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Update: April 15, 2013: The bulk of the fanzine information has been moved to Fanlore, the fan run wiki. You can access Fanlore's home page here.
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If you're looking for a list of fanzines by fandom, this is what I have so far:

Place of Honor:  Starsky & Hutch. Pepper has compiled the most amazing and complete fanzine listing. Mahvelous. Go here

1. Alphabetical listing
A-Team - list here (last updated in 1997) and here
Beauty & the Beast here and here
Buffy and Angel
Blake's 7  - Judith has an extensive list here
Dr Who - partial lists available here and here and here
Due South -Ray Vecchio Fanzines and  Ray Kowalski Fanzines
Inspector Morse here
The Magnificent 7 here
The Man From U.N.C.L.E - slash fanzines here, gen and slash fanzines here
The Professionals -The Hatstand  and Palely Loitering (with their own LJ here)
Quantum Leap - old list, needs updating
Rat Patrol - Excel spreadsheet here
Real Ghostbusters - here (defunct, last updated 2002). A more current list is here
Robin of Sherwood here
Seaquest here and here
The Sentinel - Loft Library -Slash Zines and Gen Zines
Smallville here
Shadow Chasers here (old archive)
Sherlock Holmes here
Stargate SG1 - old list here
Starsky & Hutch - Pepper's Amazing List With Every Possible Combination Except Pepperoni
Star Trek   - K/S Slash Zines and Star Trek Zinedex (gen/het/slash). An index of stories published in fanzines by title and author can be downloaded from the KirkSpockCentral mailing list (membership required).
Star Wars - Star Wars Collector's Bible (older list archived here)
Supernatural - here
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea here
Xena/Hercules - partial list here

2. Multi-Fandom Lists

Ming's Fanzine Archives (Star Trek, Star Wars & other Fandoms - click on the pdfs for the list)
Fandom Wikis - FanLore and Fan History

3. What To Do With That Aging Fanzine Collection?  If you don't  want to sell your fanzines on eBay or at a convention, the  Fan Culture Preservation Project  will help fans find homes for their fanzine collections - either at the University of Iowa or  via fellow fans.  More here and  here.

What I like about the Fan Culture Project is that the University will pay for shipping and loading of the zines.  I have several friends whose health has declined, don't want to sell their collection, but want to find their fanzines a good home.

Other places to buy/sell your fanzines: the Zinelist Announcements List, its sister discussion mailing list  Zinelist or the SlashSwap mailing list. You can offer your fanzines on LJ at Fandom Swap.     Jim and Melody Rondeau will also agent your fanzines online and at conventions for a small commission. As a last resort head over to eBay but beware you may be charged 2-3x more than you would buying from fannish sources.

For new zines/in print zines only:  The Zine listing communities - one here on Dreamwidth and the mirror here on LJ. Melody Clark has started MediaFen, a fanzine listing blog. The RSS feed for LJ users is here. The direct blog link is here.

If you're trying to track down a fanzine producer whose website has moved or gone away, try using the Wayback Machine.  Ex:  The Zine Zone (last updated in 2003) is archived here.

4. Any other lists? Drop a note. And feel free to link here, as I'll update it.

Looking for Fanzine lists:
Star Trek - gen/het
Buffy/Angel - some zines listed on Fanlore
Highlander - some zines listed on Fanlore
Farscape
Firefly
Supernatural
X-Files - some zines listed on Fanlore

5. Wanna Know How Your Ancestors Produced Their Fan Fiction?
Read "Fandom Before Computers"


morgandawn: Fanlore all the things (Fanlore all the things!)
 

I think we need to set up a Fanlore Account on Tumblr. We already have a Twitter account run by OTW Communications (thank you Pip!) and there is a way for those regular tweets to be automatically sent to a Fanlore Tumblr. I'd be willing to set up the Official Fanlore account on Tumblr and also tweak some of the cross-post settings so that we can mirror either the Tumblr posts here or DW posts like this one on Tumblr .

But we need someone to manage the Tumblr account. It should be a low key affair. I make regular fandom history and Fanlore posts on my tumblr blog which could be reblogged.  The Ask Box could be left open in case anyone wants to touch base via Tumblr. Thee are also periodic OTW announcement posts that might be suitable for reblogging.

Anyone other ideas for this Official Fanlore Tumblr account? Tumblr is a rich visual medium and we have lots of content on Fanlore that would be great for blogging.

Anyone interested?
 
morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

I volunteer on Fanlore, the fan run wiki that documents our corner of fandom history. But history is not just what happened last decade - it is also happening today in the places we hang out in, the vocabulary we develop, the platforms we use, the fandoms we love and create for and how we interact with one another.  

So what would tip you into writing about your love of fandom life on Fanlore? Would a specific project with targeted goals help? Would having a mentor or editing buddy help? Or would you like to dive in on your own? 

Read more about Fanlore.

Recent news and updates

morgandawn: (Cat Sleepy)
 The Fanlore page about the Moonridge auction could use updating. The page is here: http://fanlore.org/wiki/Moonridge


Some links to help refresh people's memories

http://moonridge-fic.livejournal.com/

http://archiveofourown.org/tags/Moonridge

http://mymongoose.populli.net/chpt3/mrindex.htm

http://www.mafg.org/home.htm

http://alyburns.livejournal.com/885842.html

http://gmfor-moonridge.livejournal.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qtilm-alw8

http://garett-maggart.livejournal.com/22625.html

Things to add: number of participants, who moderated for what years, websites, amounts raised....
morgandawn: (Tree Prettty)
 I am working on the Han/Luke Fanlore page and am looking for some of the early fanfic that was published. So far the earliest seems to be Theresa K's "The Promise" which appeared in 1993 in Dyad 12.  Any other ones from before1995?

edited: we found a few written by Felicity Granger in Bright Center of the Universe dating to around 1991.
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1H5vptK at November 16, 2015 at 05:45PM


 

Filk songs are a longstanding part of both media fandom and scfi-fi fandom history. Lyrics are often set to well known songs so that audiences can sing along. This filk song was performed in the early 1980s and released on the “Cosmic Connection” cassette tape.

THE TREKKER (to the tune of Simon and Garfunkle’s “The Boxer”)                  
(lyrics by Cheryl White & Jeanne Cloud)

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1L51tsu at November 08, 2015 at 01:21PM










 

the-cimmerians:

stephrc79:

teawithsgtbarnes:

mamalaz:

astolat:

mamalaz:

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (deleted scene)

Seriously though, this scene. WHY DID THEY DELETE THIS SCENE?

And as they went away with Luke letting Han’s hand trail out of his, I thought, “…as though millions of Han/Luke shipper voices suddenly cried out and were silenced.”

In all my days I’ve never shipped this till…

Welp, if I didn’t ship it before…

True story from ancient fandom corner: people did ship it, and that shit was stomped on harder than any slash has ever been stomped on. There were lawsuits. SW slash went WAY underground–even in the days when all slash was underground. There were ‘zines, but they were precious as carbuncles and basically if you had one or wrote in one you were like a fucking badass slash bandit.

As far as we know, no one was sued  for publishing a Star wars slash zine or fiction. The reason that Star Wars slash zine fandom went dark, had to do with two het stories published in 1981: the Swedish zine The Dark Lord and then later Slow Boat To Bespin. This led to Lucasfilm issuing a series of protocols requiring the publication of family friendly material.  These protocols  put a damper on Star Wars zine publishing overall because they were subjective and arbitrary.

Of course given the homophobia of the times that classified any gay material, even G rated, as adult, this meant that published slash in Star Wars fandom pretty much dried up until the late 1990s, when brave slash fans resumed publishing Han/Luke slashInterestingly, even at the height of the Lucas anti-sexuality crusade, two slash writers were able to obtain permission to publish a slash story using original characters.  It took some effort to get permission, including a letter of protest written directly to Lucasfilm.

One good thing that came out of the Star Wars fanzine crackdown - before the crackdown, Lucas had demanded that fans submit a copy of their zines to his offices. Eventually he grew tired of them and the collection was given to Ming Wathne, who added thousands of other fanzines from other fandoms and ran the Fanzine Archives, a fanzine lending library. In 2008, she donated the collection to the University of Iowa and is open to the public.

You can still read some of the late 1990s Han/Luke fic online. 

(cover of Elusive Lover 1, artwork by Zyene)


Tags:fandom history, fandom meta, star wars, slash history, han/luke, DWCrosspost, fanzine archives, fanzine history, university of iowa

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morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
A long and ugly formatted list of the first two screens of books/essay etc that contain references to Fanlore. The search engine was Google Books.

