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  • Events Calendar for August 2015

    By Janita Burgess on Saturday, 1 August 2015 - 4:37pm
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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 Conferences, Fan Events and Fests, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

    • Guests for this year's Texas Comicon include David Prowse and Paul Blake (Star Wars); Robert Axelrod, Barbara Goodson, and Catherine Sutherland (Power Rangers); and John Wesley Shipp (The Flash). Celebrity Q&As, a Halo Tournament, and a costume contest are among the highlights of the event, August 7-9 in San Antonio, Texas, United States.
    • When Words Collide: A Festival for Readers and Writers is an event for readers, writers, artists, and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, young adult, children's books, and poetry. Guests of honor include Diana Gabaldon (the Outlander series), Faith Hunter (the Skinwalker series), and literary agent Sally Harding. The festival also includes optional pre-festival workshops on manuscript development, plot structure, and more. It's August 14-15 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    • "Sasquan" is the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Worldcon, the annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans. Worldcons are the site of the Hugo Awards. The event is August 19-23 in Spokane, Washington, United States.
    • Auto Assembly 2015 is "Europe's largest Transformers convention" and takes place each year in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom. This year's guests include Sumalee Montano and James Horan (Arcee and Wheeljack from Transformers: Prime) and writer James Roberts (More Than Meets the Eye). The event, August 21-23, includes an artists' alley and goodie bags for attendees.
    • Dragon*Con is one of the largest multimedia fan conventions and is held annually on Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. This year's Dragon*Con is September 4-7 and features guests John Barrowman (Torchwood), David Ramsey (Arrow), author Mercedes Lackey, Candice Patton (The Flash), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), and Edward James Olmos.

    Calls for Papers this month come from:

    • The Journal of Fandom Studies Special Issue on Ethics in Fan Studies. This special issue aims to examine these and related questions: What should ethics in fan studies look like? Do we need a standard ethical framework? How should fan studies scholars approach ethical issues in their work? What does the future of the field hold? Submit proposals for papers (250-400 words) by August 15.
    • Call for Chapter Proposals: Doctor Who and History. Contributions are being accepted for an edited volume that focuses on Doctor Who and History: A Cultural Perspective. While there have been many publications recently celebrating the show’s longevity, or those reflecting on the programme as a product of the BBC as British institution, this volume focuses specifically on the topic of history. Proposals/abstracts should be 300-350 words in length and submitted by September 1. Accepted proposals will be developed into 5,000- to 8,000-word essays (including notes and references).
    • Call for Participants: Shame, Gender, and Cultural Capital: The Problems of Reading and Writing Fan Fiction. This is a call for participants for a panel at PCA/ACA 2016. There are very specific histories and stigmas associated with women’s writing and reading. Whether it’s a question of popular reading or canon formation, the responses are still the same: “That’s not good for you!” “That’s trashy!" “Why can’t you read Serious Literature?” Instead, the big questions to consider could be: “Why is reading and writing fic a problem for some people?” and “Where does reading fit into participatory culture?” This roundtable would like to discuss how the fan models of women’s writing and its reception is complicated both through genre and fan history. A statement of interest is due September 1.

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

  • Happy SysAdmin Day!

    By Kiri Van Santen on Friday, 31 July 2015 - 4:12pm
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    In honour of this year's SysAdmin Day, the OTW would like to salute system administrators everywhere for their hard work! We'd especially like to thank our own staff for the work they do to support the OTW and our projects.

    Our Systems Committee maintains the infrastructure that runs the Archive of Our Own, the site for Open Doors, and the platforms that host both Transformative Works & Cultures and the Fanhackers blog. They’re also the committee that makes sure Fanlore's servers are running properly.

    Internally, Systems is responsible for the servers that host our email, internal documents, and volunteer records, and they research what our tech needs will likely be in the coming years.

    Systems is hard at work 365 days a year, keeping the OTW running. They even get out of bed in the middle of the night to fix unexpected issues!

    Systems—thank you for everything you do! <3

  • OTW Legal Staffers Participate in SDCC "Fandom is My Fandom" Panel

    By Janita Burgess on Friday, 24 July 2015 - 5:18pm
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    SDCC Fandom is My Fandom panelists.

