Fan Conventions

  • Events Calendar for September 2014

    By Jennifer Rose Hale on lundi, 1 September 2014 - 2:21pm
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    Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of September! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

    • A Fantastic Legacy: Diana Wynne Jones Memorial Conference honors the life and work of the 20th century writer of British children's fantasy. The conference, for both scholars and fans, is hosted by Newcastle University and Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, and takes place September 5-6 in Newcastle, England.

    • HawaiiCon bills itself as the "first sci-fi, science, and fantasy tropical vacation convention." This year's event is scheduled for September 12-14 on the Kohala Coast. Guests include Jane Espenson, Walter Koenig, and Cree Summer.

    • Fanlore's Stub September encourages fans to contribute their expertise to the site. A stub is an article on Fanlore that is under-developed and missing important information. Right now, there are over 1,600 pages on Fanlore already identified as stubs. You’re invited to use the list to find a page where you know something about the topic, and edit the page to add your new information. Need help getting started? The Wiki Committee will host an editing party on Sunday, September 14, at 19:00 UTC.

    • The Metafandom Unconference is being hosted by the University of Waterloo’s Games Institute and the IMMERSe Research Network September 18-19 in Ontario. Unconferences are "gatherings of interested scholars and experts, where they have informed conversations on a particular topic--fandom and fan studies, in this case!"

    • Wolf Moon Con is the first unofficial Teen Wolf fan convention in Spain! Scheduled for September 19-21 in Madrid, the con will host actors of this series, including Tyler Hoechlin, Ian Bohen, and JR Bourne.

    • Rose City Comic Con takes place September 20-21 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, and will be co-produced by both Emerald City Comicon and Rose City Comic Con, combining the talents and organizational efforts for one event. Celebrity guests include Michael Biehn, Ernie Hudson, Wil Wheaton, and Sean Astin.

    Calls for Papers this month come from:

    • The Cultural Transformations Research Group, Aarhus University, is hosting Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures in November and is soliciting papers by September 5. Topics may include "the Construction of Otherness in Fandom and Fan Works," "Monstrosity, the Abject, and Uncanny in Fan Fiction, Fandoms, and Celebrityhood," and "the (Im)Material Other Worlds of Fandoms and the Alternative Spaces of Fan Communities."


    The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that's not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!

  • OTW Fannews: Cons, Cons, Cons

    By Claudia Rebaza on vendredi, 15 August 2014 - 6:12pm
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    • As many cons are opening their doors this month, SDCC continues to draw a lot of media attention. Vox wrote about its evolution. "Please understand: I don't think anyone is wrong to love Hall H...But when the only pursuit our films have is awesomeness, and humanity is leeched out of so many of them, it's not hard to look at all of the marketing here and wonder whether it's time to stop asking for the 90th iteration of the same old thing and, instead, hope for something new...There's a beauty and purity to the expression of love that is fandom, but Hollywood has figured out a little too well how to channel that in events like Comic-Con. We are invited, over and over again, to keep paying homage at the same temples, to the same gods. We celebrate, and we celebrate, and we celebrate, but we forget all too often to create."
    • Early fanzine publisher Maggie Thompson spoke about cons and comics. "You get people who just huff and huff, but there are more comics dealers today, certainly, than there were in 1976! And the people putting on the convention have always made an effort to promote the comic books that are part of that outreach. At the Eisner Awards, I heard people commenting bitterly, ‘Ooh, they’ve got all these celebrities, the comics people aren’t good enough.' And I’m going, you know what? These guys are fans too! Samuel L. Jackson’s a comic book fan. Jonathan Ross is a London celebrity host of a talk show, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a fan. And it’s one of the things that I love, because it’s the common love that brings us all together. "
    • NPR's Monkey See blog discussed SDCC and anxiety. "And the first thing I learned — confirmed for myself, really — is that Comic-Con is much, much less weird than a lot of people who don't attend it make it out to be. I encountered so many contemptuous tweets about it in absentia, so many assumptions that this was, at best, some kind of Weirdo Dude Ranch where, for once, freaks have the opportunity to be among their own. And I'm not saying there's none of that, particularly if among freaks and weirdos you count those who would wryly attach that label to themselves. It is, quite clearly, a haven. But I dare you to watch and conclude that the extreme football fan tailgaters profiled therein — who tend to be tagged as extreme in their enthusiasms but not socially derided — are less weird than the people of Comic-Con."
    • The L.A. Times saw MTV's fandom awards at SDCC as the next step in marketing. "Despite all of its efforts, it's unclear whether Hollywood will ever figure out how to harness fan enthusiasm — be it through social media, Comic-Con, or any other avenues — in a way that consistently translates into profits. 'Veronica Mars' fans may have brought the long-canceled show to the big screen with their Kickstarter donations, but, despite all the talk of the revolutionary power of crowd-funding, the movie ultimately proved a box office dud, grossing just over $3 million. As former Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart wrote last week on Deadline.com, 'One studio chief told me recently that all social marketing represents is a road map for spending less money while still failing to find an audience.'"

