This all-ages exhibition explores the things people like in our mass and global culture through collectables, contemporary art and design, fan art, and fandom sub-culture. Included are anime, manga and Japanese-inspired culture, comic books and graphic novels, literature and television fandom, furry fandom, music and real-person fandom. This is an international exhibition, with artists from Japan, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States. Some of the participating artists include Sebastian Masuda, Red Hong Yi, Cliff Wright, Marco d’Alfonso and others.

Image: Chewlio by Marco d'Alfonso. Banner image Wonder Woman cover by Marco d'Alfonso.

Fandom Faves


Based on: animated films, series, graphic novels – originated in Japanese entertainment
Examples: Pokémon, Hello Kitty
May be expressed through: comic books, conventions, tourism, retail merchandise

Literary Fandom:

Examples: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings
May be expressed through: Creation of fan fiction, Bardology (worship of William Shakespeare), real-life Quidditch sporting events


Based on: a sub-culture of Real Person Fiction focused on early 2000 rock groups but may also refer to those drawn to the culture around music and certain musicians
Examples: My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boys, Panic! at the Disco
May be expressed through: social networks, online communities and journaling platforms

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Family Art Class: Steampunk Costume Workshop

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18

Step into an artistic time machine and be transported back to the 19th-century era of steam-driven machinery, tea parties and Jules Verne adventures with this steampunk costume design workshop. Create stylized costume accessories. Co-facilitated by young designers of Steam-Driven Boutique in Wasilla, Alaska. Suitable for artists 5 years and older, with adult companions for participants under age 12 required. $10, members receive 10 percent discount.


Science of S.T.E.A.M.punk

1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18

Explore the S.T.E.A.M in steam punk through hands-on activities for families in the Discovery Center and Spark!Lab that highlight the creativity and imagination that emerges when mixing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Steampunk or other costumes encouraged. Included with admission.

Artist Studio: "Time After Time Capsule" with Sebastian Masuda

2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17

Join visiting Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda in creating a time capsule. Masuda, a style icon and leader in the “Harajuku Kawaii” art movement, guides participants of all ages to craft messages, which will be preserved as part of this global artwork. Masuda's "Time After Time Capsule," which currently is installed in The Art of Fandom exhibition, has gained international attention, traveling globally from Japan to New York and Amsterdam. Celebrating “Kawaii,” the quality of cute or loveable, the project incorporates icons like Hello Kitty and fantastical, fun and bright materials. All ages are invited to come play and create with Sebastian Masuda as a part of The Art of Fandom exhibition. Free.