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This Week in Fandom, Volume 119

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we get started, have you seen the fandom lunch table meme that’s doing the rounds? Where are you sitting? Feel free to set your own challenges in the comments!


As the stars of Supernatural took a break from filming their 15th and final season to show up for a panel at the TCAs (and almost got kicked out of the party before it started), Hannah Collins at CBR took a moment to consider ‘How “Wincest” Became Supernatural Canon’. No, you didn’t read that wrong; the show hasn’t moved onto HBO for its final season. Instead, Collins’s article discusses Supernatural‘s well-known tendency to break the fourth wall. The show’s meta episodes have taken Sam and Dean to a fan convention, to a musical based on their lives, and even to the Vancouver set of Supernatural itself. This willingness on the part of the showrunners to embrace their fandom, to the point of incorporating them into the narrative, might well be one reason for its impressive longevity. And it’s not over yet. Fans of the show’s digressions into metafiction will be pleased to know that in a recent interview, the show’s longstanding executive producer Bob Singer promised one last ‘big, crazy swing’ before the series wraps up. Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 118

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, we’ve got a bit of a “Monday paper” edition today after the madness of SDCC, so I wanted to mention that we accept suggestions for this roundup. Just contact Communications with a story you think we should cover. Submitting something doesn’t guarantee that we’ll include it, but we welcome all submissions!


There’s a new book coming out about music fangirls, reports an article from Vice. The book, called Fangirls: Scenes From Modern Music Culture, is written by Vice music writer Hannah Ewens, and is “based on hundreds of original interviews with girl and woman music fans.” Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 117

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! It was San Diego Comic-Con last week, which brought us a lot of news about upcoming movies and TV – but before we get to that, did everybody watch the trailer for Tom Hooper’s Cats? Will you ever be the same again? Feel free to process your feelings in the comments.


Okay – on to Comic-Con. Marvel Studios took advantage of their Hall H panel on 20 July to announce more details about their upcoming Disney+ streaming series, cast details for some movies that we knew were coming, and some new titles which hadn’t been revealed before. Highlights included news that Natalie Portman will rejoin the MCU for the fourth Thor movie, Love and Thunder, written and directed by Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi. In a storyline based on Jason Aaron’s Thor: God of Thunder comics, Portman’s character Jane Foster will be wielding Mjolnir as ‘female Thor’. Read More