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Open Doors Celebration Panel Transcript

If you missed any of our posts spotlighting our Open Doors project, check out our Five Things post with Open Doors volunteer Alison Watson, and our Guest Post with archivist Versaphile.

Below is the transcript of the panel chat held on September 18th which concludes our celebration. A special thanks to all Open Doors volunteers, past and present, who have worked to preserve fanworks and have contributed so much to the OTW’s mission. They have already announced two new archive imports this month and there will be more on the way!

If you are interested in donating your physical format fanwork collections or other fan-related materials (whether right now or in the future), contact Open Doors. And if you have an account at AO3, consider creating a Fannish Next of Kin.

This transcript has been edited for clarity and to omit recurring announcements, and arrivals and departures in the room.

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Transformative Works and Cultures releases Issue 22

TWC has released No. 22, a general issue. This quite large issue contains essays on fandoms including:

  • Classic Star Trek and K/S
  • Anime music video
  • Once Upon a Time and Swan Queen fandom
  • Star Wars Card Trader
  • BBC’s Sherlock
  • Monster High doll fandom
  • Brony fandom

Other topics include Hillary Clinton, early film fans, video game series and fan art, and theme parks.

The next two issues of TWC, Nos. 23 and 24, will appear in spring 2017 as guest-edited special issues: Roberta Pearson and Betsy Rosenblatt coedit a special issue on Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game, and Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng’s special issue focuses on Queer Female Fandom.

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. In addition, submissions are due for TWC’s unthemed 2017 issue by January 1, 2017. We particularly invite fans to submit Symposium articles.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 23

Rubin Richardson wrote an article for New York Amsterdam News about Flame Com 2, the LGBT+ comic and fan convention held in New York on August 19th and 20th. The article celebrated the humour and positivity found in contemporary LGBT+ media. “Growing up, many, if not all, LGBT stories I heard were those of tragedies,” says Richardson. Amidst a 2016 rife with media producers burying their gays, Flame Con 2 panelists talked about “the question as to the need for humor in LGBTQ comics,” saying “[for some] it was simply their writing style, whereas others drew a deeper connection. For many people, life can be hard, especially for those growing up in the LGBTQ community, and humor is something many of us as people use as a coping mechanism to deal with hardships.”

In other news, it’s time for some surveys! Two academics studying fandom are soliciting responses for their research.