morgandawn: (Good Day)
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.
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
X-Files - some zines listed on Fanlore

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

morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)
 Syn Ferguson passed away on Dec 9, 2016. I reached out to her quilting group and they confirmed it (they did not provide any further details). She was 74 years old.
I had hoped to interview her for the oral history project this summer. 
I've updated her Fanlore page and have added a Memorial section. Please feel free to share this news and encourage fans to add their memories to Fanlore.
morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)


If This Is Wrong: A Film About Fandom from Franzeska Dickson on Vimeo.

It's a film about queer slash fangirls.  It is part of Franzeska's film school thesis. Part of the program is learning how to take a film from conception to the end - including learning how to fundraise to cover costs.

They're running their kickstarter right now! Lots of rewards, including a DVD of the movie and a paper zine.

Or, if you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so through Franzeska's film school. There are instructions on their website.


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: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: at September 18, 2016 at 02:55PM

Beta Testers Needed: We’re exploring ways to expand the Media Fandom Oral History project into a DIY effort along the lines of Story Corps. What we’re looking for:

Two (or more) fandom friends willing (a) to interview one another (aka rambling fandom chats) and (b) to include their recordings into the existing oral history project

We need fans to test these methods

*Fans willing to chat with each another over phones using a conference call system

*Fans willing to chat with each another over Skype in connection with free recording software (we need people willing to test both PC and Mac)

*Fans willing to do chat with each another in person using free iPhone or Android recording software on their smartphones

Once done, you will upload the audio files into a Dropbox account. A permission form will also need to be signed by both parties and uploaded (scanned or photographed copies are fine).  There will also be a set of sample questions you can use.

Original Star Trek art by Caren Parnes, logo design by Morgan Dawn

Tags:fandom history, Oral History, media fandom oral history project, fanlore, DWCrosspost
Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
 Yahoo was recently purchased by Verizon. Facebook constantly is changing their interface. If you are a list admin or a member of any Yahoo Group or Facebook Group, there is one last remaining tool still operational that will allow you to download and archive your Yahoo mailing lists or your Facebook Groups.

The app is free and it called PG Offline  You may need to contact the owner of the program Wilson for the most recent release for Yahoo Groups. You will need to contact him for info on how to download Facebook Groups. He has asked that we help spread the word about the program to fans interested in preserving their mailing lists.

The PG Offline not only allows you to download messages, but to also download Group Files and Photos. You do not have to be a list admin to download the emails/files - just a member of the mailing list

Export of the messages is limited - the most useful format for fan archiving is html digests.


Owner email: info @
morgandawn: (Default)

TM Alexander is a fan artist, fan writer, a zine publisher. She has contributed to many fandoms ranging from Due South to Sentinel, from Miami Vice to X-Files. Her most recent publication was the Sherlock Holmes fan novel, The Blue Daemon. 

Direct fundraising link: 


Her art from the Due South novella “Northwest Passage”

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: (BSG Roslin wikidwitch)
I've been recently revisiting the concept of the Fourth Wall in light of ongoing fandom debates (Goodreads; Fall Out Boy to name just a few).
It occurred to me that fandom, like many other communities, has undergone a radical shift in response to new technologies (see this and thisboth posts by me). 
But first let me start with this concept: there is nothing individual fans can do about the Fall of the Fourth Wall. In fact, there is nothing that fandom can do to stop the deterioration of the Fourth Wall.  
So why even post?
Because I think that understanding the forces that are reshaping our fandom communities and understanding that these forces are also impacting other communities far outside fandom is the first step to reducing our amount of fear, uncertainty and denial. 
The loss of the Fourth Wall brings several consequences. Some are good, some are bad, and some are both.
The first consequence is Increased Visibility. For obvious reasons this is both good and bad. Increased visibility for the fan individual can be very very bad (see Outing).  Increased visibility  of fandom as a whole is a mixed thing. Why? Because it can lead to ....
Increased Validation/Acceptance/Legitimacy.  The more we are accepted and validated, the fewer individual fans need to worry about increased visibility (note: I saw fewer, not all because fandom is huge and spans many continents and cultures and religions and laws so the risks of visibility will never be reduced equally). The more legitimate our activities become, the more we can push back against overly restrictive copyright laws that would criminalize our fandom activities.  So these are all good things, right? Well, not always. It can be a bad thing  when fandom starts to internalize the message that we need the approval of the content creators to be accepted or to be acceptable.  (See the fabusina essay.  See also the comments in this Fanlore article.)

