While in grad school I had the chance to study quantitate methods of study and was tasked with running a small survey. I ran a survey through social media to take a look at the demographics of Fandom. I was a bit overwhelmed when over 500 people responded to the survey. While the survey is not perfect (hey I was in school learning about surveys at the time) I found the responses very interesting and wanted to share the results.Read More
When thinking about comic/fantasy/sci fi conventions, most people immediatly think of costumes, and a gathering of people playing games or talking about the latest books and movies. Few people immediatly think of economic power and the impact a large convention can have on a city. But conventions have a huge economic impact on the cities they're hosted in, and on the vendors and dealers travelling around the world with booths.
In an essay for Apex Magazine, I looked at the economic forces behind conventions and the money behind the funny business of fandom.
You can read the essay here.
One of my 2015 Resolutions is to spend more time on the things I'm passionate about, so I'm starting the year off with a post about one of the topics that fascinates me the most: fandom. I'm going to post about fandom on the first Monday of every month in this series I'm calling, Fandom FirstRead More