The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization run by and for fans to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan cultures.
News of Note, Comics, Books, Music
All sorts of works inspire the desire for more. Anthony Tommasini writes in The New York Times about the future lives of opera characters. "There is a lively realm of fan fiction focused on movie and television characters, in which viewers share ideas on how some breakup or betrayal might turn out. Opera fans, by contrast, are fixated on characters who have been around for generations, even centuries...Yet we, too, like to speculate on what happens after the final curtain falls. Several recent books grapple with Puccini’s 'Madama Butterfly,' imagining what happens to the 3-year-old boy, nicknamed Trouble, born to the caddish Lieutenant Pinkerton and Cio-Cio San, the geisha who commits suicide. Online, opera lovers are pretty playful about their fantasies of what might happen in favorite works, especially Wagner’s epic 'Ring.' One wag envisions a fifth installment to the cycle in which the Rhinemaidens, fed up after years of devotion and celibacy, open a classy brothel where clients must pay for services in gold."
Newsletter, OTW Sections
I. PUBLISHING, PRESENTATIONS and REPORTS
Journal requested, and obtained, a bibliographic listing in the Modern Language Association (MLA)'s bibliography of journals. This will provide wider visibility in academia for research published in Transformative Works and Cultures. The MLA team is currently indexing 5 years' worth of TWC issues, which will take a few months.
In addition, TWC editors Karen and Kristina have edited The Fan Fiction Studies Reader, a reprint anthology that includes some crucial essays in the fan studies field. The corrected galleys have been sent to the University of Iowa press for an expected 2014 publication date!
Conferences, Studies, Education and Curriculum, Call for Papers, Event, Academia
Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of December! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website
As this will be the final Events Calendar post of the year we'd like to encourage everyone to submit events for 2014 as our calendar's looking a little bare!
In addition to face-to-face events we are also open to entries about online events, such as announcements of fanwork fests and challenges, as well as our usual categories of fan-related conventions, academic or technology events.
New ideas and categories are encouraged! If you know about any upcoming fan events please let us know!