When we begin to redraw fandom into "good fans" who follow the rules and the etiquette and bad fans who operate outside of the "boundaries," we can end up with fandom religious wars and marginalized and ostracized communities (See RPF; Geek Hierarchy; Alpha/Beta/Omega).  

Of course, increased visibility does not necessarily mean increased acceptance.  It can also lead to everything from mocking to harassment and persecution.

Once you're on the world Internet stage for all to see, you don't get to choose how your "audience" responds.   Which leads us to the next consequence of the Falling of the Fourth Wall.
Increased Commercialization.  TPTB have always know that fannish activities (vids, fic, art, and conventions) have existed . Prior to the Internet, tracking and connecting up with these "unauthorized" fandom activities was difficult and often only happened when someone deliberately targeted a fan or a group of fans (Starsky & Hutch slashRat Patrol Melanie Rawn)  or when the fan activity randomly came across their path (See the Dreadnought  and Vice Line fanzines).  
But with the Internet, social media, search engines and algorithms, it is impossible to remain blind to the vibrant and uncontrolled world of Fandom.  So what do the content creators do when they see a group of possible consumers acting outside of the prescribed sphere?: they either shut it down or commercialize it.
And that is, IMHO, the bigger threat to fandom as we know it (if we define fandom as a group of enthusiasts who engage with one another as a community for fun and love and not profit).  As a group we might be able to handle the increased visibility and the pursuit of external legitimacy* - both the good and the bad parts.  But commercialization takes away our uniqueness and pushes us into well worn paths of pre-defined consumerism and social conformity. In literary terms, it robs us of our agency.  Fandom, not just media fandom but also science fiction, fantasy, anime fandom, have long been places where the "other" can find a home and turn "other" into "us." 
It is in this context that the OTW brings a value add to the fandom table. The OTW can help push back in an organized fashion against the criminalization  and commercialization of fannish activities. (See origins of the OTW).. They cannot speak for all of fandom,  nor do they want to. But as any underrepresented or "minority" group can attest, without some basic organization, very little  changes and you are at the mercy of those with money and power. Organized activity can also help individual  fans frame their own responses to the changes facing fandom  - to either accept the increased commercialization or to reject it.  To either be aware and mindful of the social and technological changes that are reshaping us or to keep reacting over and over with fear, uncertainty and denial.
And that is why I'd rather see fans talk about bigger social and technological shifts and what we can do as individuals  and communities to adapt to the changes instead of worrying about  visibility, the crumbling 4th Wall and "what is a good fan".  Because as I said above, the Internet and technological tools we are adopting are making that aspect of the discussion irrelevant.  We cannot turn back the clock on visibility, either as individuals or as a community.  We are facing a level of surveillance and visibility that no generation has faced before and it impacts us on all levels, not just fannish but also political and social.   But we may be able to lessen the impact of *commercialization* on fandom by realizing its corrosive nature to our community and talking about it.   And, as with any commercial enterprise, we can also push back by looking to our pockets books.   Because if  monetizing fandom and fandom activities does not make "them" money, they might find richer waters to over-fish. And if not, well we will always able to surf the waves even when they tell us we cannot swim in the sea.
*I need to write another post about how the pursuit of legitimacy can undermine a marginalized community like fandom.  Here is the short version: you can purse legitimacy/acceptance without internalizing it or using it create hierarchies of good/bad fans.  If there is one message I'd like "fandom" to embrace it is this:  

"Dear Content Creator, thank you so ever much for your approval/disapproval/love/
shock/horror/outrage/glee, but it is neither  necessary nor required. Please feel free to call at any time you wish to join our party.  Signed With Great Love, Fandom."

morgandawn: (zineswin)

"Most fans would probably love to own a hard copy of a fan publication. If more were exposed to printed fanzines, they might even want to collect them. Many new fans don’t know these publications exist or ever existed, particularly if they have never attended conventions, or their only exposure is to web stories beamed over the Internet. What they are missing is something rare and precious and even personally valuable….like the rudimentary books published in the Middle Ages. How prized those must have been for the new readers….”*

*A fanzine aficionado posting to an online forum in 2005 during one of many debates about whether fanzines would continue to survive as a fannish art form. Read more about this discussion on Fanlore and even more about the history of media fanzines here.

morgandawn: (Frodo Sad)


Henneth Annun is an archive of fanfiction centered around the creative universe of J.R.R. Tolkien. Authors base their stories on all of J.R.R.T.’s works, including The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and the History of Middle-earth series (HoMe).

Fans of Middle Earth fic of all kinds!  The venerable HASA has been attacked by hackers and the mods have decided that it’s no longer safe for the archive to remain as it is.  Over 6,000 fics are hosted there, many of which were written by now-inactive members.  Therefore, HASA needs volunteers to help move “orphaned” fics from an interim site to OTW’sOpen Doors site.  No special IT skills needed, just the patience to help move stories to a safer home using OW’s tools.  The move will not happen before December: HASA will close in early December and the archive as a whole will be moved to an interim site.  Click the link above to see the thread about the closing and future of HASA’s Research Library and Fic Library.  Contact the mods on the related LJ comm here if you can help with the transition to Open Doors.  If that still sounds daunting, you still might want to take part instead in the Story Rescue Project, which involves use of internet research skills.

Middle Earth was my first really active online fandom.  I mean active here as a personal word; I was much more active than previously.  Although I started reading anime fic on FFN and elsewhere, the making of the LoTR films inspired tons of fannish activity.  For the first time I found myself commenting on fics and reading fannish discussions and encountering wank.  It was also my first high-quality fandom, by that I mean I ran into a sizeable number of excellent fics.  Many are now housed on HASA and similar archival sites.  I hope that my and other hands can help preserve one part of a terrific fandom.

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!


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!


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


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)

A free e-book on the history of filk music, from its beginnings in the forties to the present.

Help make it happen for Tomorrow’s Songs Today: The History of Filk Music. Only a few days left in the fundraiser to help pay for the copy-edited and cover art.

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: (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.


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.)


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.


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.


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!"



 "And please, please, please add stories!  Most of these just have generic links to feeds from 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- 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: (Dr Who Fantastic kyizi)
Reposting this from tumblr

I am going to repeat the salient parts


2. Naomi Novik is participating

3. Date: Tuesday Oct 7, Brooklyn New York, Tickets still available.










I’m one of the writers doing this fabulous event, btw! Hope to see some of you there. :D

(I am totally writing Dr. Manhattan/Ozymandias slash hahaha.) 

morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
On occasion, people will ask me: “Why is there a digital media fanzine collection at Texas A&M University. TAMU is not…is not….well, it’s not that science fiction-y. Is it?

The answer is (a) yes it is, (b) TAMU has one of the oldest science fiction and fantasy special collections, (c) TAMU has hosted Aggie-Con, a gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans for decades (how does 45 years sound?) and (d) the archivists are wildly enthusiastic about all things fannish, including media fanzines and filk. So check out TAMU’s sci-fi/fantasy collection and the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digital Fanzine collection.

Article printed in “The Eagle” dated March 25, 1976

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: (Due South Thank You RayK)
Fan artist TACS  (aka Carole) and Laura Peck wrote and published fanzines for decades under the name of AMC Press.   They also helped organize several fan run conventions in the 1980s-90s. They now need help to move. The good news is that they have found a place that is much cheaper and that will allow one of them to pay for their medication. The bad news (or the "how can I help" news) is that they need to raise funds to actually make the move. Their situation is explained here.

Forwarding as appropriate permission granted. Thank you for taking time to read their information.
morgandawn: (fanarthistory)
Thanks to Ann who sent me this tumblr link


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!"
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: (Starsky Hutch The Fix Hug)
  Reposting for Flamingo:

“Some wonderful fans have been doing yeoman’s work helping us preserve our fic at the SH archive. Keri, CC, Dale, Dianne, Duluthgirl, sagittas, hardboiledbaby, Janet, Jenda, shaya, larse, fionulavic, and probably someone I’ve forgotten, have been working hard to upload stories from the Me and Thee Archive and the old SH archive, search for stories with broken links on the BCL, organize information, search for authors, scan and proofread zine stories to archive, and more. What, you thought they were spending their summer at the beach? The only tan these fans are getting is from the glow of their computer screens. 

