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How to Conference: Writing the Paper Proposal 1

How to Conference: Writing the Paper Proposal 1

The idea of presenting at a conference can feel intimidating and nerve-wracking when you’re first getting started, but with a little demystification conferencing can become something to look forward to as well. In this series of posts, I’ll be talking about how to write your […]

Year in Review: 2018

Year in Review: 2018

I’ve been doing this every year since 2015, and it’s a good way of kind of charting for myself what I’ve managed to do over the course of the previous year… although I’m a bit hard-pressed to remember exactly what it all was, tbh. So […]

The Japan Fan Studies Tour: Before

The Japan Fan Studies Tour: Before

As some of you know, I’ve been organizing a trip to Japan for a small number of media & fan studies academics which is beginning just under three weeks, on Dec. 15. People will sometimes ask – about anything, not just this – well, how […]

Catching Up

Catching Up

Despite the fact that I’ve managed to do nothing productive for several weeks now, it’s actually been a busy month or two. I presented a paper on the online fandom of Yuri!!! on Ice at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in […]

Spoilery First Impressions of The Last Jedi

Spoilery First Impressions of The Last Jedi

If you’re looking not to be spoiled, please go no further. I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone! I will say I liked it, so if you didn’t, more power to you and I really don’t want to debate anything.

The Year in Review: 2017

The Year in Review: 2017

I (seem to) do this recap of the year’s milestones every year, and since I don’t anticipate any more happening for the remainder of the year (other than my son turning 10 OMG TEN in exactly one week), this seems as good a time as […]

Unconventional Conventionists (not quite a Fannibal Fest recap)

Unconventional Conventionists (not quite a Fannibal Fest recap)

*warning for show-typical gore/violence At the first entirely fan-run convention for NBC’s Hannibal (2013-2015), Fannibal Fest Toronto, guest Vladmir Cubrt (who played serial killer Garrett Jacob Hobbs in the series) observed that he had originally expected Hannibal fans to be like other horror genre fans, […]

Spoiler Alert: It’s All Transcultural

Spoiler Alert: It’s All Transcultural

It doesn’t sound sexy. It isn’t the story of enthusiasm or passion or creativity or love or anything like that. No one particularly wants to talk about it – at least in my experience – because it’s perceived to be outside most people’s experiences of […]

Are You Kidding Me? A Response to “Podcasting in Plain Sight”

Are You Kidding Me? A Response to “Podcasting in Plain Sight”

The Chronicle of Higher Education ā€“ that behemoth that still locks articles about academia behind a paywall where they cannot be sullied by the unwashed adjunct and independent masses (Iā€™m only being a little sarcastic here) ā€“ has done it again. In a piece by […]

Home Movie

Home Movie

So, this is a something I’ve had rattling around in my head for awhile, and I finally managed to edit it into… a thing. I’m not sure how successful it is; basically, the idea was to try to communicate the experience of watching a Hong […]