Again - very long, and ugly raw links.

Read more... )
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From Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media fandom:

Fannish crochet, like fannish knitting, is a type of fan craft. A popular type of fannish crochet is creating amigurumi (Japanese crocheted stuffed toy) versions of fandom characters.

Many fannish crochet patterns can be found on Ravelry. Some examples of patterns include:

10th Doctor Big & Cuddly

Crochet Ron Weasley Animal Crackers Hat

Avatar: the Four Elements blanket

Crochet Star Trek Badge – A Coffee Cup Cozy”

This page brought to you by Fanlore’s random page generator.

*Daleks crocheted by X-parrot. Image used with creator permission.

Tags:FANCRAFTS, fannish crochet, genesis of the daleks, fanlore, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1MIv8z6 at November 04, 2015 at 11:47AM
 

wyntereyez:

…And then came “Creating a Safe and Friendly Fandom.“  We’re all part of fandom, we know it can be the most wonderful thing in the world - and the most awful (though apparently we’re not as bad as the fandom for the original "Beauty and the Beast” - I really need to find the stories on this)  The panelists offered advice on how to handle hate (ignore it, don’t go looking for it, for the love of God don’t feed the trolls) …..

Meedee:  
I feel like I am channeling a fandom encyclopedia today, but that’s OK.

Some of the divisive Beauty and the Beast fandom history has been written up on Fanlore. The short version: After Season 2, the show killed off the main romantic female lead and brought in a new female character. This caused the “Classic vs Season 3 Split” where Classic fans of seasons 1 and 2 would shut their eyes and plug their ears when anything from season 3 would appear.

From Fanlore: "I was at Tunnelcon 2 and went to a video showing for diehard fans of classic BATB (first and second season). While it was wonderful to see interviews of Linda and Ron which I had never seen, it was disconcerting to hear that people would refuse to watch even music videos with third-season shots in them. I kept thinking "they missed the kiss in the cave, they missed Vincent kissing Catherine as he left her” but they saw this as a terrible betrayal of what the show was about and I have to respect the fact that these people had a fairy tale shattered to bits by the killing of Catherine.“


Tags:fandom history, ship wars, fanlore, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1Q4VHiA at November 03, 2015 at 10:38PM
 

wyntereyez:

…..Then I went to “The Evolution of Fanfic,” which interested me since I caught the end of the era where fan fic was something found in fanzines and sharing them was a very private, under the table thing.  I remember that I didn’t get into fandom until college, when I finally had internet access.  This panel felt very academic, and was interesting.  The very first slash story, for example, was a Kirk/Spock story that started as a writing exercise in which the writer didn’t identify the characters or their sexes, though the author said in her notes that’s who she was writing about.  Apparently, it’s online somewhere, and now I have to find it….  Anyway, the gist of this panel is that we all have it easy these days…

meedee:
The Star Trek story is called “A Fragment Out of Time”. You can read more about its history at Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media fandom.


Tags:fandom history, star trek history, slash history, destielcon, fanlore, DWCrosspost

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uptownstump:

TH*NKS P*TE

From Fanlore, the fan-run wiki about media fandom:

Lost in a crowd is a panfandom tumblr meme that started in August 2015. It is a text-based meme in four parts: character A can’t find character B in a crowd and says “This calls for drastic measures,” character A shouts something that character B is guaranteed to find offensive, character B leaps out of the crowd and shouts something angry in reply, character A says either “There they are” or “Found them”. Often the thing guaranteed to anger character B is an insult to character A.    memedocumentation identified the origin of the meme as aSteve/Bucky post on August 10 by jibblyuniverse.[1] As of October 2015, the post has over 46,000 notes.”

This page brought to you by Fanlore’s Random Page Generator


Tags:fanlore, fandom history, lost in a crowd, fanlore random page post, tumblr meme, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1RpLH0Q at November 02, 2015 at 11:20AM


 

From Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media fandom. This page brought to you by Fanlore’s Random Page Generator.

Hanson Erotica was a domain…..which hosted Hanson fanfic, focusing on erotica, both het and slash. The site opened in 2001. Some popslash and The Moffatts fic was also hosted.

Site’s Context In The Wider World Of Fanfiction

FanFiction.net’s decision to delete all RPF fiction [in 2001] was also a small blow dealt to the hanfic world. Somewhere around 1000 hanfic stories were archived there, but even at that, it was hardly the primary source for hanfic. Fans continued to host their stories on personal websites, and a few moved to LiveJournal. Those who lingered on and continued to write simply had to make the best of things. With all three boys finally over the age of consent, smut became more popular than ever before. Whereas “erotica” was often kept entirely separate from other stories, or strongly warned for when it wasn’t, adult material started to be integrated into more and more mainstream stories. Sites such as HansonErotica.com, HansonPorn.com and LustJunkie.com were among the first to embrace the smutty side, rather than keeping it hidden and secret.”[1]

Tags:hanfic, hanson, fandom history, fanlore, fanfiction archives, fanlore random page post, DWCrosspost

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morgandawn: (Starsky Hutch The Fix Hug)
 The Starsky & Hutch Fanlore Timeline needs help. Anyone can create an free account and add info directly - or you can send edits to mdawn6 @ yahoo.com

The Fanlore page: http://fanlore.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Starsky_%26_Hutch_Fandom
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1MlFVNS at October 09, 2015 at 01:01PM
 

bert-and-ernie-are-gay:

saathi1013:

So [my roommate from college]‘s aunt and uncle were old-school fen, back in the day.  This is what she recently inherited:

Now, I’m going to omit credits on these, simply because some of the names of the artists may be their real names.  Since what fandom was then is not what fandom is fandom now, and there’s a big difference between ‘publishing something in a limited-run mail-order printed fanzine in 1973’ and ‘posting it online where google can find it in 2015,’ my policy here is to add credits only if the artists request it (they can email me at this username dot gmail dot com).

Ready, friends?

Are you sure?

It gets better.

Aw, that’s…

…oh hey tentacles, nice to know some things were always classics.

“Draw me like one of your french girls” before Titanic was even a thing.

Is that Risa?

It’s gotta be Risa.

I actually really like this artist.  Fortunately, they were fairly prolific:

You know what, I know what the context for this one and the next is, but they’re better without.

And then the classic ‘caught changing’ pinup, which I find much more entertaining than the reboot version:

And lest you think it’s all about the dudes:

…this is just a small sampling.  I haven’t even got to the tentacle-penis pinup or the slavery AU or the “did they go to a Roman planet? and is that a crucifixion in the background of the kirk/spock snogging” pics.  Or the tribble humping a wig stand.  But this post is long enough.

There are some research library fanzine collections (Univ of Iowa and Univ of Texas specifically) that would LOVE to have those, eventually, if you felt like making sure they’d be preserved for fandom. Beautiful stuff, early slash fandom. Incredibly courageous.

Oh please donate them to either Iowa or TAMU. They’d both love them.

http://ift.tt/1huBsM0

The “prolific” artist is Gayle F (you can find more of her work on Fanlore).

Lots more info about all of these zines under the Star Trek zine categories.

http://ift.tt/1LbCJ34

http://ift.tt/1MlFVxB

http://ift.tt/1LbCLIe

http://ift.tt/1MlFVxE

 

Tags:fanzine archives, fandom history, star trek fanzines, star trek history, fanlore, university of iowa, texas a&m university, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1NfKDOv at September 04, 2015 at 11:44AM

transformativeworks:

tabithadarlingsbedroomfloor:

Fanfic, and slash fiction in particular, is a huge part of SF fandom history – and its overlapping communities have mostly been built and shared by women.

Diane Marchant is generally regarded as the writer of the first published fic featuring Kirk/Spock – the ship which popularised slashfic as a fan phenonenon. And she was Australian, to boot!

You’re welcome, rest of the world.

The story, “A Fragment Out of Time,” published in Grup #3 in 1974, contained a steamy sex scene but named no names (and played the pronoun game, so it wasn’t even clearly marked out as a m/m relationship).

Still, the piece was illustrated with a Kirk & Spock picture drawn by Diane, making her intentions fairly obvious, and a cartoon underneath the final page of the story shows Bones saying to Kirk: “Impossible….. No, Jim. I warned you about messing with aliens…….. especially Vulcans.” (The look on Kirk’s face in the cartoon implies he has just been told about the existence of slash fiction. Oh, sweetie.)

