|Type of site||Online magazine|
|Created by||Sarah Zupko|
|Alexa rank||21,479 (March 2013[update])|
PopMatters is an international online magazine of cultural criticism that covers many aspects of popular culture. PopMatters publishes reviews, interviews, and detailed essays on most cultural products and expressions in areas such as music, television, films, books, video games, comics, sports, theater, visual arts, travel, and the Internet.
PopMatters was founded by Sarah Zupko, who had previously established the cultural studies academic resource site PopCultures. PopMatters launched in the fall of 1999 as a sister site providing original essays, reviews and criticism of various media products. Over time, the site went from a weekly publication schedule to a five-day-a-week magazine format, expanding into regular reviews, features, and columns. In the fall of 2005, monthly readership exceeded one million.
PopMatters published "Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion", ed. by Mary Money, with Titan Books in May 2012. PopMatters published four books in a series with Counterpoint/Soft Skull in 2008-2009 including "China Underground" by Zachary Mexico, "Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music" by Edward Whitelock and David Janssen, "Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists" by Iain Ellis, and "The Solitary Vice: Against Reading" by Mikita Brottman.
PopMatters publishes content from contributors located around the globe, based in six continents and numerous countries. Its staff includes writers from various backgrounds, ranging from academics and professional journalists to career professionals and first time writers. Many of its writers are published authorities in various fields of study. Notable former contributors include Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate.com; Steven Hyden, staff writer for Grantland and author of Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation?; and Rob Horning, Executive Editor of The New Inquiry.
- Karen Zarker, Sr. Editor, Ops. Mngr., and Books Series Manager
- Cynthia Fuchs, Film & TV Reviews
- Evan Sawdey, Interviews
- G. Christopher Williams, Multimedia
- shathley Q, Comics
- Arnold Pan, Music
- Kiel Hauck, Events
- Colin McGuire, Music Reviews
- Arnold Pan
- Bill Gibron
- Matt Mazur
- Stuart Henderson
- Josh Indar
- C.E. McAuley
- Jake Meaney
- George Russell
- Karen Zarker
- Sarah Zupko
- Adrien Begrand
- Bill Gibron
- Matt Mazur
- Lynnette Porter
PopMatters currently hosts an ever-growing number of blogs, including:
- "Moving Pixels," a look at video game arts by G. Christopher Williams;
- "Sound Affects," a music criticism blog edited by A. J. Ramirez;
- "Short Ends and Leader," a multi-faceted film blog by Bill Gibron;
- "Channel Surfing," a television blog edited by Sarah Zupko and Karen Zarker;
- "Graphic Novelties," all things involving comics and graphic fiction, edited by shathley Q;
- "Notes from the Road," live event coverage, edited by Sachyn Matal;
- "Re:Print," discussion of everything books, edited by Gabrielle Malcolm.
PopMatters also hosts a growing number of columnists, including:
- "Deep Focus," a television column by Lynnette Porter;
- "Ties That Bind," a music related column by Robert Loss;
- "The Next Reel," a film column by J.C. Maçek III;
- "In Defense Of...," a general pop culture column by Colin McGuire;
- "Retro Remote," a retro pop culture related column by Kit MacFarlane;
- "PopShots," a popular culture column by Glenn McDonald;
- "Worlds in Panels," a comics related column by Shaun Huston.
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- "Sarah Zupko: Why Pop Matters". Rockcriticsarchives.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "Partnership for McClatchy and PopMatters.com". Editor & Publisher. 2006-09-25.
- "Soft Skull and PopMatters Sitting In A Tree". Booksquare.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "Michael E. Ross MSNBC.com editor and correspondent". MSNBC.
- "David Weigel". PopMatters. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- Hyden, Steven. "An Interview with Doug Martsch". PopMatters. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- "Rob Horning". PopMatters. Retrieved 25 March 2013.