder the super-fast typesetter!


Page 2: Contents/Credits

Pages 3-12: Comic – The Geap
– Writer: Ann Wright / Artist: Vince Danks / Letters: Elitta Fell
– The crew encounter an escape pod, containing a Genetically Engineered Adaptable Pet – a cute creature designed to make humans want to protect it. Lister and The Cat enter a vicious battle for its custody, nearly destroying Red Dwarf in the process…

Page 13: The Art of Lying
– “Kryten shares his knowledge of the wonderful world of deception.”

Pages 14-19: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Grant Naylor, conducted “recently” in their London office.

Pages 20-21: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 21 (half page): Next Issue preview

Pages 22-23: The Name Game
– “A particularly dull Sunday afternoon on the spaceship Red Dwarf, as held in audio files in Holly’s memory banks and transcribed by Steve Noble.”

Pages 24-25: The Red Dwarf Episode Guide
– In-depth synopses and trivia for Series V.

Page 26: Full-page photo of Sebastian Doyle and Andy, from Back to Reality

Pages 27-36: Comic – Future Echoes
– Writer: G.N.B. / Artist: Jon Rushby / Letters + Colour: Elitta Fell
– Part 3. This portion of the adaptation starts with Cat preparing his suits for stasis, and ends with Lister noticing the polaroid of the two babies.

Page 37: Advert – Superman

Page 38: Caption Competition
– Results from the competition in No 4, plus a new photo of Low Cat and Low Rimmer from Demons & Angels.

Page 39: Advert – Maxx Athletic Cards ’92

Back cover: Advert – The Death Gate Cycle, Volumes 3 and 4.

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 7

September 1992, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Features: Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth
Photographs: Mike Vaughan, Paul Grant and Elitta Fell
Design: Elitta Fell and Steve Curley
Typesetting: Centrepoint

“FUTURE ECHOES” comic strip based on original scripts by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, with artwork by Jon Rushby

“FASHION VICTIMS” comic strip by Steve Lyons, with artwork by Alan Burrows

“JAKE BULLET” text story by Steve Noble, with artwork by Carl Flint

Cover artwork: Colin Howard
Cover design: Steve Curley

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, David Ross, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Jonathan Head, Andrew Liddell, Kate Cotton, Helen Norman, Peter Wragg, Bungle, George and Zippy.


Page 2: Contents/Credits

Pages 3-9: Comic – Future Echoes
– Writer: G.N.B. / Artist: Jon Rushby / Letters/Colours: Elitta
– Part 4. The adaptation drags on, starting with the skutters protesting about being left alone with Rimmer, up until Lister failing to prevent The Cat from breaking his tooth.

Page 10: Advert – 2000 AD, 800th issue

Pages 11-12: Who Said What?
– Quiz: Thirty quotes from the series on one page; the following page runs through who said them and in which episode, and also provides the context.

Page 13: The Red Dwarf Fun Page
– Kryten’s Mechanical Mystery (identify the pictures of electrical appliances); Lister’s Cookery Conundrum (match the meat to the cooking style, the answer is always vindaloo)

Pages 14-15: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 15 (half page): Holly’s Data Bank
– Holly answers frequently asked questions about the making of the series, continuity errors, cast details and suchlike.

Pages 16-19: The Monsters of Red Dwarf
– Guide to the various baddies that had appeared in the series so far.

Pages 20-21: Jake Bullet – ‘Bring Me the Head of AlFresco Guacamole’
– Fiction set in the dystopian world glimpsed in Back to Reality.

Page 22-23: Red Any Good Books Lately?
– Brian M Clarke reviews two short story anthologies: Wild Cards, edited by George R.R Martin, and Temps, devised by Neil Gaiman and Alex Stewart.

Page 23-27: The Red Dwarf Interview
– David Ross, conducted during a visit to his home town of Blackburn.

Page 27 (half page): Advert – Red Dwarf II videos

Page 28: Advert – 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Yearbooks 1993

Page 29: Groovy Channel 27: The Funky Channel
– Spoof TV listings for Wednesday 27th Geldof 2362.

Page 30: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of Lister

Pages 31-38: Comic – Fashion Victims
– Writer: Steve Lyons / Artist: Alan Burrows / Letters: Elitta Fell
– Robots from an unfashionable planet warp on board from another dimension to steal The Cat’s suits.

Page 39 (half page): Subscriptions plug

Page 39 (half page): Next Issue preview

Back cover: Photo of the Sensational Reverse Brothers from Backwards

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 8

October 1992, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Design: Elitta Fell
Cover design: Steve Curley
Cover photograph: Mike Vaughan

Writers: Chris Howarth, Steve Lyons, Jane Killick, Pat Kelleher, James Hill, Kev F Sutherland and Steve Noble

Artists: Jon Rushby, Kev F Sutherland, Rob Sharp, Carl Flint and Barrie Mitchell

Photographs: Mike Vaughan, Chris Ridley, Jane Killick, Sara Parfitt-Rossi, Steve Lyons and Elitta Fell

Production: Mark Collings
Typesetting: Centrepoint
Repro: Pre-Press Services

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Peter Wragg, Hattie Hayridge, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett, Kate Cotton, Nic Farey and everyone at Dimension Jump ’92.


Page 2: Contents/Credits

Pages 3-9: Comic – Future Echoes
– No credits, but presumably as per the first four installments.
– Part 5. The adaptation finally concludes, taking us from Rimmer gloating about Lister’s impending death to the end of the episode.

Page 10: Advert – 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Yearbooks 1993

Pages 11-13: Dimension Jump ’92: The First Red Dwarf Convention
– Report by Jane Killick

Page 14-15: Reflections of a Cat
– “As recorded by Holly, the ‘Red Dwarf’ computer and transcribed by Steve Lyons.”

Page 16-17: Survey Results Part 1
– Results of the favourite Series V episode poll. Round-up written by Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth.
– 1. Back to Reality, 2. Quarantine, 3. Demons and Angels, 4. The Inquisitor, 5. Terrorform, 6. Holoship.

Page 18: Lister’s Cookery Page
– In-character comedy recipe for gazpacho soup.

Page 19 (half page): Comic – Androids
– “by Kylie Gwenlyn”
– “Mollee’s dead husband has used their vast wealth to resurrect himself as a hologram. Meanwhile, Kelly has news for Brook…”

Page 19 (half page): Advert – The Best of 2000 AD Monthly

Page 20: News From The Dwarf
– “Deep space correspondent: Jane Killick”
Red Dwarf VI confirmed; Red Dwarf USA shelved; Omnibus announced; Infinity talking book announced; costumes to be sold at auction; Red Dwarf IV videos out soon; Hattie stand-up dates; Red Dwarf Companion announced; Programme Guide announced; The Reconstructed Heart by Robert Llewellyn book announced; Robert’s recent TV appearances; Danny’s recent TV appearances. Plus, Red Dwarf IV Video and T-shirt competition.

Pages 21-22: Comic – The Amusing Adventures of Mr Flibble: Mr Flibble’s Surprise
– Story: Kelleher/Hill / Artwork: Rob Sharp
– Mr Flibble attempts to assassinate the King of the Potato People.

Pages 23-26: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Peter Wragg, conducted at the BBC Visual Effects Department in Acton, by Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons.

Pages 27-28: Know The Game: Zero-G Football
– Fictional guide by Steve Noble, with artwork by Carl Flint

Page 29-35: Comic – Ace of the Rovers
– Story: “Billy Dane” / Art: Barrie Mitchell / Letters: John Aldrich
– NB. Billy Dane is the lead character of Billy’s Boots, which this strip references, so this is presumably a pseudonym.
– Ace travels to a dimension where old-fashioned soccer is preferred to Zero-G, and signs for Smegchester Rovers.

Page 36 (half page): Next Issue preview

Page 36 (half page): Comic – Androids
– Sutherland / Kelleher / Hill / “Theme tune by Android Lew Webber”
– “On hearing her dead husband’s news, Mollee’s colostomy bag has exploded. Meanwhile, Kelly has revealed that Brook Jr isn’t Brook’s android…”

Page 37: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of The Cat

Pages 38-39: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 39 (half page): Advert – Judge Dredd Monthly

Back cover: Photo of the mutton vindaloo beast

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 9

November 1992, £1.50, free poster

Editor: Mike Butcher
Design: Elitta Fell
Cover artwork: Nigel Kitching
Cover design: Steve Curley

Writers: Steve Lyons, Chris Howarth, Jane Killick, Nigel Kitching, Pat Kelleher and James Hill

Artists: Nigel Kitching, Ron Smith, Glenn Rix and Kev F Sutherland

Photographers: Mike Vaughan, Ellita Fell, Jane Killick and Chic Donchin

Production: Mark Collings
Typesetting: ABC
Repro: Pre-Press Services

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Norman Lovett, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Kate Cotton, Colin Howard and They Might Be Giants


Page 2 (half page): Editorial/Credits

Page 2 (half page): Advert – Shadow Maze

Pages 3-10: Comic – Flashback featuring The Cat Duane Dibbley
– Artist & Writer: Nigel Kitching / Letters: Elitta Fell
– The Cat suffers a blow to the head and transforms into Duane Dibbley, who is being treated at a psychiatric hospital.

Pages 11-13: Red Dwarf USA
– “Review of the Red Dwarf American Pilot by Jane Killick”.

Page 14: News from the Dwarf
– “Red Dwarf News-Hound: Jane Killick”
– More Red Dwarf VI details; Red Dwarf Omnibus contents; Grant Naylor develop new series for ITV entitled The Oo-ee-oO Dimension; Red Dwarf graphic novel in development; Infinity talking book released; Craig in discussions to appear in an American sitcom; Ghostwatch announced; Craig to film a six-part series entitled Weather Watch; Craig to host Cyberzone; Craig to appear on Loose Ends; Brittas Empire to return; Maid Marian Christmas special; Craig and Robert to appear at American convention; Trek Dwarf convention announced; costumes and props sold at auction.

Pages 15-17: Arnold J Rimmer: More Life, More Diaries
– “Dictated to, and transcribed by, Holly – yeah, bloody Muggins here, doing absolutely everything as usual! (with a little help from Steve Lyons)”

Pages 18-19: Advert – Amiga Home Computers

Page 20: Jupiter Mining Corporation Application for Employment
– As filled in by Lister.

Pages 21-25: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Norman Lovett, conducted “earlier this year” in Edinburgh, by Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons.

