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Kids Who Attend Comic Conventions with Adults Needed for Graduate Research

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

Some of you may already know that I am a candidate for an MA in Creative Events Management from Falmouth University and as such I must complete a Master's Thesis Project.

I've chosen to use a visual grounded theory approach and focus my work on the experiences of kids (ages 13 and under) at comics culture events in an effort to identify areas for improvement as an event producer.

YOU CAN HELP...if you:

- Have attended two or more comics conventions within the United States with at least one child (aged 13 or under) between the years of 2013 to 2019

- plan on attending fan conventions in the future when safe and permissible to do so

- are willing to share your own photos or draw pictures related to your convention experiences

Participation involves:

Step 1: complete online survey to ensure eligibility


STEP 2: if selected, the adult and child(ren) will be asked to submit their own photos and/or drawings of their convention experiences

Step 3: AND Finally, participate in one, recorded virtual interview (approx 1 hr, via zoom or similar program)

For clarification or additional questions, please email me at do236606(at)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a 'Comics Culture Event'?

The researcher defines a 'comics culture event' as an event (primarily convention format, any audience size or location) that celebrates the fandoms related to and/or inspired by comic books. This includes television, film and literature adaptations as well as science fiction and fantasy genres that crossover with comics culture.

What is the purpose of this research?

The purpose of this study is to identify and understand the experiences that children ages 13 and under have had at comics conventions in the United States between the years of 2013 to 2019. Using a grounded theory approach, the primary research will be combined with secondary research in an effort to provide event producers with potentially new event design concepts for future comics culture events.

If selected to participate, what can I expect?

Eligibility Survey - 20-30 min

Contact of Participants - within 5 days of survey submission

Picture Submission - submit up to 5 digital images (photography or drawings) within 5 days of participation notification

Picture Elicitation Interviews - a scheduled, one hour digital interview (via Zoom or similar program) with the principal investigator to discuss submitted digital images, answer additional questions, draw and submit drawings.

Is there any compensation for participation?

There is no fiscal or in kind compensation for participants.

Will the children who attended with me have to participate?

Ideally, yes. In order to gather relevant data both the children and the adults that attended the comics culture event should be available to participate in all stages of the research.

How will the information be store and used?

This primary research is being conducted by the principal investigator as part of the major thesis project required for completion of the Master's Degree program at Falmouth University. New York Comic Con and ReedPop are not involved with this study. Upon receiving a final grade for the master's thesis, all information, data, imagery and recordings will be deleted from its digital and/or physical storage locations.

Photo Credits: Darlynne Overbaugh 2019

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