tangeriner: (x-men: smile warren)
In your own space, share a favorite memory about fandom: the first time you got into fandom, the last time a fanwork touched your heart, crazy times with fellow fans (whether on-line or off-line), a lovely comment you’ve received or have left for someone. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I remember that the first thing I did when I first got online (mid-90s) was search for the X-Men. I was really intense about the X-Men at this point in my life -- I was a very socially awkward teenager who really bonded with the idea of the X-Men. I eventually came across [livejournal.com profile] sevenall's All in Your Head and then stared at it for weeks, wanting to read it so badly, but the idea of getting stories about my favourite characters (Angel and Psylocke) for free was mind-boggling. I thought I would somehow have to pay, so I resisted as long as I could before I gave in and just read it. I was so inspired, I started writing and posting my own fic (Release) and that, as they say, was that.

Comic fandom also brought Dexcon, which ran for a good many years. I probably attended about half of them, the first one when I was only 18 and the only one who wasn't legal yet to drink (Dexcon was traditionally held in a pub). I was lucky it ended up being held in Toronto, and my parents let me hop on the train and go into the big city for a day to meet up with Internet people. I think I said three words, but it was awesome -- it was the first time I really met fellow fans. And I kept going back, because I really felt like I fit in, and that was rare.

tangeriner: (wallflower series: evie and sebastian)
In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Dear Evie:

You are the character of my heart. I'm stronger because you exist, and I will love you to the end of my days. Let me count the ways ...

Love always, Tangerine


So there's this book series by Lisa Kleypas, a romance author, called the Wallflower Series. I've mentioned it a few times. At its heart, it's the story of four women who don't quite fit in, and become the dearest of friends. Annabelle, Lillian, Evangeline, and Daisy. I love them all, but in particular, I love Evie. Like, so much love that I probably read The Devil in Winter once every two to three months, and have for at least five years. It never gets old.

Okay, this got a little long ... )
tangeriner: (excalibur: tangerine)
In your own space, ask for recs. Something as simple as "I like XYZ (where XYZ is a kink, a pairing, a trope, etc) - please rec me some." Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Preface: I come from the land of tiny fandoms. If I manage to get, like, 200 hits on a story in the first six months, I am very impressed with myself. I see these other fandoms, with, like, 40,000 hits on a single story (AHHHH) and, like, 8000 stories for one pairing (AHHHH), and I get overwhelmed and I don't know where to start, and AHHHH.

So, recs. I REALLY want to read Derek/Stiles stories from Teen Wolf, because I too have hopped on that particular bus, but have zero idea where to start. I read that amnesia one where they assume they are together, do sexy things, and stay in motels, and it was very good, but I want more. Things I like: first times, longfic, humour. So, please, I would totally love some recs.

tldr: Please rec me Derek/Stiles stories because I honestly don't know where to start.
tangeriner: (ricstar: second kiss (i think))
In your own space, rec at least three fanworks that you think would make a good intro into XYZ fandom. Rec a fandom overview, a introductory picspam, stories that define and shape the fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. If at all possible, try to pick a smaller or rarer fandom, one that maybe doesn't have the following you feel it should.

... yes, I am totally doing the [livejournal.com profile] ricstar fandom, because I might need this in the future. Because everyone should read/write Ric/Star!

First up: there is a (slightly dated but still mostly relevant) ship manifesto for Rictor and Shatterstar.

As far as Tumblrs go, Fuck Yeah Ricstar is the motherload of Ric and Star scans, the occasional fic, and fanart. This is the most recent piece of fanart I fell in love with (ricstar elves ahhh). This one gets posted a lot, with good reason -- they look so handsome in stylish clothing! Or, oh! This college AU one!

There used to be a tonne of vids, but most have been deleted. But Starry-Eyed remains a favourite, and I hold out hope that someone starts making ricstar vids again. Oh, also Growing Up is great -- it's not only Ric and Star, but all of the New Mutants and X-Force.

Fic-wise, a lot of the older stuff has shown up on AO3. There are only 98 stories there, so I recommend every single one of them! (Two are in Russian -- I google-translated them and read them). One that is definitely missing is Hand Jive by Te. I still chuckle whenever I think of Star saying, "Oh, Ric, yes, the pain is of an entirely new and pleasurable variety!"
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In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favourite interview, a book) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm going to get REALLY specific here, because I was hoping this would come up. My favourite comic EVER is Uncanny X-Men #297, for two reasons: 1) it's the first comic I ever bought and 2) IT IS SO GOOD. There's three stories in here: Professor X and Jubilee go roller bladding, Rogue and Gambit be sad together because Rogue is temporarily blind and Warren and Hank BOND LIKE BROS while posing as handymen.

N.B. This issue is the number one reason I think mullets are legitimately hairstyles, and not a day has passed since (it came out February 1993) that I haven't mourned Warren's beautiful hairstyle.

Looking back, I never stood a chance. Angel had to be my favourite character after this issue, because it hit every button pre-teen me had. Including, evidently, mullets and renovation (for the record, I am addicted to all those renovation show on HGTV). And it continues to hit every button adult me has. In fact, this year is the 20th anniversary of this life-changing issue! I must read it every day next month, and marry it.  

