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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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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The 90s: The Greatest Decade of Genre TV?

March 19, 2014 | Posted in CULT TV | By

The X-Files poster art

Today, genre television (that is, programming that is science fiction, fantasy or horror-themed) is seeing a significant upsurge in popularity. There are well-liked cable and network series such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Sleepy Hollow, American Horror

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