    At this year's San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), OTW Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt participated in the Fandom is My Fandom panel, moderated by Legal's Heidi Tandy.

    Betsy and Heidi were joined by Amanda Brennan (Community and Content Tumblarian), Flourish Klink (Chaotic Good, Inc., Transmedia Producer for East Los High), Meredith Levine (Fanthropologist, ZEFR), Aron Levitz (Head of Business Development, WattPad), Elizabeth Minkel (Writer, New Statesman/The Millions), and Missyjack (aka Jules) (Founder, Supernatural Wiki).

    A video of the panel is now available for public viewing.

    The panel discussed how fandom has changed now that fanworks are in the spotlight on social media and mainstream news and are being acknowledged by the companies that create and distribute source material. The panelists reflected on how advances in technology and improved understanding in copyright law, particularly in the area of fair use, have increased fandom's public reach and placed fanworks into the public consciousness.

    Panelists noted that fandom is even inspiring developments in law: in 2013, Holmesian scholar Leslie Klinger and author Laurie R. King received a "cease and desist" letter from the Conan Doyle Estate, ahead of the publication of their second anthology of stories inspired by the Holmes canon. Klinger successfully sued the Estate, claiming the copyright had expired on all of the story elements included in the anthology. Because of Klinger, all but the last ten Holmes stories are now officially part of the public domain, allowing fanfiction authors to publish and even sell works based on the majority of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and novels.

    Many fanwork creators prefer to stay non-commercial, though, whether to be better able connect directly with their audience; to use fanworks as a "training ground" for skills that can be used professionally; to avoid legal risks; or simply because they prefer to participate in a gift and generosity based economy and community.

    The panel pointed out that the companies behind commercial works are increasingly interested in fandom and fanworks, sometimes even offering fanwork contests. Because of this, many fanwork creators no longer feel the need to hide their work from "the powers that be" and can enjoy participating in these contests, provided that they are able choose what and when to share. Companies may use these contests both as a way to reward fans for their enthusiasm and as an additional source of metrics to gauge consumer engagement. The panel suggested that, while fans often appreciate nods to fanwork in their favourite source material (e.g. Supernatural meta episodes, characters referring to tumblr, etc.), they also want space to engage in fandoms without needing acknowledgement or approval from creators of source material.

    The increased visibility of fanwork has allowed mainstream creators to acknowledge their fannish pasts. As fanwork becomes better understood by people outside of the fandom community, we hope that stigma will decrease, and that the myriad forms of fannish engagement and creation will be met with the appreciation and respect they have always deserved.

  • Events Calendar for July 2015

    By Jennifer Rose Hale on Wednesday, 1 July 2015 - 1:53pm
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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 Conferences, Fan Events and Fests, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

    • San Diego Comic-Con. You already know if this is something you want to--and can--attend! From the Fanlore entry: "Over the years, Comic-Con has become one of the primary venues for canon creators and stars to announce, create interest for, and sneak preview parts of their 'genre' (not only comics and superhero-related but also science fiction and fantasy) films and television shows." Comic-Con is July 9-12 in San Diego, California.

      This year, OTW Legal chair Betsy Rosenblatt and Legal staffer Heidi Tandy will be on the "Fandom Is My Fandom" panel on Thursday, 5-6 p.m., in Room 14A.

