This Week in Fandom by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 93

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have something adorable: actor Dave Bautista reading kids’ bad jokes. You’re welcome. (Warning for autoplay video at link.)


The Mary Sue this week is an article that I had summarized in my notes as “So You’re in Rarepair Hell.” It’s a commiseration piece for those fans who find themselves with an OTP that is eclipsed by the fandom juggernaut ship. “Everything else is about that one other ship, which might be fine but the obsession everyone else has with it is setting your teeth on edge. Congratulations, you’re in the Unpopular Opinion corner.” (more…)

Banner by caitie of a newspaper with the name and logos of the OTW and its projects on the pages.

August 2018 Newsletter, Volume 127

I. 2018 Elections Success!

Congratulations to our newest Board members – Lex de Leon and Natalia Gruber were elected to the Board of Directors and will formally begin their term on October 1, 2018.

Key to the success of the 2018 Elections was the hard work of the Elections committee, in collaboration with the Communications, Development & Membership, Translation, Volunteers & Recruiting, and Webs committees. The 2018 Election saw an increase in voter participation with 14.6% of the potential voters casting a ballot, an increase from 12.7% of voters in 2017. Elections would like to thank all four excellent candidates, everyone who participated in the candidate chats and Q&As, and everyone who voted in the election! (more…)

5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Megan Diane Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Megan Diane, who volunteers as a staffer in our Volunteers & Recruiting Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I am a volunteer for the OTW Volunteers & Recruiting Committee. The OTW is completely volunteer run, and those volunteers need training, access to tools, and support. I like to think of Volunteers & Recruiting as one of the backbone committees of the OTW; we help provide infrastructure for current volunteers, onboard new volunteers, and thank any volunteers who leave us.

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