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Titles of Interest – It Happens at Comic-Con: Ethnographic Essays on a Pop Culture Phenomenon

It Happens at Comic-Con: Ethnographic Essays on a Pop Culture Phenomenon (McFarland, 2014), edited by Ben Bolling and Matthew J. Smith This collection of 13 new essays employs ethnographic methods to investigate San Diego’s Comic-Con International, the largest annual celebration of the popular arts in North America. Working from a common grounding in fan studies, […]

Dark Horse: March 22 is Hellboy Day

Dark Horse Comics designated March 22 Hellboy Day to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the comic. Read more here.

Salt Lake Comic Con Expands to Include Second Event for 2014

I attended the 2013 Salt Lake Comic Con as a media representative, and was invited to their press conference today but was unable to attend. After the event they released the following press release. Salt Lake City will see not one, but two fan conventions in 2014! Salt Lake Comic Con Is Baaack! With Great […]

CFP – Larger Than Life: Superheroes at the Box Office

CALL FOR PAPERS Larger Than Life: Superheroes at the Box Office An area of multiple panels for the 2013 Film & History Conference on Making Movie$: The Figure of Money On and Off the Screen November 20-24, 2013 Madison Concourse Hotel (Madison, WI) www.filmandhistory.org/The2013FilmHistoryConference.php DEADLINE for abstracts: July 1, 2013 AREA: “Larger Than Life: Superheroes […]

Call for Proposals: Comics & Popular Arts Conference at Dragon*Con

Comics & Popular Arts Conference The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed. 6th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, […]

Podcast Interview at ComicAttack.net

I am the guest in a podcast interview with Jeff Jackson of ComicAttack.net in his column “Comics Are My Religion.” In the podcast Jeff and I discuss my background and approach to the fantastic, the spiritual significance of science fiction and its fandom, and new books worth picking up that probe the fantastic more deeply. […]

Call for Papers: Northeast Modern Language Association

Calls for papers: Comic books and graphic novels 44th Annual Convention Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) March 21 to 24, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts Hosted by Tufts University “Panels and Pedagogy: Teaching the Graphic Novel” This panel works towards understanding and adding to emerging pedagogies of the graphic novel and other forms of illustrated works. What […]

Call for Papers and Presentations: Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture

Call for Papers and Presentations: Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture 2013 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association http://www.swtxpca.org Please make plans to attend our 34th Annual Conference February 13-16, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico Hyatt Regency Albuquerque The area chair seeks papers/presentations on Graphic Novels […]

Arlen Schumer’s ComiColumn: RIP Joe Kubert

Along with his contemporaries, Carmine Infantino and Gil Kane, Joe Kubert entered the comic book field in the 1940s as a teenager drawing for DC Comics, then went on to become one of the giants of the medium, an artist whose style is unmistakable – and unforgettable, the most expressive pen-and-brush comic book artist of […]

Batman and Psychology: Podcast Interview with Travis Langley

Within moments of the Aurora, Colorado shooting at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, media speculation began as to alleged causes in popular culture that may have helped lead to this event. Some of the causes included aspects of fantastic popular culture, including The Dark Knight Rises, Batman, and dark fantasy films. But are […]

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