• June 2013 Newsletter, Volume 70

    Étiquettes: Newsletter, OTW Sections


    Communications worked with Legal and Wiki to hold a celebration for Fanlore’s 25,000th article with a trivia contest. There were three winners, whose prizes have already been sent out by Development & Membership.

    Comms, Legal and DevMem have also been working together on plans for a San Diego Comic-Con event involving both a meetup and news coverage which will kick off on July 17.

  • OTW Events Calendar for July 2013

    Étiquettes: Fan Conventions, Fanfiction, OTW Sections, Studies, Event

    Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of July 2013! 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.

    • Westercon is the "West Coast Science Fantasy Conference" held annually in the western part of the United States. Westercon 66 will take place in Sacramento, California from 4-7 July 2013. 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.
      Read and share about Westercon on Fanlore
    • Readercon celebrates "imaginative literature" - that is, literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and unclassifiable works known as "slipstream." The 24th Readercon will be held 11-14 July in Burlington, Massachusetts. The annual convention brings together more than 150 professionals from the publishing industry from cross the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and sometimes even Australia and Japan. The event typically sees an attendance of over 600 readers and fans.
      Read and share about Readercon on Fanlore
    • The OTW is excited to be hosting a fan meetup and outreach event - A Meetup of Our Own at the San Diego Comic Con. The meetup will be held at the Tequila Bar & Grille at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina on Wednesday, July 17, 8:00-9:30pm. Complimentary margaritas, sodas, and chips and salsa will be provided. The event will also feature games, opportunities to socialize with other fans, and prize giveaways. A Comic Con registration is not required to attend. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    • Comic-Con International returns to San Diego, California for its 44th 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 18-21 July.
      Read and share about Comic-Con on Fanlore
    • Held in Messe Essen, Germany, Star Wars Celebration Europe II is an event for all ages. The Celebrations began in 1999 in Denver, Colorado and in 2007 went international to London, back to Los Angeles, to Tokyo, and then Orlando for the last one in 2012. The con contains exhibits, an interactive show floor, screenings, merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, and autograph sessions. Costuming workshops, academic discussions, behind-the-scenes insights, fan films, and sneak peeks at the future of Star Wars are all elements of Celebration as well.
      Read and share about Star Wars Celebration on Fanlore
    • SysAdmin 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 July 28, 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!
  • Announcing the Archive of Our Own Diversity Statement

    Étiquettes: Accessibility, Design, & Technology, Archive of Our Own, Internationalization & Outreach, Announcement

    The OTW is delighted to announce the implementation of the Archive of Our Own Diversity Statement.

    The AO3 Diversity Statement is intended to codify the Archive's pre-existing commitment to open expression and inclusive participation in the Archive project. We, the staff and volunteers of the OTW, have written this statement to express our principles, and to give you, our users, friends, and fellow fans, an explicit set of standards to which to hold us as we continue to develop the Archive. We hope that going forward the Diversity Statement will form a vital part of the Archive experience.

  • Proposed Content Policy ToS and FAQ changes

    Étiquettes: Archive of Our Own, Content Policy, Announcement

    In mid-March our Content Policy workgroup asked for user feedback about the following ways in which we would have to address the addition of fannish non-fiction content to the AO3. Because work type is not yet in place as part of the basic upload form, we have been working on a general policy focused on tagging. Based on internal and external feedback, we have made some changes to the initial proposal, though the basic structure remains the same.

    Continue reading on AO3 News

  • OTW Fannews: Cue the fans

    Étiquettes: Anime and Manga, Business Models, Fanfiction, Technology, Television, News of Note

    io9 created a post on the various TV shows whose canon took a swipe at fanfiction writers. The post cites examples from ST:TNG, Futurama, Supernatural, Buffy, X-Files, Daria, and concludes with what it cites as a fanfic twist from Roseanne. "Roseanne had long been established on the series as a frustrated writer, and the entire show is revealed as her writing the story of her life. The sudden change to fantasy at the end came when her life got awful after her husband's death, and she had to make up an alternate world to cope with the trauma. This twist ending, as strange and depressing as it was, heartily endorses everything the other shows condemned. What, it asks, is so wrong with writing a fun, escapist fantasy? It doesn't have to be great art to be a pursuit that allows a person a creative outlet which sparks their imagination and gives them a lot of pleasure. So take that, Star Trek."

