Comic book fandom: An exploratory study into the world of comic book fan social identity through parasocial theory

Anthony R Ramirez, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

Comic books and their extensive lineup of characters have invaded all types of media forms, making comics a global media phenomenon that are having a wider profile in media and popular culture. The community of comic book fans has grown as well. The purpose of this study is to investigate how these fans identify with their favorite comic book character(s) through the application of parasocial theory, in order to discover if and how various identification levels lead to the fan’s level of fandom or attachment. Various fans of comic books are interviewed, in order to investigate attachment levels and level of fandom regarding their favorite character.^

Subject Area

Communication|Mass communication

Recommended Citation

Ramirez, Anthony R, "Comic book fandom: An exploratory study into the world of comic book fan social identity through parasocial theory" (2015). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1591986.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1591986

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