Thinking about your own death is difficult under normal circumstances. But what happens when you consider the effect it would have on your identity as a fan? If you’re like a lot of us, it probably comes with a moment of panic:

“What happens to all my fanworks?!”

AO3 has a fannish-next-of-kin option for account holders. Here’s why you might want to create one: http://bit.ly/1u9PCb0

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seriously though

I honestly do not get creators who mock or hate on fanwriters and artists as a concept -

- like, here is a community of people who love your stuff, flaws and all, to such an extent that they’ve devoted hours and days and weeks and months and years of their lives to extending its lifespan beyond that of the original comic/series/film/book/game/universe/show - even if it was cancelled; even if it’s out of print or hard to find; even if you made it over a decade ago - and these people are, from their own love and dedication, actively expanding your audience, and your legacy, and providing enough groundswell for older narratives to be given new interpretations, new editions, new movies - 

- and in some cases, I would argue, especially when it comes to more recent adaptations of major franchises, these fans are actively filling in the gaps in the worldbuilding and backstories and canonical discontinuities by creating plausible, well-thought-out headcanons that, while still not part of the source material, nonetheless lend the entire story a greater depth and nuance than it already had, because other people read those headcanons and think, fuck YES I’m going to rewatch the entire series with that in mind, and get eight other friends who’ve never seen it to watch with me, so we can all sit down and discuss this meta we read online and see which interpretations make sense to us

- and at the same time, they’re also bringing whole new audiences to your creations by creating AUs and mashups and race- and gender- and queerbent versions of your characters and stories, which not only helps existing fans to see your work in a whole new light, but also encourages newcomers who might otherwise be put off by, for instance, the lack of representation in certain classic franchises (which, let’s be honest, is a legitimate issue) to be so inspired by the fanworks and the comparisons with other shows as to give the originals a try -

- and if you pay attention to all this stuff, to the crossovers and the ships and the artwork and the stories and the sheer, unbridled enthusiasm of your audience - if you actually listen to what makes them love your work in the first place - then you might just find that it helps make you become a better creator, period, not because you’re suddenly letting the fans dictate your output, but because fan interpretations and meta can, at times, be every bit as valuable as the input of professional editors and reviewers, providing you with valuable insights into your process, your characters and your narratives you might not have gotten any other way - 

- and if you still take all this joy and intelligence and camaraderie and enthusiasm in your creation, and laughingly respond with “UGH FANWORKS, it’s all just teenage girls and sad housewives writing crap gay porn, DO NOT WANT” then you can just go fuck yourself, because frankly, you do not deserve even a fraction of the magnificence your audience is giving you. 


Asexy April is a month-long fanworks fest celebrating asexual, aromantic, grey-A, and demisexual characters and their relationships, back for its third year in a row! All canons, headcanons, and forms of media are welcome here!

Submit your fics, art, music, videos, mixes, meta, and anything else you want to produce to this blog or tag them #asexy april to have them reblogged! Works on AO3 can be submitted to the collection!

Posting begins April 1st and runs all month. We can’t wait to see what you make!

The author of the original Brokeback Mountain story has claimed she wishes it had never been written.


I have no patience for authors who are like “boo boo people wrote fanfic and changed my ending and it’s an outrage because they aren’t slavishly accepting my interpretation!”  Let’s be real - the original Brokeback Mountain story was beautiful but it was also just another in a long line of dead, sad queers.  If someone wants to make their own fanfic and give Jack a happy ending with Ennis, more power to them.  They aren’t hurting anyone and Anne Proulx can suck it up and deal with the inconvenience.  We live in a meta-media world and the death of the author is a thing she needs to build a bridge and get over.  

Or if she really wants to wash her hands of it, she can sign over all her royalties to a worthy LGBTQ organization.  I’m sure they would be happy to take her money.

- Sarah 


I found a Japanese Hannibal doujinshi (fan comic) in Osaka. Hannibal has been available in DVD rental stores in Japan since October of last year, so I didn’t expect that I would find any in my comic shop! 

I don’t have a scanner so I had to take photos. Everyone in the comic is very cute!

