FANDOM/MEDIA is a weekly roundup of news stories from around the interet about fandom, fan fiction, fan art, and fan creators. I so love this stuff… With the release of the trailer for the fanfiction/fandom feature Slash, we got a bevy of generally positive opinion pieces on the film. (For a solid deep dive of Slash from more of a fandomcentric angle, plus a chat with the filmaker, check out episode 18 of the Flourish/Elizabeth Fansplaining podcast. Good listen that!)

    The story I found the most interesting and kind of exasperating this week was about the success of the Bob’s Burger fanart exhibition at Spoke Art. (There were quite a few…) There seemed to be a theme of “fanart = isreallyjustpopart = whichisanactualartthing = legitimacy = good,” which could be best summed up with this line: “I stepped into the packed room that evening I had a small revelation. This was fanart. A medium typically confined to internet forums and uncool adolescents was now elevated into fine art, and people arrived in droves to come see… “  Well. There. You. Go. – curious 2016 (** = ones I found most interesting, incase you only have time to check out a few.)

    Sunday, September 25

    MineCon 2016, Daddy/Daughter Diary #2: Developing a new appreciation for the joy and unifying power of fandom | Chad Sapieha | Financial Post

    Likewise, had I been sitting at the front of the audience for the opening ceremonies or any of the day’s panels I probably wouldn’t have noticed the sea of fans around me. I wouldn’t have seen the kids giggling with glee at seeing their favourite YouTubers on stage; the giddy teens and twentysomethings who were clearly enjoying their respite from the normal world while lounging deep within the throngs of their chosen tribe;

    What is Sports Fandom?? | Dee Hall | The Olivia Pope of Sports

    How can you be a great fan? You ride or die with your favorite teams through the good and bad even though how agonizing it is. You don’t talk bad about them. You find positivity in loses. You don’t be rude to other fans of your favorite teams or opposing teams.


    Monday, September 26

    **Shipping, headcanons, and OTPs: an introduction to fandom vocabulary | Oxford Dictionaries Blog

    Though fan communities have existed in the forms of zines, email lists, and online archives for years—decades!—it is only recently that the world of fan creations has been exposed to the glaring spotlight of mainstream media attention. If you’re new to the world of fandom, the jargon may flummox you; but Oxford Dictionaries can help! Here’s a primer on some basic terminology of the fandom multiverse.


    Tuesday, September 27

    **Exclusive Interview on Larry Stylinson Inspired Series Truth Slash Fiction | Ashley | CelebMix

    The pilot focuses on a band called Truth and a young adult who writes fan fiction about it’s members. While the idea was inspired by Larry, the team was sure to express their desire for Truth to be its own band with a unique sound and character style. It’s not a One Direction knock off!


    Wednesday, September 28

    Erotic Fan Fic Meets the Traditional Coming-of-Age Movie in Slash | Rob Bricken | Gizmodo

    The “live-action erotic fan fic” aspect seems to be Slash’s most notable quality, although it doesn’t seem to actually be X-rated (nor does it star the male leads of Sherlock, Supernatural, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which make up about 73 percent of the internet’s erotic fan fiction stockpiles to my estimates, which is another knock to the film’s authenticity).

    Alumni’s hit web series a modern take on Jane Austen novel | Justin Elsbury | The Daily Universe

    A cast and crew made up of primarily BYU graduates has created the web series “The Cate Morland Chronicles,” a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey.” The creators hope to inspire women with a show about, and run by, women.

    Fleet Foxes frontman bestows his sweater upon a fan who made a Tumblr for it | Tricia Gilbride |  Mashable

    Five years ago, a Fleet Foxes fan did what every high schooler did in 2011 and created a single topic tumblr devoted to something she really likes. That happened to be a cozy sweater belonging to the band’s lead singer, Robin Pecknold. Now, thanks to the powers of the internet and the impeding Autumn winds, she owns that sweater.


    Thursday, September 29

    **Wasteland: The Mad Max Festival That Makes Burning Man Look Lame | Anna Merlan | Wired 

    Chaos is the norm at Wasteland, the “world’s largest post-apocalyptic festival” that turns the Mojave Desert into a glorious vision of hell on earth. For four days each September, thousands of survivors maraud a patch of dirt and sand east of Bakersfield, California, in wild jalopies and wage epic bungee-battles in a two-story Thunderdome.

    **Stars Getting Rich Off Fan Conventions: How to Take Home “Garbage Bags Full of $20s” | Lesley Goldberg | The Hollywood Reporter

    One effect of superhero culture: a proliferation of fan events where Marvel movie heroes and ‘Walking Dead’ stars walk away with six figures (more than most get paid for their real jobs) for a weekend’s work.

    Slash Trailer Takes Erotic Fan Fiction to the Next Level | B. Alan Orange | MovieWeb
    There are erotic fan fiction fans. And then there are those who devote their life to writing it. Neil is in the author camp. And his hobby may have just gotten him ostracised from his classmates in the sure-to-be hilarious new romantic comedy Slash. Today, we have the first trailer and the official poster for Slash, and if you’re a fan or writer of fan fiction, this is one future cult classic that is not to be missed.


    Friday, September 30

    **Star Trek, Axanar, and the future of fan fiction | Dany Roth | Blastr

    With the legal complexity of fan film projects like Axanar leading to changes in the way studios and rights holders handle copyright and fan content, what’s the future for these fan projects? Will people still be free to express their fandom through stories, costumes, video, and physical content? Or is the case against Axanar a sign of things to come?

    Power Of The Fandom: Is There A Market For Fanfiction? | oyeahitsamanda | Comicsverse

    There’s still a stigma that comes along with being an author of fanfic. Talk show hosts often use fanfiction and fanart to embarrass actors and authors. There’s this perception that all fic writers are weirdos who live in their parents’ basements. But we know this isn’t true.

    **All Right! Bob’s Burgers Tribute Art Show Is an Animated Hit | Cassidy Dawn Graves | Bedford and Bowery

    Some might see such a show as a cheap way to get average folks into a gallery space—which I’d argue isn’t a bad thing by any means—but when I stepped into the packed room that evening I had a small revelation. This was fanart. A medium typically confined to internet forums and uncool adolescents was now elevated into fine art, and people arrived in droves to come see.


    Saturday, October 1

    **Why Overwatch Fans Are Obsessed With ‘Shipping’ Its Female Characters | Nico Deyo | Kotaku

    Since release, Overwatch has spawned reams of fan-created content, which is unusual for a game that has no single-player story mode. A sizeable portion of this content centres specifically around the women characters, who are, in the fandom’s eyes, all totally dating and kissing each other.

    Playing with new Star Wars figures gets competitive | Reuters

    Disney is trying to tap into Star Wars fans’ creation of YouTube fiction by tying Friday’s release of the action figures from new movie ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ with a competition to create the best short films using the new toys. The concept of ‘Star Wars’ fan fiction is a YouTube sensation with videos collectively getting over 16 billion views in the last year alone.


    The Way-Back Archives: (8/3/2015)

    ‘I ship them’ — the strange concept that’s changing the way people talk about relationships | Madison Kircher | Business Insider

    If you see someone on Twitter or Tumblr discussing “shipping,” don’t assume they’re talking about mailing a package. The term has taken on new life thanks to people, predominantly teens, using the word to discuss ideal relationships between fictional characters, celebrities, and even their own friends.