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This Week in Fandom, Volume 83

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Eurovision 2018! What did you think? Were you rooting for the winner, or was there another act that you supported? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to write about the contest on Fanlore.


Fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine had a rollercoaster of a week. The show was cancelled by Fox on Thursday, then picked up by NBC on Friday, just 31 hours later. Vulture interviewed showrunner Dan Goor about the ordeal, and it turns out that the cast and crew had just as much of a crazy week: “It was very shocking and scary and sad. You think, Oh my god, everyone’s losing their jobs. And also, I don’t get to do this thing that I love anymore. But very quickly, we were in talks about other platforms as possible new homes.”

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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…)