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A Fanboy’s Notes for Librarians
Information Today - Medford
Author: Aycock, Anthony
Date: Jun 2017
Pages: 3
Section: FEATURE
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With the choir filing into the chancel, the organ music filling my ears, and my father looking down from the dais, I put both arms up on the pew. Angie was smiling-that cheered me-but I imagined her smile shrinking if I told her I had been at a comic convention. Comic books are big now, as is the science fiction genre. [...]shows such as New York Comic Con draw 100,000-plus attendees who stand in line for celebrity autographs, talk in their fandom's lingo, dress and act like their favorite characters-this is called cosplay-and occasionally name their children after them (my daughter is Michaela, after Michaela Quinn in Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman). [...]this was done in Gotham by Gaslight, a 1989 graphic novel pitting the Caped Crusader against Jack the Ripper.) A longer list of terms is over at The Geeky Mormon (thegeeky dom-slang), where you can also read the author's musing on specific fandoms such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who. In 2016, I heard George R.R. Martin speak at a convention, and when someone asked him about Game of Thrones fanfic, he said he never reads it (for legal reasons) and that it isn't a good way to learn to write as it limits the imagination to what someone else has already thought up. The terrific Fanlore ( Professional_Author_Fanfic_Poli cies) summarizes the feelings of dozens of authors on the subject. Usually spanning a weekend, sci-fi conventions have literary panels, writer guests of honor, cosplay contests, dealers...
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