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Comic-Con International is the world capital of fandom. Every year 130,000 people flock to San Diego for a five-day marathon of Hollywood star power, sensory overload, gigantic shopping bags, grand feats of imagination, tacky nostalgia, very long lines, and people dressed up as Princess Leia. It's the place where people who love the fantastic side of culture go to express that love and where the companies that want to sell them fantasies in every possible medium try desperately to woo them.

Douglas Wolk (author of the Eisner Award-winning Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean) plunges into Comic-Con's bizarre collision of fans and franchises and looks at what happens when the marketers of movies, TV shows, comics, and games meet their most devoted, most demanding consumers.

©2011 Douglas Wolk (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 02-28-18

Comic Con 101

This humorous book attempts to give insight to the Comic Con phenomenon. While a bit dated, the Avengers had just started production and Marvel didn't get rule the box office and Disney hadn't bought Lucasfilm yet, it does mention what typically goes on at a convention. As a lifelong geek, who used to go to cons before they were as popular as they are now, it's bittersweet. It's great to have lots of fellow fans who love what you do, but the long lines and huge crowds are a deterrent. You can watch livestreams of the events now and everything is not just about comic books. Quite a few fandoms are mentioned, but the author does realize who the king of fandom was and still is, Star Wars. We have the Internet and Facebook to help unite us. I personally would love to see a convention for the books and audiobooks, so we could meet the authors and narrators. A great fun read for anyone curious about what it entails, and it will make you smile. The narrator was excellent. A beautiful voice with perfect interpretation of the material.