But real life can’t be put off for long, and some of these hardworking ladies need to get back to pressing issues they’ve been ignoring. And in spite of this impressive list of volunteers, we are only up to the “J’s” in the author list from the Me and Thee archive. We’ve been focusing on that since those stories aren’t currently available. Only a small percentage of the old SH archive has been moved. Moving these stories isn’t hard, but it’s pure grunt work; nothing glamorous about it. Each story has to be transferred individually. So, there’s a lot of work left to be done.

Have some free time? Want to discover fics you’ve forgotten or maybe never read? Help us repost stories from Me and Thee, the Pits, and the old archive. It isn’t hard, and we’ve got a good pdf tutorial that explains it all in words and pictures! Our list of tasks:

1) Moving the Me and Thee Archive. These stories are easy to move since they already have classifications and summaries.

2) Moving the These stories take a little more creativity since they aren’t classified and have no summaries. While this archive is still functional, it can’t be updated.

3) Have a zine collection AND a scanner? Some fans are helping with proof-reading zine fic that’s never been on line (with permissions). However, I’m providing most of the scanning and zine copies, and I can only do that in a limited way. If you already have a scanner and an SH zine collection, you could really help here. We have several proofreaders, but I have trouble keeping up with them to provide more scanned work for them to proof.

Interested in helping? Write me off list at flamingoslim at verizon dot net. If you have made this offer before and didn’t hear from me, please be patient and try again.

Thanks in advance,


Art from the fanzine With a Little Help from My Friends, archived at the SH archive.

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: (Lavender Field Here Now)
For those wanting to remember Mary Ann Drach there will be a memorial. Info on where to send donations and condolences is here:
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: (Farscape Touch the Stars)
1. Donate to Planned Parenthood. You can also donate at the local level. And then consider donating to RAIIN, an organization that helps rape and abuse survivors.

2. Demand that your access to over the air programming be restored and that cloud computing be allowed to develop and grow and flourish. Imagine if the Supreme Court
had ruled that VCRs were infringing back in 1984...we wouldn't have much of the personal media technology we have today.


"In an open letter on Tuesday, [Aero CEO] Kanojia asked
the public to help restore Aereo:
Contact your lawmakers and tell them how disappointing it is to you that the nation's highest court has issued a decision that could take away your right to use a cloud-based antenna to access live over-the-air broadcast television.

The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over-the-air programming belongs to the American public and you should have a right to access that programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television, or in the cloud.

Ask your elected officials to take action to protect your right use an antenna to access live free-to-air broadcasts, including a modern antenna located in the cloud."

3. Recharge your fandom love with this Star Trek vid: "
Long Live (Star Trek)". As I watched it, I am reminded of the many Star Trek fans that I have tracked down and spoken with this past year for the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection. These women from the 1970s-80s-90s have said: "Star Trek played such a big role in my life back then. It is wonderful it is being remembered." What I sometimes say back to them is this: "It is you who we are remembering."
morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
From 1995, a letter published in the Southern Enclave,a Star Wars letterzine

"Absolutely, computer bulletin boards are a time sink and decisions must be made, or else the days extended to 48 hours each. Also, the BBS are not places to leave/receive deep and long thoughts. They're great for networking and schmoozing and human contact (yes, I mean human — I've been touched in heart-warming ways by many people on the nets). But the thoughts evaporate and you find yourself repeating yourself every month or so. For fact gathering, they are powerful tools, but for thematic development and thoughtful discourse the BBS are made of teflon."

Rewritten for the dawn of fandom's Livejournal migration (2002):
"Absolutely, LJ is a time sink and decisions must be made, or else the days extended to 48 hours each. Also, LJ is not a place to leave/receive deep and long thoughts.  It is great for multi-fandom exposure and schmoozing and human contact (yes, I mean human — I've been touched in heart-warming ways by many people on LJ even if I don't remember why I added them to my friendslist in the first place). But the thoughts evaporate and you find yourself repeating yourself every week or so. For memes and icons LJ is a powerful tool, but for thematic development and thoughtful discourse LJs are made of teflon."

Rewritten for today (2014):

"Absolutely, Tumblr is a time sink and decisions must be made, or else the days extended to 48 hours each. Also, Tumblr is not  a place to leave/receive deep and long thoughts. It is great for feels and exuberance and human contact (yes, I mean human — I've been touched in heart-warming ways by many people on Tumblr even though I've never interacted with them). But the thoughts evaporate and you find yourself repeating yourself every day or so. For gifsets and screencaps, it is a powerful tool, but for thematic development and thoughtful discourse Tumblr is made of teflon."


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: (Supernatural Sam Dean Smile)
Amalthia has set up the 2014 Supernatural J2 Big Bang Collection on A03. Hopefully, the instructions on how to add your story to the collection are clear. When we posted about the collection in 2011, we had some suggestions about how to  post to the A03  along with a reminder to artists that they can post their artwork to A03 - either part of the Big Bang story or on their own.

Here is the master collection covering  2007-2014 (the Ao3 collection was started in 2011 and writers and artists have been slowly adding their past fanworks):

And here is the one set up for 2014.

Note: A reminder that all Big Bang fanworks can be added to the collection. Art and fanvids are especially welcomed and can be added as their own stand alone entries or as part of the Big Bang story post. And here is a shout out to the latest Big Bang art posted to the collection:
kjanddean's art post for "Surface Tension" by ephermeralk and the most recent Big Bang vid for the 2010 Big Bang: meivocis' vid or "Luminous" by devilsduplicity

Feel free to cross-post or link to this post.  Because this is not being run by the Big Bang challenge moderators, there will be no "official" announcement on the SPN J2 Big Bang community or any of the other SPN communities  - so the only way to get the word out to fans who are posting their fanworks on AO3 is through you.
morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
I love wikis. I love wikis for my fandoms. Did you know that both Forever Knight and Supernatural have awesome wikis? The Supernatural wiki is fan run and open to editing by any and all. They recently had to go offline due to increased server costs and are now back online. They have to pay a year in advance, so they're raising funds to keep going and to create a mobile version of the wiki.  Details here.
morgandawn: (Default)


Middle Earth Travel Posters - Created by The Green Dragon Inn

Prints are available for sale on Etsy.

morgandawn: (Dr Who Fantastic kyizi)
If you've never been to a fan run convention and want to see what type of fan art/fan crafts are displayed and sold there, the Escapade art show is posting photos of 50 art pieces that were submitted to this year's art show. If you are on tumblr, you can subscribe to the escapadecon tumblr.

And if you are not on tumblr, just check back weekly here: and don't forget to scroll back for older entries

Among the items showcased so far...

Teen Wolf - a wolf and his boy
Despicable Me Minion hats (worn by the art show volunteers during the auction)
A dapper Pacific Rim portrait
A knitted Dalek
Thor and Loki linocut

morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
“I blame the archive,” said Mary grimly. “It attracts fans and then….” She waved a hand expressively at the groups below. “This stuff happens.” ~Mina de Malfois

Family matters are still taking up a large amount of time. Which means I am waaaaaay behind on emails.

But I want to announce a new digital fandom collection at Texas A&M University's Cushing Science Fiction & Fantasy Collection: The Mina de Malfois Archive. Mina, as many of you may know, is the BNF in Sanguinity fandom. Luckily for TAMU (and the rest of her avid readers), she and her co-creators have granted permission for their most excellent fanworks to be included in TAMU's digital repository.

Of course, for those of you who may be going WTF?! right now, here's a link that explains why Mina and her minions are so ....special.

See the collection here.

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: (Farscape Touch the Stars)
Sadly, we lost two older fans this past week. Page Lewis was a Star Trek fan who ran fan clubs for George Takei and Grace Lee Whitney. She also published fanzines and was a frequent attendee at Shore Leave. We have set up her Fanlore page here:

Her friend Roberta Rogow asked me to pass along this info:
"Condolences may be sent to Page's brother, James Lewis, 869 Brimer Rd, Newnan GA 30263. We discussed memorials and floral tributes, and he thinks that a donation to a local charity that directly benefits people struggling with mental and physical difficulties would be more appropriate, since Page wasn't a fan of cut flowers (she said they bothered her sinuses, and the cat might eat them!)."

