Transformative Works and Cultures

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) is an international, peer-reviewed journal published by the Organization for Transformative Works. TWC publishes articles about transformative works, broadly conceived; articles about media studies; and articles about the fan community.

We invite papers in all areas, including fan fiction, fan vids, film, TV, anime, comic books, fan community, video games, and machinima. We encourage a variety of critical approaches, including feminism, gender studies, queer theory, postcolonial theory, audience theory, reader-response theory, literary criticism, film studies, and posthumanism. We also encourage authors to consider writing personal essays integrated with scholarship; hyperlinked articles; or other forms that test the limits of the genre of academic writing.

Submissions: Authors need to register as authors with the journal before submitting, or if already registered as authors can simply log in and begin the five-step process of submission.


Nancy Baym, Microsoft Research - Rebecca Black, UC Irvine - Paul Booth, DePaul U - Will Brooker, Kingston U - Rhiannon Bury, Athabasca U - Melissa Click, U of Missouri - Francesca Coppa, Muhlenberg C - Abigail De Kosnik, UC Berkeley - Paul Draper, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith U - Catherine Driscoll, U of Sydney - Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Pomona C - Sam Ford, Convergence Culture Consortium - Jonathan Gray, U of Wisconsin - C. Lee Harrington, Miami U - Heather Hendershot, MIT - Matt Hills, Aberystwyth U - Henry Jenkins, USC - Derek Johnson, U of Wisconsin - Derek Kompare, Southern Methodist U - Anne Kustritz, U of Amsterdam - Alexis Lothian, U of Maryland College Park - Mark McLelland, U of Wollongong - Helen Merrick, Curtin U of Technology - Jason Mittell, Middlebury C - Lori Morimoto, Independent - Roberta Pearson, U of Nottingham - Whitney Phillips, Independent - Bob Rehak, Swarthmore C - Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M-Commerce - Julie Levin Russo, Evergreen State C - Cornel Sandvoss, U of Surrey - Avi Santo, Old Dominion - Suzanne Scott, U of Texas, Austin - Catherine Tosenberger, U of Winnipeg - Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown U Law Center - Ika Willis, U of Wollongong - Berit Åström, U of Umeå

Upcoming issues

Issues coming in 2015–2016

Vol 16 (2014)

Materiality and object-oriented fandom, guest edited by Bob Rehak, Swarthmore College

Table of Contents


Materiality and object-oriented fandom HTML
Bob Rehak


From Dalek half balls to Daft Punk helmets: Mimetic fandom and the crafting of replicas HTML
Matt Hills
Exhibiting fandom: A museological perspective HTML
Dorus Hoebink, Stijn Reijnders, Abby Waysdorf
It's not all about the music: Online fan communities and collecting Hard Rock Café pins HTML
Lincoln Geraghty
Peril-sensitive sunglasses, superheroes in miniature, and pink polka-dot boxers: Artifact and collectible video game feelies, play, and the paratextual gaming experience HTML
Ian M. Peters


A pragmatics of things: Materiality and constraint in fan practices HTML
Benjamin Woo
The invisible teenager: Comic book materiality and the amateur films of Don Glut HTML
Matt Yockey
The heterogeneity of maid cafés: Exploring object-oriented fandom in Japan HTML
Luke Sharp
Cosplaying the media mix: Examining Japan's media environment, its static forms, and its influence on cosplay HTML
Matthew Ogonoski


The butcher, the baker, the lightsaber maker HTML
Forrest Phillips
Written on the body: Experiencing affect and identity in my fannish tattoos HTML
Bethan Jones
Fitting Glee in your mailbox HTML
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Interview with Mark Racop HTML
Matt Yockey
Beyond souvenirs: Making fannish items by hand HTML
Dana Sterling Bode
Interview with Kandy Fong HTML
Francesca Coppa


Cult collectors: Nostalgia, fandom and collecting popular culture, by Lincoln Geraghty HTML
Michael S. Duffy
Anime's media mix: Franchising toys and characters in Japan, by Marc Steinberg HTML
Brandeise Monk-Payton
Send in the clones: A cultural study of the tribute band, by Georgina Gregory HTML
Sun-ha Hong

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), ISSN 1941-2258, is an online-only Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works copyrighted under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. Contact the Editor with questions.