This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 54

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a shoutout to Fandom‘s blog for the best headline to come out of E3: ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Shows You Can Teach an Old Hat Magical New Tricks. You can watch the trailer for the game here on Nintendo’s YouTube channel. And while we’re talking trailers, check out new material from Spiderman: Homecoming.

It’s been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published. Wow. Mashable published an article about how technology grew along with the series, allowing the fandom to grow and author JK Rowling to engage with it. also published a long article about the anniversary which sums up the series’ impact pretty well:

“What we celebrate on June 26 is more than a bestselling children’s book series, but what it has come to mean and developed into in the twenty years since 1997. The everlasting effects of the magic can be seen all around the muggle world, which will now forever pale in comparison to the wonderful wizarding world created by JK Rowling. Countless Potterheads are still waiting for an owl to fly in through a window with our letters from The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We won’t give up!”


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This Week in Fandom, Volume 50

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, apologies, but Eurovision is a mythical beast that is too great for this humble newsletter. Check out #Eurovision and #ESC2017 for flaily goodness, plus this indy100 article for a bit of controversy.

Syfy announced a rebranding this week. The Verge published an article detailing how the network is refocusing on fandom. (Warning for flashing gif at link.) In 2009, the name change was made from “The Sci Fi Channel” to Syfy in “an effort to capture a broad audience.” However, “the corporation now understands the need to do the opposite, by doubling down on Syfy’s roots. The end goal [according to network executive Chris McCumber], is to create a home ‘for fans to come in and celebrate the genre that they love.'” According to Collider, “[Syfy’s] focus will now be in four areas: science fiction (like The Expanse), fantasy (The Magicians), supernatural/paranormal (Channel Zero), and superheroes/comics (new series Krypton).” (Warning for potentially disturbing image at link.)