Focal Point

1. An Historical Fannish Rallying Point

In fanhistory, a focal point is a fanzine or group considered central to a particular fannish era. In particular, in a Numbered Fandom, the focal point is the zine that most exemplified and defined the period, the quintessential zine a fan had to read to be considered truly a part of the era. In post-numerical eras, conventions or online communities have sometimes been called "focal points," but this is a controversial usage.

2. A Fanzine by Mike McInerney, Arnie Katz and Rich Brown

Mike McInerney and Rich Brown published about 25 issues of the modestly named Focal Point, a "fanzine of news, views and reviews," during the mid-1960s. The complete run can be found at http://efanzines.com/FocalPoint/index.htm

Brown and Arnie Katz revived the Focal Point title for a second and third volume in the early '70s.

Volume 1 (Mike McInerney and Rich Brown)
Issue Date Pages Notes
1 January 8, 1965 2
2 January 1965 24 Included Barricini #1
3 February 1965 2
4 March 1965 6
5 March 1965 4
6 March 1965 6
7 April 1965
8 May 1965
9 May 1965 6
10 June 1965 6
11 June 1965 2
12 July 1965 8
13 August 1965 2
14 September 1965 6
15 November 1965 4
16 November 7, 1965 4 Features a Rotsler cartoon and an account of crashers at a LASFS Halloween party, who injured Owen Hennifen and Dian Pelz with a knife and gun.
17 December 1965 4
18 January 8, 1966 2
19 January 1966 2
20 February 1966 4 Fan-Noise #1 was a rider
21 1966 4
22 mid-August 1966 4
23 June 25, 1966 This was apparently a hoax issue by an unknown 3rd party
23 1966 2 Special Tricon Issue, ed. by Mike McInerney only
Volume 2 (Rich Brown and Arnie Katz)
Issue Date Pages Notes
6 June 1970
7 June 22, 1970 16
8 July 1970
9 July 1970 12
10 August 1970
11 August 1970
12 August 1970 10
12.5 1970 54 Special Bob Shaw issue
13 September 1970 12
14 September 1970
15 October 12, 1970 16
16 October 1970 18
17 November 9, 1970 22
18 November 23, 1970 12
19 December 7, 1970 12
20 December 21, 1970 20
21 January 4, 1971 18
22 January 1971 12
23 February 1, 1971
24 February 15, 1971
25 March 1, 1971 12
26 July 1972 36 Date is correct and on issue
27 March 29, 1971 12
28 April 12, 1971
29 April 26, 1971 12
30 May 31, 1971 14 Final issue of Volume 2
Volume 3 (Rich Brown and Arnie Katz)
Issue Date Pages Notes
31 (V3.1) July 6, 1971 30
32 (V3.2) August 17, 1971 36
(V3.3) October 1971
34 (V3.4) November 6, 1971 24
35 (V3.5) July 1972 Final issue

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