Fannish Practices

  • قد وصل اليوم الدولي لأعمال المُعجبين!

    By Jocelin Potash on Saturday, 14 February 2015 - 7:08pm
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    إعلان شهر ديسمبر التشويقي لليوم الدولي لأعمال المُعجبين

    إنه هنا! اليوم هو اليوم الدولي السنوي الأول لأعمال المُعجبين (IFD)، يوم للإحتفال بكل نوع من أعمال المُعجبين. القائمة أدناه تحتوي على الأشياء التي تبادر OTW (منظمة الأعمال التحويلية) أو تشارك فيها، و لهذا نرغب أن تقوم بإعلامنا في التعليقات عن الأحداث و الإجراءات الأخرى التى أنت على دارية بها حتى نستطيع تعزيزها.

    1. سنقوم بإستضافة تحدي لأعمال المُعجبين القصيرة، #IFDrabble. قم بإخراج التابلت الخاص بك، كمبيوترك المحمول، أو هاتفك و اكتب حتى ١٠٠ كلمة للإحتفال بأعمال المُعجبين! (لماذا ١٠٠ كلمة؟)

      ما الذي يثيرك و يشعرك بالحماسة إتجاه شخصيتك المفضلة — أو قرنائك المفضلين؟

      • هل توني ستارك يشاهد سراً — و يحب — أفلام المُعجبين للمتحولين؟
      • هل اثوس يشجع علاقة اراميس/بورثوس؟
      • هل أعضاء فرقة Shinee يقومون بكوزبلاي شخصيات فاينل فانتسي؟

      و لكن تحديتنا ليس فقط للكتابة — قم بتقديم رسم درابل، فيديو مُعجبين قصير، عمل صوتي أو أي شكل آخر للتحدي أيضاً! قم بنشره اليوم كجزء من يوم الإحتفال.

      ساعدنا في اكتشافه و شاركه — قم بوسمه #IFDrabble في تمبلر، فيس بوك، دريمويدث، في أي مكان يتواجد فاندومك! (و إذا قمت بنشره في AO3 – Archive of Our Own (الأرشيف من جانبنا)، فقم بوسمه بوسم International Fanworks Day 2015.)

      قم بتأكيد أنه آمن للعمل، و قد نشاركه!

    2. مهرجان ردود الفعل: كل من يقوم بخلق و مشاركة أعمال المُعجبين يحب أن يسمع من الأشخاص الذين استمتعوا بها، لذلك سنستضيف مهرجان ردود الفعل للإحتفال بالأعمال نحبها. قم بالمشاركة من خلال ترك تعليق هنا يحتوي على رابط أعمال مُعجبين قد قمت بترك ردود الفعل عليها. و من هنا يمكنك أن تشارك ما تحبوه عن أعمال المُعجبين بجانب تشجيع الآخرين على ترك ردود الفعل أيضاً.
    3. يوم الأحد ٨ فبراير قمنا باستضافة شات مباشر عن "لماذا ينبغي الإحتفال بأعمال المُعجبين"، مع الكاتبات سيسيليا تان، تارا سو مي، و راشلين مالتيس. فكل هؤلاء الكاتبات بدأن من خلال كتابة روايات المُعجبين و استمرن حتى النشر المحترف — و ما زالوا يقوموا بالمشاركة في أعمال المُعجبين. بجانب المشرفة فرانسيسكا كوبا، سيقوموا بمناقشة قيمة و أهمية كل أنواع من أعمال المُعجبين. إذا لم تستطع حضوره، يمكنك قراءة نص المحادثة.
    4. آخرون يتحدثون عن اليوم الدولي لأعمال المُعجبين. عدة أماكن للقراءة و السمع عنه:

    تعرف أيضاً عن إحتفالات المُعجبين التالية:

