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.
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Indonesian fans who use AO3 have set up a collection for the #IFDrabble challenge. They also have a Facebook group, so check them out!
- Italian fan community maridichallenge has put together their own challenge event, with the promise of special IFD-themed striscioline (badge-like banners) for all participants.
- Tolkien fandom is well represented! Join in with their activities at the Silmarillion Writers’ Guild, the Many Paths to Tread/LotRGenfic Community, and Library of Moria.
- The Italian RPG group The Young Riders Italia will be writing a series of drabbles inspired by RPG scenes played during their years of activity, which will be available at AO3. IFD will be also a celebration of their 10-year anniversary! Congratulate them at their Facebook page or blog, News from the West!
- The Doctor Who fan-created audio play Dark Journey will be celebrating International Fanworks Day on their website and social media sites with the release of trailers and art for the Dark Journey Series 2 coming in March 2015.
- The lewis_challenge community on LJ has linked their Lewis Roulette round to International Fanworks Day.
Tell us about more places where International Fanworks Day is being celebrated!