• nonmodernist:

    Geek Girl Con 2014!

    Come check out our rad panel this weekend:

    From Feels to Skills: Putting Fandom on Your Resume

    Time: Sunday, 10/12, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
    Location: RM204

    You may not think that all those hours spent devouring Johnlock fanfic or painstakingly editing your Tumblr gif-set mean much outside of fandom, but you’re actually learning all kinds of skills that can make you stand out as a job candidate. Join a group of fans who’ve turned their passions into career assets for this interactive look at ways your fandom is building your resume.

    About the panelists:

    • Aja Romano is a fandom and geek culture reporter for DailyDot.com. She previously reported on fandom and geek culture for the Mary Sue and served as a “slash expert” for The Backlot (AfterElton).
    • Alexandra Edwards is an Emmy-award-winning transmedia storyteller. As a transmedia producer and writer for Pemberley Digital, she has worked on the “Lizzie Bennet Diaries”, “Welcome to Sanditon”, and “Emma Approved”.
    • Amanda Brennan is an internet librarian who specializes in researching the history of memes and other viral content throughout the web. She is currently on the Content & Community team at Tumblr where she explores and evaluates trends throughout the network.
    • Lauren Orsini is a technology journalist in Washington, DC. She writes about developer issues, tech education, and DIY hardware hacking for ReadWrite.
    • Loraine Sammy has participated online in multiple fandoms in comic books, gaming, music, movies, and television since 1997. As an artist she has worked professionally in the gaming industry and as a freelancer. As an activist she has co-founded the media representation organization Racebending.com.
  • I read your Supernatural's Fall From Grace post, and I must say I disagree. I'm not looking for an argument or anything, I'm just genuinely curious as to who you are and why you feel like that: gender? sexuality? I'm a very nerdy bisexual women, and I don't feel belittled by the show at all. I honestly believe that a lot of those things your post mentions are meant to be taken as a joke. The writers know who we are and they do appreciate us!

    Hi, mooses-unicorn-in-the-tardis!

    When I write articles, I try not to inject my own POV but to represent the views of other people in the fandoms I report on, as accurately and as fully as I can. So don’t just take my word for it that these concerns are valid ones that other fans have raised!

    Shortly after I wrote the article that you’re talking about, SPN hosted an #AskSupernatural tag on Twitter before Comic Con. It was a disaster because SPN fans flooded the tag to ask the producers and crew about all of the things that my article covered. You can see a selection of some of the most common kinds of questions that the fans in the article I wrote about it.

     I’m a reporter, so my articles are not my feelings. In general I try to keep my own feelings about SPN out of my writing on the show, which is probably why Destiel fans have accused me of shipping Wincest and Wincest fans have accused me of shipping Destiel, haha. (I’ve read both.)

    My gender/orientation aren’t secrets, but they’re not relevant to my reporting in this case except that like everything else about me they inform my desire for diversity, representation, and fully realized women, GLBTQ, and other disenfranchised characters in the media I consume.

  • "You may just simply—because of things you’ve already established in your story or where you see the story going—may not want to explicitly make a character gay, but you may feel that subtext is appropriate for your story.

    So for example, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer the scene where her mother is saying, ‘Have you ever tried not slaying?’ Was that queerbaiting?

    "We were using a gay metaphor, we were using a metaphor equating slaying to being gay that I thought was very powerful,” Espenson said.

    “If you say any time that something is not canon that it’s just metaphorical, it’s queerbaiting, then you lose that opportunity. Then I think it also scares creators away from taking their first tentative step into using a gay character. If they start with some subtext and are rebuffed they’re never going to go near it. So I think let’s have better assumptions about people’s intent."
  • staff:

    SXSW is made of panels. You knew that, but did you know this?: You, random individual, you get to pick the panels. Panels like the one proposed in the video above. It’s a very good video, and if you pick it, it’ll be an even better panel.

