culture

Doujinshi: Distinctly Japanese

There are many expressions of fandom that cross genres and cultures – fan fiction, fan art, even cosplay.  But there is one form in particular that is distinctly Japanese, both in its origin and in its current form, and that is doujinshi.  The term refers to anything that is self-published (“doujin” means “same person”), but […]

Who Got Cultural Studies In My Fandom?

Bendições from Brazil!  By the time this post goes live, I will have been in this lovely country for two whole weeks, and will be getting ready to head back Stateside.  But being here has got me thinking a lot about culture and self-education and my relationship with the media that I consume. My last […]

Iain M. Banks – In Memorium

Science fiction lost Scottish author Iain M. Banks to gall bladder cancer on June 9, just over two months after he announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease.  Banks began publishing fiction in 1984 with his non-genre novel The Wasp Factory.  His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published three years later. To help […]

Superheroine Movie

Imagine the teaser trailer. Peeks at the iconic costume, a villain’s growled one-liner, the title looming suddenly out of the darkness with THIS CHRISTMAS or SUMMER 2014 beneath it. Imagine the interviews in Entertainment Weekly: the costume design chief noting how they “went with the more textured fabric, to get that realism in there,” the […]

On Sansa Stark

(Note: This is from the perspective of someone who has watched the Game of Thrones TV show but is only 120 pages into the first book.) I’ve spent a serious chunk of my first week in the Game of Thrones fandom catching up on the debate over Sansa Stark. I can’t say I’m really surprised […]

On Fandom Activism and the Logical High Ground

I understand that change is always difficult, regardless of scale. I understand that societal change in particular is a monumental task. I understand that these things happen slowly, and that part of the whole affair is maintaining patience. It is this knowledge that buoys me as I rummage through online discussions of representation in fiction, […]

From the In Box: Iain Banks Has Cancer

Update below. via Facebook and SFX, today we learned the sad news that Iain M. Banks has late-stage gall bladder cancer. Iain has written a letter to his fans and readers that you can see here. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Iain and those near and dear to him. In happier news – […]

Cat Heaven: Neko-sama in Animanga

There is a small fishing island in Japan, Tashirojima, which has been dubbed “cat heaven” because of the phenomenal amount of stray cats living there – there are more cats than people! It sounds, to me, completely idyllic – what could be better than walking out your front door to be greeted by a group […]