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This Week in Fandom, Volume 62

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, kudos to the stars and fans of CW shows, especially Supernatural, for raising over US$300,000 for victims of hurricane Harvey. Great work!

The biggest fandom event of the week–possibly of the year–is one many people never thought would happen. The author of the infamous Harry Potter fanfic My Immortal has been revealed. A couple weeks ago, there was a scandal involving a book called Handbook for Mortals appearing on the New York Times bestseller list. Some fans found the book to be so poorly written that they compared it to My Immortal, and things just kind of escalated from there.

There’s a very thorough account of what happened in a pair of articles by BuzzFeed: Article 1, and Article 2.


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This Week in Fandom, Volume 48

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a huge shoutout to everyone who helped out with our recent membership drive, as well as everyone who helped AO3 reach 3 million fanworks. We’ve been loving your #myAO3 contributions about what the Archive means to you.

Captain America is once again front and centre this week with the release of the comic Secret Empire #0. Marvel has been making headlines recently due to controversy. In March, Marvel VP of Sales David Gabriel made comments–and later backpedalled on them–about how readers didn’t want diversity, and it was contributing to declining sales. The backlash against that included analyses like CBR‘s, which attributed the low numbers to market saturation and failing to deliver on promises of exciting new content. But with Secret Empire, Marvel’s attempt to tell a brand new story with a fan-favourite character seems to only be hurting them more.


OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: Jackson Bird

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Jackson Bird is the Director of Wizard-Muggle Relations for the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), a nonprofit that activates fan communities towards social action. When not defending the rights of wizards and muggles alike, Jackson produces videos about identity, social action, and what happens when you put tacos on a waffle iron.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

I got into fandom and fanworks long before I had a name for what I was doing. I joined the Royal Club of Oz in fourth grade after devouring all of the original L. Frank Baum books and spent a good part of my time doodling Bailey School Kid monsters. A few years later, I discovered Harry Potter fansites and it just grew from there. I read fanfiction, listened to podcasts and wizard rock, and eventually — many years later — discovered the Harry Potter Alliance.