See me @ Supanova – Melbourne, 17 April 2016

supanova-logoI’ll be appearing at Supanova Pop Culture Expo being held in Melbourne (Australia) on Sunday, 17 April, 2016, as part of the Popular Arts Researchers Australia (PARA) panel on popular culture and Australian fandom.

I’ll be talking about The Phantom (of course), and look at the reasons why “The Ghost Who Walks” continues to be popular with Australian “phans”, 80 years after his debut in The Australian Woman’s Mirror magazine, back in September 1936.

I’ll be joined on-stage by Angela Ndalianis (University of Melbourne), and Jason Bainbridge (Swinburne University), who’ll be sharing insights from their research into superhero fandom and the role of super-villains in the superhero genre.

Our session, titled “Phans, Fans, and Supervillains”, will be held on-stage at the Imagineers’ Playground at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo, from 3.10pm-4.00pm, Sunday, 17 April, 2016. For further details, visit:¬†http://www.supanova.com.au/activities/imagineers-playground/