Keep reading

Slash fans have been vocal in their support of LGBTQ+ civil rights and representation in media, causes which have seen significant advancement in recent years.  And Kirk/Spock was one of the first modern slash pairings.  Read more about slash on fanlore!

I remember when I finally got a copy of the 2 page story and realized that the art added an additional layer of meaning to the story.  Up to that point, none of articles about the story had ever mentioned the art and the clear signal is was sending [SLASH!!!]  which is why I added the info to Fanlore. One of the many reasons to include as much as we can about the original source text. 


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morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
 
We have set up a mirror community to help fans locate older vids:  https://vidfinders.dreamwidth.org/

Please sign up,  because the more eyes we have on the searches, the more chances we have locating vids.

Also, if you just want to list the fanvids you have by fandom, we have a sticky post. It may help pull in more queries if people know there are fans of the series reading the community.

Source: Fanlore
morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
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The Wiki committee has had a busy month working on the usual outside requests (we admit, we do still have a bit of a backlog!), our internal documentation, and some exciting new projects!

First, thank you to those who came to our July editing chat! Among other things, we discussed old school slash, ambitious pages, and Fanlore's own site graphics. (Did you know that we have no copy of Fanlore's original header from when the site was in beta? Fanlore's Fanlore article has been updated to include some of our historical graphics, but we would love to see more of Fanlore's own history preserved! If you were around during Fanlore's early days please do share your memories of the site, and if you happen to have any old images or screenshots we'd love those too!)

During the editing chat we also discovered a couple of old Fanlore-themed icons created by the wonderful [personal profile] kylara that had never been added to ourgraphics page. The page has now been updated to include them, and (as with all the graphics on that page) you are very welcome to use them!

In other news, we have received reports that some newly-created pages aren't being properly indexed by Fanlore's search engine. We're looking into this, and in the meantime you may want to use Google to supplement your Fanlore searches (see Fanlore's help page for more info).

What's to come?

Wiki has been busy planning Fanlore's annual Stub September challenge! See the the official announcement for more information, and stay tuned for the first of the weekly themes tomorrow!

To celebrate Stub September and also provide an opportunity for new editors to ask questions, we will be holding an editing party on Saturday, September 12th at 17:00 UTC (what time is that in my timezone?) in the Fanlore chat room.

As of September 1st, 2015, Fanlore has 35,761 articles which have undergone 613,239 edits. We hope to see you on the Recent Changes page!
morgandawn: (zineswin)

hl:

sa:

This is not a new concept, just one I kept forgetting to implement until a few nights ago. I created a custom access filter on Dreamwidth, and added a short entry with my fannish accounts and passwords, and instructions for archiving them in the event that I fall out of my treehouse. To be clear, I have no intention or expectation of doing so! I’m living till I’m 100 if it kills me. But, just in case, I’ve got a fannish executor/person who has my personal details. I’m lucky to have a good crossover friend to take the job: we met online, and she knows which sites I’m active on, but we’re also currently housemates. If I fell out of a treehouse while vacationing in Canada, my parents would phone her.

Please consider doing something similar. Vanishing acts are heartbreaking.

Signal boosting because this is important. (It is also the reason I have a .txt file in my VividCon folder called “in the event of renenet’s untimely death.”)

People with AO3 accounts can (and should!) designate a Fannish Next of Kin: “someone who would gain access to your account in case of death or incapacitation. By naming another individual who can act on your behalf, you can decide ahead of time how you want your AO3 accounts handled going into the future.” See Fanlore for more information about Fannish Estate Planning.

Additional (not fandom-oriented) information is available. The “social media will” link on the AO3 page is broken, but you can find it and other relevant pages via the Wayback Machine: How and Why You Should Write a Social Media Will is specifically about social media, and the Writing a Will page includes a section about social media. You can also read more about “Digital Property Planning.”

I love that the Fanlore page on Fannish Estate Planning says : 

Related terms: Ex-Parrot”

Cause I do not plan to die. I plan to pine for the fjords forever.

morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
I'd like to help build up more  Xena content on Fanlore. To do this I need vids. Preference is for older Xena fanvids - yes those really old 6MB rmb (Real Player) or wmv (wndows media)  files. Most likely these vids will no longer be available online .   If you have any vids downloaded and squirreled away and are willing to share them (via one to one upload or by USB/disc), ping me at morgandawn @ gmail.com  We hopefully will have a good enough cross-section to create pages on Fanlore. If we get enough pages we can create a Xena Fanvid category on Fanlore . (Note: we will not be uploading the vids to Fanlore - the copies will be used to help the editors add the pages. Also Fanlore cannot host vids so there's that.....). 

I am also looking  for people to create fanvid pages on Fanlore for under represented fandoms. It can be done at your own pace and all you need to do is copy and paste a template (and of course fill out the fields- vidder name, vid title etc).



morgandawn: (zineswin)

Fiction written in the community based on one television series has been printed in pale blue ink on yellow paper, which photocopies as a blank page. Editors and authors would release the work only to people they knew, and then only after the purchaser had promised not to pass the work any further. Secondary readers - those known to the purchasers but not to the editors or writers - could be given the option to read the work in the home of the purchaser, but generally could not receive full access until they became well known in the fan group."

— 

Camille Bacon-Smith, writing about pre-internet fanfic communities in her book Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth
(via surrexi)

Let’s see if I can remember the fandoms that CBS is referencing

The first is….Starsky & Hutch RPS? (no, wait that was The Purple Pages) - named because they were printed on purple paper. There was a Starsky & Hutch gen and slash zine that was printed in blue ink on red paper: Pushing The Odds. You can see images of the zine here as well. So I am drawing a blank on the blue ink/yellow paper fandom.

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
 

June Bloom Week 1: Your Current Fandom

To kick off June Bloom, why not create some pages for your current fandom love?

Help share your love for and preserve the history of your current fandom by documenting it on Fanlore! Here are some ideas to get you started:

What are your current fandoms?

  • Do you love a shiny new fandom that doesn’t have a Fanlore article yet? Start one and help recruit more fans!
  • Are you part of a megafandom? Help other fans find the fandom’s hidden gems by making pages for your favorite fanworks!
  • Part of a small fandom? Help others know where to look to find fanworks, discussion, and fellow fans!
  • Part of a fandom with an open canon? Help document the current state of the fandom, and preserve those wacky fan theories before they getJossed! Even if the canon jumps the shark, let the fannish gems shine!

What is the most recent fanwork that you loved?

What’s the last fic you read, podfic you listened to, vid you watched, or other fanwork you consumed, that blew you away? Make sure it’s not forgotten!

What current events are causing a stir in your fandom?

  • Tyler Hoechlin leaving Teen Wolf as a regular? Make pages for all your favorite Sterek fics, all the Derek Hale vids, or your favorite Sourwolf fanart.
  • Hannibal coming back this week? Celebrate by eating the rude creating a Hannigram or Bedannibal page, or pages for the fanworks that held you over between seasons.

What have you fallen in love with recently?

A new character? Pairing? Fan author or artist? Come forth and gush!

Remember: don’t feel pressured to write a long, involved analysis for a topic. Fanlore is a wiki, so someone else will come along to polish things up and flesh things out. Simply starting a stub will plant a seed that will grow and bloom into a full article!

Need more inspiration? Check out Fanlore’s Wish List

Not sure how to get started? See Help:Tutorial and Help:Starting a new page

.

 
morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
 Vidding History: Constructed Reality Vids"Scoreis an early example of aconstructed realityvid. In the vid, Bodie and Doyle fromThe Professionalsappear to be bowling againstStarsky & Hutchby intercutting bowling scenes from the two shows.In his bookTextual Poachers,Henry Jenkinsdiscusses the vid:"Since many fan video artists had previous experience as zine editors and writers, it is not surprising that their videos draw upon those same conventions. One can find equivalents within music videos for most genres of fan writing, from slash to cross-over stories. D.C.B. and K.L.’s "We’re Going to Score Tonight" cleverly combines footage from Starsky and Hutch and The Professionals, depending on principles of classical continuity editing (particularly eye-line matches) to construct an impossible bowling competition between the two series’ partners; particularly effective is a sequence where Bodie and Doyle look with disappointment and envy as their American counterparts walk away with their dates."In 1994,Sandy Herrolddiscussed the vid on theVirgule-Lmailing list:"Any idea who made it?Charlotte Hillshowed me it a while back. What a GREAT idea. (It was mentioned in Henry Jenkin’s book for those of you that haven’t seen it—basically the vid shows Bodie and Doyle bowling with Starksy and Hutch. Just adorable.) I’ve never seen a version of this that wasn’t incredibly fuzzy though. Whencircuit storieshave been read and copied one too many times, it is (relatively) trivial to retype them (Well short ofWaiting to Fall, orThe Hunting), but when vids fade too far, there doesn’t seem to be too much that can be done.”Excerpts from Fanlore, the fan run, non profit wiki. The entry, with screencaps, can be foundhere.