Star Trek and Professionals fan Sharon Fetter also passed recently.  Her Fanlore page is here: and you are welcome to add your memories. If you don't have a Fanlore account, you can email the Gardeners at:  or  drop me a note and I will add it to Fanlore for you.

We have a tag set up for fans who have passed. If you are in a reflective or contemplative mood, check out the list and see if you have memories or recollections you'd like to include:

And last, shortly after the actor Deforest Kelly died in 1999, charitable donations were set up in his name. One charity that was selected was the North Shore Animal League. Fans have revived the donation to help out the shelter. Info is here:

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: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
If you are on tumblr, go here to reblog, comment or read other comments in the notes.

For those of you not on tumblr, marmolita has this to share:

a trip back in time with me to the mid-90s
  • if you were up to date your computer was probably running windows 95
  • there was no standard word processing application (I used Word Perfect, who remembers that one?)
  • “the internet” was usually synonymous with “AOL” (although some folks used Prodigy or Compuserve)
  • AOL had a lot of content, including message boards, chat rooms, IM, etc.
  • fandom existed primarily on newsgroups, mailing lists, and message boards
  • chatting for non-aol users was accomplished with IRC and ICQ (uh oh!)
  • the best web browser was Netscape Navigator
  • you paid for internet BY THE MINUTE and it was a great day when AOL changed to a flat monthly fee for unlimited access
  • you didn’t use the internet for too long at a time anyway because you were tying up your phone line. Or, you got a second line for your computer.
  • websites involved lots of tiled backgrounds, flashing text, and marquees. Most had a single banner image because graphics took forever to load.
  • the word “blog” did not exist
  • fanfiction was hosted on your own personal website or on an archive website someone in your fandom set up. You might have fic in multiple archives.
  • to share fanfic with people IRL you either had to save to a floppy for them or print it out.
  • the bulk of mailing lists were on egroups which later was purchased by yahoo and turned into yahoo groups
  • website hosting services included GeoCities, angelfire, Xoom, and others I feel like I’m forgetting right now
  • web search was ineffective and fairly useless. You had to search multiple providers (yahoo, alta vista, lycos) which would each give vastly different results, until metasearch came along and consolidated them for you
  • to find sites in your fandom you would go to one site and see which webrings they were a member of, then look through the webrings. Some people wouldn’t let you into their webring if they didn’t think you were cool enough.
  • every website with fanfic had layers and layers of disclaimers and if applicable adult content warnings you had to click through to get to the content
  • we have come a long way in the past 20 years (also jfc I’m old)
my favorite tumblr comments:

"as I read this the sound of a dial-up connection played in the background in my brain"

"Because I love you guys this much, I actually dug up a mirror of my old Geocities site. This went up in my junior year of high school, coded by one of my friends at the time."

""get off AOL, I need to make a phone call". Serious every day."

"This brought back memories of getting into trouble for using up my mom’s entire printer cartridge by printing out reams of X-Files fanfic. Totally worth it."

"Oh god, I remember all of this. You guys have literally no idea the lengths we used to have to go through, not only to find fanworks, but fellow people! But, on the other hand: who’s still in contact with people you met from those times? Because I am. More so than people I’ve met in the last 3-5 years. Things were a lot harder back then, but it was completely worth it."

"I still have those X-Files VHS tapes that other Philes made and mailed to me so I could catch up."

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, you had it rough. Trip back in tme to the mid-’70s: I paid hundreds of dollars a month in long-distance fees to talk to my fannish friends on the phone, because only one of them lived in my city. I wrote thirty page letters every day to some of my other friends and mailed them, then waited for mailed replies. Fanfiction was typed or handwritten and mailed, then laboriously edited with ink, then finally typed, laid out with paper and ink on larger sheets of paper, then printed offset or xerox (xerox sucked back then) and art had to be pen and ink to avoid the cost of half-tones. Then the pages were bound with staples or perfect binding and sold as fanzines. We were thrilled when word processors, and then computers, came out. Fandom was a very exclusive place back then; almost no one outside of fandom knew it existed. Sometimes i miss those days. But I do love the convenience of computers. Next time: telepics (using a 35mm camera, maybe with a tripod, maybe not, rolls of film, and a VCR with freeze frame and frame-by-frame advance to take photos off the TV)."

