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This Week in Fandom, Volume 71

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you watch the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special during TWIF’s holiday hiatus? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!


Marvel recently announced Create Your Own, an upcoming website where fans will be able to create their own comic strips that feature Marvel characters. However, there’s a catch (or ten): as The Verge hilariously recounts, not only will Marvel own the rights to all comics produced on the Create Your Own platform and forbid creators from sharing their comics anywhere but on the website itself, but “[a]ccording to the lengthy terms, you can write stories about whatever you want, except for just about any dramatic situation you could possibly imagine.” (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 51

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening. Before we start, did you see the OTW’s panel at Whedoncon this past weekend? We’re turning 10 this year, and in celebration OTW personnel Claudia Rebaza (Communications) and Betsy Rosenblatt (Legal) held a discussion about the incredible ride we’ve all been on over the past decade.


Related to last week’s discussion of the Shimadacest fandom, The Mary Sue posted an article about fandom callout culture. The article is a good breakdown of the phenomenon for those who might be unfamiliar with it.

“What I find more insidious and worrisome is when the importance of identifying and pointing out systemic fractures within society becomes a stick with which one can beat on fandom participants, wielded by a few who have appointed themselves the moral voice of fandom at large. There’s the content policing which suggests that certain restrictions should be enforced on fic archiving sites, beyond the warning system and content tags which exist precisely to help people avoid triggering content. Then there’s the bullying which masks itself through the appropriation of social justice movements and a callout culture which affords no scope for learning from past mistakes.”

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 41

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s weekly roundup of things which are happening. Before we start, did everyone enjoy International Fanworks Day? We had a blast hosting games, seeing your fanwork recommendations, and checking out the mini fanworks you all created to celebrate! But remember, this isn’t just an OTW thing–IFD is for everyone to celebrate however they want, so why not start your own tradition next year?

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