Check Please! Valentine's Day Fanworks Exchange Masterlist

forget the wax and the feathers and mix by captainamericaisavirgin for philcoulson

Bros to the Soul and mix by Naeshira for broditore


Just Take My Hand and Step One by knight_tracer for coyotefoxes


boys wanna be her by lisztomanias for Schuyler

we make each other better by coyotefoxes for sparklyslug


Jack/Bitty art by allociaorin for lilbookofkell

Chowder/Dex/Nursey art by allociaorin for Naeshira

Jack/Bitty art by lilbookofkell for MokuK

Jack art by arcticbonobos for perfect_enigma

Jack/Shitty art by juliaere for jackszimmerman

Jack/Parse art by broditore for allociaorin

Jack/Bitty art by thosethingstheheartbelieves for anilad


In Focus by sparklyslug for jedusaur

Player Development by jedusaur for knight_tracer

Time Changes by monj for thosethingstheheartbelieves

Three’s Company by iunia-kallistrate for adimlittleplanet

simmer by bropunzeling for captainamericaisavirgin

I Can’t Explain the Feelings Plain to Me by anilad for twentysomething

Betsy’s by Schuyler for arcticbonobo

Romance Shit With Ransom & Holster by MWI for saintallison

it’s my sweet beginning by philcoulson for iunia_kallistrate

meddling v. to intrude into other people’s affairs by jackszimmerman for amyellliotdunne

This is Not a Love Story by saintallison for lisztomanias

Positive Image by twentysomething for prouvares

Kent-Freaking-Parson by shadeblue for juliaere

songs stuck in my head by perfect_enigma for TheMoonByNight

stuck in the jet wash by perfect_enigma for monj

Let My Love Loose Again by northerndownpour for shadeblue

A Real Good Bet by riverlight for northerndownpour

The Future Freaks Me Out by northerndownpour for MWI

Mean What You Say by TheMoonByNight for riverlight

Thanks to everyone for participating, and extra-special thanks to my pinch-hitters for making sure everyone got a gift: allociaorin, bropunzeling, perfect_enigma, and northerndownpour. You rock!

Dear fanfic writers, fanartists, vidders, giffers, meta-writers, and pretty much all other fandomers: 

You’re not pirates or thieves and you’re not stealing anything when you create transformative works. 

We know you probably already knew that, or at least you’ve been told that, but it’s always nice when a federal judge says it (in a roundabout sort of way). 

In a case involving the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Hotfile, the judge told the MPAA that they can’t say the alleged infringements were piracy or theft, or that the uploads were stealing content. As Torrentfreak posted, Hotfile “asked the court to prevent the MPAA from using ‘pejorative’ terms including piracy, theft and stealing”. The case involves the uploads of entire show/film/music files, and if the court thinks that piracy, theft and stealing are too pejorative to apply to that kind of infringement, then it's definitely too pejorative to apply to transformative works. 

Here’s a bit from the court’s ruling: 

“In the present case, there is no evidence that the Defendants (or Hotfile’s founders) are ‘pirates’ or ‘thieves,’ nor is there evidence that they were ‘stealing’ or engaged in ‘piracy’ or ‘theft.’ Even if the Defendants had been found to have directly infringed on the Plaintiffs’ copyrights, such derogatory terms would add nothing to the Plaintiffs’ case, but would serve to improperly inflame the jury.“

Case law in the US develops when lawyers argue by analogy, so it’s now possible to look to this case, and link to it, when someone calls creative fanders pirates or thieves or says they are engaged in stealing or theft. If file-sharing isn’t any of those things, how could creating a transformative work be? 

We are very interested to see what sorts of euphamisms the MPAA and their witnesses come up with - but we also hope they just say "copyright infringement” a lot. 

You can also call it “counterfeiting” if someone makes an exact copy of the contents of another’s work and puts it online. That’s what purses and watches are called when they’re sold on blankets on the streets of NYC - it’s a copy that keeps money out of the hands of the creatives who made the original work, whether it’s a book or song or film. It’s a copy that doesn’t prevent anyone else from owning a copy, which is why it’s not the same as stealing someone’s flowers or wallet or car - nobody else is deprived of owning it just because you’ve uploaded a counterfeit. But it does take something away from the creator(s) (and the distributor or marketer who may have put money up to support the creator(s)). It takes revenue away from them which makes it harder for them to finance new stuff for you to enjoy. Illegal uploaders are counterfeiters,
Supernatural: Good Fan VS Bad Fan

So The Advocate actually did something awesome, and put up an article covering the relentless queerbaiting controversy over Cas and Dean on Supernatural.   The article is gaining some really great comments in this string of reblogs, but I want to highlight one of the comments that Emily Rose made over in the comment section on that original advocate story:

What an interesting dynamic in this comment string. Many of these replies are, as they said, other slash shippers. They’re the “good” slash shippers. They’re the slash shippers that know it’s not something you’re “supposed” to talk about. They’re the “True Fan” slash shippers who don’t “push” anything on the show and know that OBVIOUSLY any fan who wants to see the years of subtext indicating Dean’s bisexuality, or the blatant romantic troping and subtext for Destiel, actually be examined and explored on the television is “Delusional.”