    What are your favorite cons? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • OTW Fannews: Studying Fandom

    By Jennifer Rose Hale on mercredi, 13 August 2014 - 4:54pm
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    • The International Business Times was one of many outlets that wrote about a college course on Game of Thrones. "The students also take turns to lead classroom discussions, which touch on diverse topics including racialism, fanfiction, gender roles and power, identity formation, incest, cultural allegory and, of course, good, evil and the grey area in between. For their final assignment, students will create their own addition to the Game of Thrones saga."
    • A PhD candidate created a website to share her research on fanfiction and is looking for comments. "The Fandom Then/Now project presents research conducted in 2008 and uses it to facilitate conversations about fan fiction's past and future. What do you notice in the data from 2008? What do you think about the intersections between fan fiction and romantic storytelling? Now, in 2014, what has and hasn't changed about fans' reading and writing practices?"
    • The Washington Post wanted to know why female fans scream. "'When men cry at a sports event, it’s very similar' to the screaming that takes place at a One Direction concert, says author Rachel Simmons. 'It wouldn’t be okay for men to do that anywhere else. But the sporting event sanctions that behavior.' Simmons is the author of 'The Curse of the Good Girl,' a book in which she argues that young women are unfairly asked to squeeze into an impossible mold of politeness and modesty. Simmons says a concert is a unique event that gives girls the rare opportunity to break out of those roles. 'In their day-to-day, non-concert-going lives, girls don’t have a lot of permission to scream,' she says. 'A concert offers an oasis from the daily rules about being good girls. Screaming is about letting go and leaving the confines of being the self-conscious pleaser.'"
    • Comics Beat cited a recent study which showed that younger congoers are evenly split between males and females, with a skew toward men among older congoers. "I can’t wait to see the comments talking about how this survey isn’t as valid as something some comcis publishers did 40 years ago, or these fans don’t actually BUY things or they don’t really READ comics and blah blah blah. The truth is: the world is changing and this time it’s for the better." Indeed, for yet another year different media outlets continue to rediscover that fans aren't all male.

    What fandom studies have grabbed you? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • OTW at LonCon and Dragon Con!

    By Claudia Rebaza on dimanche, 10 August 2014 - 6:40pm
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    At this year's LonCon, the 2014 host of WorldCon, the OTW will be hosting a table at LonCon's Transformative Works tent. The tent will be located in the "Fan Village," which should be clearly marked on the LonCon programming map. If you're planning on attending, you'll be able to stop by all weekend to pick up org-related info and goodies and chat with staff.

    Additionally, we have volunteers scheduled to staff the location between 1:00-2:30 on Friday and 2:00 - 3:00 on Saturday, so if you stop by then, you'll be guaranteed to speak to an OTW representative. :)

    Several OTW staff members will also be presenting panels and talks at the convention. Notably, Karen Hellekson, the Chair of the Journal committee, will be a keynote speaker at the con.

    LonCon OTW schedule:

    Friday, August 15:
    * 1:00 – 2:30 pm: OTW representatives will be staffing our space in the Transformative Works tent in the Fan Village
    * 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Karen Hellekson will be a panelist on "Lifecycles of Fans and Fandom."

