Edinburgh Comic Art Festival - 'I am Batman! The Psychology of Superfans'

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Do you wish you could hang out with Deadpool? When things get tough, do you think: “What would Batman do?” In this session, we’ll talk about the psychology behind being a superfan. Come along and help us understand why you might form an intimate bond with your favourite comic book characters.

Period16 Nov 2017

Media coverage


Media coverage

  • TitleResearchers from UWS investigate why people form such close bonds with comic book characters.
    Media name/outletPaisley Daily Express
    Duration/Length/SizeFull page spread
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Producer/AuthorKenneth Speirs
    PersonsZara Brodie, Joanne Ingram


TitleEdinburgh Comic Art Festival
LocationOut of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Period10 Dec 2017


  • Parasocial
  • Comic books
  • Fan culture
  • Psychology
  • Cosplay
  • Comic Con
  • Relationships
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality