John Freeman alerts us to the return, in digital form, of a well loved but long-gone comics fanzine, FA, which started life as the Fantasy Advertiser, back in web format now some two decades after it last saw print. Original editor Martin Skidmore, both a fan and a veteran of the comics biz, is at the helm of this online return for YA, which launched yesterday:
“We hope it will be a stimulating, varied and challenging site about comics. 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, 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.”
The intial contributors include work from Jonathan Bogart, Peter Campbell, Nigel Fletcher, Andrew Littlefield and Martin himself, of course, with content ranging across reviews, features, interviews and a bit of news commentary, plus a regular strip by UK artist Martin Hand. Martin also adds that the site will be evolving from what we see in its initial launch version and new contributors are being actively sought. One to add to your bookmarks.