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

Sometimes I try explaining media fandom culture as follows:

Popular culture is like food. In the past, most of us cooked our own food and ate at home. We followed recipes that were handed down informally from generation to generation. Most of us could never afford to hire a chef or to go to a restaurant.

Then recipe books began to be published. Restaurants flourished. People started eating out once a year, then once month, and finally once or twice a week. Diner food arrived and with it, fast food was quick on its heels. The consumption of frozen dinners exploded. Home cooking was supplanted by prepackaged meals. We ate more and more alone, on the go, and communal family dinners fell out of favor.

Fan fiction, fan art and fan vids are like home-cooking. Commercially produced TV, books, and movies are like restaurant food. The meals prepared by fandom creators are usually based on the commercial recipes. Sometimes we follow the recipe closely. Sometimes we tweak it and add our own ingredients. Sometimes we go totally off script, especially when it becomes clear that commercial food markets have no interest in catering to our nutritional needs or dietary preferences. As fans, we still love to eat out, but mostly we love to cook for ourselves and our friends. What we cook varies in quality. Sometimes home cooked fanfiction is on par with MacDonald's and sometimes it is better than a 3 star Michelin restaurant. But that too is a matter of taste and preference.

But no one in their right minds would argue that home-cooking is illegal. That food is copyrighted and that no one should be able to replicate a recipe at home. That the only "authorized" food is the food that is produced by commercial kitchens, marketed by corporations and served up by trained chefs.

The ability to interact with popular culture - to absorb it, to reshape it, to respond to it - is a basic human need. It is as basic as eating and drinking. We have always sat around the fire telling and retelling the stories of our people. Just as we have always sat around the fire while eating the food we cooked for one another. And hopefully we always will.
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The year was 1986, and Star Wars fans were discussing their changing fandom, the impact of commercialization on fandom and the role of fandom in general. The widespread adoption of the Internets was still 10 years in the future. 

[They continued]  the discussion on the sometimes differences between writing-for-pro and writing-for-fun. I think the disdain many have for "amateur" lit can be traced back, at least, to Dr. Samuel Johnson with his "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money", from BOSWELL'S LIFE OF DR. JOHNSON. Add that attitude to our culture's use of money to describe a person's worth, and you end up with non-profit writing being considered worthless (even for blockheads!). Or suitable only for women... Poetry, for example, which makes very little money in  our culture, is considered effeminate by many. Sometimes, when I can't reconcile my own feelings on the subject, I think of fannish writing as folklore. Like folk songs and folk tales, fanlit fills a need of our social group, it grows and changes with that need and with time  and the concept of marketing it does not apply. And just as the concept of growing and catching what we eat, weaving and sewing the clothes we wear, providing directly for our survival has given way to working for money so we can buy what we need to physically survive, so, too, food for mental thought has passed out of the hands of those who use it directly into the hands of those who sell it back to us. What we fans provide for ourselves is self-entertainment, a mighty rare beast these days."   Southern Enclave #13 (1986)


Stacy Doyle

Dec. 7th, 2015 02:03 pm
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A little over a year ago, fan friend Stacy Doyle passed away. Her partner Liz asked us to help find a home for her fanzine  and fanvid collection. One Sunday in Feb, a few of us* gathered together to catalogue, box and shipp her fanzine collection.

A collection in her name has now been established up at Texas A&M University. On Stacy's bio page Liz wrote:

""What can I say about Stacy … she was generous of her time, friendly, loving, and a born caregiver. She was at her happiest when she was helping someone. It didn’t matter if the help was big or small. Helping you figure out your new phone, computer or getting your VCR/DVD to talk to your TV or helping you decorate for Halloween or Christmas or helping you move.

Once she discovered fandom she was in 7th heaven, as they say. She found she wasn’t the only one into Star Trek, Starsky and Hutch, Man from U.N.C.L.E, and so forth that was just the beginning of her fanish pursuits. She convinced her Mom to drive her to conventions in Sacramento, yes, she had to be driven, as she didn’t have her drivers license yet. Once she got it and that freedom it garnered her, she was able to go to local conventions by herself. As she went to more and more conventions she discovered costumes, zines, and vids!..."

