Sweet! FA returns after 20 years in onine form

FA - Fantasy Advertiser - LogoFor many years, FA magazine – originally published as Fantasy Advertiser – was arguably the best comics fanzine in Britain, but 20 years ago publication sadly ceased.

We’re delighted to report that it’s back, in sparkling online form, run by old editor Martin Skidmore.

“We hope it will be a stimulating, varied and challenging site about comics,” says Martin. “We have lots of the same old writers and lots of new ones, including some top critics of other art forms.”

“I am ambitious about this site,” he adds. “I want it to be great, and to advance the form of comics criticism. The launch content is a decent start, I like to think, but I am aiming higher. There are a few world-rated critics of music and movies, for instance, who have promised contributions, and I am hoping they will bring a fresh perspective and approach.”

Contributors include writers included in ‘best music writing in the world’ books, or who have been invited to vote in Sight & Sound’s 10-yearly polls as one of the world’s leading movie critics.

Initial contributors include Jonathan Bogart, Peter Campbell, Nigel Fletcher, Comics Journal writer Andrew Littlefield, Ian Moore (author of the Inuit Panda blog), Will Morgan (co-owner of London’s 30th Century Comics shop) and, of course, Martin himself, who edited FA way back in the 1980s.

Martin also edited at Trident Comics, which included work by Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Mark Millar, Eddie Campbell and others. He’s been a comic fan since being reintroduced to them (especially Steve Gerber’s work) as a teenager. These days he is mostly enthusiastic about manga and old comic strips, but still follows some of those creators he briefly worked with.

FA will feature reviews, features, interviews, news commentary, a new regular comic by ace British talent Martin Hand, and more. Content will be added on a daily basis.

“We want more good contributors, so go to the site and email us if you might be interested,” says Martin.

• Visit FA online at www.comiczine-fa.com

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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