Not like them. THEY keep their slash ship in fandom, hidden away, where it’s SUPPOSED to be.

….Right. Okay.

See, this entire argument of slash shippers versus slash shippers and “keep it in the fandom where it belongs” is based upon a few concerning things. First of all, the idea that slash ships are something we’re supposed to be ASHAMED of. Something we’re not supposed to talk about. You know, even when I was shipping Mulder and Scully, which was a contentious ship environment, no one told me “You’re not allowed to talk about that!” Sure they’d argue that they didn’t want to see it on the show, for whatever their reasons, but they never completely denied that the topic of conversation should ever be broached in polite conversation. No one has ever done that with ANY male/female ship I’ve shipped, in fact.

No, it’s queer ships we’re not supposed to talk about. Basically, queer ships are considered a “kink” by these people, something you can share among other people of the same kink…. but not something you should bring up otherwise! After all, that’s us (fans, shippers, writers, artists) running wild with the characters, doing things they’d never show on television with them! And in the past, maybe that was true. Everything queer was stuffed into the celluloid closet, left in subtext, and queer viewers were supposed to read coded comments and feel that nod and appreciate that it got past network censors.

The network censors are not there keeping these shows on the straight and narrow-minded part of the straight and narrow now. What’s their excuse?

No, let’s look at the other slash fan excuses for “keep slash ships off the show!” 

“Stop shoving your ship down our throats! YOUR ship is no more valid than MY ship! It’ll never happen! I KNOW mine will never happen, you need to know yours never will! Ugh!” This is based upon a fallacy of equal implausibility. ALL slash ships, in their minds, are equally impossible. Which is … frankly, simply not true. So the argument becomes because the show isn’t “about THAT.” 

About what, exactly?

About people? 

Because that’s all this is. Some people are queer. Their stories don’t have to be a “queer story,” it folds into the understanding of the character within the story. Jeers telling us “go watch (some usually sneered at by these people stereotypically ‘queer’ show) where they talk about things like that if that’s what you’re interested in” is rather insulting. No, I’m interested in Supernatural. I’m interested in all of these characters, and killing monsters, angels and demons, heaven and hell, urban legends and faith and fate and free will and found family… family which also can include a romantic relationship WITHOUT changing the entire theme and arc of the show. Particularly in a relationship so deeply seeded as this.

And it is deeply seeded. The people asking about queerbaiting in the AskSupernatural tag were not pulling this out of thin air. Go google Queerbaiting. Supernatural will show up. Not just Tumblr posts, or tweets like these, or disgruntled “Destihellers” who “watch the show wrong,” but major articles on news sites discussing queerbaiting. Or major television news sites who over the last few years have been asking “Will they or won’t they” regarding the characters relationship, the same as they would any heterosexual pairing on television. 

And that is how it SHOULD be. The same as any heterosexual relationship on television. The difference between that and this, though, is that the ‘bait’ is put out there (in a heterosexual relationship, that’d be ‘ship teasing’) but then it’s denied. “No, we never did that.” “No, that would never happen.” “No, you’re NOT ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT THAT.” 

Or worse. “Well, wait and see!” “Patience.” “Spoilers!” Etc. 

Do you know what those lines are? They’re lures. They’re showrunners who know that they have something in Dean and Castiel’s relationships that fans have gravitated to, that they’ve played to (“You have me confused with the other angel, the one in the dirty trenchcoat who’s in love with you,” “he was your boyfriend first,” “possibility of love in all places,” “I need you,” “I love you…” “He’s in love,” “You did it, all of it, Dean Winchester,”) that they want to capitalize on. They want and need their queer audience and play to it without intention of following through, and with the hopes of maintaining plausible deniability.

That’s queerbaiting by the book.

So, it’s interesting to me how many “True Fan” slash fans are in these comments bashing other slash fans for not knowing their “place.” How often have these same fans gone in telling the writers that Dean and Sam are soulmates, that they should drive off that cliff together at the end holding hands, that SamNDean belong together, that the writers don’t understand them if they have them fighting, that they’re doing it wrong if they’re at odds, that their relationship is the most important thing of the show and anything less than complete focus on that relationship is failure on the part of the show…

Essentially, queer coding their slash ship while demanding textual validation of their own interpretations.

