The Frozen Frog

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The Frozen Frog
Issue 6 March 1993
Cover art by Philippe Labelle
Logo by Ian Gunn

The Frozen Frog was a science fiction fanzine published by Benoit Girard.

The Frozen Frog was published in Guillaume-Boisset, Cap-Rouge, Quebec, Canada. Twelve issues were released between January 1992 to August 1997. The editor described his fanzine as, "a semi personal fanzine...It is centred on science fiction but ranges widely around to include considerations on science, politics, history, gaming, writing, and whatever its reader or editor happen to be interested into."

Dr. Gafia writes of The Frozen Frog, "English-language fanzine published by a relative newcomer (he also publishes one in French) with a sense of humor that is surprisingly lively. An editorial, an article or two and a lettercolumn seems to be the formula for most issues."

Contributions of art work came from Sheryl Birkhead (The National Fantasy Fan), Cathy Buburuz, (Champagne Horror), Brad Foster, Alexis Gilliland, Nola Frame-Gray, Ian Gunn, Linda Hardy, Teddy Harvia, Craig Hilton, Alan Hunter, Steve Jeffery, Bill Kunkel (Four Star Extra, Rats!), Pierre D. Lacroix, Linda Michaels, Jean Pierre Normand, Peggy Ranson, Bill Rotsler, David L. Russell, Cristel Scheja, Marge B. Simon (Star*Line), Diana Stein, Ruth Shields, and Taral Wayne (DNQ, Toronto the Ghood).

Covers were by David L. Russell (#3), Linda Michaels (#4), Charles Monpetit (#5), Philippe Labelle (#6), Pekka Allan Manninen (#7), Steve Stiles (#8, #11), Lynn Margosian (#9), Joe Mayhew (#10), and Bridget Hardcastle (#12).

Contributions of writing included an articles on bookaholics by Valerie Bedard, "Plato in the Night Kitchen" by Alexis Gilliland, misanthropy covered by Marc Ortlieb (Q36, Tigger, The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet), David Palter on Isaac Asimov, Chris Shea on C.J. Cherryh's Faded Sun trilogy, and "A Question of Titles" by Walt Willis, among others.

Issue 3 included a mini-issue of Blanc-Citron, #74, the title Anglicised as Lemon White for this issue.

Ted White, in Apparatchik #66, from August 1996, writes, " I like THE FROZEN FROG. It has become a personal favorite of mine...Benoit projects exactly the right tone for the fanzine, and he attracted a number of regular contributors to the FROG's letter column -- myself among them."

Letters came from Harry Andruschak, Pamela Boal, Ned Brooks (It Goes On The Shelf), Buck Coulson (Yandro), Helen E. Davis, Gary Deindorfer, Sharon Farber, Tom Feller, Don Fitch, John Francis Haines (Handshake), Ben Indick (Ibid), Steve Jeffery, Roy Lavender, Joseph T. Major (Alexiad), Rod Marsden (Prohibited Matter), Michael McKenny (Bardic Runes), Andrew Murdoch, Joseph Nicholas (Vector), Lloyd Penney (Torus), Hans Perrson, Derek Pickles (Phantasmagoria), Andy Sawyer, Harry Warner, Jr. (Horizons), Ted White (Gambit), and W. Andrew York.

Among the ideas originating in the The Frozen Frog was "The Frozen Frog’s Fanartist Collectible Cards Project", where fanartists would create their own collectible cards, As well, in a letter of comment published in The Frozen Frog #9, Franz Miklis originated the idea of the "World Wide Party".

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