Jim Capparell, a computer programmer working at NASA, was writing software for a research program studying motion sickness, using Atari computers donated by Peter Rosenthal at Atari. He started a user group with a newsletter called the Atari Bay Area Computer Users Society (ABACUS). He was an avid computer magazine collector and decided to leave his job at NASA and start a magazine for Atari users, choosing the name of the computers graphics chip for the name of the magazine. Antic became the most successful of the Atari magazines, it had the largest circulation and widest distribution worldwide, was the first to provide checksumming routines to error-check type-in listings and was the first magazine to include a pack-in floppy disk. In early 1982, the first few issues were made on Jim's kitchen table. Antic had a successful Public Domain software library which included the type-in software from the issues along with other PD from Atari users. When Atari closed the APX in 1984, Antic took over soliciting new titles as Antic Software and republished some APX titles as APX Classics from Antic. The magazine ran for 88 issues before rolling into STart, an Antic publishing title for the Atari ST, which also folded less than a year later.