    • المُعجبين الأندونيسيين الذين يستخدمون AO3 قد قاموا بإنشاء مجموعة لتحدي #IFDrabble. و قد قاموا بإنشاء مجموعة فيس بوك أيضاً لذلك قم بفحصهم!
    • المجتمع الإيطالي للمُعجبين maridichallenge قاموا بإنشاء تحدي خاص بهم، مع وعد striscioline (بانرات مثل الشارات) على موضوع IFD لكل المشاركين.
    • فاندوم تولكين معروض بشكل جيد! قم بالإلتحاق للمشاركة في أنشطتهم فى Silmarillion Writers' Guild، و Many Paths to Tread/LotRGenfic Community، و Library of Moria.
    • المجموعة RPG الإيطالية The Young Riders Italia سيقومون بكتابة سلسة من الدرابلات مستوحاة من مشاهد من RPG كانت قد شغلت أثناء سنوات نشاطهم، و ستكون متوافرة على AO3. سيتوافق أيضاً IFD مع إحتفالية مرور عشر سنوات على تأسيسهم! يمكنك تهنئتهم على صفحة الفيسبوك، أو البلوج الخاص
      ب News from the West!
    • معجبون دكتور هو الذين قاموا بإنشاء مسرحية صوتية Dark Journey سيحتفلون باليوم الدولي لأعمال المُعجبين على موقعهم و مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي بإخراج تترات و فن ل Dark Journey السلسة الثانية التي ستظهر في مارس ٢٠١٥.
    • مجتمع lewis_challenge في لايف جورنال قد قام برابط دورة Lewis Roulette لليوم الدولي لأعمال المُعجبين.

    أخبرنا عن أي أماكن أخرى يتم الإحتفال فيها باليوم الدولي لأعمال المُعجبين!

  • O Dia Internacional de Obras de Fãs Chegou!

    By Priscilla Del Cima on Saturday, 14 February 2015 - 7:06pm
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    O dia chegou! Hoje é o primeiro Dia Internacional de Obras de Fãs, um dia para celebrar obras de fã de todos os tipos. Listamos abaixos algumas coisas que a OTW (Organização para Obras Transformativas) está organizando ou que ouvimos falar, mas gostariamos que vocês nos avisassem nos comentários sobre quaisquer outros eventos e ações para que possamos divulgá-los!

    1. Estamos hospedando um pequeno desafio de obras de fãs, #IFDrabble

      Prepare seu tablet, seu notebook, ou seu celular e escreva até 100 palavras para celebrar obras de fãs! (Por que 100 palavras?)

      De que sua personagem favorita ou seu ship favorito é fã?

      • Tony Stark assiste em segredo — e adora — filmes de Transformers feitos por fãs?
      • Athos é shipper de Porthos/Aramis?
      • Os membros do Shinee fazem cosplay de personagens de Final Fantasy?

      Nosso desafio não é apenas para gente que escreve: crie um drawble, um vídeo curto, uma obra de áudio ou qualquer outro formato para o desafio! Você só precisa publicá-los hoje como parte das comemorações do dia.

      Ajude-nos a encontrar e divulgar a comemoração:utilize a tag #IFDrabble no tumblr, Facebook, Dreamwidth, ou qualquer outro lugar onde você seja fã! (E se publicar no Archive of Our Own – AO3 (Nosso Próprio Arquivo), utilize a tag International Fanworks Day 2015!)

      Se sua obra não tiver conteúdo explícito, poderemos promovê-la!

    2. Festival de Feedback: Todxs que criam e compartilham obras de fãs gostam de ouvir o que as pessoas que gostaram estão pensando, então estamos hospedando um Festival de Feedback para celebrar as obras que amamos. Participe deixando um comentário aqui com um link para obras nas quais você deixou feedback. Assim, você pode compartilhar o que ama sobre obras de fãs e encorajar outrxs a deixarem feedback também.
    3. No dia 8 de fevereiro, promovemos um chat sobre "Why Fanworks Should Be Celebrated" (Por que Obras de Fãs Devem ser Celebradas), com as autoras Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me e Racheline Maltese. Todas essas autoras começaram escrevendo fanfiction e foram publicadas profissionalmente, e ainda produzem obras de fã. Juntamente com a moderadora Francisca Coppa, participantes da mesa discutiram o valor e a importância de diversos tipos de obras de fãs. Se você não pode comparecer, leia a transcrição.
    4. Outras pessoas têm falado sobre o Dia Internacional de Obras de Fãs tabém. Aqui estão alguns lugares para ler mais sobre:

    Também nos contaram sobre as seguintes celebrações de fãs:

    Conte-nos sobre mais lugares nos quais o Dia Internacional de Obras de Fãs está sendo celebrado!

  • International Fanworks Day is Here!

    By Claudia Rebaza on Saturday, 14 February 2015 - 7:05pm
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    Banner by Ania of various fanworks including cosplay, text, and visual art

    It's now February 15th in our earliest timezones, which means International Fanworks Day is here! Today is the first annual day to celebrate fanwork of all kinds. Below we have a few things listed that the OTW is sponsoring or connected to but we'd like you to let us know, in comments, about other events and activities you're aware of so that we can signal boost them.

