Each volume in the Imaginary Worlds book series addresses a specific imaginary world, examining it in the light of a variety of approaches, including transmedial studies, world design, narrative, genre, form, content, authorship and reception, and its context within the imaginary world tradition. Each volume covers a historically significant imaginary world (in all its manifestations), and collectively the books in this series will produce an intimate examination of the imaginary world tradition, through the concrete details of the famous and influential worlds that have set the course and changed the direction of subcreation as an activity.
The World of Fallout
The World of Marvel Comics
The World of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
The World of DC Comics
The World of The Walking Dead
By Kenton Taylor Howard
July 20, 2023
Examining the four main single player games in the franchise and its related spinoff games, this book explores the world of the popular role-playing video game, Fallout. Kenton Taylor Howard examines the maps of the games, the design of their worlds, and how the franchise has been expanded through ...
By Andrew J. Friedenthal
May 31, 2023
A detailed study of the history and long-lasting influence of Marvel Comics, this book explores the ways Marvel’s truly unique comic book world reflects real world issues and controversies alongside believable, psychologically-motivated characters. The book examines a decades-long dual focus on ...
By Mark Wolf
December 12, 2019
Unlike many children’s television shows, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood did more than simply entertain or occupy children’s attention. The show educated them in the affective domain, encouraging such things as appreciation for difference, collaboration, self-expression, and self-worth. It also ...
By Andrew J. Friedenthal
May 14, 2019
The first sustained study of the DC Comics Multiverse, this book explores its history, meanings, and lasting influence. The multiverse is a unique exercise in world-building: a series of parallel and interactive worlds with a cohesive cosmology, developed by various creators over more than 50 years...
By Matthew Freeman
February 25, 2019
An accessible introduction to the world of The Walking Dead, this book looks across platforms and analytical frameworks to characterize the fictional world of The Walking Dead and how its audiences make use of it. From comics and television to social media, apps, and mobile games, utilizing ...