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This Week in Fandom, Volume 76

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Black Panther is setting records as the second-fastest grossing movie of all time (so far). Tell us what you thought of it in the comments!

You may be familiar with Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva from her silver-medal performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics. However, a new article by Den of Geek highlights Medvedeva’s appearance at a past Tokyo event in which she cosplayed as Sailor Moon. In this routine, “Medvedeva reenacted much of the anime’s first episode, complete with props of a cat and transformation from student to superhero. She even visibly sings along to some of the Japanese lyrics from the show’s original opening credits.” (more…)

OTW Guest Post: Laura Beveridge & K-K Bracken

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Laura Beveridge is a writer for the Geekiary, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in science communication. You can read her multi-fandom fanfiction under the AO3 handle CompletelyDifferent. K-K Bracken is an editor and contributor for The Geekiary and the C.O.O. of Saga Event Planning, an event planning company specializing in single-fandom conventions. Together with Laura, she is writing a YA novel that is inspired in many ways by their mutual love of all things fanworks.

How did you each first get into fandom and fanworks?

LAURA: For me, fandom started with Harry Potter. It was my parents’ bid to try getting me interested in reading and overcome my dyslexia. It paid off, big time. I’m not sure if he actually remembers, but my first interaction with fanfic came from my Dad. He wrote a daughter-insert fic where Ginny Weasley sought my help in saving the kidnapped Harry. Eight-year-old me was over the moon.

I feel like I personally started exploring online collections of fanworks at around age twelve or thirteen.

K-K: HP for me as well! I wrote essays for Mugglenet and organized fake Hogwarts classes for my friends. I was always an avid reader but the interaction and expansion that come with fandom was delightful to get into. I remember being on a mailing list of over 1000 and swapping fic and theories with fans from all over the world. (more…)

5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Cosette Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Cosette, who volunteers as a coder for the Accessibility, Design, and Technology (AD&T) Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As an AD&T coding volunteer, I work with the open-source code that powers AO3. Coders are recruited to fix bugs, write tests, and develop features. We also work side by side with testing volunteers, to ensure the changes we’ve made to the code won’t cause anything to catch fire.