*A huge thank you to Mishie, [personal profile] franzeska and [personal profile] xlorp for doing the hard work in getting the collection to TAMU.
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One downside of the OTW event calendar is that (a) they don't get many submissions about conventions  and (b) when they do, they only post about it in the month the event is happening so it gives no time to plan.

So here is my list of known conventions. It is not comprehensive - the event has to be fan run with a focus on media fandom  and no Creation Cons or actor cons.   As always caveat emptor,  especially with events that don't have a track record.

Multifandom Gen
Mediawest (also has slash programming). May 2016, Lansing, Michigan USA
Southern Media (Southern USA)

Multifandom Slash
CON.TXTJuly 2016, Arlington VA (mostly slash, gen welcomed)
Connexions - 2017? (East Coast, USA)
Escapade - Feb 2016, Los Angeles, CA USA 
Get/Together - Wellington, New Zealand, usually early October, multifandom slash focus
PacificCon - April 2016, Seattle, WA, USA (slash and some gen)
Revelcon March 2016, (Houston, Texas)
Sinpozium - Sydney Australia, usually early June, multifandom slash focus
Slash/Night - Feb 2016, part of the Brighton Digital Festival, UK
TGIFemslash - Feb 2016, Los Angeles, CA USA
Tribal Forces (Pennsylvania, USA)
Wincon (also has gen programing) - moves around the US, 2016 dates and location not yet announced

Doctor Who
Coal Hill Con - May 2016, New Hampshire, USA

Harry Potter
Misti Con (next one in May 2017), New Hampshire, USA

My Little Pony
Everyfree - May 2016, Seattle, WA, USA (note: this event has paid guests, including actors and may be more commercial than fan focused)

The Professionals Slash
Pros (somewhere in the middle of the USA)

Sherlock Holmes
221BCon - April 2016, Atlanta GA  (note: this event has paid guests, including actors)
Sherlock Seattle - Oct 2016, Seattle, WA, USA (this event is still seeking funding - check out their fundraising page)
A Scintillation of Scions, June 2016, Maryland, USA: (pn thier page they also link to another Washington DC event, Gridlock DC that was held in 2015)

Starsky & Hutch Slash
Starsky & Hutch: (Maryland)

Star Trek Slash
Kiscon 2015 - USA - just ended so keep an eye out for the next one
Kimset UK - Sept 2016 - Buckinghamshire, UK

Destielcon  Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - (held in 2015 in the USA and they're doing a survey to see if they can host one in 2016)

Vividcon - Aug 2016, Chicago, IL, USA
VidUKon - June 2016, Cardiff, Wales, UK

I am certain there are more events, so I will use this post as a master list that you can link to. Drop a comment or send me an ask if you know of any other fan run, non-actor conventions.

EDITED: This list will focus on media fandom conventions. Many general sci-fi events have some media fandom panels, but I'd like to keep this list focused on TV, movie and anime fandoms and events which do not featured paid guests (actors, authors, show runners, celebrities etc).   Please include a link to the convention's website/tumblr/blog.

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Link to video:

A couple of weeks ago, the RAW Fanthology team spent a weekend in the woods planning our @kickstarter launch.  There was blood (fake), chicken escapes (real), Mizumono cosplay (a questionable choice) and homemade donuts (100% unquestionable).  

We also spent a lot of time making Aimee sit on rocks and talking at a camera about why fandom and fandom publishing is so important to her (and the rest of us).  

I’ve cut together some of my favorite quotes from that discussion so you can meet Aimee and learn more about what inspired the RAW Fanthology project and why we want to create published fanworks that exist as tangible objects. 

We’ll be sharing more with you next week!   And, as always, we hope you’ll consider contributing to RAW.

–Tea ( @teaberryblue ), RAW Co-Editor and blood splatter afficionado


Does anyone have time to transcribe this interview? It is less than 2 minutes long and I’d like to share it with a hearing impaired friend.

edited: we found someone. There are two  more videos - also short, so ping  me if you want to help.

Some contextA new Hannibal slash art/fanbook has just raised over $50,000 as part of its Kickstarter. The group did an earlier Captain America art book called Brooklyn:


One of the editors gives an interview about 'why produce a fanbook" and the history of fanzines.

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Look what I found on my door step!

