New Pop Culture Memoir Dives Into the Chaos, Conflict & Cosplay at Comic-Con and Beyond
SAN FRANCISCO, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WITH CONVENTIONS SEASON IN FULL SWING, HERE COMES THE POP CULTURE MEMOIR THAT DIVES INTO ALL THE CHAOS, CONFLICT AND COSPLAY AT COMIC CONS AND BEYOND!
"One part Hunter S. Thompson, one part Forry Ackerman, Bob Calhoun tackles comic-cons,
Star Trek fandom, right-wing lunatic fringe gatherings, and everything in between
with humor and an eye for detail that gets right to the heart of
the craziness and business behind humanity's obsessions."
--Ed Brubaker, award-winning writer of FATALE, CRIMINAL
and CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER
"A super-entertaining journey."
-- Mike Bonanno, The Yes Men
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: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor, 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 rightwing 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 may be tearing us apart.
Author Bob Calhoun is a former grappler, peepshow barker, ring announcer and reviewer of grindhouse DVDs for Salon.com. His punk-wrestling memoir, Beer, Blood and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling (ECW Press, 2008), a national bestseller, was hailed as "a breezy and hilarious read" by Wired.com and "an epic and ribald account" by The Oregonian.
Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor will be available on June 18, 2013 in trade paperback from bookstores, Amazon.com and Last Gasp; and available in in eBook for the Kindle, Nook, iPad and other eReaders and tablets. Author Bob Calhoun is available to discuss his latest investigative romp as well as the big announcements at such recent conventions as e3 and how conventions continue to impact our lives. Please contact Obscuria Press to arrange an interview or to request photos and other materials to accompany your coverage of Shattering Conventions.
RK Picado Obscuria Press, 650-994-6212, firstname.lastname@example.org
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