Welcome to the second issue of WHOOSH! The Journal of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF XENA STUDIES (IAXS).

IAXS is a voluntary amateur organization of arm- chair scholars who wish to devote time to the contemplation and study of all things to do with the world-wide syndicated television show, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS (XWP) and to share their findings in a supportive and creative environment.

WHOOSH! was created as the repository for the creative output of IAXS members. Membership to IAXS only requires that each member make at least one contribution to WHOOSH! once per year.

This issue was possible only through the hard work of IAXS members who submitted some very thought provoking and fun papers, and the technical and creative help of Betsy Book, the On-Line WHOOSH! Designer and Tricia Murphy, the IAXS Webpage Editor. Without these people's dedication and service, above and beyond the call of duty, you would not be reading this.

WHOOSH! will strive to be eclectic and entertaining. We will try to offer varying viewpoints on the general to the specific, from the popular to the arcane. You should be able to get a very intense Xena fix whenever you visit our pages. We want you to reminisce, laugh, ponder, and mostly, be entertained.

Whoosh! could not have been possible without the help of it's staff and contributors.


WHOOSH! Editor-in-Chief: Kym Masera Taborn
VITAE: BA History 1980. MA Early Music Performance Practice 1984. and JD 1991. When not busy with various Xena or Star Trek activities, Kym practices law for the federal government in the southern San Joaquin Valley in California. She is currently serving appointed terms on both the Hearing Board for the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District and for the Greater Kern County Legal Aid Society. Kym was the founder and first Chairman of the Board for IAXS. She also edits RESISTANCE IS FUTILE, a Star Trek parody newsletter, and XENA MEDIA REVIEW, a XWP world press review. Kym is 38 and lives in Bakersfield, CA with Wes, her tolerant husband of ten years, and Ira, her eight year-old son. Both her and Ira have their own 5 inch Xena action figure. E-mail address: Web address:

WHOOSH! On-Line Design Editor: Betsy Book
VITAE: Betsy Book is a graduate student in Art History at the City University of New York. She is also a freelance Web designer. In addition to Whoosh! she maintains a Web zine called "Eat This", a guide to cheap eats in New York City and TalkBack!, a zine about art and technology. She is 26 years old and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Betsy would like to thank Richard Carter Jr. for his help with images for Issue 2.

IAXS Web Page Editor: Tricia Murphy
VITAE: Tricia Murphy is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature. She has previously written columns for the publication RESISTANCE IS FUTILE and continues to write upon occasion when the mood hits. Besides writing, her hobbies include HTML coding and graphics. Tricia is 34 years old and resides in the Pacific Northwest with her boyfriend, two children, two cats, one iguana, and a box turtle. Favorite episodes of Xena so far are: "Mortal Beloved" and "A Royal Couple of Thieves".


Richard Carter Jr.
"The Hero's Path: Gabrielle as Focal Hero in Xena: Warrior Princess"
IAXS Research Project 015
VITAE: A screenwriter and graphics artist who graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1985, Richard Carter Jr. has worked as a computer programmer and as a freelance sports photographer. He currently resides in the desert southwest of the United States where he runs his own company, CJ Creative Services (

Peter H. Huang
"Law and Economics in Xena, Warrior Princess"
IAXS Research Project 042
VITAE: Peter H. Huang is currently a third year law student. He has taught economics at several institutions, including Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, and USC. Probably the most relatively unique thing about him is having gone to college at 14 and grad school in applied math at 17. He loved the Bionic Woman & thinks of Xena as the bionic woman of the '90s'.

Julia Medina, transcriber
"The Annotated 'Warrior Princess'"
IAXS Research Project 043
VITAE: Julia Medina is a Xena fan and helps Kym out by doing lots of transcribing.

Clayton J. Powers
"The Battle of Corinth"
IAXS Research Project #08
VITAE: BA MA International Relations concentrating in National Security Studies State University of New York At Albany. 1988. Single. Born 1/22/1954. Hobbies, Military History, Current Events, Computers. Supercop. #Xena/Herc Channel on Dalnet. Board Member IAXS.

Kym Masera Taborn
"Warrior Princess: the Beginning of it All"
Special to Whoosh!
"The Annotated 'Warrior Princess'"
IAXS Research Project 043
VITAE: See above

Debbie White
"Was Xena Ever Really Evil?"
IAXS Research Project 046
VITAE:Debbie White is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and is currently studying Animal Science at Southern IL University at Carbondale. She is 20 years old, single, and has watched Xena since the first Sins of the Past (i.e., the beginning).


Officers of the Board (All Hail the Board)
Chairman: Kym Taborn (
General busy body & insomniac
Vice Chairman: Tricia Murphy (
IAXS Webpage Princess

Members of the Board (All Hail the Board)

Karen Maeda Allman (

Betsy Book (
Whoosh! Web Edition Coordinator

Patti Casciano (

Clayton J. Powers (
Military/Political Affairs Advisor

Gerilyn Bosse (

A special thanks to Tom Simpson and Carol Burrell who graciously allowed Whoosh! to use images from their own fabulous XWP Web sites. (Thanks to CJ for capturing the images on the Logomancy site!) We encourage all Xenites to go immediately to and Logomancy. (Well, as soon as you're finished with Whoosh!)


WHOOSH! is the Journal of the International Association of Xena Studies (IAXS), an amateur fan-run organization devoted to the extreme study and analysis of all things remotely related to the world-wide syndicated television show XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, a property of MCA/Universal Television. WHOOSH! is the repository of the research produced by IAXS members. WHOOSH! is released the 17th of every month. It is distributed on the World Wide Web and as a text version to members via internet e-mail. WHOOSH! is published and edited by Kym Masera Taborn through IAXS. Copyright 1996, Kym Masera Taborn. WHOOSH! in no way intends to infringe upon the rights of holders of copyrights referred to in this non-profit fan publication. All original stories and artwork are copyrighted to the authors. WHOOSH!, IAXS, and Kym Masera Taborn holds an unlimited reprint license on all original material appearing in this publication.

DISCLAIMER: No author received a hernia from weighing massive issues or by writing enormous articles about Xena: Warrior Princess in this publication.

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