Comic Fandom Bibliography

By | Thursday, March 25, 2010 1 comment
I've heard from a couple sources now that people seem to be having trouble tracking down books/articles/videos about comic book fandom. Which isn't really surprising, given how few have been written on the subject. So I thought I'd present here the references I've found. Many were directly used/referenced for my book. I'm also providing some science fiction related pieces, as well, since there's a fair degree of overlap between the two. This isn't a complete bibliography for my book, mind you. These are only the pieces that relate directly to fandom; not a comprehensive list, but enough to get most people started, I should think.

Alvermann, Donna and Margaret Hargood. “Fandom and critical media literacy,” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, International Reading Association, February 2000.

Besenyodi, Adam. Deus ex Comica: The Rebirth of a Comic Book Fan, Lulu Press, 2009.

Boucher, DOC, ed. “Inter-Fan Beginnings,” 2005.

Brooker, Will. Batman Unmasked: Analyzing a Cultural Icon, Continuum, 2001.

Brown, Jeffrey A. Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans, University Press of Mississippi, 2001.

Brown, Jeffrey A. “Comic Book Fandom and Cultural Capital,” Journal of Popular Culture, Spring 1997.

Cowan, Laurie. Participate: The Revolution of Fan Culture, 2009.

D’Orazio, Valerie. Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine, 2009.

Draper Carlson, Johanna. “Online Comic Fandom in 1995,” Comics Worth
Reading, 2005.

Fiske, John. “The Cultural Economy of Fandom,” The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media, Routledge, 1992.

Frantz, Ron. Fandom: Confidential, Midguard Publishing, 2000.

Galbraith, Patrick W. The Otaku Encyclopedia, Kodansha International, 2009.

Gray, Jonathan, Cornel Sandvoss and C. Lee Harrington, ed. Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World, New York University Press, 2007.

Hadlock, Tony and Jason Heppler. Done The Impossible: The Fans' Tale of Firefly & Serenity, Done The Impossible, 2006.

Harris, Cheryl and Alison Alexander, ed. Theorizing Fandom: Fans, Subculture and Identity, Hampton Press, 1998.

Hills, Matthew. “Media Fandom, Neoreligiosity, and Cult(ural) Studies,” The Velvet Light Trap, Fall 2000.

Hills, Matthew. Fan Cultures (Sussex Studies in Culture and Communication), Routledge, 2002.

Jenkins, Henry. Confessions of an Aca-Fan, 2006-2009.

Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, New York University Press, 2006.

Jenkins, Henry. Textual Poachers: Television Fans & Participatory Culture, Routledge, 1992.

Kleefeld, Sean. Comic Book Fanthropology, Eight Twenty Press, 2009.

Lynch, Richard. “Preliminary Outline for a Proposed Fan History Book of the 1960s (as yet untitled)”, 2002.

Magnussen, Anne and Hans-Christian Christiansen, ed. Comics Culture: Analytical and Theoretical Approaches to Comics, Museum Tusculanum Press, 2000.

McCallum, Pat. “Wizard Exposed,” Wizard #50, 1995.

Nygard, Roger. Trekkies, Paramount, 1997.

Nygard, Roger. Trekkies 2, Paramount, 2004.

Pustz, Matthew. Comic Book Culture: Fanboys and True Believers, University Press of Mississippi, 1999.

Rubenstein, Anne. Bad Language, Naked Ladies, & Other Threats to the Nation: A Political History of Comic Books in Mexico, Duke University Press, 1998.

Schelly, Bill. Comic Fandom Reader, Hamster Press, 2002.

Schelly, Bill. The Golden Age of Comic Fandom (Revised Edition), Hamster Press, 1999.

Schelly, Bill. Sense of Wonder: A Life in Comic Fandom, Hamster Press, 2001.

Thomas, Roy, ed. Alter Ego #25, 68, TwoMorrows, 2003, 2007.

Tulloch, John and Henry Jenkins. Science Fiction Audiences: Watching Dr. Who and Star Trek, Routledge, 1995.

Warner, Harry. All Our Yesterdays, Advent: Publishers, 1969.

Warner, Harry. A Wealth of Fable, SCIFI Press, 1992.

Wertham, Fredric. The World of Fanzines: A Special Form of Communication, Southern Illinois University Press, 1973.
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Anonymous said...

I believe TwoMorrows would have several applicable books in their catalogue.
And don't forget the excellent Mark Hamill-directed mockumentary Comic Book: The Movie, as so many nails were hit on the head.