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This Week in Fandom, Volume 63

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you been taking part in the celebrations for the OTW’s 10th anniversary? If not, here are some links for things you may have missed so far: Transcripts for live chats with Lev Grossman, Christina Lauren & Catherine Roach, and Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells, plus a guest post from Henry Jenkins. That’s not all we’ve been up to, though, so go poke around our news posts for more!


There’s been a victory for fair use and parody in the US recently. As The New York Times reports, the Off-Broadway production Who’s Holiday!, was recently ruled as acceptable by a federal judge. The play parodies the cheerful nature of the Dr. Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by creating a version where “Cindy Lou Who is all grown up. She is now a hard-drinking, prescription-drug-abusing middle-aged woman who lives in a trailer park and served time in prison for killing her husband, the Grinch.” While Dr. Seuss Enterprises initially issued cease-and-desist letters, the playwright, Matthew Lombardo, fought back in court and ultimately won. Mr. Lombardo now plans to stage the play this November. (more…)

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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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