Books for ComicCon

…or just wishing you were there.

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Yes, that time of year again. When I’m glued to my computer and watching every livestream/interview session/news coverage of San Diego available. The nerds have taken over the city. And despite not being at Comic-Con myself, and not really wanting to brave that madness anyway, I can still revel in the amazing nature of fandom. Here are some of my SDCC-related picks:

Of course, if you’ve been following my blog for long, you’ll know that I love the Whedonverse (or as it was originally called, the “Jossverse”). If I absolutely had to pick one type of book that I enjoy reading the most, it would be books of essays about Joss Whedon projects. So here are two among many that I love:

Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion
Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion
Reading Joss Whedon
Reading Joss Whedon

Next, a (new) book about fandom that blew my mind. Note: there are a lot of Whedon examples in this one, but it does talk about other things, like for instance the recent tragic death of Cory Monteith and its affect on glee and its fandom. This book addresses the question that has created anxiety among fans for years – what happens to a fandom after its show is cancelled?

Post-Object Fandom
Post-Object Fandom

And now, a book that absolutely rocked my world. A book about fanfiction, textual poaching, reading against the grain, and the future of fandom. Featuring an absolutely inspiring concluding essay written by the wonderful Amber Benson (of Buffy fame, actress-turned-author) herself:

fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World
fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World

And to wrap things up, a book by one of this year’s special guests, blogger and author Allie Brosh. Hyperbole and a Half is one of my favorite books ever. It’s the one I reach for the most often when I’m sad or upset, and don’t want to read anything else. There’s something of a solidarity in knowing your personal problems are shared with other human beings. Also, DOGS. This book has dogs in it. Cute ones. And it’s funny. Read it.

Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half

I hope these recommendations will help you enjoy the spirit of ComicCon from the comfort of your favorite armchair! Indulge in your nerdy side, book lovers! 🙂

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