Why look! Fans printing their fic  and selling hard copies for charity. The circle is complete.

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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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Ever wonder what types of fanzines are being published today? 

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State of the Union: Fanzines

Ever wonder what types of fanzines are being published today? There are still many traditional print fanzines (just head over to Fanlore or click on my fanzine tag). But more recently, I’ve seen limited run art zines being produced. Kickstarter seems to be a popular way of funding these zines. I would have included more, but tumblr only lets me add a certain number of images.

Links to their Fanlore pages or their Kickstarter page below. (Supernatural) (Fifth Element, PDFs are still available) (Supernatural Anime) (Orange is the New Black, free e-zine on Isuu) (see also the second vol: (PDFs still available (Captain America) (Teen Wolf) (Glee) (Teen Wolf) (this is the one zine that has yet to be published, although they just concluded their Kickstarter fundraiser) (Mad Max Fury Road)

edited to add:

Not shown above: (Thor, single artist) (copies still available) (Avatar The Last Airbender) (Hannibal) (still accepting backers) (Dragon Age) (Mad max) (still accepting submissions) (Captain America) (still open to backers)

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 (if you don't know what filk is read about it here).

A few years ago, Linda Short, a Blake's 7 filker passed away and a few of her filk songs were converted:
I am converting another filk tape by The Zen Nine From Outer Space:   Hip Deep In Heroes right now
The song "Poor Blake" is hilarious
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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’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, and were among the first to embrace the smutty side, rather than keeping it hidden and secret.”[1]

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How Archive of Our Own Revolutionized Fandom #AO3  #History  #FanLore

A brief snapshot of fandom in early 2007: The first Naruto series had wrapped, and Naruto Shippuden had just started airing. Supernatural was wrapping up its second season with a shocking finale in “All Hell Breaks Loose.” Kingdom Hearts II and Final Fantasy XII came out only the year before, and Final Fantasy 7 fandom was back with a vengeance with the release of Advent Children. The world  The world waited breathlessly for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.And fandom on LiveJournal was on fire.

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The article is definitely worth the read.  I loved this last bit:

“It’s a place by fans, for fans, where fans can gather and archive their work without concern for legality or censorship. It was born from a desire not to be beholden to original content creators or advertisers, and it has always been true to that goal, staying afloat primarily through charitable donations from users. Fandom has fragmented across social media—some users remained on LiveJournal, while others migrated to Dreamwidth or Tumblr or JournalFen.

For many though, AO3 was the advent of fandom coming together to defend their hobby and preserve their history, a place where the principles of fannish creativity would outweigh watchdog and advertiser concerns about controversial content. Six years and over a million fan works later, they’re still going strong.”

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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.

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.


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The things you find lurking in your basement. I thought these were gone forever but thankfully, I kept them all: my favorite X-Files fics from Gossamer back when I was spending several hours a day on Gossamer, all printed out on various shades of tinted paper and each with a cover I made by hand–as you see–bound in several volumes, and some of these migrated to AO3 but many indeed vanished from the Internet forever. I always meant to do a similar collection of favorite MSTings, back before Web Site Number 9 died, but most of them were both too hair-raising to reformat for printing and just far too long.

Sonetimes, figuring that since I was only altering them for my collection it wasn’t a crime or nuthin’, I would go through stories and rephrase a line here and there, remove passages I didn’t like, on occasion rewrite random paragraphs or change, say, an in-story reference to Sarah MacLachlan lyrics to a band I actually liked; every altered story had a scrupulously enumerated log of “editorial” changes attached as an appendix, since someday I might be called on in federal court to testify to exactly what I had altered and how. I started making larger “edits,” rewriting the occasional ending and once, since I have no shame, reworking a Mulder/Scully story into a Mulder/Samantha one (I still think it worked better that way). Eventually this did, in fact, lead to my sitting down and writing my own fanfic from start to finish, though ironically, other than one never-posted-anywhere practice run I’ve never written any X-Files fic. And that’s how I began to write anything at all.

If you ever want to find a permanent home for these wonderful items….

The various “fanzine archives” will gladly accept them as donations.

I had just assumed they wouldn’t take them as they’re not “proper” zines, but thanks for the heads-up! I do actually need to sit down and decide who gets the posthumous keys to my tiny fannish fiefdom (and where to donate that shelf of non-fannish zines, while I’m at it), so this is good to know.

