This is Sam(antha) Close's research blog--welcome! Sam is currently a graduate student in the PhD program in Visual Studies at the University of California at Irvine. She came to Irvine after two years at the Glasgow School of Art doing a Master's in Philosophy in digital animation (weird, huh?) and undergraduate years at Yale University doing a degree in English Literature. Her main research interests are new media and popular culture--essentially gaming, fan works, comics and graphic novels, anime and mnaga, and other such things that don't really fit into academia yet.
This blog hosts an online master's thesis project done at the Glasgow School of Art and ongoing work, including conference presentations and snippets of articles. Please send me a friend request introducing yourself if you'd like to read and comment on some of the works in progress!