    • RainbowCon is a four-day QUILTBAG (Queer-Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans, Bisexual, Asexual, and Gay) event for anyone and everyone (you do not have identify within the QUILTBAG spectrum to attend or contribute). It's an exciting event that's centered around QUILTBAG media. This includes fiction, fanfiction, nonfiction, comics/webcomics, television, movies, stage, music, and anything else involving QUILTBAG media. It's July 16-19 in Tampa, Florida.
    • Anime Evolution is Vancouver's premier event celebrating Japanese culture, anime, manga, gaming, and every kind of related fandom. The event, July 17-19, features special guests, including Janet Varney and Sarah Williams, interactive panels, live cultural demonstrations, video and tabletop gaming rooms, video rooms, contests, workshops, dances, and more.
    • Artist claims are July 20 for the Het Big Bang challenge. Contributions from any fandom and any het pairing are welcome. Big Bang stories must be at least 25,000 words, and Little Bang contributions, 10,000. Final art and fics are due August 26, with posting on August 31.
    • Fandom and Religion: An International, Inter-disciplinary Conference, held at the University of Leicester, England, July 28-30, will explore interactions between religion and popular culture. How does fandom work? What is happening to fans as they express their enthusiasms and allegiances? Has fandom replaced or become a form of religion? What can the study of religion learn from explorations of fandom? This event will provide an opportunity for participants to explore these and other questions about popular culture and religion in plenary, panel, and short paper sessions.
    • Billed as "the friendliest little convention in New England" and a "diverse collection of geeks," the ninth annual Pi-Con welcomes numerous fandoms: books, movies, gaming, webcomics and print comics, tech and gadgetry, costuming, anime, and music. Highlights include a Writer's Workshop on Friday and expanded filk programming, including a dedicated filk room. The event is July 31-August 2 in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

    Calls for Papers this month come from:

    • The Comic Electric: A Digital Comics Symposium will be held at The University of Hertfordshire on October 14. Participants are sought to present papers across a wide range of topics that relate to comics scholarship and digital media. Topics may include webcomics, widening readerships, minority voices, and fan cultures, among others. Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers of 20 minutes in length by July 27.

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

  • Events Calendar for June 2015

    By Jennifer Rose Hale on Monday, 1 June 2015 - 1:26pm
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    Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of June! 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 Conferences, Fan Events and Fests, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

    • Signups began May 15 for the Kurt Hummel Big Bang 2015, focusing on the Glee character. Finished fics must be at least 15,000 words long, and any ships and fic types are welcome as long as warnings and ratings are indicated. Author signups close June 15, and artist claims open August 26, with posting beginning October 20.
    • Signups are going on now for the 2015 Wincest Big Bang, which celebrates "the epic love of Sam and Dean" from Supernatural. Written works should be at least 10,000 words (for the "big bang" category) and 5,000 (for the "mini-bang"). Artists, authors, betas, cheerleaders, and pinch hitters are all needed. Author signups close on June 27, and artist claims begin July 19. Participants must be at least age 18.
    • The New York Tolkien Conference is a free conference for fans and scholars of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Mythlore editor Janet Brennan Croft and John DiBartolo of the Lonely Mountain Band are the guests of honor, and there will be paper presentations on a variety of topics related to Tolkien. The event is June 13 in New York City. While admission is free, registration is required for campus security to allow access to the conference facilities.
    • Capital Con DC, June 19-21 in Washington, D.C., is a "convention that wants to promote and foster growth in the science fiction and fantasy genres." Sci-Fi Photo Guys will be on hand with a green screen, custom backgrounds, and digital editing to let guests pose for their dream photos. Special events include a formal ball Friday evening and "crossplay pageant." Guests include actor Doug Jones (Hellboy), author Sherrilyn Kenyon, and illustrator Leanne Hannah.
    • Mississippi Comic Con is a two-day event that will bring together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups, in an affordable, family-friendly environment. Guests include costumer Kristen Hughey, actor and comedian David Della Rocco (Boondock Saints), James C. Leary (Clem from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and anime voice actor Trina Nishimura. The con is June 27-28 in Jackson, Mississippi, United States.
    • For three years the Fan Studies Network has provided an enthusiastic and welcoming space for academics in all stages of study interested in fans and fandom to connect, share resources, and develop their research ideas. Following the success of their first two conferences, they're announcing a third annual event: FSN2015: The Fan Studies Network Conference, taking place June 27-28 in Norwich, England, United Kingdom. Participate in the discussion on Twitter by following hashtag #FSN2015.