"Score is an early example of a constructed reality vid. In the vid, Bodie and Doyle from The Professionals appear to be bowling against Starsky & Hutch by intercutting bowling scenes from the two shows.

In his book Textual PoachersHenry Jenkins discusses the vid:

"Since many fan video artists had previous experience as zine editors and writers, it is not surprising that their videos draw upon those same conventions. One can find equivalents within music videos for most genres of fan writing, from slash to cross-over stories. D.C.B. and K.L.’s "We’re Going to Score Tonight" cleverly combines footage from Starsky and Hutch and The Professionals, depending on principles of classical continuity editing (particularly eye-line matches) to construct an impossible bowling competition between the two series’ partners; particularly effective is a sequence where Bodie and Doyle look with disappointment and envy as their American counterparts walk away with their dates."

In 1994, Sandy Herrold discussed the vid on the Virgule-L mailing list:

"Any idea who made it? Charlotte Hill showed me it a while back. What a GREAT idea. (It was mentioned in Henry Jenkin’s book for those of you that haven’t seen it—basically the vid shows Bodie and Doyle bowling with Starksy and Hutch. Just adorable.) I’ve never seen a version of this that wasn’t incredibly fuzzy though. When circuit stories have been read and copied one too many times, it is (relatively) trivial to retype them (Well short of Waiting to Fall, or The Hunting), but when vids fade too far, there doesn’t seem to be too much that can be done.”

Excerpts from Fanlore, the fan run, non profit wiki. The entry, with screencaps, can be found here.

morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)

As a follow up to the recent discussion over whether fans should be allowed to discuss and review fanfic on Goodreads (my earlier post here and the Fanlore summary here)….

I came across a similar discussion that took place in 2010. In short, fans who were listening to podfic found that the meta data of the podfics (basic catalog type info: titles, authors etc) was being automatically captured by last.fm 

Post 1: http://amplificathon.dreamwidth.org/1165271.htm

Post 2: http://merlinpodfic.livejournal.com/39733.html

Post 3: http://podficmeta.dreamwidth.org/13417.html

morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)

The early Star Trek conventions were fan produced and fan run. The conventions were hugely popular and thousands of people would show up. The history of some of these early fan conventions has been documented onFanlore, the fan run wiki here.

After the 1975 convention, fans wrote a filk song about their experiences. 

A 1975 filk, “Battle Hymn of the 1975 ST Con” in Tetrumbriant #7, by “A Cast of Thousands” : 

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the ending of The Con.

They were tramping out the carpet when the movies were not on.

They were pushing back the walls

the guests had rested hands upon.

Praise GhuG,* they are all gone!
 

Chorus:

Glory, Glory Roddenberry!

Glory, Glory Roddenberry!

Glory, Glory Roddenberry!

Praise GhuG, they are all Gone!!

They were lurking in the corridors

where Gene and Majel lived,

Our security arrangements were as leaky as a sieve,

Room numbers Committee didn’t know

Trekkies would gladly give!

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!
 

Chorus 3X.

Bill Shatner, owes his life,

to fen who’s names he’ll never know.

They are placing their fragile bodies,

where Trekkies want to go.

And all are deeply thankful

Leonard Nimoy did not show!

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!
 

Chorus 3X.

Our Guests were wont to wander,

where Helpers fear to go.

Dear George once tried to roam around

and thought no one would know.

We picked up what was left of him

and put him in the show.

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!
 

Chorus 3X.

Ike Asimov made speeches where he told

all he did know.

Jeff Maynard set up for six days,

to put on his Light Show!

Robert Lansing gave us extra work,

he knows where he can go!

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!
 

Chorus 3X.

There wasn’t much of Destiny,

her costume didn’t show!

The Vulcan Hooker, Patia

matched her blow for blow!

But the Helpers didn’t notice —

they were busy clearing rows!

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!

[snipped]
 

Chorus 3X.

Bob Lansing, Gene and Majel were all

drinking in the suite.

The Committee and Assistants are all nursing blistered feet.

We’ll discuss our plans for next year’s con

BUT, NOT BEFORE WE EAT!!!!!

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!
 

Chorus 3X.

David Gerrold brought some fur with him,

A Tribble it was called.

Dick Hoagland gave us speeches on

the Space Program, now stalled.

And Bill Theiss showed us costumes

which we all thought would fall.

Praise GhuG, they are all gone! [31]

 *If anyone knows what “Praise GhuG” means drop me a note.


morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
 Fanlore is the fan run, non-profit wiki that any fan can edit to add their memories and favorite fannish moments. Want to know more? Read here.

Fanlore is the fan run, non-profit wiki that any fan can edit to add their memories and favorite fannish moments. Want to know more? Read here.

morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)
 

The original of this drawing arrived in the mail today. I wish we could put together a traveling gallery of all the stunning K/S fan art to take to fan conventions. Until then, enjoy this low resolution version.

From Fanlore, the fan run, non-profit wiki about media fandom

Pieta back cover First Time #46, [artist: Shelly Butler]. The pose, which is an art classic, was used decades earlier in the drawing by Wendy Pearson accompanying the poem Pieta in Starbase M.T.L. #6. One comment on the work: "The image is a reflection of the glorious sculpture, Pieta. Here, a long-haired Spock lovingly holds an angelic Kirk on his lap. Notice Spock’s hand delicately and gently placed on a vulnerable Kirk’s belly. Kirk’s blissful, sublime expression relates to their intimate relationship, and a soft light seems to shine on him.

Another fan wrote this: “The impression I get from Pieta is that Spock is preparing to infuse the man in his lap with something great, mysterious, and ultimately very powerful. Dare I call it by its name? Love.”

 More art commentary is here.

The drawing won a STIFfie Award in 1997.

PS. I did contact a few of the fandom archives about displaying fan art - while they can preserve/archive fan art, they do not have space to display it. That is typical of most special collections.

PPS. How awesome is it that there are "a few...fandom archives" in the US? 

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

emilianadarling:<br /><br />Fandom Public Service Announcement: <br />In addition to running Archive of Our Own and the Transformative Works and Cultures academic journal, the Organization for Transformative Works also runs Fanlore, a fandom-oriented wiki dedicated to hosting information aboutfan activities, fannish vocabulary, and the histories of fan communities.<br />On July 5 2014, Fanlore passed its most recent goal of reaching 30,000 articles — which is awesome! But as with any wiki that relies on user interest for the creation and maintenance of pages, there are still some pretty noticeable gaps. Some of the most prominent authors and pairings in popular fandoms have almost nothing on their pages — or, in many cases, have no pages at all. (As of September 21 2014 the Steve/Bucky page barely has anything on it, and Thorin Oakenshield — one of the main characters in The Hobbit books and movies — doesn’t even have a character page.)<br /><br />The Fanlore Challenge:<br />To help fill these gaps, I propose a simple three-step solution.<br />Create an account with Fanlore. <br />Think of 5 things that you consider important to YOUR fandom experience and that you think other people should know about. (Your favourite pairings, characters, fanfic authors, fanartists, remarkable fanworks — whatever makes you think “this person/thing deserves to be recognized.”)<br />Go contribute to the Fanlore pages for those 5 things.<br /><br />That’s all it takes! Saying “X Author is a significant author in Y fandom” with a link to their AO3 page or adding the links to a few Notable Works for a particular pairing is more than enough to qualify. Know of an awesome rec list for that pairing? Add a link. Remember a meme that sprung up about a certain character? Throw that in too. It doesn’t have to be much.<br />And if you have the time and energy to really flesh out those 5 pages? Even better. <br />Providing a balanced and well-rounded fandom wiki is pretty much impossible for one person to do. But if everyone who sees this post makes just 5 constructive edits, we can all work towards making Fanlore into an even better resource and repository for all of us to use. <br /><br />Happy editing!<br /><br />This is our history. Don&#8217;t let it fade away.

emilianadarling:

Fandom Public Service Announcement:

In addition to running Archive of Our Own and the Transformative Works and Cultures academic journal, the Organization for Transformative Works also runs Fanlore, a fandom-oriented wiki dedicated to hosting information aboutfan activities, fannish vocabulary, and the histories of fan communities.