Page 25 (half page): Comic – Androids
– Hill / Kelleher / Sutherland / “A Groovy Channel 27 Production ’92”
– “Benzen discovered Bruce’s shady undersealant scam when Hudzen developed an embarrassing rust problem, and Brook Jr turned out to be a bastard after all…”

Page 26: Advert – Superman

Page 27: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of Rimmer

Page 28: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 28 (box out): Next Issue preview

Page 29-36: Comic – In Living Memory, Part 1.
– Writer: Steve Lyons / Artist: Ron Smith / Colour + Letters: Elitta Fell.
– The crew land on an abandoned planet, previously colonised by Cat people. They discover a machine that turns memories to life.

Page 37-39: Red Dwarf USA – The American Dream, or Two Writers from Maldavia
– “The experiences of Rob Grant and Doug Naylor in the USA, as related to Jane Killick.”

Back cover: Screengrab of Norman’s Holly, from the chess game in Queeg.

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 10

Issue dated November 1992, was actually the December issue, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Design: Elitta Fell and Steve ‘The Wipe-out Kid’ Curley
Cover artwork and design: Carl Flint (after ‘Casablanca’)

Writers: Steve Lyons, Chris Howarth, Jane Killick, Joe Nazzaro, Nigel Kitching, Steve Noble, Pat Kelleher and James Hill

Artists: Carl Flint, Ron Smith, John Erasmus and Kev F Sutherland

Photographers: Mike Vaughan, Paul Grant, Elitta Fell, Jane Killick, Steve Lyons and Chic Donchin

Production: Mark Collings
Typesetting: ABC
Repro: Pre-Press Services

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Howard Goodall, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Linwood Boomer,Kate Cotton, Penguin Books, Titan Books, Laughing Stock Productions and Humphrey Bogart.


Page 2 (split): Credits/Contents

Page 2 (split): Competition
– Win copies of the Omnibus and Companion

Pages 3-4: Comic – Jake Bullet in The Case of the Cashed-In Contestant
– Part 1: Wired
– No credits
– Bullet is assigned to solve the murder of a successful game show contestant.

Pages 5-7: Red Dwarf USA
– “An interview with producer Linwood Boomer, by Joe Nazarro”

Pages 8-10: Everybody Needs Good Androids
– Guide to mechanical life forms in the show, by Steve 2X4B Lyons.

Page 10 (half page): Comic – Androids
– Scripts by Kelleher/Hill / Pictures by Kev F
– “Rose’s Marilyn Monroe Anti-Grav Dress went up well at the school prom. Meanwhile Brook has received starting news…”

Pages 11-13: The Making of Red Dwarf The Talking Book
– by Jane Killick

Page 14-15: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 14 (half page): Advert – Infinity talking book

Page 15 (half page): News from the Dwarf
– “Interstellar Intelligence: Jane Killick”
Red Dwarf VI writing begins; Series I due to be released on video; abridged talking book delayed; I, Lovett commissioned; Craig to present breakfast show on Kiss; Dimension Jump 93 announced; Trek Dwarf changes dates; Paul Jackson announced as Director of Programming at Carlton; round up of merchandise available for Christmas.

Page 16 (half page): Advert – Red Dwarf clothing

Page 16 (quarter page): Advert – Crystal Line by Anne McCaffrey

Page 16 (quarter page): Next Issue preview

Pages 17-24: Comic – In Living Memory
– Writer: Steve Lyons / Art: Ron Smith / Colours & Letters: Elitta Fell
– Part 2. Lister has accidentally used the memory machine to create a six-eyed carnivorous raging swamp beast. After they escape, Rimmer risks his life to access the memory machine himself.

Pages 25-27: Survey Results Part 2
– Results of the best episode ever poll, rounded up by Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth
– Full results can be found here.

Pages 28-29: Advert – Amiga Home Computers

Pages 30-33: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Howard Goodall, conducted at this Soho office, by Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons.

Pages 34-37: Comic – Red Dwarf USA
– Writers: Steve Noble and Nige Kitching / Artist and Letterer: John Erasmus
– Satirical imagining of what the Americans would do with their version of Dwarf.

Pages 38-39: Under The Hammer
– “Jane Killick takes a front seat at the first ever auction sale of Red Dwarf props and costumes.”

Back cover: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of Kryten

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 11

January 1993, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Design: Elitta Fell and Steve Curley
Cover photograph: Mike Vaughan
Cover design: Steve Curley

Writers: Steve Lyons, Joe Nazzaro, Jane Killick, Pat Kelleher, James Hill, Steve Noble and Nigel Kitching.

Artists: Alan Burrows, Kev F Sutherland, Nigel Kitching, Carl Flint and Richard Winn.

Photographers: Mike Vaughan, Paul Grant and Elitta Fell

Production: Mark Collings
Typesetting: ABC
Repro: Pre-Press Services

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Paul Jackson, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Kate Cotton, Penguin Books, Simon and Schuster, Caroline Stokes and Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer.


Page 2 (half page): Credits/Contents

Page 2 (half page): Comic – Androids
– No credits listed.
– “Simone laddered her stockings, Mimas Council put double yellow rings round the parking orbit, Brooke discovered he had a fatal illness and Kelly bonked Gary (again)…”

Page 3: News from the Dwarf
– “Spaced-Out Snippets: Jane Killick”
– Hattie to leave the show; the BBC ask Grant Naylor to make a programme explaining the show to new viewers; Rob Grant talks about the stresses of writing; Red Dwarf film in development; Programme Guide released soon; Grant Naylor make 10%ers pilot; Red Dwarf V nominated for an Emmy; Cyberzone begins; more Maid Marian commissioned; Danny records audio drama for Radio 5 entitled The Tales of C.P.

Page 4: Red Dwarf IV on Video
– Review by Steve Lyons

Pages 5-14: Comic – Wetware
– Script: Kelleher & Hill / Art: Alan Burrows / Letters: Elitta Fell.
– The crew discover a derelict research platform, where Lister gets absorbed into a water-based computer matrix.

Pages 15-17: Producing Red Dwarf
– “An interview with Paul Jackson, by Joe Nazzaro.”

Pages 18-19: Judgement Day
– The Inquisitor (aided by reader contributions) judges whether or not to erase Duane Dibbley, Wilma Flintstone, Judge Dredd, Kristine Kochanski, Vera Duckworth and Norman Wisdom.

Pages 20-23: Rimmer’s Angels
– “QUESTION: What does Arnold Rimmer think of as the most important thing in his life?”
– Uncredited analysis of Rimmer’s love-life over the years.

Pages 24-28: Infinity Welcomes Careful Readers
– “A ‘Red Any Good Books Lately?’ special”
– “Joe Nazarro charts Red Dwarf‘s progress from the small screen to the printed page…”

Page 25 (boxout): The Official Red Dwarf Companion
– Review by Jane Killick.

Page 26 (boxout): The Red Dwarf Omnibus
– Review by Jane Killick.

Page 26 (boxout): Doug Naylor on… The Red Dwarf Omnibus
– Interview by Joe Nazzaro.

Page 27 (boxout): The Reconstructed Heart
– Review by Jane Killick.

Page 28: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 28 (boxout): Next Issue preview

Pages 29-32: Comic – The Inquisitor: Mirror Image
– Script: Kitching & Noble / Art: Nigel Kitching / Lettering: Elitta Fell.
– The Inquisitor judges a man called Jan Ludwig Hoch. (Google it if you want spoilers)

Page 33-36: Red Dwarf Series V: Grant and Naylor Look Back
– Interview by Joe Nazzaro, conducted “with filming soon to begin on the sixth series”.

Page 36 (half page): Advert – Superman No. 55

Page 37: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of Holly

Page 38-39: Comic – Jake Bullet in The Case of the Cashed-In Contestant
– Part 2: Nerds on Drugs
– No credits listed
– Jake begins his investigation, and discovers that the victim was a drug user.

Back cover: Photo of Lister in leathers, from Backwards.

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 12

February 1993, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Design: Elitta Fell and Steve Curley
Cover artist: Colin Howard
Cover design: Steve Curley

Writers: Chris Howarth, Steve Lyons, Jane Killick, Steve Noble, Ann Wright, Pat Kelleher, James Hill, Vicky Lacey and Maxine Lehmann

Artists: Roger Langridge, Carl Flint, Rob Sharp, Kev F Sutherland, Jon Rushby, Peter Nicholls and Glenn Rix

Photographers: Mike Vaughan, Paul Grant, Warwick Bedford, Steve Lyons, Tim Roney and Elitta Fell

Production: Mark Collings
Typesetting: ABC
Repro: Pre-Press Services

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Ed Bye, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Kate Cotton, Helen Norman, Marie at Virgin Publishing, Mike at Laughing Stock Productions, Melissa at Celador and Knock at The Door. Sorry, I’d better go and answer that…


Page 2 (split): Credits/Contents

Page 2 (split): Competition
– Win copies of the Red Dwarf Programme Guide and the unabridged Infinity talking book.

Pages 3-4: Comic – Jake Bullet in The Case of the Cashed-In Contestant
– Part 3: Ambulance Chaser
– Script: Voter Noble / Art: Voter Flint / Letters: Voter Phoenix
– Jake survives an attempt on his life, and sets out to learn more about “stupid drugs”.

Page 5: News from the Dwarf
– “Data Detector: Jane Killick”
– Duane Dibbley set to return; Juliet May leaves the series; Chris, Craig, Danny and Robert signed up for Series VI; episode titles being kept under wraps; Craig continues as Kiss breakfast presenter; Dwarf fails to win Emmy; Danny to record an EP; Grant Naylor to produce a sci-fi magazine programme called The Big Crunch; tickets for Series VI recordings released.

Pages 6-9: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Ed Bye, conducted at Television Centre between work on “a show for Jasper Carrott”, by Steve Lyons & Chris Howarth.

Page 10 (half page): Caption Competition results

Page 10 (half page): Advert – Official Red Dwarf Fan Club

Pages 11-18: Comic – Evolution
– Script: Ann Wright / Art & Letters: Roger Langridge
– Kryten experiments with an E-Accelerator device, which speeds up the evolutionary process.

Pages 19-22: Cyberzone
– Set report by Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons

Page 23: Comic – Androids
– Script: Kelleher/Hill / Art: Sutherland
– “The usual mix of sex, sex and more sex. Also, Mollee planned to picket the Android brother where Kelly is the madame…”

Page 24: Fun Page
– Rimmer’s Spot the Difference (two pictures of Rimmer, one in standard uniform, one in admiral uniform); Cat’s maze (guide Cat to a bevy of naked women)

Pages 25-27: Purple Alert!
– In-character A-Z of Red Dwarf lifeforms by Holly. Written by Steve Lyons with art by Peter Nicholls and colour by Gill Whelan.

