An appreciation or tribute zine equates to a testimonial dinner in print. Basically a festschrift, a fanzine published to honor a specific person. It may be a fanthology of the honoree's work or of encomiums by other fen. Appreciation zines gather material about a particular pro or fan, from various writers, artists, etc. (sometimes secretly, with the intent of surprising the subject).
Examples include Ole! Chavela (done for Isobel Burbee in 1960), Forry! (done for Ackerman's 50th birthday in 1966), A Fanzine for Bjohn and Share the Rapp (wedding celebration zines for the Trimbles and the Rapps, respectively, in 1960 and 1961), the zine done by New York fans for Hank Davis's birthday in the early 1970s, and several issues of George Laskowski's Lan's Lantern. Lan's Lantern #9 (1979, for instance, was "A Jack Williamson Special.")
Probably the most notable ever pubbed was the Willish of Warhoon.
|From Fancyclopedia 2 Supplement, ca. 1960
|This should have been tied in with a mundane notion: it's the nearest approximation to the German word Festschrift, used in mundane (mostly scientific) circles to refer to a one-shot collection of articles dedicated to, though not necessarily about, some figure being specifically honored. With us, of course, the articles almost always have some connection -- however oblique -- the the vic...uh, honoree.