The winner for the Short Mr. Pointy for the best article or chapter or online short scholarly work published in 2011 is:
- Bennett, Eve. "Deconstructing the Dream Factory: Personal Fantasy and Corporate Manipulation in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse." Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association 9.1 (2011): n. pag. Web. 1 June 2012.
I will say that I was impressed with not only the scholarship in this analysis of the series, but also how accessible it is to a general audience. Eve has managed a great marriage of style and insight.
The winner for the Long Mr. Pointy for the best scholarly book published in 2011 is:
- Macnaughtan, Don, ed. The Buffyverse Catalog: A Complete Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel in Print, Film, Television, Comics, Games and Other Media, 1992–2010. Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland, 2011. Print.
I'll post about his presentation with our own Alysa Hornick on cataloging the Whedonverses later this week, but I can say that his book not only has citations, but descriptions of the work catalogued, which ranges from Season 8 to scholarly books to fanvid sites. Invaluable. Write your library today to have them buy it.
Additionally, all conferees at the Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses in Vancouver had the opportunity to vote for the best conference presentation. The winner of the Paper Mr. Pointy is...
- Iatropoulos, Mary Ellen. "Defining Joss Whedon's Disability Narrative Ethic: The Impairment Arcs of Lindsey McDonald, Bennett Halverson, and Xander Harris." The 5th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. 13 July 2012. Presentation.
File this one under "Wish I had attended that panel." Of course it's my own fault: I should have gone as a teacher of disability studies and someone who's written about Xander. Curse you, conference luck fairies! Grr! Argh!
At least that one's going to be in the forthcoming disability studies book on Joss Whedon, so I'll have another shot at it.
Edit from KR: We were remiss to leave out the two special Mr. Pointy award winners. The above winners were announced in the official email from the WSA, but we were planning on covering the special award winners in our recaps.
At the Slayage banquet, Matthew Pateman presented our friend Nikki Stafford with the first special Mr. Pointy Award for her Great Buffy Rewatch project (in which both David and I participated).
On the final day of the conference, Alysa Hornick, who is a member of the Watcher Junior editorial board, received the second special Mr. Pointy award for Whedonology: An Academic Whedonstudies Bibliography and her ongoing contributions to scholarship on the Whedonverses.