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Hawkguy: Afternoon Stroll (story by neveralarch)


and other fan comics (SGA, Angel, The X-Files)Collapse )

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I'm selling several of the fanart pieces I made over the years (prints and originals). See this post for details.


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Okay, here's what I gathered from certain corners of the fandom: before the Hydra reveal, shipping Ward with Simmons instead of Skye was racist. However now, shipping him with Skye is racist. I shipped him with Skye and Simmons before and I ship him with Skye and Simmons now, so that means... what? Do they cancel each other out or what? These people are so confusing. (And by confusing I mean moronic.)

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Aaah, yes. Nothing like a little kerfuffle to clear the air.Collapse )
No more meta for at least a week; I haven't even read fanfic in days.
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Oh, oh, also... I don't remember if I linked to this already. I found it in the comments of lim's fantastic meta vid Us: Also a meta vid, but a totally different approach. *g* Check it out: I put you there. It's BtVS but since it's very, very meta it's probably fun even if you're not in the fandom. (By the way, can someone tell me how I get an imeem vid to display in full screen?)

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So, kradical, a pro writer who also writes tie-ins, wrote a post pointing out differences between fanfic and tie-ins. Personally I found the post perfectly unoffensive, reasonable and interesting, but as it happens when a pro writer as much as mentions the word 'fanfic', people are kneejerking in response all over LJ.

I mean, I disagree with at least a dozen points of his, but I don't see why that should be reason to feel offended. But hey, everyone's entitled to their frothing... it just kinda makes me think something along the lines of, "Get off my side, you make my side look really insecure and defensive." Seriously, I'm wondering if that many people actually read the post they're getting worked up about in its entirety - because I just don't see it.

Well anyway, now the inevitable Lee Goldberg chimed in, in a post titled 'Inferior' that links to the OP's. And I can't help getting an image of Lee, with a stick in his hand, poking a huge anthill just for shits and giggles.

But, wank aside, in the comments to kradical's post there's actually a lot of interesting discussion to be had regarding the differences between the two genres.
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However, I have to stay away from all that for now because I'm only two pages away from finishing my book, and I think it can be done today. yay
[eta: only one more scene to color. And it's only 01:34. I can totally do this!]

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Today featuring on fandom_wank:
Sep and Snacky's Guide to Pseuicide: How to Fake Your Death In Fandom for the Fun and Enjoyment of All, with help from Ms. Ann Larimer Md. Phd. Esq. The handy guide comes complete with kitty makros.
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You reccers out there: ever taken heat for reccing the stories you like (as opposed to reccing the stories others like)? If so, go to this entry by fairestcat for a cathartic giggle. Or a shared groan. (via metafandom)
And my initial question still stands. And a corrolary to my initial question. How is my telling people what popular stories I like preventing other people from telling people what obscure gems they like.
Sigh. Back when I was modding bbf, I felt like posting that exact sentence on more than one occasion. In all caps.
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Back to the drawing board, I'm still on a roll. Haven't read most of flist but I'm making good progress work-wise. Even though yesterday I suddenly realized I'd switched paper brands... and that does not go over well at the print shop. So rather than taking chances with the quality of the printed artwork, I bit the bullet and re-drew the first three pages. Cost me over an hour but my peace of mind is worth that.
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I got quite a bit of pencilling done on the comic. Unfortunately it's mainly the final scene so I can't post it because it would make very little sense. Um. I hope yesterday's creative rush will last long enough to finish all of the remaining 3 1/2 pages.

In other news, I barely got to read my flist because I lost myself in the Smallville fandom of all places... not that I have the least bit of interest in the show but their latest case of pseucide is good Sockpuppet Theatre. Not quite MsScribe calibre, but then what is.
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talk about a really, really bad idea...
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I guess the producers of "The Science of Sleep" want to find out if there's really no such thing as bad publicity. >_<
scienceofsleep

I, for one, have now every intention to boycott a movie I otherwise know nothing about... I just hate to be taken for an idiot and, really, those are the lamest attempts at sockpuppetry I have seen in a long time. But on the other hand, this sorry excuse for a community illustrates quite nicely a number of the problems inherent in Six Apart's bright new idea of sponsored communities.

