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This Week in Fandom, Volume 95

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! We’re back after a little hiatus for things like budgets and fundraising–and thanks again to everybody who donated during our October Membership Drive! Before we start, did you know that it’s now possible to pre-order fandom-themed Chia Pets and Clappers? I may have just completed most of my holiday gift shopping.


Over the past couple weeks, everything has been Venom. Venom, Eddie, and Symbrock. If you’ve even glanced at Tumblr recently, you’ve probably seen fan art. A lot of fan art. So, is this just standard Marvel Cinematic Universe hype, or is there more? (more…)

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OTW Guest Post: Ngozi Ukazu

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of the popular online graphic novel Check, Please!. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 and received a master’s in sequential art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Today, Ngozi talks about her work and its fandom.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

The respectable answer would be through Livejournal, when I first discovered the Boostle fandom in 2004. But the embarrassing and more true answer is through my over-investment in Yugioh in 2003. I discovered, shocked -— oh my gosh. There are other weird kids on the Internet who think Seto Kaiba is hot. Boom. Fandom.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 86

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, just a reminder for all Check, Please! fans to send us your questions for Ngozi Ukazu. You have until June 22nd to use our contact form (put “Ngozi Ukazu Guest Post” in the subject line) for your questions.


Apologies for last week’s mini-hiatus. Here’s the biggest story from then, in case you missed it.

Star Wars fans were recently in the spotlight due to actress Kelly Marie Tran deleting all of her Instagram posts after “months of harassment,” according to an article from E! Online. Fellow Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley also left Instagram in 2017 after being harassed. It’s part of what some people are calling a larger pattern of “toxic fandom,” which Wired presents in an interesting way:

The new versions come to seem like aggressive critiques of the older work and by extension an existential attack on people who love it. In their minds, critiques of monochrome casting become criticism of people who liked those prior versions—critiques of them—landing at the exact moment they lose perceived centrality in a story they thought they owned.

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