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Posted in full at: at September 04, 2015 at 08:10PMCushing Library Releases Digitized Media Fanzine Collection:


Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is pleased to announce that it is now able to offer free, limited online public access to select titles in the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection. Since the collection was first initiated in 2013, access to its materials was previously restricted to only those with a Texas A&M-approved ID until additional permissions could be obtained from the fanzine creators who contributed to the collection.

As the collection becomes more of an important resource for understanding the development of fandom, Cushing Library sought the approval from writers and editors of the Hereld Collection to make their contributions publicly accessible. The collection, which is an unparalleled assembly of media fanworks that document generations of fans’ continued creative engagement with media productions, consists of thousands of digitized images of media fanzines, letterzines, and club newsletters — dating from the late 1960s through materials published online or in print in 2015.

Among the creators who have given their permission are Morgan Dawn, Janet Quarton, Sheila Clark, Devra Michele Langsam, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, and M. Fae Glasgow. Cushing Library anticipates that public access will continue to grow as more authorization is granted.

A few of the impressive productions chronicled particularly well in the Hereld Collection are: Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990), Blake’s 7, Doctor Who, The Professionals, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Starsky & Hutch. Additions to the collection continue steadily, with fanzines relating to numerous other productions, such as the Harry Potter book/movie series, Due South, Miami Vice, Simon & Simon, and many others, including a bevy of stories from multiple fandoms.

Sandy Hereld, for which the collection is named after, is a living, digital tribute to a popular and prolific fan writer in the 1990s and early 2000s — who was also one of slash fandom’s most visible fans. Hereld lost her battle with cancer in 2011, but her legacy of work continues to touch lives and inspire fans. She was the founder of Virgule-L, the first Internet slash mailing list, began hosting numerous other mailing lists and fan sites, and helped create the annual “Vid Review” panel at the Escapade convention, which is the longest-running slash fan convention and became the model for serious conversations about vidding as an art form.

The Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection can be accessed at:
Wow, Sandy would be so happy to see this. This is fantastic.

(whistles innocently)

This is the correct URL:

Sandy’s paper collection is at the University of Iowa (along without thousands and thousands of zines.) Although the paper zines cannot be checked out or loaned through the inter-library system, the Iowa Fanzine Archives special collection is open to the public. If you or a friend wants to donate zines from their collections, contact the OTW’s Open Doors team.

Texas A&M University has a smaller paper collection (but growing and still accepting donations). They have also launched this digital collection which has been named after Sandy Hereld.  Only a teeny fraction of the digitized fanzines in the collection can be made available to the public for now.

TAMU also has started collecting filk in case anyone is looking for a home for their collection.

Tags:university of iowa, texas a&m university, fanzine archives, fanzines, Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection, to infinity and beyond, fandom history, DWCrosspost
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The Archives Corps

Sep. 4th, 2015 09:36 pm
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Posted in full at: at September 04, 2015 at 02:31PMThe Archives Corps:


Meet the man behind a new effort to save documents and other artifacts before they disappear.

The result of this one project is the formation of Archive Corp. Basically, if you ever want to help save history, sign up and they will email about specific projects.

“Jason Scott has something of a reputation. He’s a historian who works for the Internet Archive, and he’s known in some circles as the guy who can save bits of history right before they disappear.So when he found out that a small store in Maryland that sold manuals for machinery was going out of business, and was going to get rid of its collection of nearly 200,000 obscure booklets in just a few days, Scott got to work….

“….Volunteers came from all over, Scott says. A whole family came through, a grandfather, daughter and granddaughter, who were all put to work. “There was one guy, he basically hitched a ride with a friend from Northern Virginia and went to this warehouse with no plan for where he was going to stay or how he was going to get home, just went and sorted manuals every day for three days. We had to shut the lights on him, he didn’t want to leave.”

ARCHIVE CORPS is a volunteer effort to organize the saving of physical materials in danger of loss. If this sounds at all interesting, please to be informed of future activity 

Internet Archive

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did I actually watch that?

