Florida Fandom

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Title: Florida Fandom
Editor(s): Rick Coy & Ruth Coy
Date(s): 1976-?
Medium: print
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Fandom: Science Fiction, Star Wars, Star Trek
Language: English
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Florida Fandom is a multimedia non-fiction zine edited by Rich and Ruth Coy.

cover of issue #8 (first series), other cover art in gallery


Florida Fandom has been around since 1976 as a Fanzine. We have stayed with the times as well as we could. When we started we woudl [sic] type up articles on an electric typewriter and then cut and pasted them together, using rubber cement, making the zine, and adding press type for the title and pasting on the original artwork. We would then take the paste up to a printer and have it printed off-set. We latter [sic] moved to a computer to type it up on, but we still had to cut and paste to put it together and instead of orignal artwork, we could use photo copies of the artwork. Titles could also be made with the computer. At about this time we changed form off-set printing to the then much cheaper photocopies. (They had dropped from over 25¢ for a one side fuzzy copy to about 7¢ for a two sided sharp copy). Computers and their programs got better and we were able to put together the entire issue on the computer. And in 1996 we went the next step - an online version. Our hopes were for an ever growing site - keeping the orginal departments from teh [sic] zine and adding a few more. We are updating this in April 2011 almost 35 years after Florida Fandom started. October will mark 35 years since issue #1 cmae out (we had an issue zero come out in August of 1996). This is part of a year long celebration of our 35th year...with a new print issue coming out in October, the first in almost 15 years. We are revamping the website, more than once so far. And we now have a Facebook Page."

"Now a little bit about Florida Fandom and how it started. Back in 1976 Ruth and I wanted to start a Florida based fanzine being both for and about Florida fans. Having been introduced to Fanzines by John Ellis (of Star Trek Federation of Fans) adn [sic] having co-editied [sic] with John many fo teh [sic] STFF newszine Tholian Registry, I was ready to start. After a few issue we realized that the zine was for more than just Florida fans, as we had readers and contaaributers [sic] form [sic] all over the country. Most copies were giben [sic] away free in exchange for other zines, artwork and articles. This was sort of an early version of the internet except we depended on snail mail to stay in touch. [1]

Issue 0

Florida Fandom 0 was published in 1976.

Issue 1

Florida Fandom 1 was published in October 1976 and contains 9 pages.

  • article about a party at someone's house
  • photos of George Takei
  • an article about the state of the Star Trek Federation of Fans
  • a list of Star Trek clubs, pro books, fan publications
  • a quiz

Issue 2

Florida Fandom 2 was published in April 1977 and contains ten pages.

  • a review of Logan's Run
  • a report on Southern Fandom Confederation
  • an update on Star Trek clubs
  • Star Trek quiz
  • story contest

Issue 3

Florida Fandom 3 was published in July 1977 and contains fourteen pages.

  • club updates
  • encouragement to send SASEs with correspondance
  • Kirby's Second Marvel-out Age? by Phil Raymondo (article)
  • an ad for Deep South Con
  • letters
  • encouragement to go see Star Wars

Issue 4

Florida Fandom 4 was published in September 1977 and contains fourteen pages.

  • zine update
art from issue #4, unknown artist
  • Star Wars quiz
  • Kirby's Second Marvel-ous Age? by Phil Raymondo (article)
  • The Snodgrass Report
  • some Princess Leia art
  • some Star Wars reviews
  • some con announcements
  • a copy of a Star Wars movie ticket stub
  • some Darth Vader art by Mark Cantrell

Issue 5

Florida Fandom 5 was published in July 1978 and contains about fourteen pages.

  • some club announcements
  • Kirby's secound Marvel-ous Age? by Phil Raymondo (article)
  • a review of the pro book, "Splinter of the Mind's Eye"
  • some art (The Flash) by M. O'Neal
  • a review of the music for Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • some Star Trek cartoons
  • Superheroes of the Tube, article
  • some comic book ads

Issue 6

Florida Fandom 6 was published in April 1979 and contains 16 pages.

  • a fandom profile of Bill Black
  • Kirby's secound Marvel-ous Age? by Phil Raymondo (article)
  • lots of ads
  • photos from a con
  • letters
  • a poem called Day of the Battle, by Mark Cantrell
  • much art

Issue 7

Florida Fandom 7 (first series) was published in October 1979 and contains 16 pages.

  • columns and artwork related to Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. Cover by S. Fox. Other art by Ken Mitchroney. 8 page interview with Ken Mitchroney.

Issue 8

Issue 9

Issue 10

Issue 11

Issue new 1

Issue new 2

Florida Fandom 2 (new series) was 24 pages.

  • columns and artwork related to Star Trek, Star Wars (cartoons), etc. Cover by Jeff Gaither. Column and art by Mark Cantrell.

Issue new 3

Issue new 4

Issue new 5

Florida Fandom 5 (new series) was published in 1988 and contains 16 pages.

  • columns and artwork related to Star Trek, super hero comics, etc. Cover by Jeff Gaither. Other art by S. Fox.

Special Issue 1

This special issue is about female comic book heroines.

Special Issue 2

This special issue is about female comic book heroines. It is subtitled, "Return of the Supergirls."



  1. Florida Fandom's Homepage, accessed January 4, 2012