    Calls for Papers this month come from:

    • The UK publisher Intellect is now seeking chapters for the next edition in its Fan Phenomena book series. Fan Phenomena: The Twilight Saga will be an edited collection of essays about the forces that contributed to the global popularity and commercial success of the books, films, and graphic novels of The Twilight Saga. Chapters will explore Twilight’s unique appeal to fans as well as its impact on people, literature, film, music, television, and social issues. Abstracts and author biographies are due June 15; final papers, October 1.
    • Exploring Imaginary Worlds: Audiences, Fan Cultures and Geographies of the Imagination, a special section of Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, invites contributions that focus on the various ways in which audiences explore, interpret, and respond to imaginary worlds. They are interested in articles that engage with audiences as opposed to speculative accounts or textual analyses--research that maps specific communities and their rich relationships with world-building. The deadline for abstracts of 300 words is June 26, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out the week of July 6.

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

  • April Showers 2015 Roundup

    By Claudia Rebaza on Friday, 8 May 2015 - 2:41pm
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    Now that our membership drive has wrapped up (thank you, everyone!) we also want to give you a wrap-up reminder of our April Showers fandom celebrations from this year.

    Below, we've collected the links to every fandom post we made, along with links to each fandom's AO3 and Fanlore pages, so you can make sure you didn't miss any of them. And the April Showers Recs (2015) collection has recommended works in dozens of fandoms, so you can make spring last as long as you want!

    We'd love to thank each and every one of you who reblogged, retweeted, liked, and clicked on any of our tweets or Tumblr posts... but that would take too long and would get in the way of your checking out all the great fandoms listed here. Enjoy!

    Highest clickthroughs from the AO3 twitter:

    Jupiter Ascending
    Gravitation
    Kingsman

    Most notable posts from the AO3 tumblr:

    Jupiter Ascending
    Agent Carter
    Orphan Black

    Highest clickthroughs from the Fanlore twitter:

    Redwall
    Jupiter Ascending
    Kingsman

    Week One:

    1. Dragon Ball -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    2. Jupiter Ascending -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    3. Redwall Series -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    4. Nabari no Ou -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    5. Snowpiercer -- [AO3] [Fanlore]

    Week Two:

    1. Over The Garden Wall -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    2. Valdemar Series -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    3. Hellblazer/Constantine -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    4. Alex Rider -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    5. Black Books -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    6. Marble Hornets -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    7. Orphan Black -- [AO3] [Fanlore]

    Week Three:

    1. Ib -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    2. Cobra Starship -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    3. RWBY -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    4. The Fault in Our Stars -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    5. Shadow Hearts -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    6. Le Petit Prince -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    7. Agent Carter -- [AO3] [Fanlore]

    Week Four:

    1. Nochnoy Dozor -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    2. Kingsman -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    3. Cabin Pressure -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    4. Gravitation -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    5. The Last of Us -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    6. How to Get Away with Murder -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    7. Carmilla -- [AO3] [Fanlore]

    Week Five:

    1. Ouran High School Host Club -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    2. Minecraft -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    3. Wicked -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
    4. Book of Life -- [AO3] [Fanlore]

  • Prestatie Vrijgespeeld

    By saphsaq on Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 4:22pm
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    We Winnen Samen - Organisatie voor Transformatieve Werken (OTW) - 1 - 6 mei, 2015 Ledenwervingscampagne

    Hoera! We hebben het gehaald! Onze ledenwervingscampagne van mei 2015 is compleet, en je hebt ons verbijsterd met je vrijgevigheid.

    De OTW (Organisatie voor Transformatieve Werken) is 2.531 leden sterker. Dankzij 4.193 gulle fans, hebben we US $96.684 ingezameld.

    Indien je deze keer niet de kans had om lid te worden, is er nog een oplossing! Je kan schenken aan de OTW en op elk ogenblik lid worden.

    Dankjewel aan al de vrijwilligers die geholpen hebben deze campagne mogelijk te maken. In het bijzonder zouden we graag het werk van de comités Communicatie, Vertaling, en Toegankelijkheid, Ontwerp & Technologie erkennen, zonder wie dit niet mogelijk zou zijn geweest.

    Maar bovenal willen we jou bedanken voor je voortdurende steun en begunstiging. De projecten van de OTW bestaan en bloeien dankzij jou.