It's already making its way around the blogsphere, too... here's a post on Making Light. Great publicity indeed.
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Comic: page seven is almost coloured. I'll try to have it ready for posting tonight. (creating a bit of deadline pressure here...)
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I just came from a party where I met the friend of a friend... we’d met at the movies a couple weeks ago, she’s in fandom (not Buffy, I forget which), I gave her the link to the Smile Time comic. Then today I ask her how she liked it, and she says, yeah, she like, and by the way, three of her friends were all, "What, you know her?"

Which poses two questions.
1. How frikkin' awesome is this?
2. How many people have read this thing, if at least three people in my own town know about it? I really wish I’d installed a counter or something, now I’ll never know. Or is there actually a LJ tool that gives you a hit status of a certain post? Do they collect that sort of info?

And now, since I’m already friends locked, for a spot of bitching. I’m not in the habit of doing that... don’t think I’ve ever done that before... but this guy is just too much, and I don’t want to risk attracting an obvious troll: Mark "I'm not a misogynist but I play one on Lee Goldberg's blog" York replies to the fic defenders, once more confirming that he has the IQ of a watermelon.
I"m sorry, I know y"all must be getting bored by this but I have to get this out of my system.Collapse )

Also, to get back to the productive side of things, page six is almost completely coloured and page seven more than halfway inked. Maybe I’ll finish even both of that tonight.

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Inspired by a recent kerfuffle: google statistics
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plagiarism: 24,500,000
plagarism: 310,000
plagerism: 157,000
plagirism: 26,600
plagairism: 9,480
plegerism: 203 *
pligerism: 1
copyright: 11,900,000,000
copywrite: 1,700,000
copyrite: 232,000

* (google's suggestion here: Do you mean plagerism? Am I missing something here? Leo doesn't know that word. Neither do I.)

And if you haven't heard enough of the subject yet: shadowkat67 posts on Intellectual Property Law and the Fan - A Primer. Because, for every law person who argues that fanfic is illegal, you can find another one who will argue how it is likely protected under the fair use clause. Which is why I get annoyed when people boldly state that fanfic is "clearly illegal". Hey, say "possibly illegal". Say "almost certainly illegal" if it makes you feel better. But this isn't a clear-cut case, at least not until there's some legal precedent (and neither side is interested in becoming the test case ... at least on that point everyone seems to agree). Michael Lovitz at Comic Con's "Comic Book Law School" seminar always emphasizes that IP law is so complex that a very common answer you'll get from a lawyer is "maybe".

Shadowkat's post is also quite interesting from an artist's perspective, no matter whether you're a pro or fan artist.

I think I'll engage in some light criminal activity and start colouring page 4, before I get back to work.

Harry Potter and the Clueless Journalist
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Fresh in from clairvoyantwank: A reporter for the Guardian Observer attended Lumos and has since written a not exactly flattering article about HP fans, Harry Potter and the mystery of an academic obsession Read more...Collapse )
[eta: upstart_crow pretty much nails it.]
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Speaking of Harry Potter and fandom... just in case you haven't heard, there's a twin piece of sorts to the MsScribe disclosure on Bad Penny, The Cassandra Claire Plagiarism Debacle. Not quite as tightly written as Charlottelennox's report, but equally well-documented. The WTF-factor doesn't reach that of the MsScribe story - but then it's hard to rival that level of batshit insane. Still, the extent of plagiarism in the Draco Trilogy exposed here is staggering. As is the argument of CC's defenders, that copying from other sources without citing is okay because 'it's fanfic and everybody does it'. Um, no.

(We're not talking occasional quotes and allusions to pop-culture, by the way, but the copying of several lines up to whole paragraphs and scenes, woven into the story in such a way that they appear to be the author's creation.)

Also, fun to count all the different, creative ways of spelling 'plagiarism' and 'copyright'.

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Okay, okay, everyone is creating journals at GJ, and I have no idea what it's about because I've been way too enthralled by the wank that shook HP fandom... but anyway, I caved and created a place holder journal. I don't intend to post on it, but should fandom decide to flock over there, I'll have my username secured (I googled astridv... it's more common than you'd think). But, I like LJ. And I hate moving.

