Comic-Con at 50: still the place for epic fandom

Jul 19, 2019
What started as a small gathering of comics enthusiasts in 1970 has turned into a massive testament to the power of fandom.
A cosplayer makes her way to the convention center during Comic-Con in San Diego, California, on Thursday.
Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP

iPhone sales fall in China, but fans abound

Jan 28, 2019
Apple prices can be an issue, but many Chinese still consider the devices prestigious.
An Apple store in Shanghai offers customers a discount on the new iPhone XR model if they trade in an older iPhone model.
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

Football game cancellation in Mexico casts doubts about NFL's international success

Nov 23, 2018
Why the NFL is reaching out to international fans
Los Angeles Rams fans cheer on their team during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

'Superfandom' looks at the economic power of fans

Mar 31, 2017
Fandom is, at its core, a form of marketing.
"Superfandom" explores "how our obsessions are changing what we buy and who we are."
W. W. Norton and Co.

What women who love 'Star Wars' want

Nov 18, 2016
They were overlooked until Disney bought the series.
Malaysian Muslim women pose for pictures with members of Malaysia's Star Wars Fan Club dressed as various characters before watching 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at a cinema in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 17, 2015.
MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images

What Marketplace should be reporting on, according to a 17-year-old

May 2, 2016
A high schooler from California gives us some pointers on what we should air.
Patricia De Haven at Marketplace's Los Angeles studio.
Katie Long/Marketplace

Justin Bieber's cancelled meet-and-greets leave a lot of money on the table

Mar 23, 2016
It's not just $50 t-shirts — VIP extras bring even more money to blockbuster tours.
Canadian singer Justin Bieber poses on the red carpet upon his arrival at the Palais des Festivals to attend the 17th Annual NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, southeastern France, on November 7, 2015. 
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