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This Week in Fandom, Volume 60

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, are you excited about whatever Taylor Swift is up to? How about a stand-alone Star Wars film focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi? Starring Ewan McGregor or not?


Orphan Black recently ended after a 5-season run, and many fans are sad to see it go. However, as with many contemporary TV series, dedicated fans may be responsible for the fact that the show ran as long as it did, due to new ways of measuring its success. The New York Time published an article exploring the “Clone Club” fandom of Orphan Black. The article quotes star Tatiana Maslany as saying “Their [the fans’] adamant vocal nature was the reason our show was anything — a success — and seen the way it was.”

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 58

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you seen the new Dragon Ball Super chocolate that may reveal Goku’s new form? What do you think? Accidental leak, or just alternate colouration packaging?


OTW personnel have been in the spotlight recently! Or, well, in front of the microphone, at least. Betsy Rosenblatt, chair of the OTW Legal committee, was a guest on the Re:Create Coalition’s Copy This Podcast, talking about the legalities of fair use and how it pertains to fan conventions. “As OTW celebrates its 10th anniversary, Betsy discusses the vast range that fanworks can take, the profound impact the internet has had on fanworks, and why she works with OTW to fight back against Hollywood studios to advocate for fanworks as fair use.”

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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. Scroll.in 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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