So, what've you been up to these past days? Over on journalfen, reading The Msscribe Story, as I have? If you haven't, I recommend it: it's the story of a sociopathic sockpuppet master who mangaged to manipulate large parts of the HP fandom for years. The sheer length of the report (about 90,000 words) is daunting at first glance, but I wasn't bored for one second.

The account is well-researched, fully referenced, and completely riveting. Whoever the author is, they know how to write well. It gives great insight into the inner workings of HP fandom (and to a lesser degree, fandom in general). Fun side fact: a good part of the wanks we saw pop up on f_w over the years appear to trace back to that one person. Everything makes a lot more sense in hindsight.

I'd say what I found most boggling about the whole msscribe wank - apart from the sheer criminal energy put into animating a sockpuppet army - is that an in-group of BNFs thought that they could 'rule' fandom... and that people would let them. Like rahirah said... this whole mess does give some insight into where the BNF hatred in some corners is coming from. Uh, yeah. I couldn't before, but I can see it now.

It makes me fully appreciate the anarchy thing we've got going in Buffy fandom. One person's BNF is the next person's WTF... I like it that way. :)
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Argh. It's getting light out already. I just heard a bird sing its first tune. And I'm still not tired. But on the positive side, I got a whole page of artwork coloured tonight, whohoo. You can't stop when you're on a roll like this. So I think it's worth feeling like a zombie tomorrow (today).

Before I go to bed, here's a quick mini-wank from fan-favourite Lee Goldberg. leegoldberg.typepad.com/a_writers_life/2006/05/i_can_steal_fro.html#comments

As usual Lee just links to a fanfic writer doing something stupid and leaves the actual wanking to his minions. Nothing spectacular, just the usual sweeping generalizations. I like this comment:
These 'disclaimers' always give me a laugh. It's honestly hard to really believe that some people are so pathetic. And how come they are all such awful 'writers'? I'm still pressuring my one writer friend who does write fan fiction to stop doing so. She's got a 3 book contract, but it's hard to wean her off contributing to the crapfest that is fan fiction.

I mean, is that friendship or what?


Good night, y'all.
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Bones wank on f_w. My little fandom has arrived. I feel strangely proud.

It's the bruhaha about the colour-blind tie-in writer. Okay, I was annoyed by Booth's steel-blue eyes myself *wanks unabashedly*. Why? C'mon... because it sends the signal that Tie-in Guy hasn't watched the show and thusly seems not that qualified to write a novel about it. Now, I didn't slam the book in a corner and it turns out he managed to do a decent job after all, but getting the appearances of the main characters wrong is really not the best way to inspire confidence and trust in your reader. :oP
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eta: and now for some real wank, fresh from the presses: fanwriter offers her SW novel for sale on Amazon.

Q: Having set Another Hope in an already existing universe, I find myself wondering if there was any concern on your part regarding copyrights?

No, because I wrote this book for myself. This is a self-published story and is not a commercial book. Yes, it is for sale on Amazon, but only my family, friends and acquaintances know it’s there.
...*groan*

Damn you, Lori Jareo, for making me agree with Lee Goldberg on something fanfic-related. I'm glad we're finally getting spring-like temperatures, this isn't the time for hell to freeze over. Kindly get off my side, you make my side get C&D'd look stupid.
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This morning I was riding my bike, unaware that the road was still covered by a treacherous icy glaze. So I slipped and landed on my side - which wasn't so bad. Then my bike landed on top of me - which wasn't so good. I just scraped my knee, though; it's a ridiculously tiny scrape, but it hurts like a bitch, so I skipped the gym today. But I want to go running again tomorrow. Shoulder hurts too, but I don't need that for running. And at least it's the left one, always preferable.
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There's some mildly entertaining wank or other going on, about the Spuffy shippers being responsible for the season six storyline and the evils of television in general. Check rahirah's journal for the shocking details.

(Why is no one ever blaming the C/A shippers for season three of Angel? Are we not important? Do we not matter?)