Page 28: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 28 (boxout): The Junior Encyclopedia of Space
– Readers’ questions answered by Maxine Lehmann

Pages 29-32: Comic – The Skutters: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!
– Script: Steve Lyons / Art: Rob Sharp
– The skutters slack off to play cowboys, only to be attacked by a polymorph.

Pages 33-35: Do Not Touch
– “Steve Lyons explores the history of the hologram”

Page 36: Red Any Good Books Lately?
– Steve Lyons reviews Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams.

Page 36 (quarter page): Next Issue preview

Pages 37-38: Comic – Sadvertisement
– Copywriter: Vicky Lacey / Visualiser/Artist: John Rushby / Poor muggins who had to colour and letter it: Elitta Fell
– Spoof advert for Smeggo Liquid Detergent, endorsed by Kryten.

Page 39: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of Talkie Toaster

Back cover: Photo of Rimmer’s Self-Confidence from Terrorform

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 13

March 1993, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Design: Elitta Fell and Steve Curley
Cover photographs: Mike Vaughan and Jane Killick
Cover artwork: Nigel Kitching
Cover design: Steve Curley

Writers: Steve Lyons, Chris Howarth, Jane Killick, Pat Kelleher, James Hill, Steve Noble, Nigel Kitching, Hilary Robinson and Maxine Lehmann

Artists: Nigel Kitching, David Lyttleton, Carl Flint and Kev F Sutherland

Photographers: Mike Vaughan, Paul Grant, Jane Killick, Steve Lyons, Chic Donchin and Andy Foster

Production: Mark Collings
Typesetting: ABC
Repro: Pre-Press Services

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Graham Hutchings, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Norman Lovett, Kate Cotton, The Edit Works, Mike O’Brien and Eric Cantona.


Page 2 (split): Credits/Editorial

Page 2 (split): The Junior Colour Encyclopedia of Space
– Readers’ questions answered by Maxine Lehmann

Page 3: News from the Dwarf
– “Snippet Seeker: Jolly Jane Killick”
– A replacement for Holly under consideration; Andy DeEmmony announced as director; Justin Judd announced as producer; 10%ers given TX date; Peter Wragg’s team wins Design Award from the Royal Television Society for their work on Red Dwarf V; Series 1 to be released on video; Red Dwarf jacket released; Programme Guide released; details for DJ93 and Trek Dwarf; viewing figures for Cyberzone, Maid Marian and Brittas; new series of Brittas announced.

Page 4: Comic – Androids
Script: Kelleher/Hill / Art: Sutherland
– “Simone has been accused of deadism in the workplace. Meanwhile Brook has been summoned by Jaysee to view a most incriminating video…”

Pages 5-7: Robert Llewellyn: Part 1
– Interview focusing on Red Dwarf USA, by Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons.

Page 8: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Pages 9-14: Comic – Space Monkeys
– Script: Kitching/Noble / Art: Nigel Kitching / Letters: Elitta Fell.
– Lister creates a batch of Space Monkeys, who overrun the ship.

Pages 15-17: The 10%ers
– “Jane Kilick goes on location with Grant Naylor’s new TV show…”

Page 18: Heard Any Good Books Lately?
– Unabridged Infinity audio book review by Jane Killick.

Page 18 (third of page): Next Issue preview

Pages 19-22: The Red Dwarf Interview
– Graham Hutchings, by Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth.

Page 23 (half page): Agony Aunt Holly
– Fictional problem page.

Page 23 (half page): Subscriptions plug

Page 24: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of The Polymorph

Pages 25-33: Comic – The Shadow Time
– Script: Hill & Kelleher / Art: David Lyttleton / Letters: Elitta Fell.
– The adventures of the GELF and cockroach population of Garbage World.

Pages 34-36: Hattie Stands Up
– Feature on Hattie’s stand up, by Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons.

Pages 37-38: Comic – Jake Bullet in The Case of the Cashed-In Contestant
– Part 4: Law Have Mercy
– Script: Voter Noble / Art: Voter Flint / Letters: Voter Phoenix
– Jake tracks down his would-be assassin, and finds out who hired him.

Page 39: Advert – Damia and Damia’s Children by Anne McCaffrey

Back Cover: Photo of The Cat in furs

Red Dwarf Smegazine No. 14

April 1993, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Editorial assistance: Charlotte Livingstone
Design: Elitta Fell and Steve Curley
Cover photographs: Paul Grant and Elitta Fell
Cover artwork: Adrian Dungworth
Cover design: Steve Curley

Writers: Chris Howarth, Steve Lyons, Jane Killick, Joe Nazzaro, Brian M Clarke, Nigel Kitching, Kev F Sutherland, Pat Kelleher, James Hill and Steve Noble.

Artists: Nigel Kitching, Alan Burrows, Kev F Sutherland, Adrian Dungworth, Darren Stephens, Woodrow Phoenix and Carl Flint.

Photographers: Mike Vaughan, Warwick Bedford and Steve Lyons

Production: Mark Collings
Typesetting: ABC
Repro: Pre-Press Services

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Mel Bibby, Robert Llewellyn, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Kate Cotton, Network, Woody Allen and Geoffrey Chaucer.


Page 2 (split): Credits/Editorial

Page 2 (split): Competition
– Win a Red Dwarf jacket.

Pages 3-4: Comic – Duane Dibbley
– Part 1: Out
– No credits listed
– Duane is a fugitive, and is hallucinating that The Cat is with him. He seeks out Jake Bullet.

Page 5: News from the Dwarf – Series VI News Special
– By Jane Killick
– TX delayed until Autumn; series set entirely on Starbug; CP Grogan to return; titles Psirens and “Call Me Legion” released; locations include a disused power station, a cowboy village and a quarry; Red Dwarf film confirmed; Grant Naylor have written a film script called The Thursday Man; Series 1 video delayed until May; Making Of book planned; costumes set for auction; Hattie to appear in two Radio 4 pilots; Brittas, Maid Marian and Cyberzone ratings news; Smegazine set to relaunch

Pages 6-8: Robert Llewellyn: Part 2,
– Interview by Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons, discussing his non-Dwarf work.

Pages 9-13: Comic – The Cantabelis Tales
– Script: Kev Sutherland / Art: Alan Burrows / Letters: Elitta Fell
– The crew happen upon an abandoned pilgrim ship, in a parody of The Canterbury Tales.

Page 14: Advert – Batman Issue 1

Page 15: Series 6 Shock Report!
– Spoof article reporting Red Dwarf will become an animated series (this was the April edition of the magazine).

Page 16: Comic – Androids
– No credits listed
– “Gary and Kelly’s plot to kill the blackmailing Jaysee has backfired when they blew up his good head – the evil bastard never wears it!”

Pages 17-19: Empire Building
– “Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons investigate The Brittas Empire“.

Pages 20-21: Comic – Mr Flibble Gets P%@*ed!
– Art & story: Adrian Dungworth
– Mr Flibble gets pissed.

Page 22: Red Any Good Books Lately?
– Brian M Clarke reviews two choose your own adventure books, Time Machines 5 and You Can Be The Stainless Steel Rat.

Pages 23-30: Comic – Ace of Black-Hearts
– Script: Kev Sutherland / Art: Darren Stephens / Letters: Elitta Fell
– Ace visits a dimension where the crew are space-hillbillies.

Page 31: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Pages 32-35: Corridors, Consoles and Cockpits
– “Joe Nazzaro talks to Red Dwarf Set Designer Mel Bibby”.

Page 36: Advert – 2000 AD

Page 37-38: Comic – Jake Bullet in The Case of the Cashed-In Contestant
– Part 5: At home with the Nerds
Script: Voter Noble / Art: Voter Flint / Letters: Voter Phoenix
– Jake tracks down the victim’s girlfriend, and decides to go undercover as a nerd.

Page 39: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of Kochanski

Back cover: Preview of the Smegazine Volume 2 (featuring amusing photos of Chris Barrie reading the mag)

Red Dwarf Smegazine Volume 2 No. 1

May 1993, £1.50, two free postcards

Editor: Mike Butcher
Editorial assistance: Daniel Fryer
Design: Steve Curley and Elitta Fell
Cover photograph: Mike Vaughan
Cover design: Steve Curley

Production: Mark Collings
Typesetting: ABC (Manchester)
Repro: Pre-Press Services (Leeds)

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Justin Judd, Craig Charles, Mac MacDonald, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Kate Cotton, Helen Norman, Jenny Montefiore, Network, Penguin Books and the Singing Gorilla.


Pages 2-3: Look out, Universe, here come… The Boys From The Dwarf!
– Article bringing new readers up to speed with the characters and situation of the show.

Page 4 (split): Smegatorial/Credits

Page 4 (split): Competition
– Win a copy of Primordial Soup.

Pages 5-14: Comic – Lister The God
– Script & Art: Nigel Kitching / Letters: Elitta Fell
– Part 1. Three Cat warriors time travel their way on board to capture Lister.

Page 15: News From The Dwarf
– with Jane Killick
Red Dwarf VI episode titles; Rimmer becomes hard light; Primordial Soup released; Grant Naylor attend meetings in America for the movie; third novel planned; Series 1 videos delayed again; tickets for VI recordings over-subscribed; Grant Naylor hopeful of The 10%ers getting a full series; Chris Barrie on Jackanory; Craig making a sit-com/chat show hybrid called Him Indoors; Danny to release a single; I, Lovett broadcast.

Pages 16-17: Behind the Scenes with Red Dwarf VI
– “Jane Killick puts on her woolly vest and braves the cold on location as filming begins on the new series…”

Page 18: Advert – Red Dwarf clothing

Pages 19-21: Craig Charles
– Interview by Jane Killick

Page 22: The Junior Encyclopedia of Space
– Readers’ questions answered by Maxine Lehmann

Page 23: Comic – Androids
– Dialogue & Plot Complications: James Hill & Pat Kelleher / Storyboards & Visual Enhancement: Kev F Sutherland
– “Kelly and Gary’s plan to kill Jaysee backfired when they blew up the wrong head…”

Pages 24-25: Red Dwarf lands in Chicago
– “A review of Visions ’92 by Joe Nazzaro”

Page 26: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of Ace Rimmer

Page 27-33: Comic – Super-Ace
– Script: Steve Lyons / Art: Nigel Dobbyn / Letters: Elitta Fell.
– Ace jumps to a dimension where the crew are superheroes in the city of Smegopolis.

Pages 34-36: The End
– In-depth article covering the making of the episode, by Jane Killick

Page 37: Advert – Terminator 2 action figures

Page 38: Red Any Good Books Lately?
– Reviews of Primordial Soup (Joe Nazzaro), the Programme Guide (Jane Killick), Armageddon The Musical and They Came And Ate Us by Robert Rankin (both John Ratcliff).

