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This Week in Fandom, Volume 96

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you see some of the awesome Halloween cosplay people did this year? Did you have an awesome cosplay for the occasion? Link us photos in the comments!


The big story this week is the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about musician Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. The movie has had mixed reception, with a strong divide between the opinions of critics and audiences. Indeed, the Rotten Tomatoes score for it currently has a 60% rating from critics and 94% from audiences. The divide appears to be based around whether the movie is assessed for its portrayal of Mercury’s life or for its entertainment value. (more…)

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OTW Guest Post: Annalise Ophelian

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.

Annalise Ophelian (@dr_ophelian) is a documentary filmmaker, clinical psychotherapist, and consultant based in San Francisco. She’s the creator of Looking for Leia (LookingForLeia) a docuseries about girls and women in Star Wars fandom. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 76

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Black Panther is setting records as the second-fastest grossing movie of all time (so far). Tell us what you thought of it in the comments!


You may be familiar with Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva from her silver-medal performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics. However, a new article by Den of Geek highlights Medvedeva’s appearance at a past Tokyo event in which she cosplayed as Sailor Moon. In this routine, “Medvedeva reenacted much of the anime’s first episode, complete with props of a cat and transformation from student to superhero. She even visibly sings along to some of the Japanese lyrics from the show’s original opening credits.” (more…)