Our founding editor, Martin Skidmore, edited and published a magazine about comics called FA for some years, over 20 years ago, stopping when he was too busy editing a line of comics called Trident. FA still has a lingering good reputation with old comic fans, so the name was used again here.
FA wasn’t the full original name: before Martin’s time it had been called Fantasy Advertiser, but he changed it to the short form for lots of reasons:
1. It didn’t sound like a sexual contacts mag.
2. It didn’t sound as if it would be mostly adverts.
3. He didn’t like the implication that comics and fantasy should be inherently linked.
4. Most people routinely referred to it as FA anyway.
5. He liked the meaning of the term in the phrase “sweet FA”.
2010’s online revival of this former print comics fanzine was one of the things that gave Martin a great deal of enjoyment in what, tragically, turned out to be the last few months of his life.
Three of his friends – Tony Keen, Andrew Moreton, and Will Morgan – have pooled our resources to keep FA alive as a source for comics discussion, history and criticism.
We hope that you will support us by visiting frequently, commenting, recommending us to your friends, and by contributing articles, features, reviews, interviews or short strips.
We aim to retain FA’s distinctive balance as “the serious fanzine with a sense of fun”, and to produce a website that Martin would have enjoyed – and, that you will too! Please let us know if you think we’re getting it right.