Missed It: Two Grants To Comic Book Readership Archive
I'm not sure I can track the provenance of the program itself -- it could be that it is best described as a shared resource -- but two grants originating with Indiana University will help fund a database related to the fan/professional relationship in comics production from last century. The specific period and publisher is 1960s through early 1970s Marvel. I am deeply fascinated by the thought that the organized fan impulses of later comics professionals played a huge role in how the overall industry was shaped, on all levels -- that Paul Levitz/Gary Groth generation, in particular.
I'm not sure I know any of the names beyond Carol Tilley's, but her presence makes me think the project is not only an interesting-sounding one, but one likely to yield positive results. It's certainly a rich area.