On July 5 2014, Fanlore passed its most recent goal of reaching 30,000 articles — which is awesome! But as with any wiki that relies on user interest for the creation and maintenance of pages, there are still some pretty noticeable gaps. Some of the most prominent authors and pairings in popular fandoms have almost nothing on their pages — or, in many cases, have no pages at all. (As of September 21 2014 the Steve/Bucky page barely has anything on it, and Thorin Oakenshield — one of the main characters in The Hobbit books and movies — doesn’t even have a character page.)

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The Fanlore Challenge:

To help fill these gaps, I propose a simple three-step solution.

  1. Create an account with Fanlore.
  2. Think of 5 things that you consider important to YOUR fandom experience and that you think other people should know about. (Your favourite pairings, characters, fanfic authors, fanartists, remarkable fanworks — whatever makes you think “this person/thing deserves to be recognized.”)
  3. Go contribute to the Fanlore pages for those 5 things.

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That’s all it takes! Saying “X Author is a significant author in Y fandom” with a link to their AO3 page or adding the links to a few Notable Works for a particular pairing is more than enough to qualify. Know of an awesome rec list for that pairing? Add a link. Remember a meme that sprung up about a certain character? Throw that in too. It doesn’t have to be much.

And if you have the time and energy to really flesh out those 5 pages? Even better.

Providing a balanced and well-rounded fandom wiki is pretty much impossible for one person to do. But if everyone who sees this post makes just 5 constructive edits, we can all work towards making Fanlore into an even better resource and repository for all of us to use.

image

Happy editing!


Some tumblr comments:

"This is our history. Don’t let it fade away." 

"This is an amazing opportunity to build our own history, folks - get to work!"

"There was no page for In the Flesh, so I made one! It’s…very bare-bones, clearly, but it was fun, I’m going to do more and you should too. Preserve fandom history, kids!"

 "*bursts through the window, knocking over potted plant*  YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT, BNF, BEEN-HERE-SINCE-THE-BEGINNING FAN TO CONTRIBUTE TO FANLORE. ADD THE STUFF THAT WAS/IS IMPORTANT TO YOU! 

ALSO! LANGUAGE USAGE, JARGON, MEMES, IN-JOKES, TROPES! CHARITY DRIVES AND BOOK PROJECTS!  INFLUENTIAL FIC AND ART! CELEBRITY TWITTER SHENANIGANS! META CONVERSATIONS! ALL THE THINGS!  \o/"

 "And please, please, please add stories!  Most of these just have generic links to feeds from FF.net or A03 which just makes me miss recs."

 "Fanlore is very cool and you should help with it!" 

"There is a part of me that wants to fill the hockey RPF page in about events before 2012, but I don’t know how to do that..."

"I love Fanlore so much.  I did a lot of tribbing at first and I totally am going to get back into the habit.  There is SO MUCH missing about newer fandoms it makes me cry! And it’s really easy to use—I’m so not technical but even I can open the cheat sheet (there’s a cheat sheet for markup language) in a tab and work with that!"

 "Fandom history is important. It’s not “just” fandom; it’s part of the long strange story of humanity, and that makes it significant to all of us. Dear reader, you’re part of history too. “History” isn’t just dates of battles and names of kings — it’s ordinary people screwing around with their friends, coming up with injokes, and sharing sad headcanons, too. Do you know something about your fandom’s history? Go and tell people about it — write an article or edit one, whatever, man, share your story. It doesn’t matter if you’re part of a huge fandom or a tiny one. Share the wealth."

 "Mabelyn I found someplace for you to lose your mind"

 "This is awesome and important. I didn’t even know about it!"

"DO IT (Thorian and Stucky are now doing better, but could do with some more examples still). And there’s plenty of other stuff to do. During ‘Stub September’ I added loads of stuff to Sapphire & Steel (please do add more stuff to this!), Red Dwarf (this was my miesterwerk really, and people added loads of stuff to it for me), and RemixtheDrabble (I don’t know how to work Tumblr and put links in, but you can just search for them. I also added stuff to the Machiavelli Factor page.  Fanlore is great. It’s particularly brilliant if you join a new fandom and don’t know anything about it, particularly particularly if your fandom is old as the hills, like Blake’s 7, and has a lot of zines or drama.  The Doctor Who pages are shockingly bad in most cases (except the zine stuff).  And as Tescos are wont to say, Every little bit helps."

"When I do a big overhaul of the barren Steve/Bucky page tomorrow..."

"Ahhh, I just finished editing my very first Fanlore article and I feel so accomplished?? Like I know it’s not much but I’m CONTRIBUTING TO FANDOM CULTURE AND HISTORY and CREDITING PEOPLE WHO DESERVE IT and it just makes me so happy!!!"

"Okay Pac Rim fandom - especially Newmann lovers - hie thee over there and represent. What to add? How about the things in our fic like Newt and/or Hermann being trans, ace, or non-binary. One or both of them as kaiju hybrids. All of Newt’s different bands. Then there are our meetups and cons - Shatterdome Atlanta, Dragon Con, the nascent Shatterdome Seattle. The importance of Newt and Hermann as disabled characters; geeks and nerds who aren’t othered because they are geeks and nerds....."

"musketeers fandom, we should do this!"

"So if you’re looking for instant gratification and an immediate sense of accomplishment… … I suggest creating Fanlore pages for articles without anything on them. It’s also a super calming and simple activity if you’re experiencing anxiety about something!"

"So I saw all the people advertising the new-ish fanlore site, went to see if there were any stubs or articles that I could help expand… and promptly got sucked into a wormhole of my first fandom. Oh Chalet School, what is it about you that I just keep on coming back to? I haven’t been on that board for at least 18 months but it’s so much fun to read."

"OMG FUCKING YAY! Just finished this- http://fanlore.org/wiki/NaziZombiesRiDe I stink at HTML so it’s not fancy but at least RiDe has it’s own page on Fanlore now. Please go and add more fanfic links because all I had left was my own...." "

I'’m still really proud [after how many months?] that autisticsherlockinelementary is part of the Elementary fanlore page it makes me all squishy inside I just want to hug whomever added it as a resource ok"

"Agreed, this is important—I JUST tonight submitted a proposal abstract for an academic paper on RPF? And I was looking at the RPS page about two hours ago for some source material and THERE IS NO MENTION OF COCKLES. Not a single word—there’s J2 but that’s it for SPN. So, uh, yeah. We need to get our butts out there and start tribbing!—which has the added benefit of sounding, uh, actually completely dirty."

"I have made myself contribute to the HTTYD section of the Fanlore website. Literally all I’m doing is creating the pages for HTTYD/HTTYD2 characters, but there’s so many oh my gods. Like, every page I end up needing to create like 5 more pages. Someone help please. At least add to the pages I’ve created."

"Time to make the Poirot fandom LIVE ONCE MORE."

"I love Fanlore so much, and seeing that it currently has over 100 active users makes me so happy. Not only is it extremely useful (despite the admittedly huge gaps), it also feels to me like its existence alone proves that fandom is valuable and deserves to be preserved. Go and add things! There´s no notability requirement, and the gardeners are very helpful if you have questions." "

This is so awesome!!! Building a map of our minds and hearts!"
morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

More here.

“To help newcomers get started, the Wiki Committee will be organizing an editing party on Sunday, September 14th at 19:00 UTC (what time is that in my timezone?)in the Fanlore chat room where you can come and ask questions or just work on entries alongside other people.”

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

The year is 2014:

"On the eve of the brand new season of Doctor Who, yesterday the BBC and Federation Against Copyright Theft teamed up to close a long-standing fansite. Following an in-person visit, Doctor Who Media shut down immediately. Its domain name will soon be taken over by the BBC."  Source

The year was 1985 and this was written by an fan editor whose Miami Vice newsletter had been shut down by the studios:

“I was the editor of a small letterzine called ‘Vice Line,' which managed to publish 1 issue before being hit with fandom's greatest horror, the dreadedCease and Desist notice. Receiving it was particularly painful for me, as I had just spent 8 months moving heaven and earth to keep ‘Miami Vice’ from being cancelled, and while I didn’t expect the producers to throw roses at my feet, I didn’t expect this either. Within days of its debut, the zine was folded, subs refunded, and plans for future fannish endeavors thrown into limbo. The experience left me drained, disillusioned, and angry about the massive amount of waste of time, energy and spirit, of all the people who had worked so hard for so long. I vowed I would never again lift a finger to do shit for a television show (or anything else for that matter) as long as I lived. There were million other hobbies one could engage in, and this seemed like the perfect time to finish that 5000-piece jigsaw puzzle. It was during this period of fannish-detachment your letters started arriving; letters full of empathy, encouragement and hope, that served to make the void that was left by ‘Vice Line’s’ demise, seem that much larger. I cannot describe the feeling you get from being told that some little thing that you did affected so many people in such a way, they feel your sense of loss as if it were their own…….”

