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This Week in Fandom, Volume 88

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, the Star Wars “toxic fandom” discusion is still ongoing, and according to ScreenRant, James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, thinks that toxic Star Wars fans should go to therapy. So we’re gonna leave that topic alone for a while and see how things go.


Instead, let’s talk about Tumblr. Kotaku published an article recently that was titled In 2018, Tumblr is a Joyless Black Hole. The article traces the history of Tumblr, saying that it was initially a welcome alternative to the limitations and social hierarchy of Livejournal. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 87

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you heard about DC Universe, the new streaming service by DC Entertainment launching this fall? The Lincoln Journal Star recently revealed that the service will include exclusive content, original series, a DC encyclopedia, and more. Let us know in the comments what you think!


People are talking about KCON, the K-pop convention that just took place in New York. The Chosunilbo reports that a record 53,000 fans attended the con, beating last year’s ticket sales by 20 percent. South China Morning Post points to the popularity of BTS as one explanation for the popularity of K-pop and KCON, while Kotaku cites “the shared joy that came from finally getting an outlet to share their passions with like-minded people”. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 86

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, just a reminder for all Check, Please! fans to send us your questions for Ngozi Ukazu. You have until June 22nd to use our contact form (put “Ngozi Ukazu Guest Post” in the subject line) for your questions.


Apologies for last week’s mini-hiatus. Here’s the biggest story from then, in case you missed it.

Star Wars fans were recently in the spotlight due to actress Kelly Marie Tran deleting all of her Instagram posts after “months of harassment,” according to an article from E! Online. Fellow Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley also left Instagram in 2017 after being harassed. It’s part of what some people are calling a larger pattern of “toxic fandom,” which Wired presents in an interesting way:

The new versions come to seem like aggressive critiques of the older work and by extension an existential attack on people who love it. In their minds, critiques of monochrome casting become criticism of people who liked those prior versions—critiques of them—landing at the exact moment they lose perceived centrality in a story they thought they owned.

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