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

The Ultimate in Game of Thrones-Themed Weddings

Kerry Ford and Darren Prew won a Game of Thrones wedding by entering a blinkbox competition. We're talking a rented castle, a rented horse, and over 50 hours of fitting, styling, and theatrical makeup. All creating a wedding party full of characters which would never get along this well in Westeros. » 7/03/14 4:00am 7/03/14 4:00am

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

Two fans broke onto Star Trek: TNG sets to film their own documentary

In 1988, two fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation broke onto the Paramount lot and wandered through the Enterprise sets, filming a homemade documentary as they went along. They also caused a little accidental mayhem along the way. » 1/17/14 9:20am 1/17/14 9:20am

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

World's biggest Twilight back tattoo

Twilight super fan Cathy Ward used Stephenie Meyer's books and movies as a reward system for losing weight. After she dropped 14 dress sizes, she rewarded herself even further with this gigantic Twilight back tatt. And she's not done yet. » 1/06/11 11:08am 1/06/11 11:08am

Earth’s last great hope is your college Science Fiction Club

T Campbell's long-running webcomic Fans! is a love letter to fans and fandom of all stripes. When his plucky band of fans aren't gaming or playacting or reading scifi, they're taking down government conspiracies, militant time travelers, and body-swapping scientists. » 11/13/10 9:30am 11/13/10 9:30am

The Secret Key to Building a Franchise's Enduring Fandom

One thing ensures that fans of a book series, TV show, or movie will remain legion long after new material has faded. Just one thing separates Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Firefly from Lost, The X-Files, and Buffy. » 4/28/10 7:30am 4/28/10 7:30am

Which Franchise Has the Most Rabid Fans?

Not the biggest fanbase — that's a totally different ballgame. No, we're talking about the most passionate, enthusiastic devoted fans: Doctor Who, Twilight, Firefly? Who wins? » 4/15/10 12:00pm 4/15/10 12:00pm

Britons Set World Record For Most People Dressed In Star Trek Regalia?

Just days after a lightsaber-wielding flash mob invaded Bristol, a slew of Starfleet Officers descended upon London on to celebrate the release of Star Trek Online. » 2/17/10 10:00am 2/17/10 10:00am

Jedi Flash Mob Liberates Mall From The (British) Empire

At 1 PM on Saturday, February 13, 100+ Jedi knights mysteriously appeared and annexed Bristol's Cabot Circus in the name of the Rebel Alliance. Sadly, the Jedis turned on each other, creating a bloodbath this galaxy has never seen. » 2/15/10 11:02am 2/15/10 11:02am

Lost Creators Admit Their Fans Are Unbearable

The Onion has a hilarious news piece about just how obsessed Lost fans can get. We'd poke fun too, if we didn't spend every holiday dinner in our "Drive Shaft" T-shirts, trying to explaining the black-and-white Lost symbolism. » 1/19/10 7:00am 1/19/10 7:00am

When Science Fiction Fans Go Bad

Most fans of science fiction and comic books just want to enjoy their hobby in peace, or maybe one day don a costume and save the world. But every now and then, a fan turns to the Dark Side instead. » 8/05/09 11:30am 8/05/09 11:30am

What Does It Take to See Avatar at Comic Con?

With scenes from Avatar and New Moon screening today, it's no surprise that the line to get into SDCC's screening room was littered with tents and sleeping bags. We learned the secrets of extreme line-waiting from the folks in front. » 7/23/09 2:00pm 7/23/09 2:00pm

Why Is The Media Trying To Make Star Trek Fans Look Like Naysaying…

With Star Trek in theaters, the main emotion among fans appears to be excitement. But the media seems obsessed with the stereotype of the movie-hating fan. What's going on? We asked a TV news spokesperson. » 5/08/09 3:01pm 5/08/09 3:01pm

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