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This Week in Fandom, Volume 25

Welcome back to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s (mostly) weekly roundup of fannish news and trends! This week, IGN‘s Lucy O’Brien wrote about Overwatch‘s ‘seemingly effortless’ diversity and thriving fandom this week, calling Overwatch fanfiction ‘hugely seductive, full of suppressed yearning and racing heartbeats, the sort of guilty pleasures you’d find at an airport bookstore. But they’re clever, too, reimagining timelines, pasts, alternate universes, current events.’ The also article discusses the unfortunate lack of canonical romantic relationships between women in popular media. ‘”A lot of people who write femslash (two women romantically involved together) especially, never expect it to become canon”, says fanfiction writer SniperCT. “ It’s something that doesn’t happen. So nobody expects it. So say you know, Pharah hooked up with a guy, it would be disappointing but not unsurprising, because that’s what always happens”.’ What is your Overwatch ship? Let us know in the comments!


On Revelist, the prolific Victoria McNally announced that ‘women who love ‘Star Trek’ are the reason that modern fandom exists,’ explaining that, contrary to the stereotype, ‘the quintessential “Star Trek” fan is a woman.’

The first and arguably best-known “Star Trek” zine was called Spockanalia; Although meant to be a one-shot, it ran for a total of five issues from September 1967 to 1970, as edited by Devra Langsam and Sherna Comerford. Much of what Spockanalia featured would be very familiar to modern fans, from in-depth analytical articles and theoretical essays about the nuances of Vulcan culture (the kids today would probably know this as “meta” and “headcanons,” respectively) to fanfiction where Kirk and Spock go on adventures together.


The A.V. Club brought our attention to Cosplayers, a new book comprising ‘pamphlet-style comics published in 2014 following Annie and Verti, two cosplayers who create short films by cosplaying (wearing disguises) and filming short scenes with people who don’t know they’re on camera.’ If you’ve read Cosplayers, drop a quick review in the comments!


Filmmaker has an interesting article by Dan Schoenbrun on the ostranenie of fan mutation videos like the infamous Weird Simpsons VHS. ‘Videos in this movement work in a variety of mediums (animation, live action, computer rendering) to recontextualize specific pop culture properties of the recent past into distorted and often disturbing new forms.’

Schoenbrun laments that he isn’t sure what to call the kind of art that he’s describing—’“Fan film” or “fan fiction” doesn’t seem accurate, because the creators aren’t really paying tribute to the works they pull from.’ They’re clearly some kind of fanwork, though, so Schoenbrun lands on ‘fan mutation.’


Finally, did you see the Emmys this week? More importantly, did you see Leslie Jones’ tweets about the Emmys? Her happiness is contagious, especially in response to Kate McKinnon’s win!

Tell us what you thought about the Emmy winners in the comments.


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