Pages 39-41: Captain’s Log
– Mac McDonald interview by Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons.

Page 42: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 42 (quarter page): Next Issue preview

Pages 43-46: Comic – Jake Bullet and Dwayne Dibbley in the Case of the Cashed-In Contestant
– Part 6: Don’t lose your Nerd
– Script: Voters Noble & Kitching / Art: Voters Flint & Kitching / Letters: Voter Phoenix
– Crossover edition in which Jake and Duane team up, go to a nerd bar, then re-visit the alleyway where they attempted group suicide.

Page 47: News from the Omni-Zone
– “Adrian Rigelsford takes a look at what’s been going on in Telefantasy and Science Fiction while we’ve been far too obsessed by Red Dwarf to notice…”
– New series of ST:TNG and TNG movie; second series of Young Indiana Jones; Quantum Leap to finish; DS9 first season nearly complete; Survivors to be released on video; Maid Marian series one released on video.

Back cover: Advert – Judge Dredd The Megazine

Red Dwarf Smegazine Volume 2 No. 2

June 1993, £1.50, two free postcards

Editor: Mike Butcher
Design: Steve Curley and Elitta Fell
Cover photograph: Paul Grant
Cover design: Steve Curley

Production: Mark Collings
Repro: Pre-Press Services (Leeds)

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Chris Barrie, Clare Grogan, Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Peter Tyler, Peter Wragg, Justin Judd, Kate Cotton, Helen Norman, Jenny Montefiore, Network, Paramount, BBC Enterprises, Dean Gibbs, Rob Collins, Mike O’Brien, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Parker, Dennis Irwin, Steve Bruce, Lee Sharpe, Gary Pallister, Eric Cantona, Paul Ince, Brian McClair, Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs, Bryan Robson, Andrei Kanchelskis and Alex Ferguson.


Page 2 (split): Smegatorial/Credits

Page 2 (split): Competition
– Win t-shirts otherwise exclusive to the American fan club.

Pages 3-12: Comic – Lister The God
– Script & Art: Nigel Kitching / Letters: Elitta Fell.
– Part 2. Lister is taken prisoner by the Cat Elite, and finds himself in great danger.

Page 13: News From The Dwarf
– with Jane Killick
– Series VI teaser; Christmas special mooted; making of video cancelled; Man In The Rubber Mask announced; Craig Charles Almanac announced; abridged Infinity out; Series 1 videos delayed again; Fan Club has new address; Hattie brings one-woman show to Brighton; Starbug model kit announced; Danny to release Tongue Tied.

Page 14: Advert – Judge Dredd 1993 Mega-Special

Pages 15-17: Chris Barrie
– Interview, conducted by Jane Killick during the filming of Series VI

Pages 18-19: The Ascent of Catkind
– Illustrated, in-universe history of the Cat people.

Page 20 (half page): The Junior Encyclopedia of Space
– Maxinne Lehmann answers questions to do with the Dwarf universe

Page 20 (half page): The Remarkable Red Dwarf Data Bank
– Adrian Rigelsford answers questions to do with guest actors

Page 21-23: Comic – Jake Bullet in The Case of the Cashed-In Contestant
– Part 7: Hard News & Current Affairs
– Script: Voter Noble / Art: Voter Flint / Letters: Voter Phoenix
– Jake comes round on the set of the game show, and all is revealed.

Pages 24-25: The Boys From The Dwarf
– Double-page photo of the cast, c. Series III

Page 26: Creating Space
– “Peter Wragg talks to the Smegazine [Jane Killick] about creating a look for the first series of Red Dwarf…”

Pages 27-28: Future Echoes
– In-depth article covering the making of the episode, by Jane Killick.

Page 29: Next Issue preview

Page 30: Comic – Androids
– Dialogue & Plot Complications: James Hill & Pat Kelleher / Storyboards & Visual Enhancement: Kev F Sutherland.
– “Karstares has returned from the dead and Jaycee has made sure Gary and Kelly went out with a bang.”

Page 31: Red Dwarf VI
– Rob Grant interview by Joe Nazzaro

Pages 32-33: Time Slides and Stasis Leaks
– “Joe Nazzaro takes a trip through time the Red Dwarf way…”

Page 34: Red Any Good Books Lately?
– Reviews of Mort by Terry Pratchett, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (both Steve Lyons), the abridged Infinity talking book, and Mars by Ben Bova (both John Ratcliff).

Pages 35-38: Comic – Greetings from GELFWORLD
– Script: Jim Alexander / Art and Letters: David Lyttleton
– A mutiny engulfs a GELF holiday resort.

Page 39: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 40: The Hologram Protection Akt 2143
– Fictional legal document

Page 41: Trek Dwarf
– Convention report by Jane Killick

Pages 42-43: Kochanski’s Back!
– Clare Grogan interview by Jane Killick.

Page 44: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of Duane Dibbley

Pages 45-46: Comic – Duane Dibbley
– Part 3: Home
– Script & Art: Nigel Kitching / Letters: Woodrow Phoenix
– The Cat takes Duane to the Salvation Army hostel.

Page 47: News from the Omni-Zone
– Sci-fi and fantasy news, by Adrian Rigelsford.
– Roundup of new commissions; Moonbase Three repeated; TV adaptation of Shatner’s Tek War; missing Second Doctor stories to be released on audio.

Back cover: Advert – MAD Collectors’ Special

Red Dwarf Smegazine Volume 2 No. 3

July 1993, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Designer: Steve Curley
Cover photograph: Mike Vaughan

Marketing: Siobhan Geraghty
Production: Sarah Colley
Repro: Pre-Press Services (Leeds)

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Peter Wragg, Bethan Jones, Justin Judd, Kate Cotton, Helen Norman, Kate Williams, Mark Young, Network, BBC Enterprises, CIC Video and little Jimmy Osmond.


Page 2: Smegatorial/Credits
– Also a lovely photo of Peter Wragg reading the Smegazine on the set of Starbug

Pages 3-12: Comic – Lister The God
– Script & Art: Nigel Kitching / Letters: Elitta Fell
– Part 3. The crew travel back in time to rescue Lister from the Cat War.

Page 13: News From The Dwarf
– with Jane Killick.
– Cat and Duane to appear in Tongue Tied video; Programme Guide and abridged Infinity audio book have chart success; Series VI effects preview; 10%ers series commissioned; Red Dwarf I video finally released; Craig records children’s show called GoGetters; mini Dwarf convention to be held in Peterborough; props and costumes to be auctioned; TV promo appearances due; Carrott’s Lib and Smith and Jones to be repeated on UK Gold.

Page 14: Advert – Best of 2000 AD, Judge Dredd 1993 Mega-Special, 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special, Batman Special Edition #1.

Pages 15-17: Chris Barrie Part 2
– Interview by Jane Kilick, focusing on recent episodes.

Page 18: Comic – Androids
– Dialogue & Plot Complications: James Hill & Pat Kelleher / Storyboards & Visual Enhancement: Kev F Sutherland.
– “Moral crusader Mollee has had her circuits scrambled in an ecstato-matic machine, Gary and Kelly are awaiting urgent post-explosion repairs, and Karstares has returned from the jungles of Io.”

Pages 19-20: Balance of Power
– In-depth article covering the making of the episode, by Jane Killick.

Page 21 (half page): The Junior Encyclopedia of Space
– Readers’ questions answered by Maxine Lehmann.

Page 21 (half page): Advert – Sega Power magazine

Page 22: The Grantnaylorgate Tapes
– Spoof transcript of a fake Rob & Doug conversation

Pages 23-24: Comic – Mr Flibble Goes Asset-Stripping
– Script: Pat Kelleher & James Hill / Art: Rob Sharp / Letters: Elitta Fell
– Flibble enacts a hostile takeover of a toy company.

Pages 25-27: “Get Down Shepperton!”
– “You are invited to the studio recording of Psirens, episode one of the sixth series of Red Dwarf. Your guide, from the front row of the stalls, is Kev F Sutherland.”

Pages 28-29: Cat’s Chorus
– Report on the Tongue Tied recording by, Joe Nazzaro and John Ratcliff.

Page 30: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Pages 31-36: Comic – Mimas Crossing
– Script: Pat Kelleher & James Hill / Art: David Lyttleton / Letters: James Otis.
– Part One. Tales from the seedy underworld of Mimas, featuring Dutch the Crazed Astro and Trixie Labouche.

Page 37: Red Any Good Books Lately?
– John Ratcliff reviews The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov, Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers by Harry Harrison, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and Wiener Dog Art by Gary Larson.

Pages 38-39: The Great Red Dwarf Debate
– Steve Lyons argues the case for the early Red Dwarf (Series 1 and 2), while Joe Nazzaro argues in favour of the new Red Dwarf (III-V).

Page 40: Creating Kryten’s Head
– “Peter Wragg talks to Joe Nazzaro about the problems involved with creating the original look of Red Dwarf‘s faithful mechanoid…”

Pages 41-43: How To Make a Mechanoid
– “The Smegazine’s Joe Nazzaro talks to Bethan Jones, make-up designer of Red Dwarf series 2 and 3…”

Page 44: Next Issue preview

Pages 45-46: Comic – Duane Dibbley
– Part 4: Caught
– Script & Art: Nigel Kitching / Letters: Woodrow Phoenix
– “Cornered by the fascist police, Duane Dibbley is offered the chance of escape by a mysterious stranger.”

Page 47: News from the Omni-Zone
– Sci-fi and fantasy news, by Adrian Rigelsford.
– New series of TNG and DS9; TNG video releases; where to see TNG in the UK; The Borrowers to return for a second series; Quantum Leap cancelled; 30th anniversary celebrations for Doctor Who; Doctor Who video releases.

Back cover: Photo of Cat and Lister looking at each other, from Camille.

Red Dwarf Smegazine Volume 2 No. 4

August 1993, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Designer: Steve Curley
Cover: Colin Howard

Marketing: Siobhan Geraghty
Production: Tessa Magnowska
Repro: Pre-Press Services (Leeds)

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Hattie Hayridge, Keith Mayes, Rocky, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett, Peter Wragg, Justin Judd, Kate Cotton, Helen Norman, Kate Williams, BBC Enterprises and Frankenstein, The Holy Mother.


Page 2: Smegatorial/Credits
– Also a lovely photo of Alan ‘Rocky’ Marshall holding a Starbug model

Pages 3-9: Comic – Time After Time
– Script: Steve Lyons / Art: Alan Burrows and Colin Howard / Letters: Elitta Fell
– A pre-accident Lister is dragged away on a trip through his own timeline.

