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Saturday, August 7th, 2010 01:27 pm
Someone requested some help gathering resources for a paper on cosplay, so here's a handy dandy bibliography on the topic:

Books and Chapters in Books )
Journal Articles )
Blogs and Other Resources )
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 09:28 pm
Below is a list of documentaries with short descriptions taken from Wikipedia.

Trekkies is a 1997 documentary film directed by Roger Nygard about the devoted fans of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek franchise.

Trekkies 2 is the 2003 sequal to Trekkies. This documentary film travels throughout the world, mainly in Europe, to show fans of Star Trek, commonly known as Trekkies, who do not live in the United States.

Trek Nation is a documentary film examining the positive impact that Star Trek may have had on people's lives on the eve of its 40th anniversary. Includes interviews by Rod Roddenberry with castmembers and crew from all five Star Trek shows, as well as various fans and celebrities who were markedly influenced by the show while growing up.

Ringers: Lord of the Fans is a 2005 documentary film about the growth of Tolkien fandom.

Monster Camp - See this entry.

Darkon is a 2006 documentary film that follows the real-life adventures of the Darkon Wargaming Club in Baltimore, Maryland, a group of fantasy live-action role-playing (LARP) gamers.

Adventures in Voice Acting contains interviews with close to 100 voice actors, producers, and casting directors that are in anime dubs and video games.

Go, Go, Anime! is a 2004 documentary loosely centered on Anime Expo 2003. There are three main threads that are woven through the film – the first concerns the members of cosplay group Sailor Jamboree, the second is about a group of older anime fans, and the third features amateur manga artists, focusing mainly on artist Henry Liao.

Otakumentary is a 20 minute film on fandom that was shown at Otakon in 2001.

Otaku Unite! is a 2004 documentary look at American fans of Japanese culture, specifically anime and manga, who are better known by their self-proclaimed title of Otaku.

Invasion: Anime, a 2002 documentary that looks into the world of anime aimed more toward the novice than the expert. Not quite "Trekkers," this movie tends not to poke fun at "fanboys" but focuses on the creators and critics with a nod towards the obsessive fan base.

Adventures Into Digital Comics is a 2006 documentary by Sébastien Dumesnil about the fall of the comic book industry in the 1990s and the emergence of webcomics since then. The film features interviews with various comic book and webcomic artists and authors.
Monday, January 18th, 2010 02:43 pm
In the course of my research, I've come across a wide variety of articles, books, journals, and blog entries about fandom, fan culture, and identity. The list here is by no means a complete and exhaustive list of all things related to fan studies. Instead, it's a list of works that I feel are the most relevant for my research. Some of the works, like Hellekson and Busse's Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, are representative of larger areas of fan studies. Studies on anime and fan fiction are both very numerous, and while I find them tangentially relevant, I have not included all of their works in this bibliography (though expect to see posts on those topics at some later point).

Over the next couple weeks, I'll be reading through most of these works and providing reviews and comments on the ones that I find particularly useful. Some works will get cut from the list if they are not particularly helpful to my current research needs. Others will be added as I stumble upon them. For now, though, this list is a starting point as a piece my way through a review of the literature on fandom and fan studies.

Bibliography )