    1. We're hosting a short fanworks challenge, #IFDrabble. Get out your tablet, your laptop, or your phone and write up to 100 words to celebrate fanworks! (Why 100 words?)

      What does your favorite character—or your favorite pairing—get fannish over?

      • Does Tony Stark secretly watch—and love—Transformers fan films?
      • Does Athos ship Aramis/Porthos?
      • Do the members of Shinee cosplay as Final Fantasy characters?

      But our challenge isn’t for writing alone — submit a drawble, a short vid, an audio work or other format for the challenge as well. Just post it today as part of the day of celebration.

      Help us find and share it — tag it #IFDrabble on tumblr, Facebook, Dreamwidth, or wherever you fan. (And if you post it on Archive of Our Own, tag it with the International Fanworks Day 2015 tag.)

      Keep it safe-for-work, and we may give you a signal boost!

    2. Feedback Fest: Everyone who creates and shares fanworks loves hearing from the people who enjoyed it, so we're hosting a Feedback Fest to celebrate the works that we love. Participate by leaving a comment here with a link to fanworks you've left feedback on. This way, you can share what you love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback, too.
    3. On 8 February, we held a live chat on “Why Fanworks Should Be Celebrated”, with authors Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me, and Racheline Maltese. All of these authors started out writing fanfiction and have gone on to be published professionally—and they still participate in fanworks. Along with moderator Francesca Coppa, the panelists discussed the value and importance of all kinds of fanworks. If you missed it, you can still read the transcript.
    4. Other folks have been talking about International Fanworks Day. Here are some places to read and hear about it:

    We also know about the following fan celebrations:

    Tell us about more places where International Fanworks Day is being celebrated!

  • OTW Fannews: Fannish Acceptance

    By Janita Burgess on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - 5:27pm
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    • At Bustle Emma Lord explained why Everyone Should Date Someone Who is Into Fanfiction. "I learned something about fanfiction: It isn’t a hindrance to me being in a relationship at all. In fact, it has become a whole new facet of myself that I finally got the opportunity to share with someone, and I was surprised once I found someone who was curious about it that I had a lot to say. I would argue that in general, being a rampant fanfiction junkie makes you even more desirable in a relationship, because we have so much to bring to the table."
    • Sadly, fans can't always count on one another for acceptance. In two separate cases a fan video maker and a sports fan were both bullied or criticized by their fellow fans to the point that they took their lives.
    • In other cases, stereotypes come from the media. AndPop profiled fangirls who met celebrities as if fans in their 20s are a rarity, asking "[W]hat’s it like when your interest carries over, even when you’re now a responsible and employed adult in your late 20s?" One fan pointed out that it was like any other hobby. "'I do it a lot and I go to a lot of shows, but I’m not taking off for six weeks to follow a band around the country,' Bove explains. 'To me, it’s no different than a sports team or anything like that. If somebody wants to go to every Leafs game because they have season tickets, then they go and have fun.'”
    • The Longmont Colorado Times Call profiled the Grey Havens Young Adults fan group. "The group started in October 2013 and gradually gained ground. While they are technically a book discussion group, Bosica and Cowling make a point of not limiting the conversations to the novel at hand, spawning philosophical discussion of fandoms that reach across the worlds of television, cinema, comic books, card games, tabletop games and literature." Some of the participants pointed out the strengths of the group. "'We get into deep philosophical conversations about what is good and what is bad,' said Xan Brown...Peter Larsen, 12, said that sort of deep discussion doesn't happen often in school."

    How have you seen fannishness and fandom being accepted? 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: Troubling Issues

    By Claudia Rebaza on Sunday, 4 January 2015 - 5:42pm
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    Banner by Alice of male and female figures under the post title Troubling Issues.