Page 10: News From The Dwarf
– with Jane Killick.
Red Dwarf VII likely; episode order for VI changed; Kryten model kit announced; Better Than Life talking book announced; Red Dwarf I video releases staggered; Man In The Rubber Mask delivered to publishers; new t-shirts announced; Craig to read The Book of Heroic Failures on Radio 4; Chris to film a new series of Brittas; Danny to appear at sci-fi convention in Devon; Danny to sign record deal; Justin Judd to make a sit-com pilot with Joan Collins and Ed Bye.

Pages 11-13: From Hattie to Hilly to Holly
– “Jane Killick speaks to Hattie Hayridge”.

Page 14-15: The Many Faces of Dave Lister
– “Joe Nazzaro peers closely into the face of the most famous slob in the Universe and asks the question: “Who are all these guys?”

Page 16: Advert – Star Trek TNG action figures

Pages 17-22: Comic – Mimas Crossing
– Script: Pat Kelleher and James Hill / Art: David Lyttleton / Letters: James Otis.
– Part Two. The Ganymede Mafia track a body-swapped Dutch and Trixie down.

Page 23: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 24-25: Double page photo of the crew in the Science Room, from Series IV

Page 26: Comic – Androids
– Dialogue & Plot Complications: James Hill & Pat Kelleher / Storyboards & Visual Enhancement: Kev F Sutherland
– A newly-rebuilt Gary confronts Jaysee.

Page 27-29: The Man Who Built Starbug
– Jane Killick interviews Alan ‘Rocky’ Marshall.

Page 30: News from the Omni-Zone
– Sci-fi and fantasy news with Adrian Rigelsford.
Doctor Who to return; Quantum Leap could go to another network; Doctor Who radio plays; Doctor Who and the Silurians is restored to colour; TNG series 7 enters pre-production; Stallone cast as Judge Dredd; BBC tease an epic new sci-fi series.

Page 31 (half page): Comic – Cred Dwarf
– Episode 1: Coded Echo
– Programmer: Steve Noble / Graphics: Davy Francis / Funny Beeping Noises: Woodrow Phoenix
– “Red Dwarf is, of course, the world’s most poplar Total Immersion Video Game. Right now, Rimmer’s just seen Lister die in a navicomp accident – an echo of a future which may or may not happen!”

Page 31 (half page): Subscriptions plug

Page 32 (half page): Red Any Good Books Lately?
– John Ratcliff reviews A World Out Of Time by Larry Niven and A Maze of Death by Phillip K Dick.

Page 32 (half page): Cat Bible
– Passages from the holy book, “translated by Maxine Lehmann”.

Pages 33-35: Waiting For God
– In-depth article covering the making of the episode, by Jane Killick.

Pages 36-40: Comic – A Day In The Life Of A Bogbot
– Script: Pat Kelleher & James Hill / Art: Glenn Rix & Paul Crompton / Letters: Elitta Fell
– Kryten accidentally flushes Lennon and McCartney down the toilet.

Pages 41-43: The Big Noise
– Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons interview sound supervisor Keith Mayes in a Hammersmith pub.

Page 44 (half page): The Junior Encyclopedia of Space
–  Maxinne Lehmann answers questions to do with the Dwarf universe

Page 44 (half page): The Remarkable Red Dwarf Data Bank
– Adrian Rigelsford answers questions to do with Dwarf actors and sci-fi in general

Pages 45-46: Comic – Duane Dibbley
– No credits listed
– Part 5. (No title)
– “Attempting to escape the fascist police, Duane Dibbley winds up plunging to certain death from a sixth-storey window. As does the fanatical Voter-Colonel!”

Page 47: Next Issue preview

Back cover: Advert – Jurassic Park action figures

Red Dwarf Smegazine Volume 2 No. 5

September 1993, £1.50

Editor: Mike Butcher
Designer: Steve Curley
Cover photograph: Oliver Upton

Marketing: Siobhan Geraghty
Production: Terese Magnowska
Repro: Pre-Press Services (Leeds)

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Hattie Hayridge, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett, Lee Cornes, Howard Burden, Kate Cotton, Ian Jackson, Helen Norman, Kate WIlliams, Willi Morrison, Colin Howard, BBC Enterprises, EMI Records, Mr Pool and everyone at Stoke Mandeville Hospital (and no, this has nothing whatsoever to do with Jimmy Saville)


Page 2: Smegatorial/Credits
– Also a photo of Danny in the recording studio

Pages 3-6: Comic – Duane Dibbley
– Part 6: Complicated
– Script & Art: Nigel Kitching / Letters: Woodrow Phoenix
– “Duane Dibbley has been rescued from the clutches of the sinister Voter Colonel by the infamous terrorist group and beat combo The Fatal Sisters! Despite the Sisters’ vigorous physical therapy, Dibbley’s memory has failed to return.”

Page 7: News from the Dwarf
– with Jane Killick
Tongue Tied to be released by EMI; Red Dwarf I tops video charts; Red Dwarf VI set for October debut; third novel given release date of October 7th; Making Of book delayed; costumes and props to be auctioned; signing sessions pencilled in; Almanac of Total Knowledge to be released in October; Man In The Rubber Mask delayed to April; series of enamel badges to be released; I, Lovett axed; Hattie to tour her Edinburgh show; talking book sample given away with Select magazine; DJ93 auction raises £500.

Page 8: Advert – TNG figures

Page 9-11: From Hattie to Hilly to Holly Part 2
– Hattie interview by Jane Killick

Page 12 (half page): The Junior Encyclopedia of Space
– Readers’ questions answered by Maxine Lehmann.

Page 12 (half page): Red Any Good Books Lately?
– Steve Lyons reviews Quantum Leap – Carny Knowledge by Ashley McConnell and The Mary Whitehouse Experience Encyclopedia by Newman, Baddiel, Punt and Dennis.

Pages 13-18: Comic – Dead Man’s Bluff
– Script: Steve Lyons / Art: John Rushby / Letters: Elitta Fell
– The crew are duped into letting a murderous cyborg on board.

Pages 19-20: Year of the Cat
– Uncredited feature on the forthcoming release of Tongue Tied

Pages 21-22: Confidence and Paranoia
– In-depth article covering the making of the episode, by Jane Killick.

Page 23: Lee Cornes
– Uncredited interview.

Page 24: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of The Inquisitor

Page 25-32: Comic – Tomorrow Trouble
– Script: Chris Webster / Art: Carl Flint / Letters: Woodrow Phoenix
– The Inquisitor attempts to expunge a worthless individual, but in doing so alters his own timeline.

Page 33: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 34 (half page): Comic – Cred Dwarf
– Episode 2: Next to last day
– Programmer: Steve Noble / Graphics: Davy Francis / Funny Beeping Noises: Woodrow Phoenix
– “In the world’s most popular Total Immersion Video game, Red Dwarf, augmented man-servant Kryten is about to go down with a severe case of planned obsolescence…”

Page 34 (half page): Next Issue preview

Pages 35-36: The Wizard of Wardobe
– “Joe Nazzaro speaks to the Red Dwarf Costume Designer since series 3, Howard Burden…”

Page 37: Comic – Androids
– Dialogue & Plot Complications: James Hill & Pat Kelleher / Storyboards & Visual Enhancement: Kev F Sutherland
– “Mollee has been revealed as the new madame at the brothel, and after being ruined by Jaysee, Gary, Kelly, Brook, Brook Jr and Karstares have all vowed vengeance on him…”

Page 38-40: A Sneak Preview of Red Dwarf VI
– “Where’s Red Dwarf? And what’s happened to Holly?”
– Episode-by-episode preview of the new series, by Jane Killick.

Pages 41-46: Comic – Mimas Crossing
– Script: Pat Kelleher & James Hill / Art: David Lyttleton / Letters: James Otis
– Part Three. Trixie and Dutch have swapped memories, and the Ganymede Mafia are after them both.

Page 47: News From The Omni-Zone
– Sci-fi and fantasy news with Adrian Rigelsford
Doctor Who special scrapped; Patrick Stewart to quit TNG; DS9 out on video; Quantum Leap may return as a TV movie; I-Spy, Man From UNCLE, Lost In Space and Land of the Giants all due revivals; Dalek box-set released.

Back cover: Photo of Cat and Rimmer, Series III era

Red Dwarf Smegazine Volume 2 No. 6

October 1993, £1.60, free stickers

Editor: Mike Butcher
Designer: Steve Curley
Design sub: Catherine Duffy
Cover photograph: Oliver Upton

Marketing: Siobhan Garaghty
Production: Tessa Magnowska
Repro: Pre-Press Services (Leeds)

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett, Hattie Hayridge, Denis Lill, Terry Farrell, Phil King, Kate Cotton, Helen Norman, Kate Williams, Willi Morrison, Stuart Evans, Colin Howard, BBC Enterprises, EMI Records, The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club and all at Dimension Jump ’93.


Page 2: Smegatorial/Credits
– Also a photo of a DJ93 attendee dressed as Mr Flibble.

Pages 3-10: Comic – Home of Lost Causes
– Script & Art: Nigel Kitching / Colour & Letters: Elitta Fell
– The Starbug crew catch up with Red Dwarf much sooner than anticipated…

Page 11: News From The Dwarf
– with Jane Killick
Red Dwarf VI TX dates; Tongue Tied release date; third novel given title The Last Human; Rob and Doug book signings planned; Woolworths free gift with Red Dwarf I video cancelled; Having It Off released; Rob and Doug in discussions with Universal over the movie; cover art and release date for Craig Charles Almanac; quiz book planned; Kryten model kit released; badges released; free Starbug keyring in next issue.

Page 12 (half page): Subscriptions plug
– with photo of Clayton Mark reading the Smegazine

Page 12 (half page): Comic – Androids
– Screenplay: James Hill & Pat Kelleher / Pictures: Kev F Sutherland / Technicolour: Lucy Allen / Sound: Woodrow Phoenix
– “Up in the penthouse, the unsuspecting Jaysee reveals his secret passion…”

Page 13: You’re sure to be Tongue Tied if you win a night out with the Cat!
– Competition to meet Danny.

