Return to the Planet | 星に帰り A Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Zine
Return to the Planet: A FFVII 25th Anniversary Zine is a free digital zine, created in 2021-2022 in honour of the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII's release. We invited artists, fanfiction writers and nonfiction writers to contribute to this 8-month long collaborative project. This zine celebrates the incredible impact that Final Fantasy VII has had upon the world — and upon our lives.
As of January 31, 2022, we are excited to announce that the zine is available for download! Please check it out below.
Read/Download the Zine (Google Drive)
What's in the Zine?
Return to the Planet is a curated anthology of art, fanfiction and nonfiction about the original Final Fantasy VII. No compilation content is included. The zine aims to celebrate the spirit of the original game, which has many different tones and topics. Accordingly, this is a gen-focused zine that should be appropriate for teen-and-up audiences. Sensitive topics covered include: violence, death, mental illness, medical trauma, grief, and climate change.
Support Us (and Get More Stuff!)
If you've enjoyed this project, please consider donating to the Rainforest Foundation US to help protect our Planet. Those who donate at least $1 USD will also recieve access to our digital merch bundle. This bundle includes an augmented reality postcard, print-at-home stickers, a custom FFVII font, phone and desktop backgrounds, colouring pages, and a quiz that tells you your Jenova infection level!
You can also leave a comment for our talented and hard-working contributors about your thoughts on the zine!
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About our Contributors
Director / Fanfiction Writer
Hi, I'm Rose! Co-director of Return to the Planet, fanfic writer, new to FFVII but a lover of OG. FFVII was the only thing that got me through quarantine in one piece, and words truly cannot express how much I love this game and how dear it is to me.
Production Lead / Artist
“Tofu is a very talented cryptid weaned on FFVII juice.” — Bel
Nonfiction / Merch Mod
I'm darthplagal, a non-fiction coordinator, and my introduction to RPGs came via a rented copy of Final Fantasy IV when I was eight. FFVII came out the year I turned 12, and I got to know it through its legendary OST before actually sitting down and playing it for myself when I was 30. "Earning" One-Winged Angel in its original context was a special moment on par with actually finishing the game.
Subdee, fanwriter, new to FF7 but old to fandom. I'm the communications mod and also an organizer for the Hunter x Hunter Big Bang. You can find my more recent work in Bulletproof Heart: A Barret Zine and Milestones: A Killugon Zine. Final Fantasy VII (1997), with its strong pro-environmental themes and anti-corporate, anti-capitalist message, becomes more relevant every year; I played the original game for the first time last July and fell for it immediately.
Beta Reader / Fanfiction Writer
I'm a fanfiction writer who mostly focuses on my favorite game, Final Fantasy 7. Lover of curry.
Beta Reader / Nonfiction Writer
I'm Mo (or materiodic), I've been a fan of Final Fantasy since I was a wee child, and FFVII was one of the first I fell in love with. I sometimes dabble in making fanart, fics, graphics, and meta posts. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s contributions!
Harry Mackin is a writer from Minneapolis. He would very much like to join AVALANCHE. If the FBI reads this zine, that's a joke.
Hi, I’m Mary! I’ve been a fan of this game and Aerith in particular since it came out, in fact it’s probably the whole reason I’m in fandom at all. FFVII is very close to my heart and is probably one of the biggest contributors to my worldview as I was growing up, it’s no surprise that some of my most cherished relationships have been made through it.
Hi! I'm WIISH. I like weird fiction, surrealism, abstract concepts and Lovecraftian horror. I'm autistic, and use my differing view of the world to offer a unique perspective on media I enjoy. I can't sleep because I can't stop thinking about art.
Ardwynna has been writing for FFVII since the early days, and credits the game for inspiring some of the greatest adventures of her life. An avid gardener, traveler, cook, cosplayer & doctor, she lives in a cottage with her equally fannish spouse and their pack of rescued canines.
Greenjudy discovered FFVII in 1997 and it has remained her favorite video game of all time. A writer and editor by trade, she has been creating FFVII fanfic since 2010. Her favorite song on the OG soundtrack is "Anxiety." Favorite FFVII place: the dark heart of Midgar.
Cor has fond memories of playing the OG FFVII on PlayStation with her brother. It is the game that sparked her love for the Final Fantasy series, which she carries with her to this day. Her favorites include: Cloud, Tifa, and the Turks.
ash. semi-online shitposter discovered in the wild and somehow deemed worthy enough to participate. played ff7 at the beginning of 2021 and loved it. still in the process of developing opinions on the thing, gamboling around like a newborn giraffe, etc. draws sometimes.
A horror focused artist and writer driven to convey complex emotions and atmosphere.
I'm an hobby artist from Spain. I played FFVII back in '99 and since then I couldn't stop think about it and its characters! I was alone in my love for this game back then but now with remake It feels like I have a second chance to enjoy it!! It feels like to be in my teens again.
Howdy, its Doc, your favourite sharpshooting Scotsman! I've loved ff7 since I was only just out of diapers, and I'm so happy to return back to the original game designs that i grew up with! I cant wait to create art for you all and show you my perspective of 1997 classic game.
Hi I'm Jialu!! I'm a nonbinary illustrator and I'm super excited to be apart of this project!! FFVII is one of my favorite games of all times, I currently replaying it and excited to revisit my favorites characters again!!
Greetings, Lenn here !
I'm a freelance illustrator based in France who has a soft spot for JRPGs, nature and gothic artworks. Final Fantasy VII always had a very special place in my heart, and being able to celebrate its 25th anniversary as a contributor in this zine is an honour !
My name's Emily and I've been doodling ever since I can remember! The original FF7 captivated me like no other game when I first experienced it, and it has served as a major source of inspiration for my creative fun ~ ✨
I'm a French who has been writing forever and drawing "seriously" since about 14 years old when I decided I wanted to get better at drawing Sephiroth's face. Lover of stinky cheese, pianist, general scatter-brain who enjoys getting into way too many projects at the same time.
An Illustrator from Massachusetts who loves chickens and video games.
i'm an interdisciplinary artist and my job mostly involves inhaling a lot of sawdust. i also like to draw. i really love stories with complex narratives, well rounded casts, and shapes that look like they would crunch if you put them in your mouth, so FF7 was pretty much just bait.
Hi there! I'm Reb, a big fan of FFVII, specially of the original game. I live in Spain and I love drawing, writing and playing videogames. FFVII was my inspiration to start to draw when I was 10 and I'm so honored to participate in this fantastic zine.
Steph Blakey is a storyboard supervisor and papercut artist. She played FFVII when it originally came out and is a champion of the snowboarding minigame. Her favourite summon is Knights of the Round because it takes forever. One day she'll play the remake...
I've drawn Hojo so many times and I'm ready to backslide
Return to the Planet is an unofficial fan project that is not affiliated with Square-Enix.