a male fan (in later use chiefly of comics, film, music, or science fiction), esp. an obsessive one
It was a shock to the fan boys when Cincinnati…beat the Chicago White Sox.
Just a couple of fanboys in bondage!
FAN BOYS FAN BOYS of America Inc. of America Inc.
Ten years ago, Tony Luke and I were simply a couple of fan-boy Hitchiker’s Guide fans going to cons and writing for fanzines.
Thus X-Men differs significantly from both the DC studio movies and the Dark Horse franchise in being principally put together neither by studio packagemakers nor by a production arm of the comics stable, but by a lone, crazed fanboy geek; and its evolution into the summer’s best big movie is down to a bizarrely unlikely accident of recombinant creativity, the rogue match of a really hardcore X-fan writer with a gifted, bankable director and a major-league producer with firsthand genre experience stretching back to the Superman cycle.
Now, fan-boy Fraser A. Sherman has catalogued an entire shopping mall full of the hard-skinned and the tasteless in his book Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan (McFarland, $45.95 or £36), a survey of American telefantasy films.
Science fiction invented the myth of the computer cowboy sitting in the blue light of a cathode-ray tube, romanticized it, made it attractive…yet the reality is much more banal, one of fanboys with more technical expertise than common ethics.
‘What’s the con-convention?’ you ask, trying to sound only appropriately interested. Not that you know much about such things—you've done a few re-enactment events, but hotels and hucksters and hordes of socially inept fanboys don’t tempt you.
1919 Decatur (Illinois) Rev. 2 Oct.
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