I have actually reached that age where I realize that am far too old for conventions. Last year, I went to SMASH and it was just much too big and too crazy. And while I did enjoy meeting my new friends in Australia as well as seeing that muscled Portgas D. Ace at the con, I couldn’t say that I felt at home with Australia’s anime and manga community after SMASH.
So I’m happy to have participated…
+Paul Booth from the “Future of Fanworks” chat with fan studies authors, going on right now. Join in!
I think the biggest change I’ve seen to fandom is its incredible visibility in recent years. As digital technology increases the availability of fandom (and the texts that fans are fans of), it has become more common to be seen as a fan — perhaps not completely de-stigmatized, but more recognized by the industry and by everyday people. I’m not sure if the geeks shall inherent the earth yet — but it’s getting close
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