    Here’s the panels we’ll be on, if you decide to pick them:

    Like the sound of these? Pick them, and we’ll see you in Austin next March. 

    :D :D :D Our panel is The No-Bullshit Guide to Interacting With Fandom, and we hope very much you’ll vote for us and help ensure there are fandom perspectives at SXSW! :D

  • Your favorite fanfic writers tagging each other to write your favorite characters tagging each other to do the Ice Bucket Challenge tho

  • Hugo Heroes:

    Sofia Samatar, winner of the John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer

    Kameron Hurley // kameronhurley, winner, Best Related Work for “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative”, and winner, Best Fan Writer

    Mary Robinette Kowal // maryrobinette, winner, Best Novellette, “The Lady Astronaut of Mars

    Ginjer Buchanan, winner, Best LongForm Editor, Ace/Roc

    John Chu, winner, Best Short Story, “The Water That Falls on You From Nowhere

    Julie Dillon // juliedillon, winner, Best Professional Artist

    Aidan Moher // adribbleofink, winner, Best Fanzine for A Dribble of Ink

    Ann Leckie, winner, Best Novel for Ancillary Justice, one of my favorite books of the year.

    Congratulations to all of these and the rest of the winners and nominees on this historic year for the Hugo Awards!

  • acafanmom:

    heidi8:

    Vote for our panel! And a few others, too!

    fyeahcopyright:

    Every year, South BY Southwest (SXSW) brings tech companies, content providers, nonprofits and thousands of others to Austin, TX to talk about tech, content, privacy, interaction and so much more. 

    This year, FYC’s heidi8, along with flourish and wordplaying, have submitted a panel proposal on How Not to Irk Your Fandom. If it’s selected, they’ll be talking about interactions between fandoms and The Powers That Be - or Those Who Want To Control Fandom - where things have gone terribly wrong and where things have been reasonably right. They’ll also share some Best Practices for how to keep glitches to a minimum and develop positive fan/creator interactions. As a sociologist, a transmedia producer and an attorney, they bring three diverse perspectives to the discussion. 

    You can also vote for flourish - along with Henry Jenkins and theorlandojones - who have a film panel proposal at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/42402 - you do have to register to vote, but it’s easy and they don’t spam. 

    (And if you can reblog/share the link, we would really appreciate it!)

    Other friends that have panels up for consideration: 

    1. Andrew Slack of thehpalliance has an SXSWEDU panel on Super Heroes for Social Justice

    2. bookshop, Alexandra Edwards, Yashoda Sampath and Amber Gordan have a proposal on fan/creator interactions from the fan and platform perspectives. 

    3. jaybushman is part of a proposal on funding webserieses. 

    4. Megan Westerby, Cory Lubovitch of the-real-team-starkid, Sarah Weichel and Rae Votta hope to present on the state of YouTube.

    Do a search on just the word “fan” to know why the panels on fan/producer relations are so, so important. Every other panel is on how to monetize fandom, seriously.

    She’s not joking. As I said on Monday, if you search for the actual word “fandom” SXSW returns only 13 results, among which are some of the panels on this list. But if you look at the “fan engagement" tag, you get nine hundred results about how to tap into fandom culture in order to get a) money or b) free content from fans.

    It’s a HEAVILY exploitative environment peopled mostly by the very social media and marketing people who will take away the wrong lessons about what fandom has to offer them unless they’re presented with fans representing themselves, and this is why it’s really important to stop and take a moment to vote for the people on this list.

    Our panel is called “The No-Bullshit Guide to Interacting With Fandom,” and it’s very, very similar to Heidi and Flourish’s, in that it also addresses the pitfalls of marketing to and interacting with fandom, and yes, best practices for how not to make an ass of yourself. Our panel features an Emmy winning Jane Austen fan, a brilliant social media marketer, and the person who made all of Tumblr want to go to Dennys. 

    Please vote for all of us!

    (via acafanmomarchive)