Read Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor by Bob Calhoun Free Online
Book Title: Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor|
The author of the book: Bob Calhoun
Edition: Obscuria Press
Date of issue: May 10th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780578115825
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.31 MB
City - Country: No data
Loaded: 1221 times
Reader ratings: 5.6
Read full description of the books:
Conventions. Tradeshows. Expos. Every profession and obsession has them. We select hot tubs, handguns, the best Wonder Woman costume and even our presidential contenders at these neo-tribal gatherings where commerce and communalism collide. With a tanking economy and looming layoffs, lapsed-fanboy Bob Calhoun sets out on a quest through the temporary worlds created in concrete convention centers and hotel conference rooms for the nerdy enthusiasm he has lost. However, in "Shattering Conventions," his new pop-culture memoir, Calhoun quickly discovers that escapism provides little escape from a growing American craziness.
During his self-imposed one year mission, Calhoun confronts the Westboro Baptists in front of Comic-Con, gets called out by Andrew Breitbart at a Tea Party rally, sneaks into a hemp expo and is chased out of a plastic surgeons' conference by security guards. "Shattering Conventions" is filled with first-person observations of such luminaries as George Takei, Gene Simmons, Stan Lee, Mitt Romney, Kevin Smith, Bootsy Collins, Ted Nugent, HP CEO Meg Whitman, Gavin Newsom, Mr. T, Congressman Darrell Issa, William Shatner, Sir Patrick Stewart, a pro-wrestler called The Miz and even the ghost of Elvis. And in between the celebrity run-ins are the stories of "Star Wars" and "Twilight" fans seeking camaraderie through cosplay, and entrepreneurs striving to make it in the worst economy since the Great Depression.
Starting out as a goofy pop-culture experiment, "Shattering Conventions" becomes a twisted political odyssey where Calhoun witnesses the growing conflict between sci-fi nerds and right-wing extremists for the very soul of a nation. And the more conventions that Calhoun attends, the more he realizes that all of this coming together might be tearing us apart.
Download Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor ERUB
Download Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor DOC
Download Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor TXT