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

17 Fantastic Completed Webcomics to Binge-Read from Beginning to End

One of the risks in following a new webcomic is that the story might never end. You might end up with a comic that goes on for years only to have the creator abandon it. But there are some great webcomics out there that have wrapped up their storylines instead of fading into oblivion, leaving hundreds—and sometimes… » 3/05/14 10:41am 3/05/14 10:41am

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

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

Photos show that anime fandom in the 1980s was underground... literally

The next time you enjoy your huge anime DVD collection, spare a thought for the pioneers of anime fandom stateside, who started out with next to nothing. A photo-essay over at Fanboy.com shows a meeting of the Cartoon/Fantasy Organization (CFO) which met in the basement of a Polish Democratic Club on St. Mark's Place… » 2/17/11 8:00am 2/17/11 8:00am

Five Ways Comic-Con Has the Power to Make or Break Reputations

Click to viewThough it was only a few short years ago that Comic-Con was just an underground scifi and comics con, the show has become a proving ground for pop culture aimed at anyone who likes escapist fun. With the show attracting over 100 thousand visitors, and all the major studios and comics publishers, it's… » 7/22/08 1:50pm 7/22/08 1:50pm