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Bolling, Ben and Matthew J. Smith, eds. It Happens at Comic-Con: Ethnographic essays on a pop culture phenomenon. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2014. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-7694-7
BibTeX citation key: Bolling2014
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, Fandom, USA
Creators: Bolling, Smith
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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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, these individual explorations examine a range of cultural practices at an event drawing crowds of nearly 125,000 each summer.
Investigations range from the practices of fans costuming themselves to the talk of corporate marketers. The collection seeks to expand fan studies, exploring Comic-Con International more deeply than any publication before it.

Table of Contents

Matthew Pustz: Foreword: Visiting Comic-Con, Revisiting Comic Book Culture (1)
Matthew J. Smith: Introduction: The Pilgrimage to Comic-Con (9)

I. Identity and Play at Comic-Con
Kane Anderson: Actualized Fantasy at Comic-Con and the Confessions of a “Sad Cosplayer” (15)
Catherine Thomas: “Love to Mess with Minds”: En(gendering) Identities Through Crossplay (29)

II. Gendered Fandom
Ben Bolling: Queer Conversations: LGBTIQ Consumer/Producer Interface at Comic-Con and the Intransitive Writing of Comics (40)
Lisa H. Kaplan: Soaring to New (?) Heights: Cute, Tough, Geek Girls and Post-Feminist Discourse (52)
Melissa Miller: You Don’t Own Me: The Representation of Twilight Fandom (63)

III. Negotiating Fandom Through Communicative Practice
Brian Swafford: “What Can You Tell Me About [Blank]?” Exploring the Social Rules of Fan Talk (76)
Jon Judy and Brad Palmer: Facing Front True Believers: Panels as Exercises in Image Management (88)
Chad Wertley: “You are not a true geek, I am”: The Role of Communicative Aggression in Geek Culture (102)

IV. Technology and Participation
Cameron Catalfu: “Ask me about my zombie plan”: Fan Dissection and Female Participation in RedvsBlue (116)
Tanya D. Zuk: Where Are the Web Shows? (128)

V. Attending Con
Regina C. Gasser: What Are We Waiting For? A Look at Line Culture (142)
Christian Sager: Tense Proximities Between CCI’s Comic Book Consumers, Fans and Creators (153)
Michael J. Tornes: The Volunteer Experience: Meaning, Motivation and Role Conflict in a Temporary Organization (169)

Randy Duncan and Peter M. Coogan: Afterword (183)

References (187)
About the Contributors (195)
Index (199)

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