When Fandom Falls Apart: DashCon Edition

DashCon, which is a convention in Schaumburg, Illinois that "aims to be the largest gathering of Tumblr users to date" is taking place this weekend. It is a first year convention, so people expected things to be a bit rough. It is also, however, apparently turning into a "complete disaster". » 7/13/14 6:11pm 7/13/14 6:11pm

Fandom Academia: Gender Influences Filk Far Less Than You'd Think

I love the highly-specific title of this academic paper by Melissa Tatum, Robert Spoo, and Banjamin Pope: "Does Gender Influence Attitudes Toward Copyright in the Filk Community?" It combines three hot-button issues: copyright, gender, and fandom. It's a like a powder keg of things people have very strong opinions on. » 6/21/14 12:30am 6/21/14 12:30am

Fandom Trends That Chap Your Ass

I just...I gotta vent. John Fucking Winchester. My fandom hates him, at least the ones that write Dean/Castiel. I doubt the Wincest writers love him much more, since he's inexplicably often opposed to his sons fucking like gay related rabbits (they need to go to Bobby for acceptance of their awesome love). Does your… » 5/10/14 7:59pm 5/10/14 7:59pm

What fanfic is and isn't

So, I started this post a few months ago when Amazon announced their Kindle Worlds experiment and never finished it. But I was reading yesterday's crowdfund post and people were disparaging fanfic writers in the comments and that just ticks me off to no end (for most of the same reasons FF Friday did). All of it is… » 12/02/13 12:18pm 12/02/13 12:18pm

Check out the Doctor Who Fan Art Created by Teenage Peter Capaldi!

Peter Capaldi just got cast as the new star of Doctor Who, and described it as a lifelong dream — but you may not have realized quite how much Capaldi dreamed about Doctor Who when he was younger. Here's some fan art of Tom Baker in the TARDIS, created by a teenage Capaldi. Update: The art is way more recent. » 8/06/13 5:00pm 8/06/13 5:00pm

Harry Potter, Sherlock, and The Greatest Scandals in Fandom

This week on We Come From the Future, we talk about what happens when scandal rips through the heart of fandom. Along with our special guests, Daily Dot fandom reporter Aja Romano, and Circlet Press publisher Cecilia Tan, we delve into all the wank that makes fans on the internet lose their shit. From Sherlock… » 10/26/12 10:43am 10/26/12 10:43am

The 75th Anniversary of the Very First Science Fiction Convention!

In January 1937 the Leeds chapter of the Science Fiction League had its first real convention — which might be the first science fiction convention held anywhere in the world. And now, just in time for the 75th anniversary, a treasure trove of new photos has been discovered. Including the young Arthur C. Clarke.… » 1/03/12 3:22pm 1/03/12 3:22pm

Alan Tudyk says if Firefly was on television today, the Internet would…

Alan Tudyk is obviously deeply attached to the character of Firefly's late, great Hoban "Wash" Washburne. He spent a lot of time coming up with his own Wash story ideas — including the big reveal that Wash has tons of tattoos from the Alliance's toughest prisons. In a terrific new interview with SFX, Tudyk talks about… » 9/26/11 5:30pm 9/26/11 5:30pm