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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 53

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you know that The Babadook has no Fanlore page? If only someone would tell its story.


Sad news for vid lovers this week: VividCon is shutting down. According to a post on the convention’s Dreamwidth community, 2018 will be its final year. Organizers say there were multiple factors that contributed to the decision. “We could make significant structural changes to VividCon, reduce programming, make it smaller – but odds are we would run into the same problems again before long, and in any case, something that different doesn’t feel like VividCon to us. We’ve decided as a staff to end on a high note and make VividCon 2018 the final run.”

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 6

Well, it was another big week for fandom.  Let’s start by giving everyone a big hug.

Image of Prince and David Bowie in the style and location of The Little Prince
Composite fan art apparently using the work of Fauna Crawford, possibly assembled by Crystal Moselle

We’ve lost yet another legend this year: musical artist Prince. Numerous musicians honoured Prince during their latest shows, and social media overflowed with stories about how Prince’s version of Black masculinity helped innumerable people come to understand themselves.

Seeing a strong, unapologetically black man direct an audience of thousands and ultimately, my heart, made it clear that being yourself could take you further than being an approximation of someone else.

—Terryn Hall for the Guardian (Warning: don’t read the comments.)

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