    • At Alternative Press, Cassie Whitt brought an adult's perspective to the issue of why female interests are denigrated. "[T]hat girl is told she’s 'everything that’s wrong with music these days' because self-perceived rock ’n’ roll crusaders need to defend music from the evil powers that, you know, actually put their energy, time and money into (gasp) actually keeping the music world alive. And demonizing fangirls is not an issue that solely harms female fans. A male friend recently confided to me, 'Man, I love My Chemical Romance, but I almost feel like I have to defend that as a 20-something man' because of the perception of their fanbase. Because we live in a society where we’ve taught men it’s not okay to like things that young girls do, where they have to explain or completely conceal their own passions. A fangirl’s devotion is the precise kind of fervor that can't be taught. It's the thing that puts them at the front row of shows now, and later in life, will put them anywhere else, doing anything they want to do."
    • At First Showing, Patrick Campbell examined the state of movie fandom. "[H]ow did we end up in this snarky, sad, and frustrating state of film fandom that we're in now? I believe there are a few explanations, to this problem, and it's ones we really need to look into ourselves to try and fix... I believe many have lost the wide-eyed wonderment that it takes to love movies. The cynical nature seems to be coming from a loss of an inner child for many... There seems to be an obsession with making things realistic in film, especially post Christopher Nolan's Batman series, but not all films need to play by that. Every movie has its own set of rules, and what may work in the film may not happen in real life, but that's the point. It's good to retain your childlike nature sometimes, and take films in that way."
    • The Fandom Post discussed arguments surrounding dubtitles. "[I]n the end, what sucks about dubtitles is that people keep using them as an excuse to not buy licensed releases because they want to play to this belief that everything is dubtitled, or that subs are so poorly done that everything is just rotten to the core. Having quite a few friends that translate both manga and anime and seeing and hearing the horror stories of accusations, and looking at the process of how it’s done, it’s beyond a flimsy excuse. That, my friends, is the bad in all of those."
    • Medical Daily discussed reports of a chemical attack on a hotel hosting a furry convention. "Nineteen people needed to be transported to nearby hospitals with symptoms consistent with chemical exposure such as nausea, dizziness, and other medical problems." Author Dana Dovey added, "When a group faces violent, prejudice motivated crime because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group, this is considered to be a hate crime. Based on the initial review of this weekend’s FurFest incident, police are not ruling this out as a possibility. A criminal investigation has been opened."

    What troubling issues have you seen in fandom? 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: Developing a Clue

    By Kiri Van Santen on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 - 5:50pm
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    • Gamasutra featured a post by James Cox that discussed his struggle to define fanfiction. "Even bad Mary Sue fan fiction has its place. Have you ever read My Immortal?... I read the whole thing once as an endurance test. It’s atrocious, but enjoyably so. Almost like a masochistic fun. After all of this, my new definition of fan fiction is as follows: Fan fiction is a thing that some people do; it usually involves being inspired by another’s work. Some fan fiction is good. Some is bad. That’s about as in depth as I can go right now with my definition. Fan fiction became such a blanket term: how some fan fiction became so successful, how creative people can write it, how it’s hard to tell if a work is a fan fiction or if it just draws on the lore of another work. Is Tolkien just fan fiction of Anglo-Saxon and Norse mythology?"
    • While a lot of people seem to struggle with the definition of fanfiction, other sites seem to be particularly clueless when it comes to fandom activities. For example, in an article on Lost Remote the author discusses the site Moviepilot which gives some contributors to its writing platform extra perks for particular content. The author concludes "Not only is it worth knowing who your fans are, the platform works because it’s authentic: fans talking to fans without any pretense. Where else can one be really, really, sad about “The Walking Dead” winter finale or gush over “Doctor Who” donuts?"
    • Moviepilot's hardly alone in wanting to monetize fan activities. In a Guardian blogpost, Victoria James suggested Amazon wants to take on Wattpad as the premiere site for amateur writers. "The internet shopping site has just launched its own social reading and writing platform, Kindle WriteOn, a move characterised by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian as 'trying to eat [Wattpad’s] lunch'." There is already a space for fanfic but "[s]o far the fan fiction category appears unloved – “0 reads 0 likes 0 follows 0 comments” is the pitiless tally of a bowtie-themed “crossover” between Dr Who and the Thor movieverse. Perhaps the invitations haven’t yet reached fan fiction fans, or maybe the problem is the space Amazon built for fanfic writers last year: Kindle Worlds."
    • Even people in fandom can use tips sometimes, highlighted by a post in Podfic Tips offering ways to comment about podfic. "One of the topics that caught my attention through this year's pod-aware was feedback, and having tools to leave feedback. Sometimes, especially if we're more used to leaving comments on other types of fanworks or if like me the Fandom Language (often: English) isn't the language we're most comfortable with, we're at a loss for words. As such, when leaving comments on podfics, or when reccing podfics, I like to build myself a little vocabulary list. Here's my lists of what I often comment on and what words I choose from, in case it might help others."

