5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Madoc 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 Madoc, who volunteers as a translator.

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

I’m part of Team Welsh, which is part of the Translation committee. What I do is translate any and all OTW content that is able to be translated to make it accessible to Welsh speakers. This can range from translating the website to translating Abuse and Support messages.


OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: Alice Huzar

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.

Alice Huzar is a Canadian/British filmmaker currently in production on Fanfic: The Documentary. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia and reads far too much fanfic.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

I’ve been aware of fanart and fanvids for years, but they really never really hooked me in, and I’d encountered specific individual fanfic stories from time to time, but never delved further. It wasn’t until I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a few years ago that I became aware of the whole fanfiction world. The book really grabbed me and I was really intrigued by the idea of writers and readers being so hooked by stories that existed outside of the original canon. I didn’t understand the appeal, and so started reading fanfic myself to try and discover what people loved about it. I got hooked really really quickly, and am now a massive advocate for fanfiction.


Banner by Alice of a book/eReader with an OTW bookmark and a USB plug going into the spine

Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 23

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 23, a special issue on Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game, guest edited by Roberta Pearson and Betsy Rosenblatt.

The essays in this issue focus on Sherlock fandom dating back from the 1890s; the research articles focus on Sherlockian fan artworks and fan communities. Symposium essays include first-person accounts of fan practice, including accounts of gender disparities in Sherlockian fandom.

This issue has special cover artwork, created by Laurie Fraser Manifold, in the style of Victorian journals. The book reviews focus on specifically Sherlock Holmes-themed books.

The next issue of TWC, No. 24, will appear in June 2017, also as a themed issue. Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng’s special issue focuses on Queer Female Fandom. Although submissions are closed for TWC’s unthemed 2017 issue, we welcome new submissions for 2018’s unthemed issue, by January 1, 2018. We particularly invite fans to submit Symposium articles.

TWC has a call for papers out for a 2018 issue on Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries. Papers are due by March 17, 2017.

Two other calls for papers for 2018 issues have been released: Tumblr and Fandom (papers due May 1, 2017) and Romance/Fans: Sexual Fantasy, Love, & Genre in Fandom (papers due December 31, 2017).