What is Fan Art?

July 20, 2015 | Posted in ART, CULTURE & HISTORY, FANDOM | By

Portrait of John Sheppard of Stargate: Atlantis.

Fan art has been a part of fandom communities for decades. From “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” to “Twilight” and “Harry Potter”, fans of television series, movies, books, music and anime – or even of a media genre as a whole – have been creating pieces of art based on their favorite heroes and heroines for years.

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MediaWest*Con 34: Post-convention report

May 27, 2014 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

MediaWest*Con 2014 dealers room.

2014 marked MediaWest*Con’s 34th year as the self-proclaimed “definitive gathering of Science Fiction/Media fandom”, held annually in Lansing, Michigan over the Memorial Day weekend. I question whether that description truly applies any longer…

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Teens in fandom

March 22, 2014 | Posted in CULTURE & HISTORY | By

Harry Potter

The fan fiction community has always had minors in it. This dates back to the early 1970s. Given this and the issues of adult content, many fanzines started requiring age statements before zines would be put in the post or…

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History of feedback

March 20, 2014 | Posted in CULTURE & HISTORY, FAN FICTION | By

"Boldly Writing" by Joan Marie Verba.

A historical perspective on Feedback By Laura Hale This essay was originally published May 2005 at FanHistory.com.  Feedback. It seems like these days that almost everyone wants it. They can never get enough of it. Authors never seem to get the

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What is fan fiction history?

March 20, 2014 | Posted in CULTURE & HISTORY, FAN FICTION | By

Formulas and Guidelines

What is fan fiction history? By Laura Hale This essay was originally published June 2005 at FanHistory.com.  One of the things of interest to a number of fan fiction scholars is the history of fan fiction. On the outside, it

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