Edie Stern notes: We’re gearing up for another year of focused Fan History Zoom sessions, and I hope you will join us. We’re doing 2 sessions this fall (and planning for 4 next spring), and the first one is coming up at the end of October. We are very pleased to announce:
Sunday October 30, 2022,
Time: 2pm EDT, 1pm CDT, 11am PDT, 6PM London, 3:30am Adelaide*
An Interview with Maggie Thompson: Before, During and After the Origins of Comics Fandom, with interviewer Dr. Chris Couch
A 2020 inductee into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame, Maggie Thompson has the unique distinction of being a second generation science fiction fan, one of the architects of comics fandom in the early 60s, and a much revered professional in the comics field. With her husband, Don Thompson, she pubbed her ish (Comic Art, Newfangles), and went on to edit the Comic Buyers Guide and other publications. She has written extensively in comics, and received the Inkpot Award, Jack Kirby award, Eisner Award and others. Interviewer Chris Couch is both a (second-generation) fan and author of a number of books on graphic novels and comics. He is senior lecturer at UMASS Amherst. Join us as Maggie illuminates the whys and wherefores of the origin of comics fandom, and how it grew, and her role in what it has become.
Saturday, December 10, 2022, Time: 4PM EST, 1PM PST, 9PM GMT, 6:30am Adelaide
Fannish Life in 1970s Pittsburgh, with Ginjer Buchanan, Linda Bushyager, Suzanne Tompkins, and Laurie Mann(m).
Pittsburgh in the late 60s/70s saw an explosion of fannish activity, with the founding of the Western Pennsylvania SF Association (WPSFA), the creation of PghLANGE and the publication of many fanzines, including Granfalloon (Linda Bushyager and Suzanne Thompkins). What made Pittsburgh special? Why the resurgence of fannish activity? Who were the driving forces? In this session, Ginjer Buchanan, Linda Bushyager and Suzanne Tompkins, three of the movers and shakers of 1970s Pittsburgh fandom, talk about that era. Our Moderator Laurie Mann is a current Pittsburgh fan as well as a fan historian.
As we get closer, I’ll send out reminders and zoom links. You can always find the latest schedule at
*note that if this is not a good time, the recording of the interview will be posted to youtube — there’s a list of interviews at https://www.youtube.com/c/FANACFanHistory