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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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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…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 78

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Apologies for our mini hiatus. We’re back now, and
we’re ready to rock and roll. But before we start, happy 87th birthday to William Shatner! To celebrate, fans on Twitter had some fun with the #AddShatnerToAnything hashtag. Which is your favourite?


A bit of sad news recently. Author and life-long fan Karen Anderson has passed away. As Locus Magazine reports, she was 85 years old, and she published numerous science fiction works both on her own and co-authored with her husband, Poul Anderson. She helped coin the term filk, and she was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2003.

Why not take a minute and add something to Karen’s Fanlore page to honour her memory? (more…)