In fact, so many of these “custom zines” were donated to Iowa that we had to invent the name for them. And make a page on Fanlore. 

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Posted in full at: at September 04, 2015 at 08:10PM

Cushing Library Releases Digitized Media Fanzine Collection:



Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is pleased to announce that it is now able to offer free, limited online public access to select titles in the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection. Since the collection was first initiated in 2013, access to its materials was previously restricted to only those with a Texas A&M-approved ID until additional permissions could be obtained from the fanzine creators who contributed to the collection.

As the collection becomes more of an important resource for understanding the development of fandom, Cushing Library sought the approval from writers and editors of the Hereld Collection to make their contributions publicly accessible. The collection, which is an unparalleled assembly of media fanworks that document generations of fans’ continued creative engagement with media productions, consists of thousands of digitized images of media fanzines, letterzines, and club newsletters — dating from the late 1960s through materials published online or in print in 2015.

Among the creators who have given their permission are Morgan Dawn, Janet Quarton, Sheila Clark, Devra Michele Langsam, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, and M. Fae Glasgow. Cushing Library anticipates that public access will continue to grow as more authorization is granted.

A few of the impressive productions chronicled particularly well in the Hereld Collection are: Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990), Blake’s 7, Doctor Who, The Professionals, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Starsky & Hutch. Additions to the collection continue steadily, with fanzines relating to numerous other productions, such as the Harry Potter book/movie series, Due South, Miami Vice, Simon & Simon, and many others, including a bevy of stories from multiple fandoms.

Sandy Hereld, for which the collection is named after, is a living, digital tribute to a popular and prolific fan writer in the 1990s and early 2000s — who was also one of slash fandom’s most visible fans. Hereld lost her battle with cancer in 2011, but her legacy of work continues to touch lives and inspire fans. She was the founder of Virgule-L, the first Internet slash mailing list, began hosting numerous other mailing lists and fan sites, and helped create the annual “Vid Review” panel at the Escapade convention, which is the longest-running slash fan convention and became the model for serious conversations about vidding as an art form.

The Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection can be accessed at:

Wow, Sandy would be so happy to see this. This is fantastic.

(whistles innocently)

This is the correct URL:

Sandy’s paper collection is at the University of Iowa (along without thousands and thousands of zines.) Although the paper zines cannot be checked out or loaned through the inter-library system, the Iowa Fanzine Archives special collection is open to the public. If you or a friend wants to donate zines from their collections, contact the OTW’s Open Doors team.

Texas A&M University has a smaller paper collection (but growing and still accepting donations). They have also launched this digital collection which has been named after Sandy Hereld.  Only a teeny fraction of the digitized fanzines in the collection can be made available to the public for now.

TAMU also has started collecting filk in case anyone is looking for a home for their collection.

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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.

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501 Mile walk | Kevin Doyle's Fundraiser
On June 6th I will begin a 501 plus mile walk from San Francisco to San Diego in my Star Wars Stormtrooper armor.

Husband is walking from George Lucas Museum in Petaluma, CA to ComicCon in San Diego, CA in memory of his wife. Funds will go to support his cancer charity. They’ve only raised 15% of his goal, so if you can spare any, please donate.

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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


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From 1981, the Star Trek fanzine Menage A Trois. In 2012, two fans remembered their encounter with the zine and one of the actors depicted in the artwork.Kandy F: … [the zine] had a picture on the front cover, very well drawn, of Uhura being hugged by Sulu, but then reaching out past him to Walter [Koenig], implying that it was going to be a three-way. Well—Marnie S: Oh, I know that zine.. I think I have that zine out in my garage.KF: —Walter’s coming around through [the dealer’s room], and he goes, “Oh, you’ve got slash. You got any, listen— Kandy, why is it can I never find any slash that has Koenig it in?” I mean, Walter in it. I mean— (laughter)MS: Yes, yes.KF: He wanted to know why his character wasn’t being slashed. I’m kinda going—MS: He was not—KF: EeeeeMS: —deterred by it. In fact, he used to tease George [Takei] about it.KF: Yes. (laughter) So, anyhow, he goes up and he sees this story…..he rolls it up and he decides to give a dramatic reading.MS: Oh, god! Oh god!KF: About how the two guys had to go down to a planet and seduce the court of the queen, so they’d give them dilithium crystals, for the ship is trapped in orbit and can’t get out. And so these two young men had to go down there and please the ladies of the— So, he’s reading this thing out loud, very dramatically, and just enjoying the heck out of it. So—MS: He got a huge kick out of things like that.”Interview Source: Media Fandom Oral History ProjectArtwork in pencil by Rebecca B.Links go to Fanlore, the fan run non-profit wiki about media fandom

