Your friendly neighbourhood popular culture fanatic


A not-entirely-accurate portrait of myself, produced by Gavin Mitchell.

I’m Fred McNamara, an adventurer in the depths of popular culture. Well, perhaps more of a rambler… Where there’s a comic, film, TV show or book that needs to be torn apart, waxed lyrical about and stitched back together, I’m there. I have a particular love for writing about independent and small press comics, cult television and retro science fiction.

I’ve written for a variety of websites, blogs, magazines and fanzines as a reviewer, features writer and interviewer. You can find my work at We Are the Mutants, Your Chicken EnemyWe Are Cult, ComicScene UK, Starburst Magazine and Andersonic. My work has also appeared in anthologies published by Watching Books and Who Dares Publishing. I’ve previously written for the British Science AssociationPopMatters, WhatCulture, ScreenRelish, Grovel, Flickering Myth and the Official Gerry Anderson blog. I’m also a Rotten Tomatoes certified film critic – I’ve contributed to the Tomatometer! I receive no royalties for such a privilege however, so it probably amounts to very little…

My debut book!

From 2014 to 2020, I also served as the Official Sidekick for A Place To Hang Your Cape. I can only assume my Editor-in-Cape had to deal with a rogues gallery of bootleg sidekicks before I came along. In this role, I acted as the website’s senior editor, making sure we produced some darn fine articles covering the superhero medium in TV/film and championing independent/small press comic books, liaising with comic creators and publishers in supporting their work via reviews, interviews and more. I also previously ran Sequential 21 (formerly known as Operation Megaventures), a blog dedicated to reviewing comic strips from TV Century 21.

Because I’m a firm believer in having too much to do, I’ve also written a book. Spectrum is Indestructible is an unofficial celebration of the cult sci-fi Supermarionation TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Published in February 2020 by Chinbeard Books and Spiteful Puppet and packed with episode reviews, spin-off retrospectives, interviews with those who worked on the show and more, it’s a nerdy nirvana for Captain Scarlet fans.

Whilst I noodle away on new projects, I’ve also recently stepped into the world of comic book editing. I currently serve as one of the story editors on the science-fantasy title Reanimator Incorporated.

You can check out a portfolio of my digital work here. I’m always on the lookout for writing projects to get involved with, so if you’re after a contributing writer for your website or magazine, feel free to get in touch via the contact page!

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