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OTW Guest Post: Josué Cardona

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Josué Cardona is the founder of the Geek Therapy Network and community where they celebrate how Geek culture can be used to do good in the world. He’s always listening to or making podcasts, some of which you can find at GeekTherapy.com. Today, Josué talks about how being a fan can help during times of crisis.

How did you first find out about fandom or fanworks?

I must have heard about fandoms for the first time in my early 20s. Around the same time, I learned the term “Geek.” I discovered that there were other people who cared as much about the things I cared about as me and it was a transformative experience. I don’t remember exactly but I’d bet it was around the time when I was re-watching Buffy and Angel and discovered that not only were there comic book continuations of both series but that there were a lot of other Buffy fans out there as well, who shared that love of that world with each other, years after the shows had ended. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 96

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you see some of the awesome Halloween cosplay people did this year? Did you have an awesome cosplay for the occasion? Link us photos in the comments!


The big story this week is the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about musician Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. The movie has had mixed reception, with a strong divide between the opinions of critics and audiences. Indeed, the Rotten Tomatoes score for it currently has a 60% rating from critics and 94% from audiences. The divide appears to be based around whether the movie is assessed for its portrayal of Mercury’s life or for its entertainment value. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 92

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you catch all the news from GamesCom this year? If not, don’t worry, Polygon has a roundup of the major stories. New graphics cards, shooters, and cyberpunk, oh my!


There’s some potentially distressing news for fans of the new series of Star Trek movies. According to Forbes, negotiations have faltered with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth for the fourth movie. Chris Pine, of course, plays central character James T. Kirk, while Chris Hemsworth plays his father.

Long-story short, the two Chris’s want the money that was promised/negotiated when Brad Grey first announced Star Trek 4 just before Star Trek Beyond was released. Paramount, under new management, wants them to take a pay cut considering Star Trek Beyond’s underperformance.

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