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This Week in Fandom, Volume 82

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you checked out everyone’s old head shots? Have you shared your own? Whose is your favourite?


Another quick bit of news: Avengers: Infinity War had the biggest opening weekend ever, according to Vox, pulling in over US$630 million worldwide. But don’t forget, not everyone has gotten a chance to see it yet, and spoilers make Bucky Barnes sad.


There was an upset in the convention world this week, followed by an impressive recovery. Universal FanCon, which was to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, from April 27-29, 2018, was abruptly postponed just one week before it was set to be held. According to Polygon, the convention was initially funded via Kickstarter and raised more than double its goal, but in a statement released on the convention’s website, organizers explained that “the support [they] were anticipating in terms of ticket sales and sponsorships did not materialize,” leading the event to be insufficiently funded, even after scaling back. “If [it] were to have moved forward, the event would have been significantly diminished,” organizers said in their statement. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 79

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you see that the 2018 Hugo Award nominations have been announced? There are some pretty awesome nominees this year, including the recently deceased Ursula K. Le Guin, nominated for her work No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, and fan writer Foz Meadows, who recently did a guest post with the OTW.


This past week included The Day of All Days for the internet–April Fool’s. There were many jokes, pranks, games, and minor disasters to be found. There were a few standout highlights, including Google Maps adding a Where’s Waldo mini game, a feature which is still live as of this post being written. Another joke to make it big was a short spoof episode of Rick and Morty created by Michael Cusack. Vanity Fair has an article breaking down the short if you missed it. (more…)

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Transformative Works and Cultures Vol. 26

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 26.

The essays in this March 15, 2018, issue focus on Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries, guest edited by Myles McNutt.

This exciting issue contains essays about Sleepy Hollow, The 100, Wynonna Earp, and Twin Peaks: The Return fans and fan engagement. To discuss the “social” in “social TV,” contributors discuss use of Twitter, #hashtags, and emoticons. Also featured is an interview with Flourish Klink of Chaotic Good Studios.

The next issue of TWC, No. 27, is a guest-edited issue on Tumblr and Fandom. It will appear on June 15, 2018.

We welcome Symposium articles for our 10th anniversary issue, which focuses on the Future of Fandom.

TWC’s current calls for papers include the following issues (more info at Announcements):

  • General Issue with emphasis on The Future of Fandom, September 2018 (CLOSED, email us for Symposium)
  • Romance/Fans: Sexual Fantasy, Love, and Genre in Fandom, March 2019 (CLOSED, email us for Symposium)
  • Fans of Color, Fandoms of Color June 2019 (CLOSED, email us for Symposium)
  • Fan Fiction and Ancient Scribal Cultures, December 2019 (submissions due June 1, 2018)
  • Fan Studies Methodologies, March 2020 (submissions due January 1, 2019)
  • Fandom and Politics, June 2020 (submissions due January 1, 2019)

We accept on a rolling basis submissions for our general issues, which always appear on September 15.