The Remarkable Act of Not Giving a Fuck

For the purposes of this editorial I want to make clear the act of not giving a fuck versus apathy. Apathy is total disinterest, defined by a lack of enthusiasm or concern. When you’re apathetic about something you don’t care.…

The ABCS Of Understanding and Reaching Fandom

Fandom is a complicated beast, but we love it. Want to understand how to reach fandom? We break it down for you.

Watch Parties, Cosplay, and More: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Fan Engagement

April 14, 2019 marked a day I’d been looking forward to for nearly 2 years, the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones has helped create a rich and engaging fantasy world that is actually…

Shipper ≠ Bad Fan

Every once in a while I find myself writing things that I feel are self-explanatory. Of course, shipper does not equal bad fan. Of course shippers have as much of a right to enjoy what they enjoy as people who…

5 Things We Have Learned From Fandom

Fandoms are special. Ignore all the teeny bopper fangirls who care only about how hot the celebrity is. Ignore those fangirls who like to hate on other fangirls who don’t share their love for the same ship.  And you’ll find…

Lets Talk About The Dark Side of Fandom

I love fandom. I love having a place to connect with other people who love what I love. There is just something about joining a community of people, all of whom are invested in the same thing you’re invested in…

To Engage or Not Engage: Feminism, Politics and Race on Social Media

I love social media. Like many people, I use it to keep up with current events and discuss my favorite things with great people all over the world. Occasionally I have some fun slapping down trolls, but for the most…

Between the Lines: Fandom Futures

Despite everything I have criticized about fandoms, the fact is that they are still those places, they are still comfort spots for the most of us. We can come to fandom spaces at the end of the day and be…

Between the Lines: Fandom Spaces and Problematic Behaviour

Last week, I was told that I was reducing serious problems to shipper noise, so this week I’m back to address the real problems. (Which I was going to do anyway, but whatever.) I stand by my earlier statement: it…

On Interpretation and Art Being Subjective

One of the most important lessons I learned in four years of creative writing was this: you have no control over how people will interpret your work. Writers are the first step in most projects. In plays, we write a…

How to Do Fandom 101: A Guide for Show-Runners, Authors and Fans Alike

Yes, I wrote what I wrote, and yes, I really do think we need a guide, of sorts. Not a comprehensive one, because a) I don’t have time for that and b) I don’t know everything and c) there are…

FanExpo 2017: Sam Maggs Is A Fairy Godmother of Fandom

We do what we do because we love fandom. Being a fangirl (or fanboy) is an expression of adoration and love for something within entertainment, whether it be film, tv, gaming, books, or basically anything that brings us joy and…

5 Years and 5 Fandoms We’ve Pissed Off

When we look back on the past 5 years, it’s been one hell of a ride. Some of that has been because of the fandoms that haven’t liked what we’ve had to say. But we’re always going to be honest…

Fan Expo 2017 ‘Game of Thrones’ Panel: What to Expect in Season 8

All things pop culture and fandom came crashing into the halls of the Metro Toronto Convention Center at the 2017 Toronto Fanexpo  No matter the genre or preference, geeks from far and wide could find whatever their nerdy little heart…

Fanexpo Toronto 2017 Day 4: We’ve Come to a Close

Like all good things, Fanexpo 2017 in Toronto must end. After 4 days of endless celebrities, panels, costumes, shops and more, the cities biggest collection of all things fandom closes its doors on 2017, and sends fans home with purchases,…

Fanexpo Toronto 2017 Day 2: Game of Thrones, Cosplay, and More

Fanexpo Toronto is a cornucopia of all things fandom. Sci-fi, horror, anime….celebs, photo ops and panels. No matter your preference, you will find it here, and it an endless supply of awesome. Taking in day 2 of the annual event…

In Defense of Fanfiction

In recent conversations, I’ve found myself defending how important fanfiction is to the fandom experience, and why I find myself on Archive of Our Own at four in the morning. The thing with fanfiction is that if you don’t know…

Live and Let Live: Thoughts on Fandom and Acceptance

Let’s take a minute and talk about fandom. We (otherwise known as fans) rally around a show, or a movie, or a band in the way that we rally around all causes. The implicit humanness of the stories, the music,…

Love, Feminism and Fandoms

Ah, the tricky matter of love. In real life, we all aspire to find that one person who, in the romantic tradition of Jerry Maguire, “completes us.” And yet, it’s not that we’re incomplete without a significant other, no. It’s…

Chicken Little Found A Fandom And Bumped His Head

Here is the article I’m about to dissect: Fandom is Broken A proper summation of the article in question can be defined in one word – no. But since I have you here, let’s break down why everything he said…

My Fandom: Once Upon A Time (around the world)

Fandom is a funny place. It’s also a wonderful place, a scary place, a life-changing one. Anyone who hasn’t experienced the sense of community, the belonging, will never be able to understand what it means to share something you love…