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This Week in Fandom, Volume 109

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a shoutout to Game of Thrones fans. We see what’s happening with you, and we’ll talk about it next week after the finale, I promise. For members of Worldcon 2019, the Hugo Award voting packet has been released. As you may remember, the Archive of Our Own was nominated for a Hugo Award in the category of Best Related Work. If you’re not a Worldcon 2019 member, you can still view the information the OTW submitted about AO3 here on the Archive itself. Happy reading!

This Week in Fandom, Volume 45

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a heads up that it appears that people are still debating sexism in Doctor Who and its fandom. With 30 comments so far on a 300-word article. The Guardian posted an article written by a furry fan hoping to dispel the stigma surround the practice. The author, Brian Switek, recounts their personal experience accepting the fact that they’re a furry, and that that’s ok.

Malory Beazley Guest Post

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. Malory Beazley (Editor, FAN/FIC Magazine) is a writer, editor, and university instructor. She’s written about fan culture for FAN/FIC Magazine, published a Master’s thesis… Read more

OTW Fannews: Creating & Remembering Fans

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Slate wrote about the University of Iowa’s Hevelin Collection of fanzines, quoting the OTW’s Karen Hellekson who wrote “fanzines were typically self-published pamphlets, made from ‘stapled-together pieces of ordinary-sized letter paper, sometimes folded in half.’ Fans would exchange these documents through the mail, often after discovering one another through the letters pages of magazines such as Amazing Stories…According to Hellekson, in those pre-photocopying days authors of zines would reproduce their work via carbon paper, mimeograph, or other similarly primitive means.”

OTW Fannews: Building on the Past

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Although many an article speculated about the future of Mad Men‘s characters, it was The Washington Post who looked into what would happen to the the fandom’s RPG twitter accounts. “[A]t least one Roger Sterling (@RogerSterlingNY) has no intention of quitting: ‘Yeah, I’ve got tons of thoughts. Writing Roger has been a big part of my life for years now. He’ll go on, spouting wisdom and snark.’ Sterling — who also tweets as one of the more active Peggy accounts (@PeggyOlsonMCWW) — plans to continue in character, noting the stellar tweets of @WillMcAvoyACN, a spot-on Twitter account based on the Jeff Daniels character from Aaron Sorkin’s HBO show, ‘The Newsroom,’ who regularly engages in political Twitter debates. One is tempted to believe that it’s actually the work of Sorkin himself.”