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This Week in Fandom, Volume 75

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Joss Whedon’s Firefly is being continued as a series of novels. Tell us if you’re excited for it in the comments!

Happy #28DaysOfBlackCosplay! As Syfy Wire summarizes, #28DaysOfBlackCosplay takes place throughout February alongside Black History Month, and it is meant to bring positive visibility to black cosplayers and draw attention not just to black history but also to black fans’ present-day accomplishments. Cosplayer Chaka Cumberbatch-Tinsley began the month-long movement in 2015, and it’s taken place annually across social media and fannish communities ever since. (more…)

OTW Chat

It’s International Fanworks Day 2018

As our previous post announced the Organization for Transformative Works is sponsoring a variety of activities celebrating International Fanworks Day (IFD) today. Please check that post for details!

We’re also hosting a 29-hour party in the OTW’s Public Discussion chatroom from 23:00 UTC 14 February to 04:00 UTC 16 February. Join us to take part in games, or chat and share fanworks with fellow fans. All times below are in UTC. Click the link to see the time in your timezone


International Fanworks Day

What Fanworks Mean to Me 2018

Last month the OTW’s Communications Committee sent out a call for essays on “What Fanworks Mean to Me” as part of celebrations for International Fanworks Day, coming February 15. A number of you responded, and we’d like to thank everyone who contributed! We share some of those submissions with you below, but for those of you who missed our challenge, we’d like to start a conversation on how fanworks are part of your life. For example:

  • Where do you go to find works or more information about your fandoms?
  • If you use the Archive of Our Own, what steps do you take to search it and find specific items?
  • What are your favorite fandoms or tags to browse, if you’re not looking for something in particular?
  • How do you look at fanworks — on your phone, eReaders, computers, in print?
  • When do you usually look for fanworks?
  • Do you tend to save them, bookmark them, rec them, delete them?
  • If you’re trying to find a fanwork again, where do you go for help?
  • Have other fans shared with you the way they look for works, and what did you think were good tips?

Leave your comments here, or keep the #WhatFanworksMeantoMe hashtag going elsewhere with your responses!