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Oct. 8th, 2009

Recent Blogging

Just checking in to let you know what I've been blogging about lately.
* By "complex," I don't mean to tout the complexity of my theory. Rather, I mean that there is a complex profile of functions that evidence is involved in. But, multi-process-functionalist and its cognates are uggers.

Sep. 17th, 2009

Call to Action! Expanding Dragon*Con Academics

Dragon*Con Academics was GREAT this year. We did 8 panels with high attendance, great presentations, and rousing discussions. Now's the time to push for an expansion of academic programming at Dragon*Con! The way to do this is to let the Dragon*Con office know how much support there is for academic programming and an academic conference at the convention. I'm aiming for the stars, hoping to get a full academic track at the convention.

To see the panels we've done in the last two years, you can visit these links:


What I'm asking from you is to contact the office and let them know how you feel. There are three ways to do this. You can email them at dragoncon@dragoncon.org. You can fill out the webform at:


Or you can call the office at 770-909-0115 (M-F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST).

Below I've provided the beginning of a message. You can edit it, mix and match your reasons, and (this is crucial!) provide some detail about your own experience.

Thanks for your support! Tell your friends!

Best, Matt


Subject: Track Request: Academics

Dear Dragon*Con Office,

I'm writing to request the creation of an academic track at Dragon*Con. I [[attended / participated in / wish I could have been at]] the academic conference organized by Matt Brown at Dragon*Con in [[2008 / 2009]], and I am very much in support of expanding it. The attendance has been very high, the presentations have been interesting and informative, and have lead to lively discussions.

While the ordinary, informal fan discussions at Dragon*Con can be fun and informative, these panels really bring something extra to my Dragon*Con in terms of the amount of work that has gone into the panel, and the type of intellectually stimulating discussion that results.

It would really help to have the academic panels be more officially organized, so they would be easier to find and in a more consistent space as well.

It seems like making an academic track would allow a wider variety of academic presentations. Right now, it seems to be limited by what tracks have space open.

We're not only ready for a higher level of intellectual discussion at Dragon*Con. We need it!

I've also heard that Matt Brown is willing to continue to organize academic presentations at Dragon*Con. [[I'd also be willing to help out by presenting / volunteering at the Con / helping with organization / attending the panels.]]

Thank you for your time!

[[Your signature here]]

Aug. 27th, 2009

Class Blog

For those who happen to follow this blog despite the lack of postings, I suspect that much of my blogging energy this semester is going to be directed at the blog I set up for my grad seminar on "Science, Values, and Democracy":


Hopefully some of you will be interested in the discussions.

May. 21st, 2009

CFP: Dragon*Con Comics and Popular Arts Conference

Call for Participation

Institute for Comics Studies
Comic Book Convention Conference Series


Atlanta, Georgia September 4-7, 2009

The Institute for Comic Studies and Dragon*Con present their second annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts to take place at Dragon*Con, the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the US. For more info on Dragon*Con, visit http://dragoncon.org/

Please submit a proposal for a 15/20-minute presentation that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, sf, fantasy, and popular culture. A broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives is being sought, including literary and art criticism, philosophy, linguistics, history, and communication. Proposals may range from discussions of the nature of the comics medium, analyses of particular works and authors, discussions of the visual language of comics, comics pedagogy, cross-cultural and cross-medium comparisons, and more. This year, we're especially interested in proposals dealing with anime/manga, sf/fantasy literature, and Star Trek, though presentations on any of the above topics will be considered.

This conference of Dragon*Con represents the Institute for Comics Studies' mission to promote the study, understanding, and cultural legitimacy of comics and to support the discussion and dissemination of this study and understanding via public venues.

100 to 200 word proposals due: July 1, 2009


Please submit your proposal at the following address:

Prospective participants are encouraged to submit a guest application in advance at the following address: http://dragoncon.org/dc_guest_app.php

Matt Brown
Dragon*Con Academics Chair

Mar. 30th, 2009

web presence

Help me figure out how to revamp and manage my web presence.

Dec. 8th, 2008

Party in Atlanta (or close to it)

For My Atlanta / Lilburn People:

I am having a big party while I'm back home during the break, a reunion of sorts with my people from my days in Lilburn and Atlanta. I really hope that you'll come! It will be on December 20th, at my Dad's house in Lilburn.

Details and RSVP here:


or here:


Pass on the word!
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Nov. 5th, 2008

this is a super day

Yes we can!
Yes we did!
Yes we will!

(ht: !bob . the beat)

Oct. 20th, 2008

many many apologies

People I have been slackin'! Well, that's not really true. I've been busy:

  • 3 lectures a week

  • Ramping up the job search

  • Conference in Boulder a couple weeks ago

  • Visitors in town from Australia

  • Leaving for conference in Belgium tomorrow

  • et cetera!

So, I haven't been keeping up with email, blogs, f'book, etc. I'm currently approaching 500 unanswered and unsorted emails. I haven't been calling people back, I haven't been coming to your parties, and I haven't invited you over for gaming/drinking/dinner or whatever I would normally have done.

I'm sorry! I'm traveling at maximum warp just trying to keep the ship together. Scotty is cursing up a storm, but I just need more power! I'll have it back together in a month or two...

Oct. 16th, 2008

Batmobama & Robiden

You guys have to go check this out. Not only is the Batmobama poster awesome, anyone who has been watching the debates will love the videos (watch them in order).

Oct. 5th, 2008


I don't have to tell any of you guys to vote, do I? Have you registered?

Or, you know. Don't bother.

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