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This Week in Fandom, Volume 23

Rubin Richardson wrote an article for New York Amsterdam News about Flame Com 2, the LGBT+ comic and fan convention held in New York on August 19th and 20th. The article celebrated the humour and positivity found in contemporary LGBT+ media. “Growing up, many, if not all, LGBT stories I heard were those of tragedies,” says Richardson. Amidst a 2016 rife with media producers burying their gays, Flame Con 2 panelists talked about “the question as to the need for humor in LGBTQ comics,” saying “[for some] it was simply their writing style, whereas others drew a deeper connection. For many people, life can be hard, especially for those growing up in the LGBTQ community, and humor is something many of us as people use as a coping mechanism to deal with hardships.”


In other news, it’s time for some surveys! Two academics studying fandom are soliciting responses for their research.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 7

It’s been an interesting week for the legal side of fandom. In an ongoing situation, the makers of the Star Trek fan film series Axanar are being sued by Paramount and CBS for copyright infringement. A lot of copyright holders choose not to go to court over fan films and other fanworks, but Axanar is different than most fan films in that it has raised over one million US dollars via crowdfunding.

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Guest Post: Fresca

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.

Fresca is a longtime fan of Star Trek (The Original Series) and a new fan of Inspector Lewis (with other stops along the fandom way). She lives in hope of a TV show with a compelling female pair of cops or colleagues, like the first six episodes of Cagney & Lacey. She is learning how to edit Wikipedia and has just started to write fanfic (specifically Lewis/Hathaway fic). She still primarily blogs on blogspot (yes, it’s kind of lonely). Her rather antique fanvids, those the copyright vampires didn’t get, are available on YouTube. The following has been edited for length.

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