Sep. 4th, 2015 04:56 pm
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Movie last night from Netflix: Mortdecai, a sort of take-off on upper-crust British 1960s art theft movies, such as 'How to Steal a Million', among others. Johnny Depp is the overbred Mortdecai, who is more interested in his handlebar moustache than he is in sex, who is nimble but not really able, and who shows he has the ability to act inept -- which is interesting since he has played Jack Sparrow as the cat who always falls on his feet, licking cream and canary feathers from his whiskers. Gwynneth Paltrow is his wife, a sort of extended version of Pepper Potts who is also upper crust and capable and smarter than he is. Paul Bettany is his manservant and bodyguard, and he has fun chewing scenery.

The other thing this is a cross with is Benny Hill, unexpectedly.

Note that this is a 2015 movie that I'm getting on Netflix, and I don't think it was in theatres. This might be what good actors do to take a break and play someone different. I wouldn't know. At least they seem to be having fun.
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Posted in full at: at September 04, 2015 at 11:52AM
The new tumblr update removing threaded comments also strips away all comment markers when it is cross-posted to DW. This means that all comments will appear attributed  to the first poster and there are no markers identifying responses etc. You have to manually add names and dividers.

It also strips away hyperlinks (I think)

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Posted in full at: at September 04, 2015 at 11:44AM


Fanfic, and slash fiction in particular, is a huge part of SF fandom history – and its overlapping communities have mostly been built and shared by women.

Diane Marchant is generally regarded as the writer of the first published fic featuring Kirk/Spock – the ship which popularised slashfic as a fan phenonenon. And she was Australian, to boot!

You’re welcome, rest of the world.

The story, “A Fragment Out of Time,” published in Grup #3 in 1974, contained a steamy sex scene but named no names (and played the pronoun game, so it wasn’t even clearly marked out as a m/m relationship).

Still, the piece was illustrated with a Kirk & Spock picture drawn by Diane, making her intentions fairly obvious, and a cartoon underneath the final page of the story shows Bones saying to Kirk: “Impossible….. No, Jim. I warned you about messing with aliens…….. especially Vulcans.” (The look on Kirk’s face in the cartoon implies he has just been told about the existence of slash fiction. Oh, sweetie.)

Keep reading

Slash fans have been vocal in their support of LGBTQ+ civil rights and representation in media, causes which have seen significant advancement in recent years.  And Kirk/Spock was one of the first modern slash pairings.  Read more about slash on fanlore!

I remember when I finally got a copy of the 2 page story and realized that the art added an additional layer of meaning to the story.  Up to that point, none of articles about the story had ever mentioned the art and the clear signal is was sending [SLASH!!!]  which is why I added the info to Fanlore. One of the many reasons to include as much as we can about the original source text. 
Note: the full page scans are not on Fanlore; they appear to come from an unrelated blog article.

Tags:fandom history, star trek history, slash history, DWCrosspost, fanlore, kirk/spock
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Cool Stuff Friday

Sep. 4th, 2015 10:56 am
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Hope everyone’s enjoying the last day of summer vacation. (You know, depending on your local school district’s schedule and whether or not you care about the K-12 school year and all that stuff…)

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

The Killjoys Dead Calm episode

Sep. 4th, 2015 09:10 am
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I am so in love.

Who's written me Dutch/D'Avin porn? Or Dutch/D'Avin anything? Can we call them Double-D?

Vikings: Season 3

Sep. 4th, 2015 01:55 pm
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Hm. I was captivated while watching, but the more I think about it, the more problems I have with this season.

Spoilers aren't talking about a Gothic cathedral in 9th Century Paris )

Interesting Links for 04-09-2015

Sep. 4th, 2015 12:00 pm
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Daily Happiness

Sep. 4th, 2015 02:10 am
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1. Went out to breakfast with my mom today. We went to IHOP and I had their delicious strawberry lemon french toast again. I hope they keep it on the menu after the promo.

2. I decided to call in sick again tomorrow. I could force myself to go in, but I'm still not feeling all the way better and I've got tons and tons of backlogged vacation/sick time and there is nothing urgent I need to do tomorrow, so I figured might as well.

3. Molly spilled a glass of water on my desk, but nothing was damaged, thankfully. There were two iphones and an ipad on said desk, but they only got a splashed a little, and my keyboard tray was pushed under the desk enough that the water didn't get in the keys. I had to throw away a pad of scratch paper, but it could have been so much worse.

