This 45-minute discussion panel will focus on comics fandom and geekdom – the ease or difficulty of access, commodification, the pull of the ‘Big Two’ in comparison with indies, character-specific fanbases, spread across different media (films, TV series and games), the distribution of such appeal (e.g. in terms of age)… In addition, we will talk about the personal investment being a ‘comics geek’ often entails – such as collecting merchandise and trivia, keeping up to date with continuities, and of course, the emotional investment it involves. We will talk about our own personal experience and encounters with this vibrant pop culture phenomenon, as well as look at particular examples. We are also, however, interested in hearing from the floor – and we will open the discussion to contributions from the audience.
Discussion Panel – Marco Attard, Krista Rutter Bonello Giappone, Michael Chandler, Lara Agius and Christian Debono
Marco is an itinerant wordsmith, cursed to forever travel the land in the search of people in need of a properly written sentence or two. However his true passion is popular culture, which in part is due to childhood encounters with Mazinger Z and John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China. He used to run POP CULTURE DESTRUCTION over at Schlock Magazine, and can be found on Twitter at @magnumt
Krista teaches at the University of Malta, and is a Research Fellow with the University of Kent. She has written about Deadpool comics, game, and films (in Deadpool and Philosophy). She has also written extensively about subcultural and pop cultural uses of comedy. She is a DC fan, with a particular fondness for Keith Giffen’s bwa-ha-ha old-school variety of superheroism and villainy.