This Week in Fandom banner by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 88

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, the Star Wars “toxic fandom” discusion is still ongoing, and according to ScreenRant, James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, thinks that toxic Star Wars fans should go to therapy. So we’re gonna leave that topic alone for a while and see how things go.


Instead, let’s talk about Tumblr. Kotaku published an article recently that was titled In 2018, Tumblr is a Joyless Black Hole. The article traces the history of Tumblr, saying that it was initially a welcome alternative to the limitations and social hierarchy of Livejournal. (more…)

This Week in Fandom banner

This Week in Fandom, Volume 87

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you heard about DC Universe, the new streaming service by DC Entertainment launching this fall? The Lincoln Journal Star recently revealed that the service will include exclusive content, original series, a DC encyclopedia, and more. Let us know in the comments what you think!


People are talking about KCON, the K-pop convention that just took place in New York. The Chosunilbo reports that a record 53,000 fans attended the con, beating last year’s ticket sales by 20 percent. South China Morning Post points to the popularity of BTS as one explanation for the popularity of K-pop and KCON, while Kotaku cites “the shared joy that came from finally getting an outlet to share their passions with like-minded people”. (more…)

This Week in Fandom by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 84

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you see Deadpool 2 this weekend? How about Solo: A Star Wars Story? Deadpool ruled the box office, according to cnet, but there’s no denying the roguish charm of Lan–I mean Han.


Warning: Some of the links in this section contain racist language, threats of violence, and mention of suicide and rape. Please proceed with caution.

This week kicked off with a Buzzfeed News article about racism in the BTS ARMY. The article tells the stories of 14 black BTS fans who have experienced racism in fannish spaces. According to the fans interviewed, the harassment occurs largely on Twitter and Curious Cat (a social media site where users can accept questions from others). (more…)