From 1981, the Star Trek fanzine Menage A Trois. In 2012, two fans remembered their encounter with the zine and one of the actors depicted in the artwork.

Kandy F: … [the zine] had a picture on the front cover, very well drawn, of Uhura being hugged by Sulu, but then reaching out past him to Walter [Koenig], implying that it was going to be a three-way. Well—

Marnie S: Oh, I know that zine.. I think I have that zine out in my garage.

KF: —Walter’s coming around through [the dealer’s room], and he goes, “Oh, you’ve got slash. You got any, listen— Kandy, why is it can I never find any slash that has Koenig it in?” I mean, Walter in it. I mean— (laughter)

MS: Yes, yes.

KF: He wanted to know why his character wasn’t being slashed. I’m kinda going—

MS: He was not—

KF: Eeeee

MS: —deterred by it. In fact, he used to tease George [Takei] about it.

KF: Yes. (laughter) So, anyhow, he goes up and he sees this story…..he rolls it up and he decides togive a dramatic reading.

MS: Oh, god! Oh god!

KF: About how the two guys had to go down to a planet and seduce the court of the queen, so they’d give them dilithium crystals, for the ship is trapped in orbit and can’t get out. And so these two young men had to go down there and please the ladies of the— So, he’s reading this thing out loud, very dramatically, and just enjoying the heck out of it. So—

MS: He got a huge kick out of things like that.”

Interview Source: Media Fandom Oral History Project

Artwork in pencil by Rebecca B.

Links go to Fanlore, the fan run non-profit wiki about media fandom

morgandawn: (Zen fen lanning Green)

A while back I did a series of posts about how technology has shaped – and continues to shape – our fandom culture: here,  here and here.   The short version: We do not use technology, technology uses us.  And I am not alone in blogging about this.

I came across two interesting posts discussing fandom’s migration to newer platforms and think they both fit into my belief that fandom needs to recognize the larger social and technological forces shaping our community.


First up, a fan discusses how twitter hinders fan communication

The mix of locked and public accounts, trying to follow multi-branching conversations when sometimes you can’t see what half the people are saying, and of course the character limit are all huge obstacles to good fandom discussion.....Twitter has the extra wrinkle of locked accounts, especially in RPF fandoms where harassment from “mainstream” fans of the sport/movie/musician/etc is a very real possibility. It’s understandable, but since locking is a binary, all or nothing situation, it has the effect of first isolating a locked account and then, when they’ve become a sufficiently big presence in a circle of fandom Twitter accounts, isolating newcomers from that portion of the discussion.


Next up:   a fan argues that Tumblr benefits both visual and text based fan whereas LJ mainly benefited text base fans (as a text based fan I can say that – for me – Tumblr does not work as a method of discussing with other text based fans. But that is a side point to her main point.*)


“……what I mean by that is, I see a lot of posts, primarily from writerly types, talking about how much they miss LJ and how much better it was and how the friends from LJ are the best friends they’ve ever made and stuff like that, which is fine, as someone who cut their teeth on LJ myself, I understand where they’re coming from, but I don’t think they realize that tumblr—for all its many, many flaws—has made fandom participation much more accessible to nonwriter types than LJ ever was. if you didn’t write on LJ, you didn’t get noticed, you didn’t get the attention and the lifelong friends and people caring about your not-fic writing, because you just didn’t get that exposure. the same is true of tumblr, to a degree, given the creation-based nature of fandom in general [and there’s a whole other meta post to be had about fandom culture’s dirty little secret of not caring about people unless they produce content, but I’m not going to go into that here], but the difference is, on tumblr, if you can’t write creatively [like me /coughs], there are a far wider variety of entry points; gifs were functionally unknown on LJ, but on here gifmakers get a fuckton of attention, as do graphics makers, meta writers, and [admittedly to a lesser extent] vidders, and fanart has a wider platform on which to reach people…..