"You would go to your friend’s house “to use the internet,” and that was its own activity — because you only had one friend who had a fast enough connection and computer (and cool/hands-off parents) to make it worthwhile to sit there and snack while you both clicked around for fun. Sometimes you took personality tests on sparknotes. Or waited an hour for a Quicktime trailer to download. You would do these and not have any place to talk about them later except with each other, because no one cared.

Newspapers didn’t have comments at the bottom of articles.

There used to be a list of free email providers, which included a chart detailing email quotas, speed, if you had to pay after a certain time, etc… because this was waaaayyy pre-Gmail. Y

ou had to delete a lot of stuff in Hotmail because the quota was so small. (I didn’t save my sent messages, which proved very annoying.)

Frames. (“Click here to break out of frames!”)

Inserting a ZIP disk hoping you wouldn’t get the click of death.

2 MB being considered a very large attachment.

The first iMacs being the most amazing thing on campus."
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: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
The MeetUp Group for Nothern California is here (note: it says East Bay, but there are events around the SF Bay):

The MeetUp Group for Southern California is here:

The Los Angeles group has also started a tumblr account here:
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: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
An interview with Jeremy Brett and Lauren Schiller, archivists at Texas A&M University's Cushing Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection. Last year, Cushing began collection filk materials.

About the specific filk collections they've received to date:
"....the first collection we’ve received as part of the new strategy has been from a New Hampshire-based filker who’s supplied us with a box full of audio cassettes from many different filkers, including some prominent ones like Leslie Fish and Meg Davis. He’s also given us some songbooks, including a copy of what’s often considered the very first filk songbook, STF & FSY Songbook, which dates from 1960. Together these two collections will form the nucleus of the larger filk collection we hope to build."

How you can help?

Well, the most direct way people can help is to donate their materials to us! But since Lauren and I are only two people, we can’t be everywhere and so we rely on word-of-mouth to get the news out about us and about the collection. So please spread the good word.

Lauren: If you have any songbooks that say “you know how this one goes” and you know how that one goes? If you don’t know about any existing recordings, please make one and label it so we can know how that one goes too

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

Step 2: Create a user page (optional)

Step 3: Use Sandbox to practice editing/Fanlore Specific Tutorials 

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.  (8 min) (8 min)

Step 5: Create a new page (Generic Wiki Videos) (4 min) (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  - list of templates – long discussion of templates 

Step 6: Editing Specifics (Generic Wiki Videos)

Finding your way around the wiki - Editing Pages (5 min) – Editing pages (3  min) - Talk pages (4min) 

Bold/Italics/Formatting (9 min)  (3 min)

Internal links (linking to another page on the wiki):  (4 min)
External links (linking to an external website):  (8 min) 

Uploading and Adding images  (5 min) (6 min)

Step 7

Pulling It All Together (4 min)  (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 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: (Zen fen lanning Green)
Reposting from [personal profile] digitalwave 

"L.A. Adolf is an amazing fan artist and writer who has been active in fandom for a long time.

In recent years health problems have made her unable to work. She's applied for disability but has been turned down twice. Now she's in very real danger of losing her home though she's trying her best to save it and get back up on her feet. To learn more, please check out her GoFundMe page:

She can also take PayPal directly at

She's done some truly beautiful Sherlock stories the last few years. If you'd like to see some of her work, you can find out more about her fannish side here:

Thanks, guys!"

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: (Dr Who Fantastic kyizi)

On eBay
fantasy author Pat Rothfuss is auctioning off his first piece of filk printed on a dot matrix printer. In the listing Pat apologizes to Terry Pratchett (Terry's books were the inspiration for the filk). The lyrics are titled: "A Wizard's Staff has a Knob on the End". Proceeds go to Worldbuilder charity.

From the eBay listing
: "The photo is for illustrative purposes only. Shamefaced fantasy author not included, but you do get the sheet of paper he's holding."

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).


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