  • The OTW invites you to Comic Con San Diego

    Étiquettes: Communications Committee, Development & Membership Committee, Fan Conventions, Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee, Event

    San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is a major multifandom event taking place each July; this year it's July 18-21. For the first time, the OTW will be covering SDCC, from the convention floor to Hall H lines, from the fan panels to tv, movie and author press rooms. Legal Committee staffer Heidi Tandy will be focusing on legal aspects of fandom, fannish interaction with content creators and other issues of interest to all fans, including fanfic writers, fanartists and vidders.

    In addition, the OTW is hosting a party on Wednesday, July 17, 8:00-9:30 p.m. PDT at the Tequila Bar & Grille at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina (333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 map and directions here. There will be complimentary margaritas, sodas, chips & salsa, a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity, giveaways and other meet & greet moments designed to welcome everyone to San Diego and Comic Con.

  • OTW Fannews: Love and respect

    Étiquettes: Fanart, Fannish Histories, Fannish Practices, Sports, Television, News of Note

    The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art opened a new exhibit last month called Love to Love You which "gathers art work that takes fan culture as a cue to examine not only the specifics of how we express affection for people far removed from us, but also what that means beyond the exact relationship between audience and creator." The exhibit focuses primarily on music and sports fandoms. "Elissa Goldstone creates objects where there is some resemblance to merchandise or objects that circulate in fan culture, but because of the handmade quality of it, it really has very emotive aspects. It also has a performative aspect, because she sits and watches games and keeps scorecards and then embroiders them, so it's fan identity as performance that then gets transferred to an object."

  • OTW Fannews: Cultural objects

    Étiquettes: Commercialization of Fans, Fandoms, Gender and Sexuality, News Media, OTW Sightings, News of Note

    The Barnard Center for Research on Women's blog proposed feminist remixes as the next step to combating negative media representations. "Through our studies, work, and activism, many of us have learned to be critical of these images, to deconstruct them in order to understand the assumptions and messages behind them." Remixes can then create something new out of the deconstructed work. Emeritus OTW Board member Francesca Coppa teamed with Elisa Kreisenger to present at this year’s Utopia conference. "Kreisinger encouraged Utopia attendees to try their own hand at remixing as a way to take back their identities from corporate commoditization and depict women in ways that do not revolve around heteronormative relationships and procreation. Her mantra and advice to fellow feminists: 'Don’t blame the media, become the media.'"

  • Strategic Planning releases report on Open Doors

    Étiquettes: Open Doors Committee, Strategic Planning, Report

    The Strategic Planning Committee is pleased to announce that we have completed our second committee report, which is on the Open Doors Committee.

    You can download the report as a PDF.

  • OTW Fannews: Project spaces

    Étiquettes: Commercialization of Fans, Fan Videos, Fanfiction, Fannish Practices, Television, News of Note

    In the post Fandom as Inhabitation of Negative Space, Tumblr blogger Saathi 1013 addressed the common question "Why don’t fanficcers write original stories instead of fanfic?” She uses the poetic concept of enjambment to explain the differences in thinking between fanfic and original writing. "[O]ne of the cool things about enjambment is that the break is...essentially a half-second of playing conceptual mad libs before your eye tracks to the next line and you finish the sentence...the way the author wants you to. But the thing is, good poets build that moment of unknowing into the meaning of the poem...It’s not just a pause for breath or for emphasis, but it can also be the thing that gives room for the poem to do something special: to ignite from the essential spark of the reader’s imagination, to turn and twist like a living thing, never the same twice."