……this obviously has a great deal to do with the nature of the platform on which fandom conducts its activities;
 LJ was text based, so text-based content creation was king, and tumblr is image based, so image-based content gets more attention this way, but the main difference, in my view, is that LJ only had text, which resulted in written content dominating to the point of near total exclusion of nonwriters… I suspect the people singing LJ’s praises didn’t experience how isolating it could be if you didn’t produce the kind of content favored by the platform at the time. Meanwhile the relationships I’ve made on tumblr as a result of a major form of fandom interaction finally shifting to something I’m capable of doing are just as longlasting as the relationships made between writers on LJ, and I bristle a bit at the implication that they’re not.”

My thought:  when we use platforms designed by commercial entities for their own purposes, we end up absorbing some of their cultural DNA – this is not necessarily a bad thing and has been going on since the early days of Fandom Dodos (fanzines and mimeo machines oh my!) through the early days of UseNet and bulletin boards across mailing lists and into today.  But until we own the platforms; until we design them to meet our needs, we are influenced by these commercial forces in ways we often fail to examine or understand. And because we fail to understand how external forces are shaping and reshaping us, we tend to lose sight that we, as a community, do have agency. We also run the risk of losing the ability to both talk about ourselves and to ourselves in ways that bring us together.


Which is why AO3 (Archive of our Own) speaks to me on so many levels. “We own the servers” is not just a slogan – it is philosophical world view that peers into our future and says:  “Oh shit, that’s one big tidal wave coming down on us. Let’s build a boat. And if we get wet, we’ll get wet together.“  


And which is why I wish that we had better tools to communicate with our fellow fans – ones that did not encourage us to limit and self-segregate us or force us into creating artificial divisions. I am a text based fan – but I am also a vidder and can communicate visually.  I like having more privacy controls  – but I may, or may not use them, understanding that with every “locked” tweet or post I am locking myself away. I like to blog about fandom – but also about art and music and politics and social change and kittens. I love it when people tag their posts (easier to find what I want when I want it), but I don’t object to tagless posts.  I see myself as a media fan while also acknowledging that many fans who are part of my community do not identify themselves that way.


In conclusion:  


*Edited: the original post focused on tumblr as a medium for content creation and not as a medium for communication. I quoted however a bit more of the original post now that I've removed the link.
morgandawn: (BSG Roslin wikidwitch)
1. The focused love of a subject matter (TV, knitting, hockey)
2. Active engagement with the subject matter vs passive consumption. Active engagement can be thinking about the show, discussing it, writing fic, making gif sets etc. Passive engagement is turning on the TV and watching it and then forgetting about it.  Note: one can passively consume the products of active engagement. Media fandom does not only consist of artists or fanfic writers, it also includes readers and lurkers and organizers. Also note that the active engagement does not have to be social - you can still be a media fan if you never connect up with another media fan and all the engagement takes place inside your head.
3.Non-commercial (fanzines were always supposed to be non-profit, artists would often get paid for their fanart prints or originals, and if fans turned their fanfic into pro fic - well it was no longer fanfic.)

Everything else: concrit, (n)etiquette, visibility, 4th Wall, warnings are all community specific and even among communities these "norms' or "rules" vary and are not universally accepted. To argue that someone is violating "fandom culture" is like arguing that everyone in the fandom world belongs to a single faith. In fact it argues that even if there are many fandom faiths, that all members of the faith  hold the same beliefs. While it is true that some faiths will not accept you unless you believe in and adopt their specific tenets, there are always those who claim a religious identity while disagreeing with some (or all) of the doctrines of their faith. 

Fandom is multitudes. Fandom is IDIC. Fandom is wherever you are.
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)

Filking is a long time fannish tradition. It exists in both science fiction and media fandom, but its roots are deepest in sci-fi fandom.

Here are excerpts from a book of filk lyrics I found in Stacy’s Doyle’s collection last week. The book is called the NESFA Hymnal.