    Saturday, August 16:
    * 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: OTW board member Eylul Dogruel will be participating in a panel on "Fan Activism."
    * 2:00 – 3:00 pm: OTW representatives will be staffing our space in the Transformative Works tent in the Fan Village

    Sunday, August 17:

    * 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Karen Hellekson will be participating on a panel about authors supporting fanfiction, with authors including Seanan McGuire and Patrick Rothfuss, entitled "Fan Activism."
    * 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: OTW board member Andrea Horbinski will be moderating a panel on "Representation, Whitewashing, and Internationalism in Fandom," featuring fellow OTW board member Eylul Dogruel.

    Monday, August 18:

    * 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Karen Hellekson will deliver a keynote talk on "Affirmational and Transformational Doctor Who Fan Videos."

    If you're attending LonCon, please consider coming out and supporting our OTW panelists, or just drop by our tent and say hi!

    If you know of other OTW members who will be participating in panels at LonCon this weekend, please contact us to let us know. Thanks!


    OTW at Dragon Con

    Dragon Con is fast approaching, and the OTW is looking for members, volunteers, staffers and friends in our community who are interested in hosting OTW-related events, participating in potential projects, or just having an informal get-together.

    If you're attending DC and you're interested, please contact us and let us know what your plans are!

    Thanks!

  • OTW Fannews: The Fannish Perspective

    By Janita Burgess on jeudi, 7 August 2014 - 4:50pm
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    OTW Fannews The Fannish Perspective

    • Many theater productions revolve around fannish topics or themes. As a review of Miss Emma’s Matchmaking Agency for Literary Characters dubbed it, the play "is staged fan fiction, imagining how the likes of Dorian Gray (Nick Martin), Jane Eyre (Sage Tanguay) and Philip Marlowe (Caleb Erikson) might interact if they jumped off the page."
    • The Escapist featured Pokemon crossover fanart. "Emery posts her art on a Tumblr account called Attack on Pokemon, and she posts sketches on a separate blog. Her art can be purchased as prints through DeviantArt. The opening line of the first opening theme song for Attack on Titan says, 'They're the prey, and we are the hunters.' In a way, Pokemon are the prey for trainers hoping to capture at least one of every species or attack them for experience. Now imagine them all as titans; no more 10-year-olds on innocent adventures."
    • At Jezebel, Mark Shrayber cited Fanlore and AO3 in explaining 'knotting' to readers. "Of course knotting isn't as visceral in the same way something like extreme pornography may be due to the fact that it's not only fictional but also (technically) impossible. But fiction of this nature is also becoming a mainstream staple of internet culture, which always bears discussion. Today it's a panel at a failed convention; tomorrow it might be the subject of a semester-long university course."
    • The Roanoke Times profiled a small hometown fan-con. "Just about a dozen people paid the $35 entrance fee this year, causing Hubert to question the future of the event. If she does it next year, she said it will probably just be a party in her house...'I’m trying to help other people get over their fear like I used to be afraid to tell people what I do,' Hubert said. 'So it’s kind of like trying to get people to come out from behind their computer and come out of their shell a little bit so they don’t feel like they’re alone. We’re all just as geeky and introverted as the other person and it’s OK for us come together every once in a while. Especially if it’s just once a year, we can handle that.'”

    Where have you come across a fannish perspective? Write about it in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • OTW Fannews: Defining Fans