4. Rather than dragging my heels for ages, I actually sat down and scanned the next chapter of Gunjo all in one sitting (it's only 30-some pages, so not like the last chapter!), so I'm hopeful that we'll be able to post it this month.

5. I had a nice nap this afternoon, which is probably why it's 2:30am and I'm not really tired. When I woke up, I found the kittens were napping with me (Chloe on the bed by my feet and Molly curled up on some pants on the floor by the bed). Such sweeties!

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Sep. 4th, 2015 02:17 am
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Hunh, something cool I missed when I was out of province: The Samson Cree nation changed the name of Hobbema to Maskwacis. Which is cool. "Hobbema" was a 17th-century Dutch landscape painter; "Maskwacis" is the Cree name for the area and the tribe who live there. It's a community an hour south of here with an uphill struggle to self-govern and get back on track, and this is part of it. I only heard about it when Ashley Callingbull was crowned Mrs. Universe, since that's where she's from. (She's using her title to be super political on Twitter, a move which is delighting Tumblr and pissing off a whole lot of other people.)

I looked at the name and knew how to pronounce it immediately ("mas-kwa-chees"), which is thanks to a contemptuous teenager whom I, white and clueless a week into my job at their highschool, asked to spell out and pronounce "Amiskwaciy" ("ah-mihs-kwa-chee"). Bless them and whatever reserve of patience they found to not blow me off, because I could tell they were close. (Amiskwaciy Academy is Edmonton's specifically First Nations school, and where a lot of our students would have preferred to go if their lives were not so chaotic.)

Are we in an alternate timeline?

Sep. 3rd, 2015 06:26 pm
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This. This is an article in the Telegraph, a.k.a. the Torygraph because of its default right-wing-ness:

7 things you can do to help refugees like Aylan Kurdi

And god help us, that it took a photograph of a drowned toddler on a beach, but ... for a moment, it feels like change is happening. Suddenly we're talking about refugees again, instead of "asylum-seekers".

The Grauniad's report on what people are doing and what you can help with, with lots of links (and I suspect better info than the Telegraph's, but that may be my biases speaking):

[ profile] Patrick_Ness's Save The Children fundraiser -- he and various other YA authors are matching funds, and have sent it through the roof (Save the Children supports refugees worldwide, and has a current appeal for the Syrian refugee crisis)

The petition on the official UK government site -- the fact that it has over 200,000 signatures means it has to be considered for debate: Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK

38 Degrees -- e-mail your MP:

If you can volunteer to help refugees re-settle in your area, Avaaz/Citizens UK: (Guardian report here)

The usual fuckers are out on Twitter, going "If you're holding up a sign saying Refugees Welcome, don't forget to include your address, LOLZ" -- but some people who are in a position where they can are in fact doing so:

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Sep. 3rd, 2015 06:36 pm
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Ah, autumn. The air is crisp and the leaves are turning golden. I've started putting marshmallows in my evening cocoa. It's move-in week here, since I'm in the university district; the side streets are full of U-Hauls and packed station wagons, and Whyte Ave is full of fresh-faced young adults trailed by concerned parents. A big grey cat with a white bib and a collar has moved in across the street and down a bit, and kicked Emily's ass once, but I haven't seen it since and although she's still a bit clingy she seems to have otherwise gone back to normal.

In good news, my annoying neighbour who has noisy parties on her front stoop until 5am and yells at her dog to stop barking is moving out. I will nooooot miss her.

Two days ago Mom offered me $60 if I would help her demolish a porch, which I did. It was the falling-down front steps of the aged mother of one of her friends, and over 50 years it seems new steps were simply built over old ones when they started to rot or decay. It was vexing work. She finished up our four hours' work, went home, took a couple of painkiller tablets, had a hot shower, and felt pleasantly tired. I did the same thing, and had a distinctly limited range of motion yesterday and sucked down painkillers every four hours for... well, I'm still doing it. I consider this disparity in our bodies' capabilities to be DISTINCTLY UNFAIR especially as she is 35 years older than me. I'll register a protest and apply for a new upgraded body once I find the appropriate authorities.


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