Bento is a science fiction fanzine by David D. Levine and Kate Yule.
Bento is a pocket sized fanzine from Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., measuring 4 and a quarter inches by 5 and a half inches, of which twenty issues have been published. The first issue appeared in August 1989, with subsequent issues following yearly.
The editors explain what Bento is; "Oh. Well, in Japan bento is a box lunch, a delightful compilation of strange and interesting tidbits, meticulously arranged. As I said in issue #1, of the first time I encountered some: "Each box was a complete little lunch with a neatness, a self-sufficiency, a unity-in-variety that seems typically Japanese." Exactly what we aspired to in our own pocket-sized offering of words. Bento calls itself, "the fanzine where science fiction fandom and gay square dancing meet.
Contributors of art work included Steve Berry, Kurt Erichsen, Brad Foster, Giovannia Fregni, Ian Gunn, Teddy Harvia, Steve Hunnicutt, David Levine, Sue Mason, and Kate Yule.
Contributors of writing including Laurie Mann and Ariel Shattan.
Letters came from Karen Anderson (Alif), Tracy Benton (Wabe), Pamela Boal, rich brown, John Dallman, Cathy Doyle, Moshe Feder, Brad Foster, George Flynn, E.B. Frohvet, Janice Gelb, Jenny Glover, Steve Green, Teddy Harvia, Arthur D. Hlavaty, Kathryn Mae Ice, Terry Jeeves (ERG), Jerry Kaufman (The Spanish Inquisition), Peter Larsen, Hope Leibowitz, Marilyn Levine, Mark Manning, Luke McGuff, Lynn Ann Morse, Joseph Nicholas (Vector), Ulrike O'Brien, Bruno Ogorolec, Lloyd Penney (Torus), Yvonne Penney, Vicki Rosenzweig, Ian Sorenson, Candi Strecker, Roger Waddington, Donald Wileman and William Yule.