    By Jennifer Rose Hale on dimanche, 3 August 2014 - 5:29pm
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    • In The Washington Post Alyssa Rosenberg claimed that political discourse was taking over cultural conversations. "We treat people whose interpretations differ from our own as if they are acting in bad faith...we demand that significant figures in cultural commentary have something to say about every big event so we can check their reactions against our sense of what they ought to feel to remain in good standing. It is impossible to measure membership in fan communities the same way we measure party registration or church membership and attendance. As social media has made conversations that once took place in fanzines and on message boards more visible, it has become quite common for users to include the teams they root for, the shows they watch religiously and the movie and book franchises they love in their online biographies, along with information about their work and family lives."
    • A number of fans objected to their portrait in regards to Dashcon by Alex Goldman at TLDR. "What is there to learn from this? Well, it speaks a bit to the nature of interaction on the web and how poorly it can translate to the real world. So much of fandom is organic and has a sort of perpetual motion to it. It requires no organization. Fandoms mutate, coalesce around certain concepts and ideas, and slowly change over time. And if you want, say, Scott McCall to fall in love with Jacob Black in the bathroom at a Denny’s in Lawrence, Kansas, you don’t need to consult anyone. You can just will it into existence. If people like it, it will become part of fan canon."
    • Meanwhile, the Baltimore Post Examiner suggested the problem was focusing a con on a social media site. "While I have no experience in running conventions, I do have quite a bit in fandom. And that’s what this was, really: a fandom convention, just for the fandoms that Tumblr thinks are popular. The key word here is 'thinks.' The top category of content on Tumblr, according to founder David Karp? Fashion. The amount of fashion-related events and panels at Dashcon? Two. But hey, a lot of people are vocal about liking these British TV shows, so let’s put that on our top priority!"
    • While fans define themselves by their passions, Wikia is trying to quantify fans for others, claiming they fall into nine personality profiles. They also provide data on their users. "Wikia's fan base is more dedicated, influential and valuable than other social platforms in a variety of instances. Wikia fans are 71% more likely to play video games for over 20 hours per week (compared to Facebook's -1%, YouTube's 8% and Twitter's 17%); Wikia fans are 106% more likely to consume over five movies in theaters in the past month (compared to Facebook's 17%, YouTube's 35% and Twitter's 66%); Wikia fans are 201% more likely to have spent over $200 on online music in the past six months (compared to Facebook's 42%, YouTube's 43% and Twitter's 67%)."

    How do you define fandom, and what events were key to your view? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • Events Calendar for August 2014

    By Kiri Van Santen on vendredi, 1 August 2014 - 4:49pm
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    Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of August! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

    • Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014 is a "large fan-run multi-genre geek event in London August 8-10. Nine Worlds aims to promote fan-led events, and have conversations with creators (writers, directors) in a safe, diverse environment." All proceeds from the Nine Worlds convention will go to their charity partner English PEN, a charity that supports persecuted writers around the world and is the UK's oldest human rights organization.
    • SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is a Japanese pop culture convention August 9-10 that is devoted to artists, creators and fans alike. The primary focus is to allow fans to meet and interact with other like-minded people, show off their own creative talents, buy anime and manga related goods, and celebrate their fandom in a social environment. SMASH! encourages all forms of anime fandom through a variety of activities such as cosplay, panels, games, and other special popular culture events.
    • Creatures of the Night is a one day convention August 10 in Sydney, Australia. Teen Wolf fans can participated in Guest Talks, Photo and Autograph sessions, VIP option and lots of fun! Live guests include Holland Roden, Ian Bohen, and Sinqua Walls

      More about Teen Wolf on Fanlore

    • LonCon 2014 will be the 72nd meeting of the World Science Fiction Convention in London August 14-18. It will be the 75th anniversary of the very first Worldcon held in New York in 1939 - something they will be celebrating within their programme and events.

      Loncon 3 will be a celebration of science fiction in all its forms with over 7,000 fans expected, along with hundreds of writers, editors, artists, and other professionals from across the genre.

      Transformative Works and Cultures editor, Karen Hellekson, will be delivering one of the Academic keynote presentations, and will discuss a range of Doctor Who fan videos, including those that recreate missing episodes and reframe post-2005 episodes.

      More about Worldcon on Fanlore

    • Wizard World Comic Con will hit Chicago August 21-24! Chicago Comic Con is a comic and pop culture convention featuring panels involving celebrities, entertainers, and creators from a diverse range of entertainment. Special events, autograph signings, an exhibition hall, and meet and greets. Featured guests include, cast of the Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Marvel Films, and more.

    Calls for Papers this month come from:

    • Fandom: Practices and Participatory Cultures. Fandoms represent participatory communities that are so thoroughly inscribed within our social fabric, and integral to the way many individuals understand their identity, that it warrants holistic study in an interdisciplinary context.

