Whoosh! Issue 75 - 
January/February 2003
Editor's Page

From the Graphics Editor:
The Night Of The Cord Cutting
From the Guest Editor: Cynthia Ward Cooper
Amazons A-Go-Go

From the Graphics Editor:

Well it's a new year and here we are closer to Year Two since Xena ended.

Reflecting the decline in interest, Whoosh! will be updated in a big way every other month instead of every month. But of course we hope to make up for in quality what is lacking in quantity. Who knows, we may all surf the tides of fandom once more if the show is rediscovered by large numbers of fans. Will the show simply be a reflection of its time or will it be picked up again by a new generation? Time will tell.

In the meantime, you can tick off the days with another nifty Xena calendar.

Read a few new articles and flip through some old related ones.

Check out the message board and sift through discussions on a boatload of new shows, with a little something to offer just about anyone.

In my case, I've stumbled across an offering on cable called Adult Swim - cartoons for grownups, essentially, though sophisticated littlies could be allowed to watch as well, especially if supervised. Americans have a lot of odd hang-ups about some things - sex and/or love is bad, but violence is OK? Sheesh. I don't go for the robot stuff, but I'm absolutely fascinated by Inuyasha. I'm sure it's just my own twisted taste, but there's something appealing about a guy who's half-demon who can't decide which way to go, only to be further confused by a hot chick who shows up to vex him further. Life imitating art? Maybe.

But then, who couldn't use a little of that?

"Sit boy!"



Bret Ryan Rudnick
Whoosh! Executive Committee
24 December 2002
Hermosa Beach, California

From the Guest Editor, Cynthia Ward Cooper:

When Kym asked me to guest-edit the Totally Amazon & 75th issue special issue, I accepted with some trepidation. "What do I have to do?" I asked. "Not to worry," she replied, "You just have to write an editorial." "About anything in particular?" I asked. "Well...something about AMAZONS might be appropriate," she replied, as only Kym can.

I gave it some thought. The various Amazon tribes have been an important thematic undercurrent throughout the six seasons of Xena. Amazons have always captured women's popular imaginations, and were very intriguingly portrayed in the series. With Gabrielle's initiation into the tribe, they became more than peripheral characters--they were an integral part of the growth of both Xena and Gabrielle as women and as warriors. Moreover, the Amazons' alternative views on society and government provided a needed counterpoint to the otherwise utterly patriarchal classical world, and illustrated the point that women don't have to look or behave like men in order to be powerful in their own right. They are a worthy addition to the Xena mythos.

So it is with great pride that I offer Whoosh's tribute to the Amazons and its 75th issue. I hope you enjoy it, and that it enhances your appreciation of the show and of these unique women warriors.

Cynthia Ward Cooper
Guest Editor, Issue #75
Senior Technical Producer
Dallas, Texas
December 31, 2002

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