October 2022 Newsletter, Volume 172

I. FANLORE NEWS Fanlore has had a busy month! It started off in style with its long-awaited MediaWiki upgrade, which was capably overseen by Systems. One of the big additions in the upgrade has been the introduction of a Visual Editor that makes formatting really easy – if you haven’t yet, give it a whirl on Fanlore by using the “edit” tab! If you need a guide to which button does what, Fanlore’s Editing Pages Help page has got you covered! Right after this, Fanlore kicked off its anime & manga themed month, Fanimangalore! It’s been highlighting ships, terminology (lemon, anyone?) and tropes on our… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Brit Kelley

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Dr. Brit Kelley is a Lecturer in the University Writing Program at the University of California Davis, where they teach introductory and advanced writing courses to undergraduate students, and work with faculty across the university to develop best practices for teaching writing. Brit has been a massive fan in one fandom or another for a long time—from Nirvana to Harry… Read more

Slashknot is Moving to the AO3

Slashknot, a Slipknot (band) LiveJournal community focussing on slash fanfiction and fanart, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3). In this post: A bit of background explanation What this means for creators who have work on Slashknot And what to do if you still have questions

Resignation of OTW Director

The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) Board of Directors is saddened to announce that Jess White has resigned from her role as a Director for personal reasons. Jess was elected to her seat in 2020 and her resignation is effective as of the 5th of November 2022. As her term was set to end in a few months, her seat will be left open until next year’s OTW elections. We would like to thank Jess for her service as a member of the Board and for her many years as an OTW volunteer. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

OTW Signal, November 2022

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News A post at JSTOR about The Feminist Art Roots of Fan-Made Videos featured Transformative Works and Cultures staffer and author of Vidding: A History, Francesca Coppa, discussing the community nature of early vids.