      The 2nd Global Conference on Fandom: Practices and Participatory Cultures facilitates deeper engagements involving participants from across disciplinary and professional backgrounds in explorations of the nature, meaning and implications of fandom as it impacts individuals, fan communities and the societies in which they operate. The Steering Group welcome the submission of proposals for presentations, workshops, preconstituted panels, performances and installations that explore themes such as Intersections between Fandom and Tourism, Fan Practices and Culture, "Understanding the fan" and more. Deadline for 300 word abstract is 15 August 2014.

    • Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen: Adaptation/Reception/Transformation is an essay collection that proposes to explore the cultural, political, aesthetic, and pedagogical implications of the adaptation of this generation-defining young adult narrative in order to expand our scholarly understanding of this far-reaching international literary and cinematic event, consider what we can learn about the process of cinematic adaptation of literary sources, and facilitate the classroom exploration of the Harry Potter series. Some questions that might be considered:

      · How does the overlapping adaptation history of the Harry Potter series affect theoretical questions of fidelity, interpretation, and transformation in film adaptation studies?

      · In what ways do the novel and movie series represent the same or different narrative universes?

      · How was the dual development of the novel and film series affected by the concurrent development of Web 2.0 and interactive fan culture?

      Interested contributors may email inquiries or one page abstracts by 15 August 2014.

      More about Harry Potter on Fanlore

    • CFP: Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures Cultural Transformations Research Group at Aarhus University, located in Aarhus, Denmark, is pleased to announce that qualified research papers are considered for prospective publication in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Otherness: Essays and Studies. The notions of otherness and transgression play an essential part in the cultural work and practices celebrities and fandoms perform inasmuch as these concepts are inseparable from the celebrity and fan cultural processes of social in/exclusion, identification and dissociation, uniformity and diversification, and forces both drawing and disrupting demarcations between normalcy and deviance.

      Welcome Topics Include: The Intersection of Celebrity and Fan Studies, Sex, Gender, Sexual Differing, and Queering the Fan / Celebrity Body, Cross-Over Celebrities; Ethnicity, Hybridity, and Fandom in Transcultural Contexts, Social Media and the Construction of Celebrity as Other

      Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by Friday, August 22, 2014

    Help out a researcher!

    This month we have received two requests for fans to take part in research.

    The first request is from Lucy Baker. She is researching genderswap fanworks (commercial and non-commercial) as part of her thesis and is asking for fans to take a survey about fans' perception and enjoyment of genderswap fanworks. She is also looking for participants to interview as well.

    Her research has been approved by the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee and if anyone has any queries they can email her at lucy.baker [at] griffithuni.edu.au or contact her associate supervisor Margaret Gibson at margaret.gibson [at] griffith.edu.au or supervisor David Ellison at david.ellison [at] griffith.edu.au.

    Lucy is also available by Skype at ID mslucybaker, by telephone +61 422 415 238, or by mail at:

    School of Humanities,
    Nathan campus,
    Griffith University,
    170 Kessels Road QLD 4111, Australia.

    The research results will be shared with participants and online as part of her completed thesis.

    Our second request is from Katie Morrissey. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is researching fan fiction for her dissertation. She's been researching fan cultures for some time and wants to publicly share some of her research with fans/fan communities and get your comments!

    The Fandom Then/Now website has been launched to share this work. In turn, the project seeks comments and observations from fans on the project and some its ongoing research questions. These comments will be used for research purposes and may be incorporated into the project. Keep in mind that your public comments on this project and the pseudonym you use with them could potentially be used as part of presentations and publications connected to this research, so if this is a concern you can protect your identity to keep your fan pseudonyms out of any publications/presentations.

    Katie's project has been reviewed and granted Exempt Status by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's (USA) Institutional Review Board. The project identification number is IRB#: 14.399. The UWM IRB may be reached by emailing irbinfo@uwm.edu or calling (414) 229-3173.

    If you have questions about the research, her dissertation advisor is Dr. Tasha Oren. She can be reached at tgoren [at] uwm.edu or through the English Department's phone number at 414-229-4511. Katie can also be reached at fandomthennow [at] katiedidnt.net or morriss9 [at] uwm.edu.

    If you have requests for research participation, please view our policy for inclusion at our website.


