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A Portrait of the Auteur as FanboyThe Construction of Authorship in Transmedia Franchises$
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Anastasia Salter and Mel Stanfill

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830463

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830463.001.0001

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Kevin Smith and the “Independent” Fanboy

Kevin Smith and the “Independent” Fanboy

(p.61) 4 Kevin Smith and the “Independent” Fanboy
A Portrait of the Auteur as Fanboy

Anastasia Salter

Mel Stanfill

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter 4 begins by discussing Smith’s “View Askewniverse,” which can be viewed as a series of films both by a fanboy and featuring fanboy characters. This chapter examines the ways Smith has leveraged his fandom to build his career—both in the sense of the body of people who follow him, especially on his website discussion board, and in the sense of parlaying his geek credibility into a transmedia career as a professional fanboy through projects such as Comic Book Men, the SModcast podcast, and comic book writing. However, while Smith’s fannishness is unimpeachable, his auteurishness is less well established, and he has not often been given the reins of film franchises, largely because he lacks the necessary reverence. The chapter also explores the ways Smith can never quite escape the conservatism of mainstream fanboy identity even as he expands his reach as an auteur.

Keywords:   Indie cinema, Clerks, Comic books, Podcasts, Crowdfunding

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