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This Week in Fandom, Volume 103

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, the the 2019 Oscar nominations have been announced. What are your predictions for who will win?


It’s been over a month since the Tumblr Purge, and the long-term effects are starting become apparent. The Mary Sue published an article examining the effects the purge has had on fandom specifically. The article states that there appears to have been a decrease in activity on the site.

What’s clear is that there’s been a fractious exit from Tumblr, with those who have left scattering to distant corners and no one clear alternate platform able to replace what Tumblr had been.

Tumblr isn’t totally dead, of course. Many people have remained, but from my perspective, there’s been a noticeable slowdown in activity.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 102

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you know that International Fanworks Day is coming soon? We’ve got lots of things planned, so mark your calendars so you don’t forget to join in the fun!


There’s a new fandom documentary in the making, this time focusing on the fandom of the TV show Wynonna Earp. The documentary, titled “#Fandom: The Power of Positivity and Kindness,” recently premiered its teaser trailer. Nerd and Beyond interviewed the creators of the documentary to find out more. When asked what inspired the project, they answered “The ‘Earpers’ are like no other fandom we have been in before. They have presented inclusivity, positivity, kindness, support, and even make a difference throughout their communities.”

The documentary is scheduled to be filmed this year. You can follow the creators on Twitter @Fandom_Doc for more information. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 101

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, happy new year to all! If you’re hoping to have a more positive fannish experience in 2019, Hypable has published a list of fandom-related new year’s resolution suggestions.


A major event in the world of copyright happened on January first. According to Lifehacker, 1923 works just entered the public domain, the first time this has happened in 20 years, thanks to the “Sonny Bono Copyright Act” of 1998.

WBUR News published an article examining the creative implications of this event, which includes an interview with OTW co-founder and author Naomi Novik. (more…)