Transformative fandom

And so it begins. Daleks, dragons, werewolves, wizards, spaceships and zombies destroy London over and over again, all while The Clash’s ‘London Calling’ is playing in the background. What’s this, I hear you ask? Why, it’s a promotional video for Loncon 3 a fanvid, a transformative work and it’s awesome.

Whether you make vids, write fanfic, produce podcasts, write encyclopaedic wiki entries, make art, sew cuddly Chiblis, or avidly consume any form of fan creativity, we are going to be enthusiastically praising, enjoying and adoring these transformative works at Loncon 3. We will be arranging friendly and informal spaces to gather, meet, and chat so we can make new friends, catch up with old ones and all hail the glow cloud.

As well as making things, fans talk a lot: we debate, discuss, chat about the things we love, the things we hate and everything in between. And so, alongside meet-ups, “how to”, and “what does this mean?” sessions, we will also look at some of the challenges fans face within our own communities and from the outside. We will be broaching subjects such as “the law and fanfic,” “queer desire in fandom,” and “the absence of people of colour in fanworks.”

Of course, fanfic, fanart and fanvids are not new, and we want to find ways to connect fans, embrace fan history, and explore some of the developments and changes within fandoms. So whether you first wrote Kirk/Spock slash in the 1970s or last year, or watched your first fanvid on a VCR or iPad, this programme is for you.

If you want to be part of it, know anybody who should, or have any ideas at all, let us know at emma.england@loncon3.org and we will get back to you faster than a speeding bullet.

Emma England