Posts in Fannish Histories

OTW Guest Post: Alpha

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. Alpha started out in fandom in the Spanish-speaking community as the moderator of a manga shonen forum. She has been writing fanfiction for ten years and editing Fanlore, the OTW’s wiki documenting fannish history, for two years. Today, Alpha talks about preserving Spanish-speaking and pre-Internet fandom history on Fanlore. How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks? When… Read more

OTW Signal, October 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 Just in time for OTW’s celebration of its 15th anniversary came a retrospective on the organization at The Verge. Interviews with a number of early volunteers, board members and project founders revealed a variety of perspectives on what the OTW was needed for. One part discussed the importance of the legal aspects of fanfiction’s status, and how educating fans about their rights was a… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Constance Penley

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. Constance Penley (she/her) is a film and media studies professor at UC Santa Barbara who is a fan of fandom (and Escapade’s No. 1 fan). Two of her proudest affiliations are the Transformative Works and Cultures Editorial Board and the Free Speech Coalition Board of Directors. Today, Constance talks about her affiliation with slash fandom and fandom’s endurance. How did… Read more

Celebrating the OTW’s 15th Anniversary

Today, the Organization for Transformative Works turns 15! Since its foundation in 2007, the Organization for Transformative Works has strived to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan culture, and it’s been an honor to do so through all of our projects for these last 15 years. Some of our major milestones over the last four years are shown below. For a look at more from our earlier days, visit the freshly-updated infographics on our website. We’re incredibly grateful to all of the fans, volunteers, and OTW members who have brought our projects to life and made this work possible. We… Read more

OTW Guest Post: macgyvershe|eagle wings

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. macgyvershe|eagle wings is a senior fan bird (73 years) who is a self-taught, multimedia artist, fanfic writer and illustrator; poet and all round ‘sleepy time gal’ (as their dad called them). macgyvershe considers themselves queer though they’re still trying to determine what pronouns to use. She/her were all that was ever allowed in their youth. Today, macgyvershe|eagle wings talks about… Read more