Pages 14-15: Me²
– In-depth article covering the making of the episode, by Jane Killick

Page 16 (half page): Advert – The Complete Judge Dredd

Page 16 (half page): Comic – Androids
– Screenplay: James Jill & Pat Kelleher / Lighting & Sound: Kev F Sutherland.
– The emergency lights go out…

Pages 17-19: Grant Naylor on Red Dwarf VI
– Interview by Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons

Page 19 (box-out): Grant & Naylor: Brought to Book
– Update on The Last Human

Page 20: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Pages 21-26: Comic: Mimas Crossing
– Script: Pat Kelleher & James Hill / Art: David Lyttleton / Letters: James Otis
– Part Four. Dutch, Trixie and The Osmonds find themselves at a showdown at Mimas Docking Port.

Pages 27-29: The Guest Stars of Red Dwarf VI
– Denis Lill interview by Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth.

Page 30 (half page): The Junior Encyclopedia of Space
– Maxine Lehmann answers questions relating to the Red Dwarf universe.

Page 30 (half page): The Remarkable Red Dwarf Data Bank
– Adrian Rigelsford answers questions relating to sci-fi and fantasy.

Pages 31-32: Dimension Jump ’93
– Convention report by Jane Killick.

Page 33: Within Earshot
– “Norman Lovett takes a sideways look at the Red Dwarf fan phenomenon…”
– Interview by Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth.

Page 34 (half page): Red Dwarf Series 1 On Video
– Review by Steve Lyons.

Page 34 (half page): Comic – Cred Dwarf
Planet of Nymphomaniacs
– Programmer: Steve Noble / Graphics: Davy Francis / Funny Beeping Noises: Woodrow Phoenix
– “The Total Immersion virtual reality game Red Dwarf is where your dreams come true. Some win, some lose, some get lucky, and some just never find… the Planet of the Nymphomaniacs!”

Page 35: Terry Farrell: Cat For A Day
– Interview by Joe Nazzaro.

Page 36: Advert – Sevans Kryten model

Pages 37-39: Enlightening Words
– “Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons speak to the man [John Pomphrey] behind Red Dwarf‘s leading lights…”

Page 39 (half page): Red Any Good Books Lately?
– Steve Lyons reviews both the novelisation and scriptbook of Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks.

Page 40: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of Jake Bullet

Pages 41-44: Comic – A Jake Bullet Mystery: The Case of the Cop’s Comedown
– Part One: See Real Killing
– Script: Steve Noble / Art: Carl Flint / Letters: Woodrow Phoenix
– Jake takes a trip to the beach, where he meets some familiar faces.

Page 45: Advert – Batman action figures

Page 46: News From The Omni-Zone
– with Adrian Rigelsford
– Details of the new TNG season; Doctor Who Children In Need special; Deep Space 9 new season details; The Borrowers Series 2 in the can; TARDIS boxset released.

Page 47 (half page): Next Issue preview

Page 47 (half page): Advert – Judge Dredd The Megazine

Back cover: Advert – Star Trek TNG action figures

Red Dwarf Smegazine Volume 2 No. 7

November 1993, £1.60, free Starbug keyring

Smeg Ed: Mike Butcher
Design: Steve Curley
Cover photograph: Jane Killick

Marketing: Siobhan Geraghty
Production: Teresa Magnowski
Repro: Pre-Press Services (Leeds)

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Jenny Agutter, Mark Short, Peter Tyler, Stuart Evans, Simon Harrison, Phil King, Kate Cotton, Helen Norman, Kate Williams, Willi Morrison, Fiz Oliver, BBC Enterprises, EMI Records and Psy-moons everywhere!


Page 2 (split): Smegatorial/Contents

Page 2 (split): Win Your Own Kryten!
– Competition to win a Kryten model.

Pages 3-10: Comic – Home of Lost Causes
– Script & Art: Nigel Kitching / Letters: Elitta Fell
– Part Two. The crew are trapped by a Polymorph, but Lister is distracted by the appearance of Kochanski…

Page 11: News From The Dwarf
– with Jane Killick
Red Dwarf VII planned; Grant Naylor on signing tour; greetings cards released; Tongue Tied on video; Robert Llewellyn writes Punchbag play; Danny appears in The Piano Lesson; costumes auctioned; Starbug model kit announced; Chris Barrie voices characters for The Legends of Treasure Island; Robert becomes a father.

Page 12: Advert – Nintendo Game Zone magazine

Pages 13-15: Chris Barrie on Red Dwarf VI
– Interview by Jane Killick, conducted “just a couple of weeks after filming had been completed”.

Page 16 (half page): The Junior Encyclopedia of Space
– Maxine Lehmann answers questions relating to the Red Dwarf universe.

Page 16 (half page): The Remarkable Red Dwarf Databank
– Adrian Rigelsford answers questions relating to sci-fi and fantasy.

Page 17: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of The Skutters

Page 18: Red Any Good Books Lately?
– Reviews of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (Steve Lyons), Having It Off: A Bonkers Guide (Jane Killicks), Star Trek TNG: Vendetta by Peter David (Steve Lyons) and Star Wreck: The Generation Gap by Leah Rewolinski (John Ratcliff).

Pages 19-22: Comic – One For All
– Script: Andy P & Tom Eglington / Art: Glen Rix / Letters: Woodrow Phoenix
– Rimmer’s Courage, Charity and Honour ride to the Castle of Despondency to rescue Self-Esteem.

Pages 23-25: Don’t Say “Cut”, Say “Pizza!”
– “Red Dwarf on location”, report by Jane Killick.

Page 26: Advert – Carlton mail order 1994 calendars

Pages 27-28: Comic – Young Flibble (1)
– Script: Pat Kelleher / Art: Rob Sharp / Letters: Elitta Fell
– A large penguin egg is adopted by a woodcutter and his wife on a psy-moon.

Page 29: Rimmer’s Record
– In-character journal entry, “transcribed by Steve Lyons”.

Pages 30-32: Tongue Tied & Taped
– “The Making of a Pop Promo…” by Jane Killick.

Page 33: You’re sure to be Tongue Tied if you win a night out with the Cat!
– Competition to meet Danny.

Page 34 (half page): Advert – Red Dwarf t-shirts

Page 34 (half page): Advert – Infinity unabridged audio book

Pages 35-37: Red Dwarf VI: The Special Effects
– “Part One: The Asteroids!” by Jane Killick.

Page 38: News From The Omni-Zone
– with Adrian Rigelsford
The Dimensions of Time” details; more TNG in production; BBC Video releases archive comedy such as Dad’s Army and Steptoe and Son; Flintstones movie announced; Bottom to go on tour; Timeflyers announced; Sea Quest DSV debuts; ratings failure for Lois & Clark.

Pages 39-42: Comic – A Jake Bullet Mystery: The Case of the Cop’s Comedown
– Part 2: Kill Me Before I Die Again
– Script: Steve Noble / Art: Carl Flint / Letters: Woodrow Phoenix
– Jake attempts to solve his own imminent murder.

Page 43: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 44 (half page): Next Issue preview

Page 44 (half page): Comic – Androids
– No credits listed
– “Just as Jaysee declared his true love for his secretary, Brandy… his pigeons came home to roost – fully armed for a fire-fight…”

Page 45: The Guest Stars of Red Dwarf VI
– Jenny Agutter interview by Joe Nazzaro

Pages 46-47: Red Dwarf For Sale!
– “Jane Killick visits Doctor Who: The Auction II and wonders why they didn’t call it Red Dwarf: The Auction I…”

Page 47 (half page): Comic – Androids
– Soap: Pat Kelleher / Powder: Kev F Sutherland / Conditioner: Lucy Allen / Bubbles: Woodrow Phoenix
– “We find Karstares wide-eyed and legless…”

Back cover: Advert – Red Dwarf greeting cards

Red Dwarf Smegazine Volume 2 No. 8

December 1993, £1.60

Smeg Ed: Mike Butcher
Assistant Smeg: Charlotte Livingstone
Design: Rahid Khan
Cover photograph: Oliver Upton

Marketing: Siobhan Geraghty
Production: Teresa Magnowski
Repro: Pre-Press Services (Leeds)

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, Anita Dobso, Peter Tyler, Mike Tucker, Nick Kool, Vicky Monk, Damian Crux, Phil King, Kate Cotton, Helen Norman, Kate Williams, Willi Morrison, Fiz Oliver, Vanessa Morris, Clayton Mark, Roger Weightman, Clive Rowe, Network Distribution, BBC Enterprises, EMI, Boxtree, Bonhams Auctioneers and the guy at the Fridge nightclub in Brixton who gave us the key to one of his bars – we didn’t drink any of your beer, honest!


Page 2: Smegatorial/Credits
– Also a photo of Danny, as Leo, being apprehended by Judge Dredd, from the Tongue Tied video.

Pages 3-6: Comic – A Jake Bullet Mystery: The Case of the Cop’s Comedown
– Part 3: Free Will and other Political Prisoners
– Script: Voter Noble / Art: Voter Flint / Letters: Voter Phoenix
– Jake looks for answers in an episode of Voterwatch Update.

Page 7: News From The Dwarf
– with Jane Kililck
The Last Human postponed; rave reviews for VI; window display in Virgin Megastore; new t-shirts; talking book wins award; Red Dwarf V videos announced; delay for video version of Tongue Tied; Maid Marian Christmas special; Punchbag play opens; Danny appears in Playboy of the West Indies; Trek/Dwarf 1994 announced.

Page 8 (half page): Advert – Batman/Judge Dredd II

Page 8 (half page): Comic – Androids
– No credits listed
– “After a climactic firefight with Jaycee, Gary, The Ionian Midgets and Brandy are dead, Karstares has escaped through time. Brooke and Brook Jr made it to the nearest parts shop…”

Pages 9-11: The Last Moments of Red Dwarf VI
– “Out of Time in Rehearsal”
– Set report by Jane Kilick.

Pages 10-11 (box-out): Red Dwarf – Out of Time?
– Behind-the-scnes details and analysis of the cliffhanger ending.

Page 12 (half page): The Junior Encyclopedia of Space
– Maxine Lehmann answers Red Dwarf questions.

Page 12 (half page): The Remarkable Red Dwarf Databank
– Adrian Rigelsford answers sci-fi, fantasy and comedy questions.

Page 13-20: Comic – The Scoop
– Script: Jim Alexander / Art: Emma Mithchinson / Letters: Elitta Fell
– Red Dwarf approaches a neutrino-tachyon cloud, which could transport them back to Earth.

Pages 21-22: Tongue Tied & Taped: The Drama Scenes!
– Set report by Jane Killick.

Pages 22-23: Tongue Tied & Taped: The Hollys
– Set report by Jane Killick.

Page 21-24 (box-out): Tongue Tied – The Storyboard
– Frames from the storyboard for the video, by Colin Howard.

