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This Week in Fandom, Volume 23

Rubin Richardson wrote an article for New York Amsterdam News about Flame Com 2, the LGBT+ comic and fan convention held in New York on August 19th and 20th. The article celebrated the humour and positivity found in contemporary LGBT+ media. “Growing up, many, if not all, LGBT stories I heard were those of tragedies,” says Richardson. Amidst a 2016 rife with media producers burying their gays, Flame Con 2 panelists talked about “the question as to the need for humor in LGBTQ comics,” saying “[for some] it was simply their writing style, whereas others drew a deeper connection. For many people, life can be hard, especially for those growing up in the LGBTQ community, and humor is something many of us as people use as a coping mechanism to deal with hardships.”


In other news, it’s time for some surveys! Two academics studying fandom are soliciting responses for their research.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 22

The Hugo Awards announced its winners this weekend, and it was bad news for the asinine ‘Puppy’ movement, which encourages Hugo voters to select works that do not feature progressive messages and that are not written by women or people of colour. The coveted Best Novel prize was awarded to N.K. Jemisin, a Black woman, for The Fifth Season. The book takes place on a planet plagued by an occasional season of nightmarish climate change and is available on Amazon and through other book retailers. Add it to your reading list and let us know what you think!

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This Week in Fandom Volume 21

More Pokemon! …or not. The fan-made game Pokemon Uranium, which was released on August 6th, is no longer available for download from its creators. Polygon reported first on the game’s release and then on its shutdown. The first article pointed out that “several other fan games live on without issue” despite potential copyright infringement, but with more than 1.5 million downloads, Pokemon Uranium was too big to go unnoticed. Nintendo did not contact the game’s creators directly, but they were “notified of multiple takedown notices from lawyers representing Nintendo of America,” and therefore “chose to remove the download links [themselves] out of respect for [Nintendo’s] copyright.”

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