Considering how crucially comic book marketing depends on loyal customers, especially fans, and to how great an extent the ever‐expanding franchises surrounding Marvel’s or DC’s comic worlds rely on user participation and fandom, it seems striking that the connection between Comics Studies and Fan Studies has hardly been explored in any great detail so far.
Is this because Comics Studies focus on the text and Fan Studies on its recipient? At least in Germany, Comics Studies have strong roots in (Comparative) Literary Studies, Art History, or Philology while Fan Studies are either grounded in Media and Cultural studies or in Sociology (focusing on individual and mass consumption practices or group phenomena).
In our 2019 Workshop on Comics/Fandom, we want to address possible overlaps and frictions between Comics Studies and Fan Studies.
Day 1 - 28.3.2019
14.00h-14.15h: Welcome Address
14.15h-16.15h: PANEL 1: Platforms, Exchange, and Markets
Nicolle Lamerich (Utrecht): Interdisciplinary Media Studies: Transmediality, Closure and Technology in Fandom and Comic Studies
Svenja Kaiser (Siegen): Money Does Not Matter? An Auto-Ethnography on Fan Comics and Digital Platforms as Means of Commercial Exchange
Katharina Hülsmann (Düsseldorf): Navigating the Visibility of the Fan Comic
Respondents: Stephan Packard (Cologne) & Sven Stollfuß (Leipzig)
16.15h-16.30h: Coffee Break
16.30h-18.30h: PANEL 2: Nostalgia, Ideology and Politics
Giorgio Busi Rizzi (Bologna/Leuven): Seduction of the Innocence: Comics Fandom and Nostalgia
Franke Andersen/Thessa Jensen (Aalborg): Unravelling the Connections between Comics Studies and Fan Studies in the Context of Political Correctness: The Case of Hergé’s Boy Scout Reporter Tintin
Vanessa Ossa (Tübingen): Comicsgate (2018)
Respondents: Peter Scheinpflug (Cologne) & Tanja Weber (Cologne)
18.30h-19.00h: Coffee Break/Snack
Matt Hills (Huddersfield): Transmedia Trajectories of Comic Book Fandom in an Era of Blockbuster “Cinematic Universes” and Franchise “Expansions”: Logics of Distinction or Conciliation?
Day 2 - 29.3.2019
9.30h-10.15h: Meeting of the Committee for Comics Studies (AG Comicforschung) and the Committee for the Studies of Fandom and Participatory Culture (AG Partizipations- und Fanforschung)
10.15h-10.30h: Coffee Break
10.30h-12.30h: PANEL 3: Genre, Gender, and Marginalized Identities
Sydney Heifler (Oxford): Masculine Memory in the Creation of a National History: Fandom and Historiography of Western Comics through a Case Study of Romance Comics
Iris Haist (Cologne): Wonder Woman – Research on the Possible Influence by a Changed (Female) Readership on Story and Art Work
Shromona Das (New Delhi): Framing the Gutter: Mapping the Fandom, Materiality and Production in ‘Grassroot Comics’
Respondents: Véronique Sina (Cologne) & Peter Vignold (Bochum)
12.30h-14.00h: Lunch Break
14.00h-16.00h: PANEL 4: Comics Fandom and other (Sub)Cultures
Timo Thelen (Kanazawa): Searching for the Titans’ Home: Imagination of Place and Transnational Comic Fan Tourism
Monica Geraffo (Los Angeles): Secret Identities: Marvel Superheroes, Fashion Trends, and Subcultural Streetwear, 1975-1995
Frederik Gooding (Fort Worth): Without a Trace: Sketching out the Connection between Comics & Hip Hop
Respondents: Sophie Einwächter (Frankfurt a.M./Marburg) & Mathias Mertens (Cologne)
16.00h: Final Discussion