So. Like I said. This entire discussion is truly fascinating.

The admin of DisneyScreencaps.com has been providing high quality Disney screencaps for years now, so that Disney fans may use them for a number of non-profit activties. Art reference, graphic creation, just to simply ENJOY. Even Disney cast members are known to use them, including members of the Imagineers. And yet out of the blue, the admin has been contacted with a cease and desist. The admin of DisneyScreencaps.com MAKES NO PROFIT FROM POSTING THESE SCREENCAPS. The only thing she gets in return for her time is our thanks, and we are devastated by the loss of one of our favorite Disney resources.

We ask that Disney (Tyler Rhoades in particular, who emailed the admin in the first place) reconsider and allow this website to continue on. It is doing no harm, and has been HELPING Disney fans for years. And again, I cannot stress enough – the admin is not making money by sharing the Disney love. She is only HELPING. (x)

Please sign the petition and spread the word! Think of the big picture, as this is ultimately an issue of companies’ attempts to restrict fanworks. 

Hey, Teen Wolf fandom, Mtv has something for you! It’s called The Collective and while it might seem shiny, nifty, annoying and/or inapropriate, it’s wrapped up in something that’s kind of archaic. 

A 2011 Terms of Use.

There’ve been a lot of discussions today on twitter and tumblr about the new “Collective” site for Teen Wolf fandom, which is hosted at [LINK] and is subject to the Terms of Use for all of Mtv, which are here. We’re going to focus on the legal issues, not the larger philosophical question of what happens when a show-team and its online arm start hosting fan content. 

As you can see, Mtv’s Terms of Use were written in 2011, which is pretty archaic for Terms of Use for a site that hosts user-created creative content. The Terms of Use are relatively standard for a site with message boards and downloads from The Powers That Be - and they don’t require users to assign copyright ownership of anything they post, which is A Good Thing (although there is a broad license that allows Mtv to do a lot of noncommercial things with submissions - see more on this below).  However, if you post to The Collective, you’re required to “respect [Mtv’s]  copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights.” What does that mean for fanworks? We have no idea - there’s no definition, no standards, no explanation. Do you have to respect Gerard or the twins or McCall Senior? Do you have to respect the Nogitsune? (I once had a long discussion with a fellow lawyer as to whether it was possible to “tarnish” Voldemort as a matter of law; this is along those lines.)   What’s weirder is this: 

“You shall not … reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, display, perform, publish, distribute, disseminate, broadcast or circulate to any third party (including, without limitation, on or via a third party website), or otherwise use, any Material without the express prior written consent of VMN or its owner if VMN is not the owner.”

In other words, they want people to upload fanart and creative expression, but at the same time you can’t reproduce (like in a collage) or create derivative works from any copyrightable elements of the site, or any TW trademarks.  Derivative works and transformative works don’t completely overlap, but Mtv’s Terms of Use shouldn’t bar derivative works from the site while at the same time asking users to “share your talents”. It just doesn’t make sense.  We’ve seen some people ask whether Mtv could take fanart and other items posted to The Collective and sell them on shirts or postcards - or put them on the Official Show DVDs without asking the artist’s permission. Technically, they can’t because the ToU says, “Posting is for noncommercial purposes only.” That should mean that Mtv can’t make any commercial use of the content posted to The Collective without getting additional permission and rights from the artist. That’s how we hope it will be read.  This might be a good time for Mtv to update the Terms of Use for its entire site - but at the very least, they (and/or RebelMouse) should create specific Terms of Use for The Collective that protect fans’ rights in what they create, and possibly put limitations on what Mtv can do with fan-created and fan-submitted content. They also should have a form for fans to use if someone else submits their creativity without permission - if someone does take your stuff and put it on the Collective, or any other site, you can submit a DMCA takedown request to the site, but for a site that is focused on fan creativity, the process should be clear and easy for fans to use.    The tl;dr - there are legal issues with the Terms of Use, but most of them are because the Terms of Use for Mtv’s sites are a few years out of date. Hopefully this will get Mtv to update their policies; if they want to chat about it at Comic Con, their first easy chance to find us will be at the Transformative Works & Transmedia panel on Friday night - we’ll definitely be talking about The Collective.