Page 25: Advert – Carlton mail order 1994 calendars

Page 26: Advert – Nintendo Game Zone magazine

Page 27-29: Red Dwarf VI: The Special Effects
– “Part Two: The Lava Planet”, by Jane Killick.

Page 30: Full-page photo of Craig in leathers, c. Series III

Pages 31-32: Comic – Young Flibble (2)
– Script: Pat Helleher / Art: Rob Sharp / Letters: Elitta Fell
– “Young Flibble didn’t like being treated like a girl and his anger began to wrap the Psi-Moon’s fairy tale terrain…”

Page 33: Holly-Grams
– Letters page

Page 34: Ref Dwarf
– Character profile of The Dog

Page 35 (two thirds): Rimmer’s Record
– In-character journal entry, “transcribed by Steve Lyons”.

Page 35 (third page): Comic – Cat and Dog
– by Paul Burns
– The Dog can’t resist chasing The Cat.

Page 36: Full-page photo of Captain Tau and Kochanski from Psirens

Page 37: The Guest Stars of Red Dwarf VI
– Anita Dobson interview by Jane Killick.

Page 38 (half page): Entertainment Auction Report
– by Maxine Lehmann

Page 38 (half page): King of Comedy!
– Competition to win The Craig Charles Almanac of Total Knowledge.

Pages 39-42: Comic – A.J. Rimmer, P.M.
– Script: Hari Wilson / Art: Glenn Rix & Paul Crompton / Letters: Elitta Fell
– Ace jumps to a dimension where Rimmer is the Prime Minister.

Page 43: News From The Omni-Zone
– with Adrian Rigelsford
DS9 Season Two starts; Blake’s 7 to return; Gerry Anderson to make “Space Police“; new series of The Tomorrow People; new series of In Sickness and in Health; Knowing Me Knowing You to transfer to TV; Batman Animated Movie announced; films announced of The Flying Nun, Casper The Friendly Ghost and The Funky Phantom; Doctor Who 30th anniversary

Page 44 (half page): Advert – Judge Dredd: The Poster Prog

Page 44 (half page): Comic – Cred Dwarf
– by Steve ‘Nirvana’ Noble, Davy ‘Fabulous’ Francis and Woodrow ‘Phantastic’ Phoenix
– “In a Total Immersion Game like Red Dwarf, you have to expect the unexpected…”

Page 45-46: A Day With Danny John-Jules
– “AM”, by Chris Howarth and Steve Lyons.

Page 47 (half page): Next Issue preview

Page 47 (half page): Comic – Androids
– Soap: Pat Kelleher / Powder: Kev F Sutherland / Bubbles: Woodrow Phoenix / Dirty Linen: Lucy Allen
– “And now we return to Androids where we find Brooke on the Halfords Memorial Ward next to his wife Kelly who is still recovering after Jaycee’s bomb blast…”

Back cover: photo of Hattie and Danny at a convention

Red Dwarf Smegazine Volume 2 No. 9

January 1994, £2.15

Smeg Ed: Mike Butcher
Design: Rahid Khan
Cover photograph: Chris Ridley

Marketing: Siobhan Geraghty
Production: Teresa Magnowski
Repro: Pre-Press Services (Leeds)

Thanks to: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Craig Charles, Hattie Hayridge, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett, Damian Crux, Phil King, Kate Cotton, Helen Norman, Kate Williams, Network Ltd., BBC Enterprises, Andy DeEmmoney, Graham Hutchings, The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club and everyone who has ever bought the good old Smegazine.

Sorry to: Red Dwarf VI Producer Justin Judd (because we didn’t manage to interview him in the Smeg – we’ll get you into Volume 3, No. 1 if there is one, Justin!)


Page 2: Smegatorial/Credits
– Also a lovely photo of Chris, Norman, Craig, Danny, Robert and Hattie at the Tongue Tied launch party.

Pages 3-8: Comic – Heady Metal
– Script: Steve Noble / Art & Letters: Jon Beeston
– Kryten tracks a signal that has been sent by himself…

Pages 9-11: Craig Charles
– “Part 1: The Cyberpunk speaks out…”
– Interview by Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth.

Page 12: Advert – Red Dwarf clothing

Pages 13-14: Comic – Young Flibble (3)
– Script: Pat Kelleher / Art: Rob Sharp / Letters: Elitta Fell
– “After a rather unfortunate incident, the woodcutter family were burying their incredibly rich (and now incredibly dead) granny.”

Page 15: News From The Dwarf
– with Jane Killick
– Series VII likely to be screened in 1995; Series VI tops ratings; Red Dwarf V videos set for February; Danny to record more music; Craig working on a poetry record; Maid Marian new series; Hattie appears on Just A Minute; The Making of Red Dwarf VI, The Man In The Rubber Mask and The Last Human all due soon; Brittas Empire back; The 10%ers recorded; Chris to read The Greatest and The Fox and the Chicken on Jackanory; Grant Naylor to make a factual programme for Channel 4.

Page 16: Comic – Cred Dwarf
– Script: Steve Noble / Art: Davy Francis / Letters: Woodrow Phoenix
– “Could this be the climax for the crew of the Total Immersion Video game Red Dwarf? Could they have at last found… Earth?”

Pages 17-19: Hattie Hayridge: Life After Red Dwarf
– Interview by Jane Killick.

Pages 20-21: Editing Red Dwarf VI
– Behind-the-scenes feature by Jane Killick.

Page 22: The Monopoly Board Pub Crawl!
– Report by Maxine Lehmann.

Pages 23-30: Comic – A Jake Bullet Mystery: The Case of the Cop’s Comedown
– Part 4: The Pavement Surfing Head Injury Certain Death Blues
– Script: Voter Noble / Art: Voter Flint / Letters: Voter Phoenix
– Jake tries to make sense of everything as he plummets towards his inevitable death.

Page 31 (quarter page): Comic – Cat and Dog
– by Paul Burns
– The Cat attempts to teach The Dog about evolution.

Page 31 (half page): Comic – Androids
– No credits listed
– “His business in tatters, Jaysee has gone mad, Karstares has disappeared into a temporal distortion and Kelly and Brooke are having another try at their marriage…”

Page 31 (quarter page): Comic – Cat and Dog
– by Paul Burns
– The Dog shows The Cat a magic trick.

Page 32: Full page photo of Danny, surrouned by women in the Tongue Tied video

Page 33: Danny John-Jules Exclusive Video Offer
– Your chance to buy the Tongue Tied video.

Page 34 (half page): Red Any Good Books Lately?
– Reviews of Judge Dredd: The Savage Amusement by David Bishop (Rob Sharp) and Judge Dredd: Mechanismo by John Wagner (John Ratclif).

Page 34 (half page): Comic – Androids
– Script: Pat Kelleher and James Hill / Cameraman: Kev F / Vision Mixer: Lucy Allen / Director: Kylie Gwenlyn / Producer: Mike Butcher / A Groovy Channel 27 Production.
– Part Two. The last in the series.

Pages 35-36: Comic – Young Flibble (4)
– No credits listed
– “Once upon a time, the Psi-Moon was a nice, happy place to live. Life was a fairytale and everybody was content. But that was before Flibble hatched…”

Pages 37-38: Gunmen of the Apocalypse In Rehearsal
– Set report by Jane Killick.

Page 39-40: Comic – Young Flibble (5)
– No credits listed
– “The villagers of the Psimoon had put a bounty on Flibble’s head – but it looked like it was going to take more than a chocolate bar to defeat him…”

Pages 41-43: Craig Charles
– “Part 2: More from the man on the telly…”
– Interview by Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth.

Page 44: Full page photo of Rimmer saluting, from Series VI.

Pages 45-50: Comic – The Aftering
– Script: Pat Kelleher and James Hill / Art: David Lyttleton / Letters: Elitta Fell.
– Part One. On Garbage World, the aged Lister is discovered by a Polymorph.

Pages 50-51: A Day With Danny John-Jules
– “PM”, by Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth.

Page 52-58: Comic – The Aftering
– No credits listed, but presumably as Part One
– Part Two. The two Polymorphs get together.

Page 59 (three quarters): The Red Dwarf Noticeboard
– “Your essential guide to all the best smegware around!”
– Clothing; greeting cards; posters; novels; other books; model kits; audio books; videos; official fan clubs; affiliated fan clubs.

Page 59 (quarter page): Comic – Cat and Dog
– by Paul Burns
– “Dog is driven crazy by hunger!!!”

Page 60: Agony Aunt Holly
– Fictional problem page, “transcribed by Hilary Robinson”.

Pages 61-62: Comic – Young Flibble (6)
– No credits listed
– “After the Rocketpants fiasco, The Psi-Moon’s villagers have decided to take matters into their own hands…”

Page 63 (half page): Next Issue preview
– Blank, other than details of the ‘Save Our Smeg’ campaign.

Page 63 (half page): Comic – Dwarf Eager
– A Kev F Sutherland Production (hardest working man in comics) / Colours by Lucy Allen
– Superfans Ace and Bet present a guide to home-made Red Dwarf action figures.

Back cover: Artwork from The Aftering

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  1. Yet to read the issue by issue bit, but the whole premise of this article is taking me back 22 years (?!) to a newsagents (which is now a chinese takeaway) where my thirteen year old self is shouting at his dad because he’s just seen a magazine with Holly off of Red Dwarf on the front, and can he have it pleeease?
    Bought the whole run from that issue (No. 4) til the very end, finally picking up the first three issues – along with a near complete set of the rest – in the auction at DJ 2002. I keep them in a big folder in the corner of the living room, next to Derek and Nigel.

  2. G&T Admin

    One thing I found out whilst putting this together, which I couldn’t find space for in the piece:

    The regular News From The Omni-Zone and Remarkable Red Dwarf Data Bank features were written by one Adrian Rigelsford. Turns out that in subsequent years, he’s alleged to have invented interviews with the deceased, most notably Stanley Kubrick, as detailed here, and been convicted of stealing thousands of historical photographs.

    So I’m taking the contents of those columns with a pinch of salt now. Especially since Rigelsford was also reporting on projects that he was involved with, without disclosing his conflict of interest. Basically there’s more diligence in this comment than his entire career.

  3. Crikey. The deceitful little git.
    Learning stuff from G&T. Who’da thunk?

  4. I was just reading about Adrian Rigelsford when I looked up the writer of the Doctor Who audio I was listening to and found it was him (he wrote the Fifth Doctor story The Roof of the World).

    Had no idea he was involved with Red Dwarf behind the scenes stuff too. He is notorious in Doctor Who fandom for poorly researched non-fiction books with unsourced quotes conveniently from dead people, most famously William Hartnell.

