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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, 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.”


A Meet-Up of Our Own

The OTW is excited to announce A Meet-Up of Our Own, an in-person gathering being held during San Diego Comic-Con.

Ten years ago, fans from around the world came together to create the Organization for Transformative Works and start to build An Archive of Our Own – a permanent home for all our creativity! Whatever your fandom, join OTW personnel, supporters, AO3 users, and others to swap stories/recs/links, flail and squee about your fandom, and celebrate being a fan over drinks (cash bar) and nibblies (courtesy of the OTW and the Re:Create Coalition).

The meet-up will run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (and maybe a bit later) on Thursday, July 20th, at Analog Bar in San Diego’s Gaslamp district. Please RSVP as space is limited.

Thanks to the Superwiki, Baker Street Babes, Mugglenet and the re:Create Copyright Coalition for their support of our celebration!