fantomas: (fantomas)
I have one of these really bad headaches and really shouldn't be staring at the screen, but I can't help myself.

I got some pages started on fanlore (DCM and Frankfurt Book Fair and before that Animexx e.V.). Next I'll finish expanding on the animexx.de page and the I'll probably look into the convention pages and maybe create a WCS page.

Really people who haven't edited a wiki before, but feel they have something to add, record or contribute, should give it a try. It's easier than I would have imagined and I've never edited any kind of wiki before. I wish more people from all over the world and from different fandom spaced would contibute their experiences, so I can find out what other people are interested in and how fandom works in other countries.

fantomas: (Charles)
I'm trying to write up something about the DCM (the German Cosplay championship) for fanlore and I never noticed how inconsistent the coverage on their website is. There is no overview of all the years and winners, the "news" items differ in the way names and pictures are presented. (sometimes there are links to the animexx nick names, sometimes pictures are uploaded on their page...)

And don't get me started on animexx. The last time someone updated their DCM wiki was 2009. 2007 is the only year that has a detailed overview and the announcements of names and winners are buried in their un-navigatable news backlog. It's a mess. I remember why I never liked that site. A lot of shiny, new and no sense of keeping history.
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I've actually managed to make an entry for "Con-Hon" on the fanlore wiki. Yeah! The easiest thing is done!

Next up is probably the AnimagiC entry, although I'm still researching links for some of the recent controversies. (Der Zaun!)

I never imagined it would be so much fun to edit a wiki. :)

So my to do list is only one item shorter (although I did two unplanned Doctor Who related entires):

Animagic
Hanami
DCM
Connichi
Conhon
KaKAO Cards
Tsuki no senshi
Ongaku no kara
K!seki
J-Con

Now that I did Con-Hon I should probably do an entry for Honcon, but it's one of the smallish conventions I never went to. *chuckle*

Is there a WCS entry? I have to check this.

fanlore

Jun. 17th, 2012 11:58 am
fantomas: (OTW)
I finally have a little more time on my hands and want to use it to finally get really started on fanlore.

I want to read over the Animexx article, I guess. It is pretty comprehensive already, but I’m not sure all the controversies I’ve come across are up yet.

I’ve made a tentative list of things I want to write about, most of them are conventions or fandom culture stuff:

Animagic
Hanami
DCM
Connichi
Conhon
KaKAO Cards

There are also different show groups that are quite interesting. I’m just not sure how to make fanlore entries for them:

Tsuki no senshi
Ongaku no kara
K!seki

These are a few that spring to mind, but there are more, of course. Many that have disbanded by now, too. I’ll have to check this on convention programs I guess.

There are also many local events and conventions that may be interesting.
I’ll make a more comprehensive list along the way. But I#ll get started with the important stuff I listed above.
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Someone set up a prompt challenge collection for prompts and story fills in German. That makes me more than a little excited.

Finally someone is trying to get more Germans to use the Archive! I feel like this is a first step. Language diversity is on the horizon! Yeah. :)
fantomas: (Charles)
OTW: By Fans, For Fans. Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 18-25, 2012. transformativeworks.org

Fanfiction

Apr. 17th, 2012 02:35 pm
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Gabaldon and Martin ask why fanfic writers don’t just develop their own characters, or at least appropriate old characters in the public domain (Jane Eyre, for instance), but I think they’re not accounting for this impulse, a desire to participate actively in the culture. Given the speed of current culture, our mythic figures – from Batman to Buffy Summers – spring up and coalesce into cultural touchstones at a rapid clip. And many people want to engage creatively with these characters and the worlds they inhabit. Some may want to give voice to certain erotic fantasies. Some just want to play around in the sandbox with characters. And some love a fictional world but perhaps don’t recognize themselves in it, or find themselves marginalized in it (as could be the case in the Lt. Uhura example quoted here), so they want to transform the world, if only a little.


Fan Fiction: Moral Rights v. Transformative Use by Brent Bell

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With the demise of one more German archives I’ve come to understand how important it really is to participate in the efforts of the OTW and preserve fanish history either by uploading fic on the Ao3 or updating fanlore.

http://www.yaoi.de/ is gone now. At least http://boyxboy.de/bxb2009/efiction/ was rescued (barely) in time - although you never know how long that might hold...

I hope many more people take the time to take part in the projects of the OTW and maybe the language integration of the archive will get more Germans to use it, too.
fantomas: (fantomas)
I’m sorting my doujinshi at the moment. I’ve bought a new rack and want to shelve them, but I haven’t decided yet, in what way. Probably sorted by fandom and then circle.
I’ve thought about scanning the covers and putting up some information about each doujin I have lying around. :P

Maybe I’ll make a community profile for that project.

I’m just so lazy...

Some links

Mar. 3rd, 2012 10:44 am
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  • On Deviantart there is discussion going on about what Cosplay means to people. Cosplay. From Fandom to Identity. The poster poses a few interesting questions to fellow Cosplayers and I think the different answers give a good insight into the the thoughts of at least a part of the DA based Cosplay fandom.
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Keep also in mind that you can always even after this protest buy used goods, instead of buying new. There is also NO HARM in SUPPORTING small, local companies, selfpublishing and indie creatives. This is not about hitting small businesses, but about hitting the big ones with their lobbying.
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Totally forgot to write about it:

There is a prompt meme on Ao3 for all anime and manga related fanfiction and I left a prompt for Trigun. I may leave another one for Ranma ½ or Hunter x Hunter when I think one up.

