Yes, we’re back again. After a three-month dry spell through the summer, our September issue broke open the flood gates. Our writers have been busy finalizing new works, and we hope to bring you several new issues before the end of the year.
This issue continues the second section of our ongoing Black Idol story arc. These new stories feature two journeys that converge in the village of Kenna, which is located at the head of the Coldwell River, several days’ travel upstream from the city of Dargon. We begin with the first chapter in Dafydd’s three-part “Darningfly Caper”, and conclude with the second chapter of “Idol Hands”, written by Jon Evans.
I’d like to take a second to reintroduce you to Jon. He’s one of the project’s longtime leaders, having served for years as assistant editor, treasurer, and archivist. Jon led the push to get the Dargon Project incorporated, and has continued to work hard to secure our non-profit status. DargonZine’s success is thanks in great part to his contributions over the years.
Jon first joined the group back in 1989. During the thirteen-year span from 1989 to 2001, he had at least one story printed in DargonZine every year except one. That’s an incredible record of consistency.
However, his last story appeared back in July 2001, and Jon hasn’t printed a story in more than four years. That is, of course, until last month, when he returned to print with the first chapter of “Idol Hands”, his three-part contribution to the Black Idol arc. This issue includes part two of Jon’s story, and I’m delighted to be able to use this space to welcome Jon back to the pages of DargonZine. Part three will follow in a few months.
Jon has undergone a lot of change in the past year, including buying a house, getting married, and the impending birth of his first child. Although he’s building a family of his own, he’s also a firm part of our family too, so we hope to keep him engaged and actively writing for the magazine. We’re happy to have him back, and pleased to present you with his contribution to the long-awaited Black Idol story arc.