    What fandom definitions and practices do you know about? 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: Small Scale Fandom

    By Janita Burgess on Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 6:34pm
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    • The Baker Orange featured a campus fangirl who discussed her fannish history. "Although she chooses to forget about her fangirling over the Twilight series, she says it was the show that 'started it all.' When she went to the midnight premier for the first movie, the atmosphere of the event really turned her on to the idea of being a fangirl. 'It was a bunch of fans getting together. I think thats what made it so much fun because everybody was there because they wanted to see the movie the second it came out... Then I realized that there were fandoms for tv shows and books, all the fun stuff... It’s really easy to get so involved with it when your on social media. It makes it a lot easier to freak out with people who understand."
    • Wisconsin Public Radio's Central Time show featured a fanfiction discussion in which a few guests and callers discussed being fanfic writers. Asked if there were interactions with her readers one writer said, "There is and sometimes it's not always an equivalent exchange, because once you post something it's out there whether or not you want critique or commentary, once it's out there you're going to get that critique. If it's something where I'm working with someone because I do co-write with a friend, we do a lot of give and take. Or I may post a snippet and say "I'm stuck with this idea...if you were writing this what would you do?" (No transcript available).
    • ZeeNews India was among several sites discussing an upcoming documentary on Rajinikanth fans. Said co-producer Rinku Kalsy, "Joyjeet Pal...who is also the producer of the documentary, used to tell me how small kids in Rajini's state are affected by his stardom... They aspire to be like his characters portrayed in the film. How they look up to Rajini and parents are also happy with their children's decision of becoming like him. So, we thought we should explore this further."
    • AV Club wrote about a Super Heroes vs. Game Heroes video on YouTube. "It’s essentially a fan film with deeply committed cosplayers mixing it up and uttering various catchphrases or obvious dialogue for their characters, but the clever conceits (one of the Minecraft bricks being the Tesseract, dimension jumping, and the resolution of the fight) elevate it beyond most fan creations. The special effects are especially impressive for this short film, with many aspects of the games and movie versions of these characters being perfectly replicated by a much smaller studio."

    What details about fandom make it personal for 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 Fannews: Celebrities & Fandom Risks

    By Janita Burgess on Friday, 12 December 2014 - 5:26pm
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    • Discussions about celebrity fandom have popped up on various sites, such as The Guardian's article about the lessons learned from allegations against Bill Cosby. "Before the internet, when the shroud of celebrity mystique was easier to maintain...fans felt less complicit in continuing to swoon over and patronize icons who were rumored to have done heinous things...But now, with bystanders always on hand to serve as amateur chroniclers and distributors of celebrity missteps and misdeeds, it’s hard to obscure or deny to fans what they’ve seen with their own eyes."
    • At SB Nation a similar discussion took place over social issues and sports fandom. "At times, hero worship of sports stars, or even teams as a whole, reaches a point where it can be described as something eerily similar to a cult of personality. That's a culture that can preclude educated opinions on and well-informed public discourse of serious issues involving said star or team. Examples of worst-case scenarios, like those at Steubenville and Penn State, which involve crimes that should still churn stomachs upon reflection, not only harbored such evil acts, but also led to their attempted cover-ups."
    • The Queen's University Journal explored why a connection with celebrities seems to exist. "Spitzberg co-authored an article and study titled 'Fanning the Flames of Fandom: Celebrity Worship, Parasocial Interaction, and Stalking'." In a 2001 study "[s]eventy-five per cent noted they’ve experienced 'strong attachments to more than one celebrity'...'[Parasocial interaction is] the idea that we develop relationships with people who we experience in the media, in much the same sort of way that we experience relationships with people in real life.'"
    • Fandom can be risky for many in more physical ways, whether for Russian women in football fandom or Chinese fans in slash fiction fandom. "'The law doesn’t differentiate between dan mei and gay fiction in any way,' says a 28-year-old writer who asked not to be identified by name. In his view, crackdowns are a function of political whims, 'so if the government decides it’s going to crack down on gay-related content, it’ll just cast a wide net and go for dan mei, too.'"

    What aspects of fandom have troubled 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 Fannews: Fandom in the Streets