    The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that's not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!

  • OTW Fannews: To fan or not to fan

    By Kiri Van Santen on jeudi, 3 July 2014 - 4:48pm
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    • An L.A. Weekly article on why musician John Roderick couldn't be a fan brought about a number of responses. "[T]here was a turning point somewhere at the end of grade school where kids started lining up behind brands. I mean, I read Mad magazine, but I wouldn't have called myself a fan; the whole point of Mad was that they were ripping you off and laughing at you. The British invasion bands kinda smirked at their fans, too. My fandom pretty much stopped at the door. I owned the records, what else was I supposed to do?...Maybe that's what I dislike about fandom: commitment. I never wanted to be so tied to a band that I couldn't pull back."
    • Writer Jessica Khoury wrote at NPR about what Harry Potter brought to her life. "Did I lose some friends? I did. I remember telling some that I'd read the books and even liked them, and in shock they'd declared our friendship over, that we'd never speak again. And it was true, we never did — but to my surprise, I found myself relieved. I never once missed them. I heard others whispering Did you hear that Jessica read Harry Potter? and I smiled. Years later, I would sit in a theater with some of those same friends — and even my parents — for the opening night screening of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Years later, I'd find myself holding a butterbeer and crying in the middle of Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, because here was where it all began. Here was the beginning of my autonomy."
    • The Austin Chronicle claimed that the ATX Television Festival "caters to – and initiates – a new kind of fandom", saying it's "hitting its stride with audiences who increasingly view, review, and talk about TV the way they view, review, and talk about film. Around 1,200 of what co-founders Emily Gipson and Caitlin McFarland alternately call 'quality television viewers' and 'DVD extra fans' are...the viewers for whom ATXTVF was created. 'They're fans, but they're interested in the industry,' says McFar­land. 'Showrunners and creators are their rock stars.'"
    • Arizona State University's news service profiled a faculty member who wrote about football fandom in Africa. "'It was very clear that people felt the vuvuzela was a fundamental threat to a specific Eurocentric version of football,' Kassing added. 'And therefore it was not seen, at least by most people commenting, as a legitimate or alternative fan tradition.' Those posting in defense of the vuvuzela used humor and irony to make their points. Comments included, 'Who let all the locals in, honking their strange instruments, dancing around and having a good time. Football should be watched in silence,' along with, 'The incessant droning noise completely destroys the pleasure of watching the sport on TV. Please ban Formula 1 immediately'."

    What made you become a fan? Write about your fannish history on Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • Events Calendar for July 2014

    By Angela Nichols on mardi, 1 July 2014 - 5:30pm
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    Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of July! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

    • The Almost Human fandom believes that Fox's decision to cancel Almost Human was disappointing, but they want to send the boys out in a blaze of creativity! The Almost Husbands Fic Challange is a mini Jorian fic and art challenge, with open posting throughout July. Slash and close friendship pieces welcome.

      More about Almost Human on Fanlore

    • Westercon is the "West Coast Science Fantasy Conference" held annually in the western part of the United States. Westercon 67 will take place in Sacramento, California from 3-6 July 2014. In addition to workshops and panels, the program features special guests, a masquerade and costume ball, an art show, musical events, and a writers workshop.

      More about Westercon on Fanlore

    • Readercon is an annual conference or convention devoted to "imaginative literature" — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called "slipstream." Readercon features over 150 writers, editors, publishers, and critics, attracting prominent figures from across the U.S., and international. They are joined by some 600 of their most passionate and articulate readers for a long weekend of intense conversation. Readercon 25 is 10-13 July 2014 in Burlington, Massachusetts.

      More about Readercon on Fanlore

    • Wolf's Bane The UK's second Teen Wolf convention, will be in Birmingham 11-13 July. The weekend will be complete with Guest Talks, Photo and Autograph sessions, Evening Entertainment and lots of fun! Guests include Holland Roden, JR Bourne, Daniel Sharman, Adam Fristoe, Seth Gilliam, Charlie Carver, and Max Carver.

      More about Teen Wolf on Fanlore

    • DashCon is an event on where Tumblr fans can gather and meet. Tumblr is a community so full of love, support, and creativity, and DashCon will be a place where they collaborate and connect outside of their laptops in Chicago 11-13 July 2014.

