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Mystery Shack Lookback

Sep 15, 2021

Charley and Ella are joined by fan studies scholar Abby Kirby ( to go in-depth on the cultural phenomenon of the Gravity Falls fandom during the show's first big hiatus. We also take a look at the browser game "Rumble's Revenge" and the secrets it contains.

Check out Abby's Gravity Falls anniversary zine project:

Read Abby's recent article about the show and its paratexts (MAJOR Gravity Falls spoilers within):

Play Rumble's Revenge via Flashpoint:

Watch our playthrough of Rumble's Revenge:

Download the theme song:

Cryptogram voice-over by Mike a.k.a. Scumm of

"Hall of Conspiracies" theme and chiptune theme song by 

Stan voice-over and theme song instrumental by

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Abby's citations:

  1. Gwynne, O. (2014) “Fan-Made Time: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit,” in K. M. Barton and J. M. Lampley (eds.) Fan CULTure: Essays on Participatory Fandom in the 21st Century. Jefferson, MO: McFarland, pp. 76–91.
  2. Hills, M. (2018). Always-On Fandom, Waiting and Bingeing: Psychoanalysis as an Engagement with Fans' "Infra-Ordinary' Experiences. In M. Click, & S. Scott (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom (1 ed., pp. 18-26). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  3. Jenkins, H. (2006). Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture. New York University Press.
  4. Gray, J. (2010). Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts. New York University Press.