    Deze nieuws post was vertaald door de vertalingsvrijwilligers van OTW. Om meer te leren over ons werk, bezoekde Vertalingspagina op transformativeworks.org.

  • Logro Desbloqueado

    By Aurora on Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 4:20pm
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    Juntxs ganamos - Organización para las Obras Transformativas (OTW) - Campaña de Membresía del 1 al 6 de mayo de 2015

    ¡Hurra! ¡Lo hicimos! Nuestra campaña de membresía de mayo del 2015 ha terminado y ustedes nos han asombrado con su generosidad.

    La OTW (Organización para las Obras Transformativas) cuenta con más de 2531 miembros nuevos. Gracias a la generosidad de más de 4193 fans, recaudamos más de US$96684.

    Si esta vez no tuviste la oportunidad de convertirte en un miembro ¡Hay una solución alternativa! Puedes donar a la OTW y hacerte miembro en cualquier momento.

    Gracias a todxs lxs voluntarixs que nos ayudaron a hacer de esta campaña una realidad. En particular, quisiéramos reconocer el trabajo de los comités de Comunicación, Traducción y Accesibilidad, Diseño y Tecnología, sin quienes ésto no hubiera sido posible.

    Pero más que nada, queremos agradecerte a ti por tu continuo apoyo y patrocinio. Los proyectos de la OTW existen y crecen gracias a ti.

    Esta publicación fue traducida por el equipo de traducción de la OTW. Si deseas saber más acerca de nuestro trabajo, visita la página de Traducción en transformativeworks.org.

  • Mission gennemført

    By saphsaq on Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 4:19pm
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    Vi vinder sammen - Organisationen for Transformative Værker (OTW) - 1. - 6. maj 2015 Medlemskabskampagne

    Hurra! Vi gjorde det! Vores maj 2015 medlemskabskampagne er gennemført, og du har virkelig forbløffet os med din gavmildhed.

    OTW (Organisationen for Transformative Værker) er over 2.531 medlemmer stærkere. Takket være over 4.193 gavmilde fans har vi skaffet over 96.684 USD.

    Hvis du ikke havde mulighed for at blive medlem denne gang, er der en løsning! Du kan donere til OTW og blive medlem på et hvilket som helst tidspunkt.

    Tak til alle de frivillige, som var med til at gøre denne kampagne mulig. Vi vil især gerne anerkende arbejdet udført af Kommunikations-, Oversættelses- og Tilgængelighed, Design og Teknologi-komitéerne: uden dem ville dette ikke have været muligt.

    Men mest af alt et tak til dig for din fortsatte støtte. OTW's projekter eksisterer og trives på grund af dig.

    Dette nyhedsindlæg blev oversat af OTW's frivillige oversættere. Vil du vide mere om vores arbejde, kan du besøge Oversættelsessiden på transformativeworks.org

  • Vi är i mål

    By Ridicully on Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 4:19pm
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     Vi vinner tillsammans - Organisationen för Transformativa Verk<br />
(OTW) - Värvningskampanj 1-6 maj 2015

    Hurra! Vi gjorde det! Vår värvningskampanj under maj 2015 är över, och ni har förbluffat oss med er generositet.

    OTW (Organisationen för Transformativa Verk) är 2 531 medlemmar starkare. Tack vare 4 193 generösa fans har vi samlat ihop 96 684 US$.

    Om du inte hade möjlighet att bli medlem under kampanjtiden finns det ändå en lösning. Du kan donera till OTW och bli medlem när som helst.

    Stort tack till alla volontärer som har bidragit till att genomföra kampanjen. Vi vill särskilt framhäva den insats som gjorts av kommittéerna Kommunikation, Översättning samt Tillgänglighet, Design och Teknologi. Utan dem skulle detta inte ha varit möjligt.

    Men mest av allt vill vi tacka dig för ditt fortsatta stöd.OTWs projekt existerar och utvecklas tack vare dig.

    Denna nyhetspost översattes av OTW’s översättarvolontärer. För att lära dig mer om vårt arbete, besök sidan för Översättning på transformativeworks.org.

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