Christine Atchison is a PhD candidate at Kingston University, London. Her main research interests lie in comics studies, the study of religion, fan studies, and media studies. Her work been published in International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies and is forthcoming in the proceedings from II International Congress of the Faculdades EST. She has also presented her work as either a panelist or a keynote speaker at numerous conferences around the world, including the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.
Laura E. Felschow is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her previously published work includes “‘Hey, Check It Out, There’s Actually Fans’: (Dis)empowerment and (Mis)representation of Cult Fandom in Supernatural,” in Transformative Works & Cultures, and “Plagiarism or Props? Homage to Neil Gaiman in Eric Kripke’s Supernatural,” in TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map to Supernatural (ECW, 2011). Her dissertation project explores blockbuster franchising, transmedia storytelling, and representations of gender in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Kathryn M. Frank is a PhD candidate in communication studies at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation examines media industry approaches to representing race in comic-to-live-action adaptations, and how these approaches have shifted with the increased profile of “comic-book movies.”
Joan Ormrod is a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research is in popular culture, particularly gender, fantasy, and science fiction. She is editor and cofounder of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, now in its sixth year, and is on the committee organizing the annual International Conference of Graphic Novels and Comics. Her recent publications include Time Travel in Popular Media (McFarland, 2015) and Superheroes and Identities (Routledge, 2015), and she is currently working on a book on Wonder Woman.
William Proctor is a lecturer in media, culture, and communication at Bournemouth University. His research interests include film, television, comic books, and popular culture audiences. William is currently writing a single-authored monograph titled Regenerations: The Reboot Phenomenon in Comic Books, Film and TV. He has also published articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including reboots, adaptations, The Walking Dead, Batman, James Bond, and One Direction. His next project, A New Hope? Digital Fandom and the Star Wars Renaissance, examines the interplay of text, industry, and audience following the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012. William is also a regular contributor to Critical Studies in Television Online and Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture. He is currently editing an anthology of essays titled Disney’s Star Wars: Ecologies of Production, Reception, and Promotion. [End Page 199]