  5. Wouldn’t it have been a shit-ton easier to just post the PDFs of the magazines?

  6. G&T Admin

    They are not ours to post. Plus, I’d have thought the man behind a two-volume Red Dwarf encyclopedia would have understood the desire to analyse, catalogue and index everything!

  7. >Wouldn’t it have been a shit-ton easier to just post the PDFs of the magazines?

    Depends; do G&T own the copyright for them?

  8. I was just reading about Adrian Rigelsford when I looked up the writer of the Doctor Who audio I was listening to and found it was him (he wrote the Fifth Doctor story The Roof of the World).

    Had no idea he was involved with Red Dwarf behind the scenes stuff too. He is notorious in Doctor Who fandom for poorly researched non-fiction books with unsourced quotes conveniently from dead people, most famously William Hartnell.

    Rigelsford used to have a quite wonderful quote on his Wikipedia page, saying that he had the distinction of being the only person to write an officially licensed Doctor Who story and be in prison at the time of its release.

  9. How is it possible, Pete wondered, to fill a forty-seven-page magazine without actually including anything remotely readable?

  10. How is it possible, Si wondered, to have a magazine with an odd number of pages?

  11. Issue #9 seems interesting in a few regards. Namely:

    – “Review of the Red Dwarf American Pilot by Jane Killick”.

    I understand why you won’t post the full text (seriously, it’s very easy to see why you wouldn’t do that), but I’m wondering about the tone of this review. Since the magazine seems like it was pretty fawning over everything to do with the show, how did the review handle this total misfire? Glad it didn’t happen and sully the franchise? Or positive anyway?

    – Grant Naylor develop new series for ITV entitled The Oo-ee-oO Dimension

    What happened with this? Okay, I know the answer is “nothing.” But I’d never even heard of this before.

    Also, issue 10 mentions series 1 finally getting a VHS release. Which makes me wonder where they got copies of the episodes for the earlier comic adaptations. Did they just work off of a script, or are the visuals too accurate for that? Did GNP give them copies? Not an important question by any means, but I wonder how much access they had to the source material.

  12. G&T Admin

    – “Review of the Red Dwarf American Pilot by Jane Killick”.

    I understand why you won’t post the full text (seriously, it’s very easy to see why you wouldn’t do that), but I’m wondering about the tone of this review. Since the magazine seems like it was pretty fawning over everything to do with the show, how did the review handle this total misfire? Glad it didn’t happen and sully the franchise? Or positive anyway?

    One choice quote: “if the people involved in the American pilot had any imagination or talent, they evidently left it on the bus on the way to the studio”.

    And for what it’s worth, I don’t think the mag was particularly fawning. It obviously had a positive and excitable tone in its headlines and whatnot, but it wasn’t afraid to be critical. A full-page about how it all went downhill after Series 2 stands out, as well as a piece that describes Series V as a “disappointment”. It’s more balanced than, say, current day Doctor Who Magazine.

    – Grant Naylor develop new series for ITV entitled The Oo-ee-oO Dimension

    What happened with this? Okay, I know the answer is “nothing.” But I’d never even heard of this before.

    Fuck knows. It was supposed to be a Twilight Zone-esque sci-fi anthology series.

    Also, issue 10 mentions series 1 finally getting a VHS release. Which makes me wonder where they got copies of the episodes for the earlier comic adaptations. Did they just work off of a script, or are the visuals too accurate for that? Did GNP give them copies? Not an important question by any means, but I wonder how much access they had to the source material.

    The visuals are deliberately different from the episodes, in different ways – The End is a complete re-imagining of sets, costumes and whatnot, while Future Echoes has everything transposed to the Series III-V look. But you do get the impression that they were working off copies of the episodes – possibly off-air tapes if they didn’t have access to proper copies.

  13. “And for what it’s worth, I don’t think the mag was particularly fawning.”

    It’s worth a lot! My mistaken assumption. Thanks for clearing it up. And for the answers, obviously. That’s indeed a great quote about the US pilot…

    Interesting that they redesigned the visuals for the series I comic adaptations. I quite like that idea.

  14. G&T Admin

    Oh, and: the series of big behind-the-scenes articles on Series 1 started before the videos were released, plus there was an in-depth episode guide as far back as Issue 3, so they *must* have had access to the episodes by one means or other.

  15. >How is it possible, Si wondered, to have a magazine with an odd number of pages?

    Minus the advert of Danny’s god-awful Tongue Tied video, which is at least interesting for morbid curiosity.

    I just found most of this magazine utterly at odds with the show itself. The interviews in BTL were better and, when most of it is taken up with mostly awful comics-strips, it just seems like a bit of a missed opportunity.

  16. I always liked the weirder strips. The Jake Bullet strip was a highlight. And the Mr Flibble strip. Some of the Ace Rimmer ones were just awful, though.

  17. The smegazine came into it’s own in 1993 during the build up to series VI. It was also the place I first read about series 1. I think that G & T is much better but then I’ve never been a comic book guy.

  18. G&T Admin

    Oh, there’s no doubt that G&T is better. I’m just waiting for sometime to do a retrospective on us in 20 years’ time.

  19. Let’s not forget, back in 1993, Red Dwarf Smegazine was the most exciting thing around. Thanks to the Smegazine, I was the go-to guy for all the other kids to find out what was happening in Red Dwarf land (why they couldn’t buy an issue themselves, I’ll never know), and gave the (fairly flimsy) illusion of my being a fairly popular fourteen year old.

  20. Can you remember how those series V episodes ranked? I’m sure that Holoship came last which is just… stupid.

  21. G&T Admin

    The results are listed in the article – 1. Back to Reality, 2. Quarantine, 3. Demons and Angels, 4. The Inquisitor, 5. Terrorform, 6. Holoship.

  22. Always fascinating to read about people like Adrian Rigelsford. What drives them to do shit like that – is it merely a misguided stab at finding fame and fortune? Is it total delusion or extreme arrogance? If you produce a work of made-up bollocks and slap your own name on it you’re always going to be found out.

    Reminds me of the guy from a few years ago who got several interviews out of the fact he’d written the next Die Hard film (and said he’d been in contact with stars and producers)… except, of course, he had no connection to Hollywood whatsoever and had merely concocted a piece of glorified fanfic in some grotty bedsit somewhere.

  23. I’m sure that Holoship came last which is just… stupid.

    Its position as last is more than generous. *sniff*

  24. Always fascinating to read about people like Adrian Rigelsford. What drives them to do shit like that – is it merely a misguided stab at finding fame and fortune? Is it total delusion or extreme arrogance?

    I read an interesting article recently about the guy who went around in 1990-91ish pretending to be the ‘new Doctor Who’, seemingly so he could blag a free Proton Saga from the local dealership. He opened fetes and everything.

  25. Always fascinating to read about people like Adrian Rigelsford. What drives them to do shit like that – is it merely a misguided stab at finding fame and fortune? Is it total delusion or extreme arrogance?

    I read an interesting article recently about the guy who went around in 1990-91ish pretending to be the ‘new Doctor Who’, seemingly so he could blag a free Proton Saga from the local dealership. He opened fetes and everything.

    Heh, I remember that. Some nondescript, Peter Stringfellow-esque bloke who tried to take advantage of the show’s hiatus. Drove around in a car with the words “New Doctor Who” printed down the side, I think.

    Simpler times. Not sure that approach would’ve worked for Capaldi.

  26. >>Wouldn’t it have been a shit-ton easier to just post the PDFs of the magazines?

    They do exist somewhere on the Interwebz, because I downloaded a bunch a few years back, but at the moment they’re lying around somewhere on the hard drive of a deceased computer. I’ll dig around and see if I can’t find it.

  27. Not having discovered Dwarf til the ’94 repeats I just missed the Smegazine. I’m sure my 11/12 year old self would have lapped it up if it had carried on, regardless of the quality.

    > Professor Neider-Lewis, fictional inventor of Better Than Life

    Because the real inventor is Dennis McBean?

  28. >>Wouldn’t it have been a shit-ton easier to just post the PDFs of the magazines?

    They do exist somewhere on the Interwebz, because I downloaded a bunch a few years back, but at the moment they’re lying around somewhere on the hard drive of a deceased computer. I’ll dig around and see if I can’t find it.

    If you do find them, please don’t post them anywhere because, copyright!

  29. Heh, I remember that. Some nondescript, Peter Stringfellow-esque bloke who tried to take advantage of the show’s hiatus. Drove around in a car with the words “New Doctor Who” printed down the side, I think.

    I need a link to this article.

  30. They do exist somewhere on the Interwebz, because I downloaded a bunch a few years back

    They did exist.

    You got them from the same place I did.

    Five years ago!

  31. >>If you do find them, please don’t post them anywhere because, copyright!

    Understood. As it is, I haven’t found them yet, so it’s moot. *shrug*

    >>They did exist.
    You got them from the same place I did.
    Five years ago!

    I knew it was awhile back, but wow, I hadn’t realized how far. Time flies! Now that I can’t find them, I want to read them. Figures.

  32. So IS Craig the Gary Glitter of space?

    And if not, who is?!

  33. G&T Admin

    Note also the “thanks to” credits in Volume 2 No. 5.

  34. Note also the “thanks to” credits in Volume 2 No. 5

    Oh, hindsight, you wonderful beast, you.

  35. I went to one of the first Dimension Jumps in Northampton and Jane Killick was one of the Q&A guests and at the time i dont think i connected the idea that she was involved in the smegazine, so I was massively underwhelmed that they gave a morning over to someone i only knew of as someone who stated the obvious whilst stroking a cat on Danny’s tongue tied video. I thought how many questions would we possibly have about that moment. Memory is hazy cus of years and the fact i drank that weekend probably but i maybe skipped her Q and A cus i only remember her being at the breakfast and no one saying much then. I was thankful peter wragg, a camera assistant and Danny turned up later in the weekend and made it a memorable convention experience by the end. I think i had maybe bought the early smegazines but stopped when they stopped doing tv eps as the strips out of a purist dislike of other writers feeling like a poor copy.

  36. >>If you do find them, please don’t post them anywhere because, copyright!

    Understood. As it is, I haven’t found them yet, so it’s moot. *shrug*
    >>They did exist.
    You got them from the same place I did.
    Five years ago!
    I knew it was awhile back, but wow, I hadn’t realized how far. Time flies! Now that I can’t find them, I want to read them. Figures.

    Hey lady, I’ve something to ask you if you remember me. :-)

    You can email me; if you don’t remember the addy, it’s my username at yahoo.

  37. Remember you? Who are you? Goof, of course I remember you! In fact, I’ve been wondering where you’ve been!

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