Fan Studies Network

Fanthropology: Fans vs Fandom

Today's question is: can you be a fan without being in fandom? And it's corollary: can you be in fandom without being a fan? Perhaps counter-intuitively, the answer to both is "yes." Let's start with some...
Eclipse

Fanthropology: Eclipse Chasers

Today, a total solar eclipse will be visible across much of the United States. Despite the vast amount of hype surrounding the event, total solar eclipses actually aren't all that rare, occurring roughly about...
GeekGirlCon

Fanthropology: Internal Strife

This past weekend, all five members of GeekGirlCon's operations team resigned in a fairly public manner, using the corporate email to send a message to attendees, vendors, and everyone else on their mailing...
Two Guys & Guy

Webcomics Wednesday: Getting News

Often for these columns, I use whatever the webcomics news of the day (or week, if things are slow) as a launching point. This week, I did something I tried something I normally don't bother with when it comes...
June Foray, SDCC 1973

Fanthropology: SDCC & Pop Culture

Comic-Con International just wrapped up in San Diego and, by all the accounts I've seen, was generally a rousing success. I didn't see any reports of Twilight fans getting bullied, no one was stabbed in the...