Go, Read: A Sociological Snapshot Of Comics Fandom
There's a fun post here over at the FPI blog with results from an academic's brief look at comics fandom and its sociological elements. I don't have any way to contextualize or process the post other than to declare there it is, and I certainly can't speak to its skill and effectiveness in terms of the observations made, but some of the individual reactions and outlooks reported were interesting to me. For instance, I laughed when the person described a visit to the comics shop as "a personal failure." I'm far away from that viewpoint myself, but I still thought it was funny. It's also a good reminder of how large shops loom for a lot of comics readers in terms of how they process comics more generally.