This Week in Fandom by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 127

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we dig in, isn’t baby Yoda so cute? He’s been all over the internet since The Mandalorian introduced him and he’s just too adorable. Feel free to gush and squee in the comments!

Who’s excited for Star Wars episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker? As fans all around the world are preparing for the last film of the trilogy, several trailers have dropped to tease us with new footage: an international trailer, a TV spot hinting at a spectacular duel between Rey and Kylo Ren, and a film clip where our heroes are in a frantic chase with Stormtroopers. A nostalgic and touching featurette was also released, reminiscing about the previous trilogies and discussing how everything will come full circle with this last opus. It’s a real emotional rollercoaster spanning from 1977 to 2019. You might want to have tissues nearby while watching, especially with the footage of our favourite rebel princess and space mom Carrie Fisher. Read More

OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: Josué Cardona

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Josué Cardona is the founder of the Geek Therapy Network and community where they celebrate how Geek culture can be used to do good in the world. He’s always listening to or making podcasts, some of which you can find at Today, Josué talks about how being a fan can help during times of crisis.

How did you first find out about fandom or fanworks?

I must have heard about fandoms for the first time in my early 20s. Around the same time, I learned the term “Geek.” I discovered that there were other people who cared as much about the things I cared about as me and it was a transformative experience. I don’t remember exactly but I’d bet it was around the time when I was re-watching Buffy and Angel and discovered that not only were there comic book continuations of both series but that there were a lot of other Buffy fans out there as well, who shared that love of that world with each other, years after the shows had ended. Read More