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Jughead Jones is Asexual and We Don’t Need ‘Riverdale’ to Prove It

March 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

When Riverdale appeared on television screens last fall, fans of the original Archie Comics were curious about how the show was going to handle the most intriguing character in the Archieverse – Jughead P. Jones. Jughead has always been somewhat of an enigma. Why the button-clad crown? Why so many hamburgers? Why the half-lidded eyes? When Jughead was revealed as the de facto narrator-blogger-moral compass of the CW’s Riverdale, the role made sense to fans of the original comics. But //

Trump is Voldemort: Pop Culture Iconography in Social Movements

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” ~ Albus Dumbledore It’s no secret that fandom has always been a site of political resistance. Fan activism is a natural byproduct of fandom, whether it is writing “genderfuck” fanfiction, organizing letter-writing campaigns to save a show from cancellation, or creating fan activist organizations. However, at a point in history when fan communities are moving from more //

Writing Magic: Politicizing Fan Culture

February 22, 2017 // 4 Comments

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“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, the most inexhaustible form of magic we have, capable both of inflicting injury and remedying it.” ~ Albus Dumbledore Fans are no doubt aware that online fanfics and the communities in which they circulate house rich critiques about gender, sexuality, race and identity. In fact, many fan writers deliberately insert feminist discourse, gender theory, and class commentary into their stories to make complex academic theories accessible for all readers. //

The Supernatural Appeal of Wincest

January 18, 2017 // 25 Comments

Dean: “They do know we’re brothers, right?” Sam: “Doesn’t seem to matter.” Dean: “Oh, come on… That’s just sick.” In “The Monster at the End of This Book,” the eighteenth episode of the fourth season of Supernatural, brothers Sam and Dean Winchester stumble upon some slashfic featuring their namesake characters in Carver Edlund’s book series: This scene marks one of the show’s first meta references to its fan community and, more specifically, //

‘Rogue One’ Has a Women Problem

December 29, 2016 // 4 Comments

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you haven’t seen it yet, encase yourself in frozen carbonite and come back when you’ve recovered from hibernation sickness. In a 1978 interview on The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson asked astronomer Carl Sagan about the scientific accuracy of the Star Wars films. Sagan responded with disappointment about the one-dimensionality of the series’ creatures: “They’re all white. The skin of all the humans in Star //

Gates McFadden on Pranks, Sexism, and Spandex: Tales from Hal-Con

November 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

Last Sunday, FAN/FIC Magazine was granted a one-day pass to Hal-Con, the biggest, geekiest sci-fi convention in Atlantic Canada. Remarkably, it was also the first fan convention I’ve ever attended. So, armed with my con survival pack, I headed into the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre to get my geek on. First, I hit up the vendor floor, where hundreds of artists, craftsmen, jewellers, and sellers had set up shop. Crammed onto the exhibition floor in the Scotiabank Centre, there was //

He Who Must Be Named: On First Reading Philosopher’s Stone at Age 29

October 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

A thing perfectly named brings to life a universe around it. It feels as if it has always existed, and this existence bleeds into the imaginary world that surrounds it, which lends it its credibility in turn. Since we are speaking of exchange, consider Gringotts. Gring has the “ching” of a register, gotts the gruffness of goblins, the hard consonants of each syllable are Gringotts pillars, durable and stable, sounds you can trust. Like all the names in Philosopher’s Stone, Gringotts seems //

Why Dean Winchester’s Bisexuality Matters

September 8, 2016 // 5 Comments

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Supernatural seasons 1 through 11. Dear SPNFamily, We’ve all done the homework. We’ve screencapped every eye flicker, every smile, every jaw clench. We’ve catalogued, archived, and tagged the fleeting moments; memorized facial tics, voice cracks, and lip quivers. We’re not obsessed (okay, debatable). We’re just on the prowl for bisexual Dean Winchester. And, turns out, he’s pretty easy to track down. Bisexual Dean is everywhere. //

Fanfiction Through the Ages: From the Midrashim to The Magicians

August 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

If you think fanfiction started with Harry Potter and Twilight, think again. The first written fanfics were the Midrashim, ancient commentaries on the Hebrew scriptures, dating as far back as the 2nd century. These rabbinical texts were doing exactly what fanfiction does – interpreting stories, filling in the gaps, and sending off pre-existing characters on new adventures. Guess which story the Midrashim were fanficking?  Why, the Bible, of course! Apparently, Jewish scholars //

Women in Anime: Empowered or Undermined?

July 29, 2016 // 4 Comments

Anime has risen over the last decade from a relatively obscure niche to a staple of pop culture. If you want to watch the latest series from Japan, you no longer have to go to your local VHS shop and hope that they have it in stock. Now, you can find any show you want, watch anything you want, whenever you want. In fact, anime is now so popular that people have written entire books filled with essays on the subject. I remember reading one, a long time ago, and one essay in particular. It //