The editor then went on to publish Pop Stand Express, an adzine that allowed fans of smaller TV and movie fandoms to connect with each other.

Read more about the newsletter Vice Line on Fanlore here.

(links go to Fanlore, the fan run Wiki about media fandom)

morgandawn: (fanarthistory)
Thanks to Ann who sent me this tumblr link
  



heliwr:

so my roommate melissa works part-time at a thrift shop pricing donations and she happened to come across this gem

and bought it for me because she is a good friend

it’s signed, framed and dated 1976

this is framed ot3 fanart from 1976

it is now hanging on the wall in our living room for everyone to see

The artist is Connie Faddis. She published a beautiful series of  Star Trek zines called Interphase and illustrated one of the most sought after Starsky & Hutch fanzines, Scales of Justice.

[Note: of the 8000+ notes, these are my favorites:
*"This proves that OTPs and OT3s existed before our generation."
*"
I’d expect Spock in the middle for body heat reasons."
*"
this makes me so happy though because there’s K/S/McC fanart that literally predates me as a human being bless you..."
*"
this seriously makes me wonder what all the porn etc people have been making will wind up doing about 40 years from now..."
*"
the saddest part: to end up in a thrift store, somebody had to have parted ways with this thing in the first place."
*"
Never forget: women invented fandom."
*"
What an amazing find! Have some old-ass fanfic to go with it, circa 1976! http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6671809/1/Shelter"
*"
Epic, also * gorgeous* even if you don’t ship them. The detail work is lovely!"
*"
Trekkies are the elves of fandoms."
*"
Things like these make me feel hopeful about humanity"
*"
#we are your gay shipping predecessors #star trek started this stuff man."
*"
I wonder about the journey this drawing made like how did it end up in that shop? who had it originally?"
*"
- 1) My god, it’s full of stars. - 2) Now I wanna know how it ended up in the thrift shop. And what the store *"workers had to say when they processed it in. You know that was a rockin’ day in the stockroom."
*"After my mother died, I went through her things and came across notebooks full of writing. She’d been writing Star Trek fanfiction for years, and while none of it seemed slashy, she certainly spent a lot of time on Kirk and Spock. It was bittersweet, discovering her secret. I’d started writing X-Files fanfiction when I was fifteen or sixteen, shortly before she died, and it would have been nice if I’d known about this thing we could have shared."
*"this is like really impressive actually, also they’re all staring at jim’s dick."
*"
woah!!!!!!!!! there should be an antiques road show for fangirls."
*"
Not going to lie, this is the type of thing that finally convinced me to watch Star Trek."
*"
Star Trek slash is immortal."

morgandawn: (Due South Thank You RayK)
Category:Due South Fanfiction - Fanlore

Now all it needs is for some of you to head over to Fanlore and add your favorite stories. The stories can have appeared in either zines or online. The template you use is here

When you are done add the Due South Fanfic "tag" at the bottom like this:

[[Category:Due South Fanfiction]]

If you don't have a list of favorite stories handy, you can add the stories that have been recommended at crack van over the years. Those stories can be found here and here.

Please feel free to cross-post or link to other Due South fans.

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

There is a long history of fan run conventions which, for the most part, have been successful and fun.  Some of the early Star Trek conventions in the 1970s, which drew crowds of thousands, were also organized by teenagers with little or no experience in running events.  And whether you are a Star Trek fan, an anime fan, a filker, a slasher, or a furry, there has been a convention made for fan by fans where you could gather and let your freak flag fly free.


cover of the program guide for the first Star Trek convention
held in 1969 at a local library in New Jersey.

That is not to say that all fan run events were perfectly run. In fact, the list of snafus and cock-ups are legion and there have instances where events veered into gross negligence or fraud.   In the 1970s, a Star Trek convention run by Lisa Boyton was so badly oversold that is was the subject of an investigation by the New York Attorney General.  Two years before, another Star Trek convention organizer, Al Schuster left the Committee that had been organizing the Star Trek fan events until then and took with him some of their operating funds.  In the 1980s, The Houston Ultimate Fantasy Convention failed to apply prepaid funds to convention goers hotel rooms and local fans put them up in their homes. In 2003, fan Victoria Bitter allegedly defrauded Lord of the Rings fans in connection with a charity event.   But the list of fan run conventions is long and proud.

So if you are thinking on putting on a fan run convention, know that you will be part of a grand “can do” tradition. And also know, you do not have to do it alone: you can reach out to these other convention organizers and ask questions. How to set up a dealer’s room? Should I offer a con suite? How do I negotiate a hotel contract? What is a room block and how can I avoid getting hit with thousands of dollars of penalties if I don’t meet the “numbers”.  Should I have celebrity guests or would my event be better with just fan created programming? Is it really OK to use Klingons for security?

morgandawn: (Cat Sleepy)
My summer cold continues to leave me tired and coughing. But the Fanzine Archives at University of Iowa posted on tumblr about their Beauty and the Beast fanzines: Special Collections University of Iowa — We had a request to feature more media fanzines,...

Sample cover below. Info about the fanzine on Fanlore here.


morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
Reposting from [community profile] fanlore :

"Are you interested in how Fanlore works behind the scenes? The Wiki committee is recruiting!

Wiki staff members are responsible for the day-to-day work of the Wiki committee. We respond to questions and complaints; shape Fanlore policies, categories, and tutorials; assist the gardeners; try to promote Fanlore; plan larger projects, and generally try to be as helpful as possible. No special experience is required, only the ability to work in a team and an interest in fannish history and Fanlore in particular.

If you are interested, please take a look at the volunteers page. Applications will be open until June 30th.

If you're not interested in a staff position, but would like to be a gardener, please contact the Wiki Committee.

To answer any questions you might have about volunteering, questions about Fanlore and editing in general, or to chat with fellow editors, we invite you to the Fanlore chat room on Saturday, 28 June at 14:00 UTC (What time is that where I live?). We hope to see you there!"

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
From the Fanlore community post:

April Showers Editing Party!

As part of the OTW's 2014 April Showers, the Wiki Committee invites you to a Fanlore editing chat in the Fanlore chat room on Saturday, 19 April at 20:00 UTC (What time is that where I live?).

Come hang out with other Fanlore editors, get help with your first wiki edits, or discuss new content ideas for the April Showers fandoms so far or any other Fanlore pages! Fanlore staff will be present to answer any questions about Fanlore editing and will be happy to assist new users. Everyone is welcome!

We hope to see you there!"
 
morgandawn: (Fair Use)
Getty is now offering its images without watermarks for free - in exchange for an embed with link + credit. This is something that fan artists on Deviantart have been doing for a while (it is an easy to enable the embed option for DA users). Tumblr artists have been relying on the reblog button to allow people to share their fan art, something that was technically impossible a few years ago. Prior to embedding/reblogging tools, fans were expected to link back to the original website where the art appeared. There was no inkling that fans would one day be OK with reblogging and embedding. Like DA, tumblr is another  case where the software platform built by a corporation is changing what  fandom believes are acceptable sharing practices.  I now think it is smarter for fandom (and the MPAA and RIAA) to push for ways to make sharing and reposting fanworks work for them  rather than using laws and “etiquette”  to prevent, limit or control people’s sharing behavior.  Because people - fans and non-fans alike - will repost, reblog, copy and paste, reuse, share and find a way to use your content anyway.  The new fandom motto should be: "Fandom: 1000 times smarter than the MPAA.  Sharing and reposting fanworks *is* OK. But if you repost, pay it back with credit + link." The motto would certainly be easier to understand and follow and would be robust enough to adapt to future technology platforms. And we would spend more of our time sharing and enjoying and less time arguing over the ever evolving ‘right’ way to share.

Of interest to fan vidders and fans of fanvids: will digital movies be around in 100 years? The article points out that: "According to researchers at the Library of Congress, less than half of the feature films made in the United States before 1950 and less than 20 percent from the 1920s are still around. The early films that did survive did so largely through the efforts of private and institutional collectors."  I can report that something similar is happening in the fandom world as well - the online vid/story/art work that you love will be gone sooner than you think and unless someone is archiving the story for themselves, it will most likely not survive the next 10 years. If  you are a fan with the archivist gene, please keep doing what you are doing, squirrel your favorites away and try not to listen (over much) to those  those who protest archiving (private or public). Archiving without permission is not un-fannish - it is a normal human response to entropy and in many cases, it is the only reason we still have any culture to enjoy 100 or 1000 years later.

