"I get handed about ten thesis papers about me a year. [The Dueling Personas of Kevin Smith] is the most fascinating one I've read." -- Kevin Smith
This excellent book started out as a thesis paper by Matthew Miller written while pursuing a Master's Degree in Film at Emory College. Today Matt teaches film at Oxford College and adds to his credits The Dueling Personas of Kevin Smith.
From the back:
Kevin Smith burst onto the film scene when his first film, CLERKS, wowed critics with its autobiographical antics. But from the ashes of the critical failure MALLRATS arose a rabid fanbase. Since then, Smith has walked a tightrope between pleasing critics and pacifying his fans. In this book, Matthew Miller examines the way in which the filmmaker has balanced (and sometimes failed to balance) these two motivations. Drawing upon films, comic books, interviews and Internet postings, Miller offers a look at Smith's complex manipulations of public image and fan culture.