(first up a song about the sadness of waiting for elevators at fan conventions. in the days before smartphones and hotel wifi, someone had to write one to pass the time while waiting.)

THE ELEVATOR SONG ( set to the Beatles song “Yesterday”)

Yesterday, I’ve been waiting here since yesterday.
Now it looks as though I’m here to stay.
Oh, all my plans have gone astray.
And just then, he went past me and went….

Bill Mallardi, Suzanne Tompkins, Jerry Kaufman, and Linda Bushyager
Copyright 1968


(how about a Star Trek themed filk song?)

THE FIRST DAYS OF OUR MISSION (set to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”)

On the first day of our mission
The writers gave to me:

A transporter malfunction,
Klingons on the bridge,
Harcourt Fenton Mudd,
Ten million tribbles,
Several lovely yeomen,
A nurse to love the Vulcan,
A smart-assed Russian ensign,
A sword-wielding helmsman…..

Uhura fair,
A Scottish engineer,
An acid-witted doctor,
A Vulcan pointy-eared,
And a starship to roam the galaxy.”



(a filk song finally giving the bad guys of the Tolkien universe some air time)

GIVE MY REGARDS TO ORTHANC (set to “Give My Regards To Broadway”)
Give my regards to Orthanc;
Remember me to Barad-Dur.
Tell all the boys from old Nan-Curunir
That I’ll be there for sure.

Whisper of how I’m yearning

To mingle with the Morgul throng.

Give my regards to Shelob’s lair,

And tell her I’ll be there ere long.”



(and how about those Ents? Catchy tune, eh?)

THE ENTS’ MARCHING SONG (sung to “The Ants’ Marching Song)

The Ents go marching one by one, Hurrah, Hurrah!
The Ents go marching one by one, Hurrah, Hurrah!
The Ents go marching one by one,
To get their chlorophyll into the sun.

CHORUS:The Ents go marching
Round and round and into the ground
And out in the rain and in again.
The Ents go marching two by two, Hurrah, Hurrah!
The Ents go marching two by two, Hurrah, Hurrah!
The Ents go marching two by two!
Does a marching tree wear a wooden shoe?

(Jim Landau and Sherna Comerford)


(nothing changes much in space)

DRUNKEN SPACEMAN (sung to “(What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?”)

What shall we do with a drunken spaceman?
What shall we do with a drunken spaceman?
What shall we do with a drunken spaceman?
Light years out from Terra.

CHORUS: Hooray, and off she blasts,
Hooray, and off she blasts,
Hooray, and off she blasts,
Light years out from Terra.

Put him in the airlock till he’s sober…
Drop him on an asteroid till he’s sober…
Put him through a space warp till he’s sober…
Throw him in the algae till he’s sober…
Put him in the reaction chamber…
Zap him with a phaser till he’s sober…
Dump him on a comsat till he’s sober…
Hang him on a skyhook till he’s sober…
Leave him in his spacesuit till he’s sober…
Haul him by the legs with a running spaceline…
Leave him out in a Martian sandstorm…
Leave him all day in a Lunar crater…
Boost him into orbit till he’s sober…
Abandon him on a planetoid…

Further verses can be improvised until the singer’s pain threshold
is reached, or the listeners stone him to death.



Feb. 18th, 2015 09:31 pm
morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)

I have blogged about fan made scrapbooks before. This weekend, I helped sort a fan friend’s papers (she passed away in November). In the bottom of a pile, I found her Star Trek themed notebook/scrapbook. On the first page she writes that the year is 1982: "I attended [several Star Trek] conventions. I had fun, purchased memorabilia, watched the bloopers but I have lost most of the souvenirs including a tribble…..I do not have fellow fans or others to share - now I am a lone fan. I am dedicating this book (which I intend to fill with pictures and autographs, ST quotes and personal memories) to Star Trek and what ST means to my life. I wish to not lose and forget something I enjoy so much.”

I do not know if my friend - Stacy Doyle - ever found her lost tribble. But I can say that 30 years later she was still in love with fandom and had made lifelong fan friends. For her fandom was a way of life (FIAWOL) and not just a teenage phase or passing hobby.

So in her words (and the words of so many other Star Trek fans): Star Trek Lives!

I may post excerpts from her notebook from time time. These excerpts are being used with her family’s permission.


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