Links Roundup for 28 November 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about fan creations that might be of interest to fans:

  • The Daily Dot recently featured an interview with the creators of the Rap Industry Fan Fiction Tumblr blog. ““Why rappers? Because no one writes about rappers,” Jones told the Daily Dot. There’s something “endearing to read about rappers that feel vulnerable. And I mean vulnerable in a stupid, relatable way, like saying ‘duvet’ instead of ‘bidet,’ not grand lost-love vulnerability,”” Asked about any response from the subjects of their blogs, one replied “Upon two occasions rappers have asked us to post their music videos. I do not think they understand that our site is about made up stuff.” Their future plans include podfic, and hopes for a book deal.
  • One of the exhibits by a performance art group in Japan “taxidermied…rats, painted them yellow, and stuck wires in their tails.” The artists explained that the exhibit was inspired by the endurance of female Pikachu cosplayers. “These super rats have developed into what they are because of human activities. Even though humans are trying to exterminate the rats, they have become an eradicable [sic] part of society. I also thought that the type of girls that hang around Center-gai are a bit similar.”
  • Wizard World recently featured what they called The Best Fan Fiction on Video, a collection of fan films that somehow failed to include last year’s Emmy winning Star Wars fan film, “Star Wars Uncut” which was creatively crowdsourced. Crowdsourcing has enabled the production of an increasing variety of fan films for properties such as ElfQuest and Riverdale, an Archie comics fanfilm that “was produced with the help of almost 100 Craigslist volunteers from the Vancouver film industry.”

If you create fan videos or fan films or are part of rap music or Pokemon fandom, why not contribute to Fanlore? Additions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

Submitting a link doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a roundup post, and inclusion of a link doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

Links Roundup for 4 November 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories on images of fans that might be of interest to fans:

  • Fans have become accustomed over time to inaccurate or sometimes simply unpleasant portrayals in the media. For example, when a recent Saturday Night Live skit focused on manga fans, many of them were upset at the humor even though they felt it was a fairly accurate portrayal of the community. The reason? “For some fans, being cast into the limelight means many now feel judged for indulging in their hobby so enthusiastically.”
  • While manga fans felt that their behavior was being judged, a portrayal of Comic-Con cosplayers in Men’s Fitness instead judged fans’ physiques. However one fan took a deeper look at the incident to note not only why sexism hurts men too but how the media profits from it. “Men’s Fitness literally has the power to change these stereotypes and male beauty myths. But they aren’t, because they make money off telling men (and women) that their bodies are not perfect enough. Why would you buy Men’s Fitness unless you somehow felt bad about your body?”
  • A post at the Good Men Project initiated a contentious discussion of sexism by pointing out how there may be more room for the “female nerd” in fandoms these days, but only if her opinions and behavior are convenient. “It’s definitely hot when a girl wants to play Halo or Gears of War or any other formulaic testosterone-fuelled first-person shooter, but it’s kind of a turn-off when she wishes that videogame developers take a more unisex approach to design and marketing. Time and time again, I have seen women run into brick walls of male privilege when they raise important issues about gender and equality within their chosen nerdy field. ”
  • Furries are a fandom that often feels judged, even by other fans. This experience means “members of the furry community are hesitant to talk to reporters and afraid of readers taking things out of context”. The silence tends to encourage negative portrayals by outsiders, even as participants consider “the fandom to be an art form, with members drawing, designing costumes, performing and writing or composing music.” As multifandom favorite actor Mark Sheppard noted in a recent interview, “I think the people who dress up and show their allegiance and their fandom and passion are incredibly brave… And truly exceptional as a group. You never see ‘Gang of sci-fi fans rob 7-11’ [in the news] do you?”

If you cosplay, are a furry are part of manga fandom, or have indeed robbed a 7-11 with your fandom gang, why not contribute to Fanlore? Additions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

Submitting a link doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a roundup post, and inclusion of a link doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

Links Roundup for 3 October 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about fans talking about fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • The social media analytics company Banyan Branch produced a report on social media chatter regarding the upcoming fall US television season and revealed that fan activity is not equivalent to show ratings. While this is likely of no surprise to many fans (Firefly, anyone?), such data may help networks get a broader understanding of what their ratings mean for a given show in terms of how it’s actually connecting with its audience.
  • Versa Sharma blogs about her life from ages 14 to 25 growing up with Harry Potter at the Huffington Post, concluding “I work in journalism, a dream of mine for many years, because I believe, like Dumbledore, that “words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.””
  • A blog post asking about the seeming dearth of female anime fans online stirs some discussion about how a focus on only some activities or interests can obscure participation, and provides a good example of how strictly defining a “fan” can erase womens’ experience & the diversity of fannish cultures.

If you’re part of Harry Potter or anime fandoms, why not contribute your own stories and projects to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

Submitting a link doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a roundup post, and inclusion of a link doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.