    By Claudia Rebaza on Sunday, 30 November 2014 - 6:25pm
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    • Arizona State University's The State Press reported on the PBS nerdwalk in Tempe. The walk "celebrated scientists, mathematicians, Whovians, Cumberbabes, those 'Down for Downton Abbey' and more. The crowd of gold shirts, costumed heroes and cosplayers were led by a team of unicyclers in a show of nerdom appreciation." Its organizer said "'Everybody’s a nerd for something...It doesn’t matter what you’re a nerd for, if you have a passion for chemistry, if you have a passion for vector calculus, if you have a passion for comic books…everybody’s a nerd for something, we think that’s something to celebrate.'”
    • The Pensacola News Journal wrote about another effort to take fandom out of convention halls, the Pensacola Pop Expo. "Government Street was closed to vehicular traffic, and pop-up tents lined the street in front of the historic entertainment complex, allowing hundreds of people to mill about socializing and taking in sights...Cosplayers roamed the street, stopping to pose for pictures between stops at vendor booths. There were plenty of artists, but they were professional comic book artists not just selling art but talking to fans and signing autographs. And those vendor booths were selling nerdy treasures like comics, Funko Pop figurines and vintage video games." The event was funded "with a grant from Arts, Culture and Entertainment Inc., which administers grants to local arts groups. The nonprofit event served as a benefit for Manna Food Pantries."
    • A blog post at Project Muse talked about scenes in the city during the Frankfurt Book Fair. It "is divided into 'trade' days and 'public' days. The trade days, Wednesday through Friday, are full of publishing industry professionals engaged in business-to-business activities. The public is allowed in on Saturday and Sunday...I was at the fair on a public day. There were a lot of teenagers in costume! They were in the fair, on the subway, in the train station, and on the regional commuter trains. I guess it’s 'a thing' to get into character to go to the Book Fair." The post goes on to discuss the site's scholarly content on manga and anime which "shows up in religion, gender, political economy, history, futurism, media and censorship. Popular discussions around manga and anime often include cosplay, fandom (otaku in Japanese), and then bend around to nerd culture, science fiction, and the geek movement."
    • At Bleeding Cool, Hannah Means Shannon wrote about visiting Sleepy Hollow. "I got to see other people enjoying the Sleepy Hollow mythology, their reactions, and the way in which the town celebrates its name day...I now feel I understand better how the imagined past looms large in our present day, how we need it and seek it out at just about every possible opportunity. Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow is the quintessential Halloween story just as Dickens’ Christmas Carol is a quintessential Christmas story, a fan favorite for reasons. We can make it our own, and choose to take part in it and that’s down the accessibility of the original material and the creativity of generations of storytellers bringing it to life in new ways for us. And we then follow their lead and address the roots of the tales again to make them our own."

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    • In a post for The Guardian, Erin Riley talks bout the ethics of sports fandom. "Ethical issues may be particularly acute in horse racing, but being a sport fan can regularly involve navigating an ethical minefield. For some fans, it’s the relationship between their particular code or club and gambling. For others, it’s the decisions made by the management of their team that don’t sit well with their values. It can be an appointment of a particular player, the sacking of a coach or the attempt to cover up a scandal. There are almost as many different responses to these issues as there are issues themselves. Fans are forced to figure out a way to respond that weighs the values they hold against the teams or sport they love."
    • On the flip side, at Hardwood Paroxysm, the discussion is about how fannishness changes over time. "It’s something for us to look forward too, a way to spend time with and connect to our friends and family, and generally just a way to remove ourselves from the real world for a certain number of hours a week. And part of why it’s so appealing, besides the reasons listed above, is that spectacle aspect of it. Here are these people that, through the genetic lottery (and hard work as well), are able to do things the vast majority of the human race could never dream of...Everyone wants to be tall and strong and in shape, because life is so much easier when you have those three things working for you."
    • The Baltimore Sun featured the century-plus appeal of Sherlock Holmes fandom. "Watson's Tin Box began in Ellicott City in 1989 and is considered a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars. Its named recalls the box where Watson collected his reports of Sherlock's investigations." One of its founders, "Churchill put together the original collection of artifact boxes, one for each story, that recall details of the story. Some items are antiques, period pieces that reflect Sherlock's times: period checks, blank telegram forms or hotel bills. Other things are 'genuine faux originals.' If he couldn't find a letter or a ticket, he'd create it."
    • Scholar Lori Morimoto looked at more recent developments involving fandom memes and official production. "And it’s this cover that I find all but impossible to discuss through frameworks of appropriation and clearly defined fan-producer identities and relations. A cursory glance at Mizutama’s Twitter images demonstrates the meme’s affective appeal to her, and in this sense its inclusion in the official book cover art seems as much sly in-joke as appropriation. Indeed, the decentralized context of the book’s production – produced by the longtime publisher of both Arthur Conan Doyle works in Japanese and the long-running Hayakawa Mystery magazine, written by Holmes aficionado Kitahara, and illustrated by present-day Sherlock fan Mizutama – begs the questions of where we locate ‘production’, and how we might conceptualize ‘monetization’ here."

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