I’m not a fanfiction writer, but I love reading fic. So if you have anything you want to prompt and if have an Ao3 account you can leave your prompts here:

books

Feb. 9th, 2012 05:21 pm
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There is this very interesting pdf everyone who loves books should read. It’s not only about an author telling us the truth about copyright and creative process, but also about piracy and the advantage if Creative Commons licensing. It’s called The problem isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity. Many artists, writers believe copyright was made to protect their income, which it never was to begin with. But the market is changing and it is a good idea to know how to promote yourself. It’s worth a read if you like reading, but I wish even more that writers would read this and at least try to look at copyright from another perspective.

Also, someone did a nice write-up about ebook pricing and the stupidity behind it. I totally agree that as long as there is a used book market, ebook pricing will have to compete with it to a certain extend. After all I don’t even really own a copy when I license an ebook for my kindle. The industry has to learn what their own products are before they try to keep the prices unreasonable.


And sadly romance is still heterosexual romance by default. At least for some people.

Fanlore

Feb. 6th, 2012 02:14 pm
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I’ve surfed a bit through fanlore entries and found that many areas are still very much empty. There are a few entries about German fandom, but the animexx article for example makes it sound like mexx is a fanfiction archive. Well, it has an archive. But it also has archives for cosplays pictures, fanart and everything that has to do with anime... 

There also isn't anything about German conventions.

Hmm. In the spur of the moment I made an account with fanlore and now I’ll have to figure out how to edit a wiki....  
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 Mostly I’m having fun using sites like goodreads to browse for books that I would never even hear about of I just went shopping for books in stores, on amazon or browse for them at the library. 

It’s the readers who make me check out books that I would never pick up without their reviews their list and shelves. Recently though there were a few discussions of authors flipping out at “bad reviews” - and as far as I can see on goodreads authors seem to think anything less than four stars is bad. Which it really isn’t - depending on how you use the system. And everyone uses it differently anyway, so as a reader I’m not really put off by people who may or may not have different taste in book than me.

But the talk about books - good or bad or just slightly critical - is what makes me want to read a book.

There has been discussion of writers going against reviewers and basically putting their foot in their mouth. In my opinion these writers don’t udnertsand what the writer/reader-relationship is or should be. [personal profile] cleolinda wrote about it here and there is great post about “The reader-author paradigm” here.  

I understand: Everyone can get defensive about their own work, but believing that putting out a work to the public might not create different views about said work is just naive. Everyone who studies literature will agree that there is always more than one reading to a text - and when the text is out, it’s out and it’s not the work of the author to interpret for us when it is. Interpreting and criticizing is done by the readers.

You want people to read you book? Then keep in mind you can’t police what they think or say about it when they have done so.
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It seems Amazon is frocing goodreads to pull all the information they have optained through amazon sites. It will be gone at the end of January. Most people don't even know about it, because there was an announcment only in the Librarian forum, but books might vanish from their shelves, renamed to "unamed book by unnamed author" or merged which whatever edition goodreads seems necessary...

I understand goodreads might be legally tied to not talk about the agreements with amazon, but that can't explain why they don't inform their customers better!!!

I've been annoyed for some time by their attitude to announce important stuff in forum posts... There isn't even an offical news site or blog or anything. That's just supid.

Now as someone who has shelved books in languages that are not English, I'm also again faced with the prevalent Americanism of both goodreads and the user base.

There is a lot about the site I thought was usefull for me. I did use it to track my own reading, to rate and review. But due to their not having forseen that users need more than one read date the data part is mostly incorrect for me by now, the adds and pop-ups (especially for facebook crossposting and stuff) get on my nerves and now international readers have the right to feel ignore again.

Maybe I should just make a read list on the blog and pull all my information on goodreads. *sigh* I'll make an improt of my data now to be on the save side and recommend to everyone to do the same...

If you want to make the effort to rescue as many book entries as possible for you shelf you can go to the "books at risk" site.
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Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

Hm I get: Some of the officers were beginning to look frightened.
Should I be wooried.

(Book is Island in the Sea of Time by the way and has been lying on my work desk for some time...)
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I wanted to rec two interesting book reviews a friend linked me. The quotes about the books say a lot:

There is no mention of fandom at all, beyond a page-long dismissive mention of the concept of 1,000 true fans, no mention of consumer buy-in, nothing beyond “you parasite.” In a book about digital culture, this is an EPIC fail.


This discussion is the heart of the book for the general reader whose concern is whether she is likely to be legally liable for her behaviour, or conversely, from the owner's perspective, whether the use of her works by fans is likely to constitute infringement. While Schwabach does not provide a detailed fair-use analysis, what matters for most readers is that the conclusion is correct: much fan fiction is legal.
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I've had a pretty quite start into the New Year and that suited me fine. I'm not one for big parties, noise and crowds. Work is always pretty quite around this time of year, too, so it's even better. :)

My random resolutions for this year:
  • Use this journal at least semi-regularly
  • Make some friends on dw
  • Read at least 100 books!
  • Rec books and fanfiction on this blog
  • Comment more

One of my cats has been a bit under the weather and I'm watching him like a hawk for signs of illness. But it seemed to be connected to the stress of having too many people visit us between Christmas and New Years Eve and now he is behaving more normally again. Poor kitty isn't getting any younger and like me, he prefers a quite life. :P
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