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This Week in Fandom, Volume 82

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you checked out everyone’s old head shots? Have you shared your own? Whose is your favourite?


Another quick bit of news: Avengers: Infinity War had the biggest opening weekend ever, according to Vox, pulling in over US$630 million worldwide. But don’t forget, not everyone has gotten a chance to see it yet, and spoilers make Bucky Barnes sad.


There was an upset in the convention world this week, followed by an impressive recovery. Universal FanCon, which was to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, from April 27-29, 2018, was abruptly postponed just one week before it was set to be held. According to Polygon, the convention was initially funded via Kickstarter and raised more than double its goal, but in a statement released on the convention’s website, organizers explained that “the support [they] were anticipating in terms of ticket sales and sponsorships did not materialize,” leading the event to be insufficiently funded, even after scaling back. “If [it] were to have moved forward, the event would have been significantly diminished,” organizers said in their statement. (more…)

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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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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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