Framing the Covid-19 pandemic's impacts on fan conventions




Comic cons, Discourse analysis, Frame analysis


Some initial findings are presented from a media monitoring project on the Covid-19 pandemic's impacts on comic cons and other fan events during 2020. We analyzed a sample of 77 items from a corpus of 813 articles, identifying story lines and themes that framed this moment of upheaval and uncertainty.

Author Biographies

Benjamin Woo, Carleton University

Benjamin Woo is associate professor of communication and media studies and director of the Research on Comics, Con Events, and Transmedia Lab at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). He is the author of Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture, co-author of The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books, and co-editor of The Comics World: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Their Publics.

Emma Francis, Carleton University

Emma Francis is a Master of Arts in Communication student at Carleton University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of Media Studies, Popular Culture, and Critical Disability Studies. She previously completed her Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (Honours) at Carleton, with minors in Business and Psychology, where she was awarded the University Medal in Communication and Media Studies.

Kalervo Sinervo, Independent scholar

Kalervo A. Sinervo is a writer and researcher living in Montreal. He studies transmedia and pop culture industries, focusing on comics and games. Kalervo’s recent publications include an article on empathy in comics (co-authored with Ariela Freedman) for Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and a short piece on transmedia LEGO for In Media Res. Find him online @kalervideo or at






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