For the broader historical fandom context check out Fanlore:
Sharing Fan Art
Sharing Deleted Fanworks

morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
The Date: 1996
The Place: Mountain Media convention, a small slash friendly convention held in Colorado
The Panel:  "Paranoia, and The Net: Good or Bad for Fandom?

Conventions that held similar panels were
Mediawest 1994: Will the widespread use of computer networks have a negative effect on fandom? (The panel was believed to be popular enough to hold it 3 different times over the weekend)
Escapade 1996: The Internet. Will it eat your brain? Or  will it take you to the poor house? (at the time the cost of a computer + metered online access made the Net a pricey proposition)
Escapade 1997: NetFic vs Print Fic (panel discussed in the convention reports)
Escapade 1998: Crossing The Line (how to find print fan fic if you are a net fan, and vice versa)
Escapade 1999: Does print fandom have a future?
Eclecticon 1999: Fandom and the Internet, Writing and the Internet, Internet: Getting Connected

Helpful pages on Fanlore
Fandom and the Net
Slash and the Arrival of the Internet
Zines and the Internet
The first 10 issues of the KS Press (1996-1997) had many discussions of the impact of the Internet on fandom (ex: "DON’T POST YOUR STORIES ON THE INTERNET. Because zines will disappear. Posting your stories on the internet will eventually destroy K/S fandom.")
FanFiction on the Net (a listing of fan sites from 1996-1999)

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
A Fanlore volunteer is adding comments from crack van (the fanfic rec community that recently shut down). Her focus is on fanfic that was originally published in fanzines. She shared some of her observations with me....

"I'm filling in zined story comments on Fanlore with comments from Crack Van.

First, the recs themselves are good, but there is almost nothing of value in the comments to them. Lack of substantial online comments, the pithy "that's hot" or "thanks for reccing it" seem to be something that went along with the online journal culture, even early on. I don't generally read comments at AO3, but I wonder if they (overall) have more meat to them?

Second, it's no wonder many, many fans don't know what zines were or what role they played in early fanfic, as the reccers very rarely listed the zine the stories were originally published in. Starksy and Hutch reccers were better than most, but more often that not (talking about older fandoms here), the zines are not even mentioned. It's like the stories popped out of nowhere.

Third, regarding zines: when the story was posted online by the author, there is often no mentioned that it was in a zine first, or it it is mentioned, they don't name the zine by title. No wonder zines are such a mystery to many.

Finally, reccing at Crack Van was a thankless task, no matter the fandom, no matter the year. It was lucky a rec got even a single comment, and when it did it was an aforementioned pithy thing, or a complaint that the link to the story was broken. Demoralizing. I'm amazed that people stuck with reccing there all those years....
"




morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
Volunteering on Fanlore has been mind expanding. One of the features Fanlore offers is a general mailbox - the Gardeners mailing list. Email goes to a group of volunteers. No one is assigned to respond to messages, it is "respond as you may." Issues that require the Wiki Committee's input get forwarded to them (Committee members are also on the mailing list which helps speeds things up).

Because Fanlore is open to the public, we often get offbeat inquiries ("I have a copy of X zine. Where can I sell it?" or "I want a copy of X zine where can I buy it?" and "I read this story once - it involved a man and a dog. I think there may have been a parrot with one eye. Can you help me find it?).

Other questions are more on target: pointing out incorrect facts or offering to add images, art or new information. We also get emails from old fans who have found themselves on Fanlore and are thrilled someone is documenting fandom history (although we often hear: "OMG I can't believe anyone would still be interested in what I wrote when I was in my 20s. Ack!" But thank you. Did I mention Ack?!)

In one case, we were contacted by a fanzine writer who noted that her Fanlore page said her well loved novel had never appeared online - and "did we know anyone who could help with that"? (We did..or rather I did, and with the help of  fans like Jan Levine One Way Mirror is now available online and as a PDF with the art here)

Then there was the president of one of the early Star Trek fan clubs who had kept all the club records and flyers and zines in a filing cabinet for 30+ years. He wanted to know if anyone would be interested in the material - and we were able to direct him to Open Doors which helps fans find permanent homes for their zines an other fandom memorabilia.

But on occasions we get messages of a more personal nature, friends looking for lost friends. This week, a former cast member of a TV show who is seriously ill wrote to Fanlore hoping to reconnect with two friends. We of course had no information, but I was able to find a fandom mailing list and I forwarded his message to them. So far no one on the mailing list has responded to his request for help, but he sent me a lovely thank you email.

You never know what will pop up next. Fanlore is not just about documenting history - it is about helping make new connections and new history. And it is often the first point of contact for many of the older fans who are reaching out to the newer fandom communities and the various OTW (and non-OTW) fandom projects.

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
I am still swamped with family stuff. But below are the basic step by step instructions I send to fans who want to learn how to edit Fanlore. Most of the video tutorials are for other wikis so they do not match Fanlore page by page, policy by policy, but they are helpful for us visual learners.

Feel free to link to this post and use/edit and modify the info in this post.  If you have better videos to add, drop a note below

Step 1: Create an account
http://fanlore.org/w/index.php?title=Special:UserLogin&type=signup

Step 2: Create a user page (optional)
http://fanlore.org/wiki/Help:Tutorial/Edit_Userpage

Step 3: Use Sandbox to practice editing/Fanlore Specific Tutorials
http://fanlore.org/wiki/Help:Tutorial 
http://fanlore.org/wiki/Fanlore:Sandbox 

Step 4: Editing an existing page  - best way to start (Video links go to Generic Wiki Videos – use full screen option to see tutorials) 

First you need to find the page you want to edit by using the Search box. Note: Clicking “Go” looks for the specific page. Clicking “Search” looks for all pages that may have the word. If you get a blank page, it may mean there is no page and you will have to create one. Use Search to double check.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGsa2wyre14  (8 min)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_DhnJ8W8qA (8 min)

Step 5: Create a new page (Generic Wiki Videos)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RANQkKNWGs (4 min)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBGga1NpbxY (3 min)

Templates – what to add when starting a new page. Templates contain the basic wiki text that you copy and paste at the start of the new page
http://fanlore.org/wiki/Category:Fanlore_Templates  - list of templates
http://fanlore.org/wiki/Help:Template_Guidelines – long discussion of templates 

Step 6: Editing Specifics (Generic Wiki Videos)

Finding your way around the wiki
http://youtu.be/spPmGyZBJ0o - Editing Pages (5 min)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whoN1qYJZXE – Editing pages (3  min)
http://youtu.be/jd59VuR7MV8 - Talk pages (4min) 

Bold/Italics/Formatting
http://youtu.be/jkLGFT1oY7E (9 min)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld5LDHrvhRQ  (3 min)

Internal links (linking to another page on the wiki): http://youtu.be/rZzgxkN9D1Y  (4 min)
External links (linking to an external website): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhFdXTIiYFI  (8 min) 

Uploading and Adding images
http://youtu.be/FntFce-n5Qs  (5 min)
http://youtu.be/0lqSlCDeHFg (6 min)
http://fanlore.org/wiki/Fanlore:Image_Policy

Step 7

Pulling It All Together
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gbMNhnl1SU (4 min)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8irbbwNo2E  (15 min)

Final thoughts: you don't need to know most of this info in order to participate on the wiki. Just find the page you want to edit and start typing . Worry about formatting and templates and images later. If you make mistakes it is easy to fix or restore a page. There is a lot more to be said about collaborative wiki editing and how hard it is (at first) to  understand Plural Point of View, but keep in mind  that most editorsare trying to help and yes, your edits will be edited  just as you are editing other people's edits as you edit. You might find it helpful to read the "Assume Good Faith" essay that attempts to answer the imponderable "Why are they changing my page WTF?!"

 



morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
This essay about the history of media fandom showcases the efforts of many volunteers over the last 6 years. The essay relies heavily on Fanlore articles about fanzines and fandom events from the 1970s-1990s. Fanlore, in turn benefited from the scans made by dozens of fanzine and letterzine owners and publishers across the world as part of the Sandy Hereld Memorial Collection. And as soon as we finish transcribing the oral histories recorded at various US conventions, there will be more first hand records of our history.

Without these first hand records, our community and history could not only vanish, but it could also run the risk of being twisted and misrepresented. One of the more powerfully subversive acts is to record your own history, in your own words, in your own voice.

