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Woo, Benjamin, et al. "Theorizing Comic Cons." Journal of Fandom Studies 8. (2020): 9–31. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1386/jfs_00007_1
BibTeX citation key: Woo2020a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Comic book industry, Empirical research, Fandom, USA
Creators: Beaty, Campbell, Johnson, Woo
Collection: Journal of Fandom Studies
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When comics fandom emerged as a distinct media-oriented community in the 1960s, one of the things it brought with it from science-fiction fandoms was the convention. Buoyed by the synergistic relationship between Hollywood and the San Diego Comic-Con and the growing prominence of `geek' culture, comic conventions, comic art festivals and related media fandom events across North America have enjoyed enhanced prestige, attention and attendance over the last fifteen to twenty years. But what kind of event are these `con events'? This article builds on a cultural mapping survey of convention organizers. The survey's goal was to suggest something of the scope and diversity of the contemporary sector. Behind this variation, we define the con event as an organizational and cultural form that is (1) oriented to media, (2) audience-facing and (3) concerned with circulation.
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