By the way, am I the only one who loved the Spike/Buffy storyline in season six? It seems to be equally disliked by all factions, from reading the comment threads. I mean, I'm not a shipper in that I very rarely read S/B fic, but I thought that storyline was great; dark, and convincing, and sexy. It's what pulled me into BtVS while I'd previously only been interested in AtS.
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In fanfic: hannasus wrote a sequel to her story 'Curses'. AtS gen. Post-NFA With Angel in a main role. *purrs*
Goodbye, Cruel World

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The neverending fanfic debate in Lee Goldberg's blog that I idly follow just got interesting again. Interesting with overtones of paranoia (note that the post in question isn't by Lee himself but by someone who calls themselves inside.fandom.)

Guess what: you, me... all of us, we're apparently part of a devious ploy, a conspiracy to overthrow society as we know it. Or something like that. It's kind of hard to say what they're getting at.

I'm not linking to the blog [*], but you can google it easily enough. The post in question is 't3h ebil fanficcers'. Inside.fandom's second comment downthread is even more... interesting than the first one which Lee quotes. Go, read, boggle, do not engage. I mean, you could engage of course, but that way lies insanity. These people have issues.

*[eta: but here's the URL, for convenient cutting&pasting:
leegoldberg.typepad.com/a_writers_life/2005/12/t3h_ebil_fanfic.html]

There're certainly elements of fandom that make me uncomfortable to say the least, but I wish the anti-fanfic crusaders would get it into their heads that fanfic doesn't solely consist of underage Pottersmut and RPF. Because, just for the record, those squick me as well. So what I do when I don't want to read something: I don't go looking for it. Heck, I've been in fandom for 10 years before I even learned of the existence of 'chan', let alone what it means... I never stumbled across it, and if I ever do I'll know how to hit the back button.

Speaking of Lee Goldberg and blogging boggling: He actually speaks rather favourably of the fan-made Star Trek New Voyages movies. I'm quite surprised at the balanced tone of that post. Here's an article about the movies by Wired Magazine that he linked to.

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All week I've seen glimpses of yet another rehash of the fandom-is-misogynistic... what do you call it, discussion? Mini-kerfuffle? Anyway, I've avoided it so far... this kind of pseudo-intellectual meta seems pretty pointless to me. It's more fun to wait for fandom_wank to point out the highlights. So let's see what I missed this time...
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I watched the 'Bones' pilot and liked it. A lot. I wonder when we can expect the first fanfic.

Lots of interesting discussion going on lately regarding fanfic as a literary genre. I have thoughts on the issue myself - who hasn't - but it's only two weeks until San Diego Con... and there's an actual chance I'll be able to finish most of my work before I board the plane. So, not much time for either fanfic or meta.

But in short: No, I don't think fanfic is evil. :oP

And, for example, Robin Hobb's saying, "don't do it," while Joss himself endorses it... let's just say I'm not losing sleep over that moral dilemma. I found Hobb's rant poorly argued and hard to agree with even in parts. (conversant has written a rather brilliant deconstruction of her argument. When I grow up I want to have a mind as sharp as hers.)

That said, I'd never want to write or read any fic set in Hobb's worlds, knowing that it makes her so obviously miserable. But given her condescending attitude towards fan writers, I doubt I'll ever read any of her books either. It's one thing for an author to make their wishes known - I do understand that other people playing with one's characters can make an author uncomfortable (though, to be honest, I'm of the 'suck it up and deal' school of thought. I think there's very little to be done against fanfic legally.) So, yes, what a writer can do is ask the reader to respect their wishes... reasonably, not categorically slamming a whole genre just because they happen to not like it.

'Cause, you know, having my comic compared to a pornographic manipulation of someone's family photo... I kinda resent that.

As to Lee Goldberg and his friends, who're trying ever so hard to draw a line between themselves (the 'real writers') and the 'soulless' writer-wannabees (aka fan writers): guys, off the top of my head I can list a dozen fanfic writers who're writing profic. Not counting your's truly, who's more of a storyteller than a writer. I could also list dozens, no, hundreds of fanfics that beat the hell out of your average tie-in novel, take its lunch money and leave it bedrazzled in the corner, wondering what the hell just happened.

Well, this got longer than intended. I'll leave it at that.

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