Or as Spock would say: "Dif-tor heh smusma."


morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
I struggled to decide which icon to use for this post: "Fanlore" or "Fair Use." I went with Fanlore.

A tumblr post that uses Fanlore content to make a point for tumblr fans. It's Fanlore in action! Flying the goddamned Bat-Jet!!
"Since a lot of tumblr users may not be old enough to remember, I’d like to remind fandom that the ability to write what you want about whatever characters you want was something that we fought for, not something that was ours by default. It was stigmatized, threatened with legal action, and mostly carried out in secret. You are living in a golden age of fandom, of AO3 and fanfiction.net and tumblr. Fanworks are actually entering mainstream awareness and becoming more culturally accepted. But let me give you a blast from the past, a look at what fandom looked like when the content owners decided what kinds of content they would and wouldn’t tolerate. From Fanlore, on the subject of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series..."

You can read the entire tumblr post here.

morgandawn: (zineswin)
Fanzines are not dead (yet). They're just resting (as can be seen in the photomanip cover below). This Supernatural slash novella by J.M.Griffin, "Requirements" was published in 2008 by GriffinSong Press. The zine is 143 pages long and digest sized. The photomanip artwork on the cover is  by JKay.


(some links go to Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media fandom).

(Earlier I blogged about a tumblr user who was showcasing zines that are being sold on eBay.  The image above is from the original ebay seller ad and here is the link to the original tumblr post. The artist was not credited in either posting).

morgandawn: (zineswin)

A more "recent" fanzine published in 1997 (or possibly 2000). Out of the Dark is an XFiles slash fanzine featuring one of the main slash pairings: Mulder/Skinner.

The story is online here at the Annex. Cover art by K9.

Looking for more Mulder/Skinner zine fic?  Try Bene Dictum #4 featuring stories by MFae Glasgow (Fanlore links to the publisher's website where you can download a PDF of the zine)



(some links go to Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media fandom).
(Earlier I blogged about a tumblr user who was showcasing zines that are being sold on eBay.  The image above is from the original ebay seller ad and here is the link to the original tumblr post. The artist was not credited in either posting).
morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

I realized that in my many postings about Fanlore, I have not really gone into detail how wikis in general work. I also realized that some of the collaboration methods used by wikis are not obvious. Until recently I had only used Wikipedia (the main one) as an occasional resource – it was not until I started editing that I started to 'grok' the Wiki collaboration methods. So hopefully, this post will be of use to some of you. 

Wikis are communal spaces and are open to anyone to read and edit. They are volunteer run and not directed (everyone works on the areas that interest them). That often trips up people because we expect there to be a central  organization directing volunteer efforts. It also means there will be gaps and inaccuracies because there may be many hands touching a page. Conversely, there may be too few hands touching a page.   More importantly, if  someone does not supply the correct information, it will not get added to the wiki.  All wikis face the same hurdles – getting accurate information and getting enough volunteers to add that information.   

Luckily there are ways to help make wikis more accurate. You can make edits in several ways:

1. Create a free account and make them yourself. This is often the fastest way to get the corrections made and the most accurate. If you do make the edits yourself, remember to familiarize yourself with the wiki’s editorial polices as they vary from wiki to wiki (Fanlore for example has a plural point of view policy which allows more perspectives than academic or research wikis).

2.       Leave a message on the “Talk” page (every page has its own discussion page). This also requires an account and can be overlooked because there are tens of thousands of pages.

3.       Send a message to the Gardeners mailing list. If you do this, please remember to include a link to the page that needs to be edited, along with what is wrong and what needs to be added to be corrected. General or vague corrections  are less likely to be implemented than specific  ones.  The gardeners list is also volunteer staffed and it is a general mailing list. This means no one is “assigned” to monitor it, your messages go the entire group of volunteers who may – or may not – be online. But depending on who is online and available, you may (a) have your edits made and get an confirming  email,  (b) have your edits made and receive  no confirming email, (c) have someone contact you for more info or (d)  your edits may not be made because no one  was reading the mailing list that day/week  or your message never reached the mailing list .  In which case you can always use any of the above methods or try again.   

As with all volunteer efforts, I find it helps to have patience and an understanding that people are doing the work for love and in their spare time.

Edited to add: on a personal note, I also have not talked about some of the events that pushed me into contributing to Fanlore.  In 2009, newer fans who had never seen a fanzine were upset about fanzines being sold on eBay and were reporting the eBay sellers for copyright infringement.  Then there were the fans who thought that we should be reporting all fanzine publishers for copyright infringement.  There was also a lack of knowledge about fandom history (and slash fandom in particular) .  And finally, the fact that the main Wikipedia feels that most fandom activities are not "notable". Case in point:

Sectus = 450 fans attend a Harry Potter convention, a 4 day series of fannish and scholarly events and Wikipedia deletes the convention page: The convention is not notable and not worth documenting because it  "...is just a school get together with Harry Potter fans."

Fanlore's Sectus convention page.

Which leads me to proposing this slogan:

"Fanlore: Where even typewriters get their own write-up."


 (cross-posted to various mailing lists as soon as I can log in again. Kicks Yahoo)

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

While Spockanalia did not bill itself as an erotic or adult zine, it contains the earliest known lay stories. An excerpt from issue #3's story The Alternate (1968) is an example of some fairly racy prose for the time: "He has shifted his position slightly and is inquiring if I am uncomfortable. Strange... he is capable of insisting that I do almost anything that occurs to him if his curiosity demands fulfillment, but he will then be quite gentle and, as long as he is satisfied with the results, take pains to insure that I am not hurt or made to suffer acute discomfort. The point is, after all, not cruelty but satisfaction. For him, the two do not necessarily go together. I pretend not to hear or understand his question, and with a small half-groan-half-growl dig my fingernails into his ribs. He is obviously satisfied that I am not in distress and says no more. His lips wander up from my ear, across my cheek, brush my lips, the gentle movements of his lips and hands punctuated steadily, rhythmically by more virile caresses... you bearded virile bastard, it is I who will penetrate to the center of you and learn your secrets, learn if you are truly a lord to be feared, a black-maned lion who roars and rules, or one of us, with fears and weaknesses..."

The editor responds in issue #4 to reactions to "The Alternate" as well as in anticipation of the story Time Enough in 1969:
We've been told that a couple of the items in Spockanalia #3 are embarrassing, dirty, or downright trashy. If we've embarrassed you, we are sincerely sorry. The recurrence of the theme of sex isn't surprising. Sex is a recurrent theme of life. The recurrence of the theme of sex involving Spock is also unsurprising. We Star Trek femmefans find him attractive and highly masculine. Some of us are articulate, and the result is predictable (and even logical.)

If anyone is seriously concerned.,.psychiatrists regard such feelings as perfectly normal (if they are non-obsessive) and artistic endeavour as a healthy outlet.

Perhaps some of our readers are too accustomed to the tradition, in popular literature, of the male protagonist being aroused by the presence of attractive women. When they find that women write it the other way around, they find it strange. We, the editors of Spockanalia, try our best to print only material which we consider well-written, interesting to us, and written within our format. We do not choose to limit ourselves by eliminating one effective segment of our submissions."

Source: Sexually Explicit Fanworks on Fanlore
morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)
I found this on tumblr today:

The text above and below reads:
"SOMEONE WENT TO A STAR TREK CONVENTION IN THE 1980’S AS SPOCK AND KIRK’S PENISES I AM NOT MAKING THIS SHIT UP

THEY PERFORMED SPIRK THROUGH INTERPRETIVE DANCE."

I remember making this screencap for the Fanlore page. Wonderful to see it being re-discovered again and again.

And speaking of memories….Memories (or the lack of them) is one of the many reasons for Fanlore to exist. I watched the skit on videotape with my friend Sandy in the 1990s…I know this because she wrote a post to Virgule, the slash mailing list describing our glee and joy and hysteria. An email which I found 20+ years later tucked away in a folder. But in 2011, when someone asked me about the Dancing Penii, I had no memory of the skit. Or ever having watched it.  The image must have been too powerful to hold in my memory.  So I began researching in order to add more history to the Fanlore page. And that's how the screencap and Kandy's description of the skit  found its way there.

morgandawn: (SPN spooned)
This arrived in my inbox over the weekend. What can I say...I have the best friends.


"Because sometimes life is like this, and all you can do is contemplate The Duck."

Drawing is from the Kirk/Spock fanzine Beyond Dreams #5. "Child's Play" art by Ingela


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