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Woo, Benjamin. "Understanding understandings of comics: Reading and collecting as media-oriented practices." Participations 9.2 2012. Accessed 8 Dec. 2012. <http://www.participatio ... /Issue%202/12%20Woo.pdf>. 
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Resource type: Web Article
Language: en: English
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BibTeX citation key: Woo2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: Empirical research, Fandom
Creators: Woo
Collection: Participations
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Much writing about comic books and comic-book culture assumes we all know what a comic-book fan is and what she or, more often, he does. This may be premature. The audiences of comic books and graphic novels are best understood as participants in a set of socio-cultural practices. ‘Audiencing’ thus relies on skills and tastes acquired through participation in a community of fellow reader–practitioners. This article draws on qualitative research in comic-bookstores and interviews with a small group of current and former audience members to explore the range of practices oriented to contemporary comic books, paying particular attention to the emerging divide between readers and collectors. The rise of graphic novels and of ‘slabbed’ collector’s comics both signal a new autonomy of reading and collecting from each other. What it means to be part of the audience of comic books depends very much on what practice(s) one actually undertakes as an audience member.
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