      More about Tumblr on Fanlore

    • System Administrator Appreciation Day is held to show appreciation for the work of systems administrators and other IT workers. It is celebrated on the last Friday in July. The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on 28 July 2000. There are many suggestions for the proper observation of the holiday, the most common being cake and ice cream, so if you're reading this, thank your SysAdmins!
    • Comic Con International returns to San Diego, California for its 45th year. This mult-media, multi-genre, multi-fandom convention features panels involving celebrities, entertainers, and creators from a diverse range of entertainment. Special events, autograph signings, an exhibition hall, and screenings of films and television episodes occur throughout the 4-day event. San Diego Comic-Con will run from 24-27 July.

      More about Comic Con International on Fanlore

    Calls for Papers this month come from:

    • “Manga Futures: Institutional and Fannish Approaches in Japan and Beyond” Manga Studies is now emerging as an important field of scholarship and criticism within Japanese Studies and Cultural Studies. Today’s students are not simply consumers of manga. They live in a convergent media environment where they occupy multiple roles as fans, students and “produsers” (producers + users) of Japanese cultural content. Many students are engaged in “scanlation” and “fansubbing” sites as well as the production and dissemination of dōjin (fan-produced) work. These practices contribute to manga’s global appeal, influence and ease of access, but also raise ethical and legal issues, not least infringement of copyright.

      Invited proposals include, but are not limited to, the following themes: Fan appropriations of and contributions to manga culture in Japan and beyond, Ethical and legal challenges in the production and consumption of manga, Institutional support for or criticism of manga culture, The use of manga in Japan studies and Japan language pedagogy, The future of “manga studies” – theory and methods.
      Due date for proposals: 13 July 2014

    Help out a researcher!

    This month we have received a request for research participation from Barbara Galiza, a masters student of Digital Culture & Society at King's College London. She is writing a thesis on the evolution of digital platforms used for fandom and is looking for participants to answer a survey. Her study was approved by the college's Research Ethics Office.

    If you have any questions about her research, she may be contacted at barbara.galiza [at] kcl.ac.uk. Her supervisor is Btihaj Ajana who may be reached at btihaj.ajana [at] kcl.ac.uk and by telephone at +44 (0)20 7848 1011, or by mail at:

    King's College London
    Room 222, 26-29 Drury Lane
    London WC2B 5RL

    The research results will be presented at the Digital Research in Humanities and Arts conference in September and her completed dissertation will be published online and shared with the OTW.

    If you have requests for research participation, please view our policy for inclusion at our website.


    The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that's not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!

  • Join the OTW at LonCon or Nine Worlds

    By Claudia Rebaza on lundi, 16 June 2014 - 6:12pm
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    Banner by Diane with the outlines of a man and woman speaking with word bubbles, one of which has the OTW logo and the other which says 'OTW Announcement'

    The OTW has an opportunity to participate in two upcoming fandom-friendly conventions in the UK: Nine Worlds (Aug. 8-10) and LonCon 3, home of this year's WorldCon (Aug. 14-18). We are looking to do meetups for members, fans, and supporters of the OTW and its projects. Depending on the number of members we have in attendance, we may also have the possibility of staffing promotional tables and/or doing workshops or small Q&As for attendees.

    Nine Worlds is a new con created on the premise of embracing fan culture. LonCon will be having a transformative fanworks programming track for the first time in its history this year. This is an important opportunity for OTW to reach new audiences who are primed to learn more about what we do.

    If you are an OTW member who will be attending either of these cons, we would like to invite you to join us in creating an OTW presence. If you are interested in helping by staffing a booth, hosting a meetup, participating in a workshop or other informational session, or just showing up to lend moral support, please email the Development and Membership committee. Even if you aren't able to help staff an OTW event but are going to be at the cons, we would like to hear from you so that we can gauge the potential number of attendees at an OTW meetup event.

    Please feel free to pass the word to friends and supporters of the org who are attending these cons, and don't hesitate to email Development and Membership if you have questions.

    Thanks, and happy con-going!

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