“Gah,” (By which, I am sure, the one year old baby who was looking at Calvin and Hobbes meant, “This is hilarious.”)
She was obviously a ComiCon fan in
the making. Dressed as her favorite princess, she already had half of the
concept covered. The world of Fan Conventions, however, is very foreign to me. But
since our February Guest authors spotlight Fan Cons I thought I should do a
little digging to better understand the phenomena.
Where else to go for a definition of
unique topics, but Wikipedia (which, btw – I just found out has like a 97%
accuracy rating. Who knew?) My first aha was that Fan Conventions have been
around since the 1930s. Huh? I must have been living under a rock, especially
since they were started within the science fiction genre… and I used to l-o-o-v-e
My next bit of learning was that they have
expanded way beyond science fiction to include all sorts of other topics like
Anime, Comics (think Superman), and something called Furry (not even sure I
want to know what that one is all about.) In its most simple form, a Fan
Convention is a way for fans to share their excitement for and learn more about,
their favorite pop-culture genre. They
include speakers and parties and give-aways and yes, fans dressed up like their
But then anyone who has a child
will recognize this concept. For years my daughter would only go out of the
house dressed as one of the Disney Princesses. And, if you think about it, what else is
Disneyland but one, big, fan con?
It must be the height of
authorship to have one of your characters replicated by thousands, or even millions,
of fans. So far I haven’t found a contemporary romance fan con, or an
inspirational fan con. There is probably an erotica fan con, but again, I am
not going to go there.
So it makes me wonder… what would
it take for a romance author (outside of the sci-fi, paranormal or post-apocalyptic
genres) to build that sort of fan frenzy?
Let me know if you have the answer…
or if there is already a pop-cultural romance icon that I missed.
In the meantime, I’m off to read
my favorite comic strip; Calvin and Hobbes,