Links Roundup for 30 September 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories on fandom practices stretching beyond fannish spaces that might be of interest to fans:

  • Many courses have been taught on fandom texts, but fewer texts have been used to develop general skills. This interview with a US High School educator on Supernatural in the classroom discusses how the writing skills and critical thinking found in many fan forums can be brought into a classroom curriculum.
  • L.A. Weekly looks at its local art scene through the lens of art fandom in its piece Peter Voulkos, Can I Have Your Autograph? noting that “Fandom typically involves frivolous pursuits like Dodger dogs or Comic-Con nerdery, but for artists it’s practically a necessity…Maybe the best artists make work so well-timed it leaves the past in its wake, but even those pioneers usually start out as big fans.”

If you’re part of Supernatural fandom or know of fandom found in non-fannish spaces, why not contribute your own stories and projects to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

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Links Roundup for 26 September 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about non-scripted programming that might be of interest to fans:

  • Well-known convention organizers Creation are launching a new reality show titled Fan Addicts whose executive producers include William Shatner. The pilot will use footage from the New Jersey Star Trek convention that took place in June 2011 and future episodes will use content from other Creation cons focusing on fandoms including Supernatural and Twilight. No network pick-up has yet been announced.
  • With any luck the new series will not equate obsessiveness with bad behavior in an effort to attract controversy (and viewers). This article on About.com discusses hostile and threatening behavior being committed by some fans of the US show Big Brother. The author notes that “Of course not all dedicated fans of the show…are reacting this way – it’s a small but very vocal minority who are doing this,” but the usual, more positive interactions among the majority of fans is not what gets documented.

If you’re part of non-scripted fandoms or attend conventions why not contribute your experiences to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

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Links Roundup for 31 August 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about gender and sexuality in fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • In a strong counterexample to the women’s invisibility problem demonstrated by the L.A. Times’ entertainment blog Hero Complex (which is subtitled “For your inner fanboy”), a group of female cosplayers at Comic Con created the Gender Bent Justice League where men and women genderswap well known superheroes. The group is making a statement as well as having fun: “We try to keep it pretty scantily clad for [the men] because that’s how women are portrayed,” says Silver. “We weren’t scantily clad for ourselves because that’s not the point. We’re showing that girls can be clothed and be superheroes because, most of the time, they aren’t.”
  • Also helping to keep women visible in fandom, Chicks Dig Time Lords, a book celebrating female Doctor Who fandom, recently won a Hugo award. The volume includes a contribution from OTW Board member Francesca Coppa: Girl Genius: Nyssa of Traken.
  • In the BitchMedia post Ambiguously Gay Wizards, actors in the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fandoms are cited as examples of playing gay to the fans for professional reasons. “But it also highlights how much of the cultural bandwidth Straight Men playing or imitating Gay Men is starting to take up, and how lucrative being ambiguously heteroflexible can be in securing more of the fandom’s attention”.

There are currently no entries on Fanlore for the Justice League. If you’re part of that fandom or have taken part in cosplay the site could use your contributions!

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

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