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This Week in Fandom, Volume 81

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, in case you missed it, the OTW Legal team has put together a news post about the US Legislation known as FOSTA/SESTA and its effects on fanworks. Tl;dr: “We want to reassure you that the law as it currently stands does not apply to fiction, and therefore should have no impact on the Archive of Our Own.” We’re not going anywhere, folks. But in case you’re interested in saving some fanworks so you can access them offline, here’s an FAQ on how to do that.


Marvel Studios has been amping up the publicity in anticipation of the release of Avengers: Infinity War. This week’s offerings featured a one-minute video where actors thanked fans for 10 years of the MCU. Entertainment Weekly shared the video along with a short article. It’s a sweet little video that packed a surprising amount of nostalgia. (more…)

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OTW Guest Post: Blackestglass

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.

blackestglass is a podficcer, sometimes writer, and life-long fangirl. You can find her works at AO3 and chat with her on Tumblr and Twitter at blackestglass. Today, blackestglass talks about letting her inner performer shine, getting started with podfic, and the gift of the podfic community.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

Sailor Moon was my very first fandom and at first it was a fandom of two–myself and my best friend. After an episode aired on Cartoon Network, we’d immediately be on the phone (landline because cellphones weren’t a thing yet) with each other to discuss what happened and how we felt about it. When my parents finally got a computer and Internet at home, I eventually discovered the sailormoon.com forums and various Sailor Moon fansites, where I was introduced to the idea of fanart and fanfic. It blew my tiny little preteen mind. I’ve never looked back since.

I was a lurker for years and yeeeeears. I thought I was an okay writer but not good enough to be writing fanfic, and I DEFINITELY couldn’t draw. And then for a period of time I was a fairly prolific reccer which was my main contribution to fandom. It wasn’t until I discovered podfic that I actually started getting involved creatively with fandom.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 79

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you see that the 2018 Hugo Award nominations have been announced? There are some pretty awesome nominees this year, including the recently deceased Ursula K. Le Guin, nominated for her work No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, and fan writer Foz Meadows, who recently did a guest post with the OTW.


This past week included The Day of All Days for the internet–April Fool’s. There were many jokes, pranks, games, and minor disasters to be found. There were a few standout highlights, including Google Maps adding a Where’s Waldo mini game, a feature which is still live as of this post being written. Another joke to make it big was a short spoof episode of Rick and Morty created by Michael Cusack. Vanity Fair has an article breaking down the short if you missed it. (more…)