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This Week in Fandom, Volume 96

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you see some of the awesome Halloween cosplay people did this year? Did you have an awesome cosplay for the occasion? Link us photos in the comments!


The big story this week is the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about musician Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. The movie has had mixed reception, with a strong divide between the opinions of critics and audiences. Indeed, the Rotten Tomatoes score for it currently has a 60% rating from critics and 94% from audiences. The divide appears to be based around whether the movie is assessed for its portrayal of Mercury’s life or for its entertainment value. (more…)

OTW Celebrates

International Volunteer Managers Day 2018

The OTW invites you to join us in celebrating International Volunteer Managers Day on November 5th. All of the OTW projects you know and love are made possible by volunteers, but none of those volunteers could function without the Volunteers & Recruiting committee, who manage the roughly 700 OTW volunteer personnel. Just like every other OTW volunteer, the members of the Volunteers & Recruiting committee work without pay. Some of their responsibilities include:

  • providing training and volunteer service resources to the rest of the organization.
  • recruiting and managing incoming volunteers, handling exiting volunteers, handling all committee set ups as well as chair and staff turnover.
  • setting up tools for committees, subcommittees and workgroups, assisting with internship processes, mentoring volunteers in their work, and tracking the service of each and every volunteer throughout their time with the organization.
  • ensuring that every volunteer in the organization has the resources they need to complete their work efficiently and effectively.

If you have ever read fanfiction on AO3, gone searching for an obscure fact on Fanlore, or created a fanwork without being sued or served with a cease and desist letter, all of that was made possible by Volunteers & Recruiting. The OTW and its projects absolutely would not continue to function without their committee, so on behalf of everyone at the OTW, thank you to all their staff, past and present!