This Week In Fandom, Volume 144

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! We made our budget post last week (in advance of our successful membership drive – thanks again, everyone!) and so this TWIF will be bringing you fandom content from the last two weeks.

First up, musical theatre fans received a treat this week when a myriad of Hollywood and Broadway stars teamed up to celebrate Stephen Sondheim. The veteran musical theatre composer just turned 90, and actors including Beanie Feldstein, Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep got together (virtually!) to offer tribute by performing some of his better- (and indeed lesser-)known songs in a charity concert. After a slightly bumpy start (and who hasn’t endured their fair share of technological hiccups over the past few weeks?) the event was a two-and-a-half hour triumph and is now available on YouTube for your home entertainment. Read More

This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 143

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! As we start to get into the rhythm of life at home, we’ve managed to pull together a fairly tasty update for you with some highlights from around the web. First up, did you see John Krasinski’s Some Good News this week, and the surprise he organised for 9-year-old Hamilton fan Aubrey? As Krasinski says, ‘If you can’t get to Hamilton, bring Hamilton to you.’ Have you seen any other good celeb home broadcasts this week? Feel free to share them in the comments!

On this week, Ryan Britt talks to Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon (warning: the article contains some spoilers) about his decision to make himself approachable to fans, regularly taking questions via Instagram in a move which effectively cuts out the media middleman. As Britt identifies, Chabon isn’t the only creator taking a similar tack: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, of The Witcher, and Rafe Judkins of the new Wheel of Time TV series also take conspicuous pleasure in engaging directly with the fandoms for their respective shows. ‘I did it to connect to the people who love it. That was the motivation’, Chabon says. We’re definitely always happy to see people make time and space for fans, although we’re not totally sure this is quite the ‘brave new trend’ that Britt suggests. Joss Whedon was notorious for haunting Buffy fan spaces back in the day! Read More