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OTW Guest Post: Betsy Craig

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Betsy Craig is the Founder and Organizer of FannibalFest Toronto, which is launching this year and takes place from November 2-5. Today, Betsy talks about Hannibal fandom and project learning curves.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

Over the years I joined social media groups dedicated to fans of favorite TV shows. Reading through posts, I found members chatting about this thing called “fan fiction”. I decided to look it up online and discovered that other people “shipped” characters in TV shows like I did. I thought I was the only one picking up heavily implied but unexplored relationships between characters in the storylines.

I checked out a couple of sites…AO3 and fanfiction.net. Fanfiction.net was not easy to use nor did it categorize and explain what each piece of fiction was about like AO3 did. So I never really went back to fanfiction.net and just started reading fan fiction of TV show characters I liked. As time went on I found I had favorite writers and began to subscribe so I’d know when they had posted a new chapter to an ongoing piece or a new story all together.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 58

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you seen the new Dragon Ball Super chocolate that may reveal Goku’s new form? What do you think? Accidental leak, or just alternate colouration packaging?


OTW personnel have been in the spotlight recently! Or, well, in front of the microphone, at least. Betsy Rosenblatt, chair of the OTW Legal committee, was a guest on the Re:Create Coalition’s Copy This Podcast, talking about the legalities of fair use and how it pertains to fan conventions. “As OTW celebrates its 10th anniversary, Betsy discusses the vast range that fanworks can take, the profound impact the internet has had on fanworks, and why she works with OTW to fight back against Hollywood studios to advocate for fanworks as fair use.”

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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 57

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Steven Moffat would like everyone to know that there has been no backlash from anyone about Jodie Whittaker being cast as The Doctor. Ok, Steven. It’s not like it’s ever been a controversial issue.


The talk of the moment is the new video game dating sim Dream Daddy. In the game, the player character and the datable non-player characters are all dads, with cisgender and transgender options for both and a variety of races. Kotaku recently did an earnest interview with game creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw about the achievements and criticisms of the game, which they published as two articles (link 1) (link 2).

According to Gray and Shaw, their overall approach to the game was serious with a side of humour. “Especially being a very queer game, it wouldn’t have felt right for it to be 100 percent a joke. [We] harped on this concept of sincerity a lot. When you tell a story to the internet, it’s hard to tell a serious story at face value. You have to wrap in a couple of layers of jokes and irony and cynicism for people to really accept it.”

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