OTW Guest Post: Loosely Canon

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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.

Andrew is an up and coming voiceover artist, avid podcaster, and casual fanfic enthusiast. He is currently featured on Hooks and Runs, Loosely Canon, and potentially more projects in the near future. Andrew works with Q, an aspiring writer who is delightfully unaware of the fanfic world at large. Today, Andrew talks about their podcast Loosely Canon.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

I got Q into fanfics for the show by reading him all of the crazy and incredible stories that I found on the internet. A good friend of mine edited fanfics back in college, and she would always share them, and I just found them to be the most entertaining little bits of writing I had ever encountered. There’s something so raw and honest about a person expanding or adapting a piece of fiction that I enjoy so much!

What first got you interested in podcasting? Was this a fandom first idea or a podcast first project?

I started podcasting back in 2021 with a show called Hooks and Runs, which is a baseball and music podcast, with fellow host Craig. Q and I decided to start this show as an entertaining way to express creative conversations that we were already having, and further explore the fandom spaces. The podcast has helped us discover and connect with so many wonderful communities over the past few months and it has been a delight to reach out and interact with everyone!

What sort of fanfiction are you most interested in finding for your shows?

I personally enjoy finding a good variety of stories, whether they are long running series, passion projects, crack posts, or anything in between! So far on the show we have tried to keep it topical with what we cover, and a good portion of our stories are on the more mature content part of the fanfic spectrum. A personal favorite of mine, though, was a lovely fanfic written of the original Mummy movie with different perspectives and unique character dynamics.

How did you hear about the OTW and what do you see its role as?

I hadn’t heard of the OTW until I got into contact with the Communications Committee, but I was blown away and impressed with what I discovered. I am happy to know that there is a group out there that is actively preserving the works and giving a platform to the fanfic community!

What fandom things have inspired you the most?

Recently we discovered a community in the Star Wars fandom called Ginger Rose. It’s focused on the ship between Hux and Rose. I didn’t know what to expect going into that fandom, but what I found was a wonderfully active and dynamic group of authors, artists, and fans. They have been one of the most supportive and active fandoms we have worked with so far and it was an absolute delight!

It reminded me about the ability fanfics have to reignite the joy of being in a fandom community. Q and I ourselves had grown tired of the Star Wars universe and properties, but the Ginger Rose community reminded us about what was so special about the space and the possibility of the characters in it.

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