Some highlights (a wee bit image heavy) ... )

I often find this issue in the bargain bins at conventions (and um haha I totally buy it whenever I find it so I can read it right that second), so it's really easy to find. It should be worth a million dollars, so obviously, getting it for fifty cents or a dollar is a steal, imho. This era of Uncanny X-Men is brilliant all over, to be honest, and highly recommended.
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In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. It can be a detailed, thoughtful analysis, or a squeeful, joyful post. Or maybe a combination of the two. Make a recs list, link to their archives or master lists or websites, maybe create a Fanlore page for them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

So back in the day, when I was first getting online (somewhere around 1995 or 1996), I stumbled upon fanfic. Shortly after that, I discovered slash. Which I took to be the gospel truth, assuming I had just foolishly never noticed how incredibly queer Gambit and Iceman were, and how they were actually in love. It took me longer than I want to admit to clue into the fact slash doesn't necessarily mean two dudes or ladies are getting it on canonically (I was 16 and woefully naive). Back in the day, the X-Men slashers were a tiny group, and freakishly convincing.

So today I want to talk about [livejournal.com profile] devosama/[archiveofourown.org profile] Devolucao/[tumblr.com profile] ando-meio-desligado . Devo was my gateway into the perfection of the Quicksilver/Northstar pairing with some of the most amazing stories I've ever read. A writer and an artist, I've discovered an enormous amount of anime through Devo, particularly Naruto, Bleach and One Piece. Devo's skill as an artist is unparallelled -- is it weird to compliment someone's deft hand at drawing penises? If it is, oh well, I'm weird cuz I'm doing it. Everything Devo draws is amazing. Everything Devo writes is amazing. I'm not even going to link to anything in specific, because y'all should be looking at and reading everything.  Trust me.  That good. 

tangeriner: (ricstar: second kiss (i think))
In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Okay, I can do this, I can write a ficlet ... (many hours pass) ... A Show of Their Own (on AO3). Summary: Rictor, Shatterstar and Longshot watch a movie (much to Rictor's dismay).

This bunny has bugged me for months. Every time I watch this movie (and there have been many times), I just imagine the immense FEELS Star and Longshot must experience. It feels good to let it free!
tangeriner: (ricstar: shatty buns)
In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Some examples: complete a bingo, sign up for a Big Bang, write that fic you've been thinking about for years, podfic that story that you love, make a fanmix for your fandom, post that bit of meta or reclist you keep putting off. Maybe resolve to be better at leaving feedback or answering comments. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

My goal this year in fandom is ambitious: get a plus sign bingo on my [community profile] trope_bingo card. This means 9 stories that cover these tropes: locked in, au circus, wild card, au coffee shop, animal transformation, au all human, au steampunk, fuck or die and truth or dare. Considering I've written nine fics total in the last three years, this is a pretty lofty goal. My super duper ambitious plan is complete the plus sign, get a second card, then do another line. Because that is how much I love tropes! I would also like to do round four of [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo.
tangeriner: (x-men: psylocke)
In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

A passion: I'm way into art, and I consider myself an artist even if I haven't dabbled in more traditional media for a decade at least (and have chosen to direct my creative energies elsewhere, mostly into writing and cosplay). The first thing I do when visiting a new city (if time allows) is head to the nearest art gallery. I've been in exactly one professional art exhibition, at a local gallery years ago, and I'm still super proud I was accepted. My favourite artists include Auguste Rodin, Raphael, Alex Colville, Aubrey Beardsley and Alphonse Mucha, and I tend to squee thoroughly whenever I discover a piece during my travels by any one of them.
tangeriner: (x-factor: moneterry)
In your own space, pimp three comms or challenges and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1. [livejournal.com profile] ricstar -- this community, for a very tiny sub-section of fandom, is super awesome!  It's more like an X-Factor community, though has an obvious focus on Rictor and Shatterstar (the OTP of my life).  You get issue summaries/reviews, discussions about issues, scans, fanmixes, fanfic, fanart, news about the creators, etc.  Everyone is really friendly, encouraging and chatty. 

2.  [livejournal.com profile] castlegloria -- another tiny fandom community for the manga From Eroica With Love.  It's actually still pretty active (in the context of a tiny fandom).  Stories, discussions, updates about the creator, art, etc.  I, by chance, you've never read in the From Eroica With Love fandom, consider giving it a try either in this comm or on AO3 -- Dorian and Klaus are brilliant together. 

3.  [livejournal.com profile] yuletide -- yuletide is so much fun, that I encourage everyone to give it a try.  It's huge, yes, but there's a space for everyone.  And you might get totally lucky and receive all the Daken stories in the world or the sexiest Hank/Jake story on the planet!  I literally love writing for other people, and this is really the only fic exchange that applies to my fandoms (the majority of which are small). 

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Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or consume different fanworks. Give that new fandom a go. Listen to a podfic or watch some vids if you haven't before. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

So I am determined to make a vid, but that's down the road somewhat. Instead, I listened to podfic for the first time! I stuck to Rictor/Shatterstar stories and listened to tinypinkmouse_podfic read Not Quite a Typical Day (But Pretty Damn Close) [Podfic] and Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away [Podfic] (both awesome stories written by [livejournal.com profile] settiai). It was really nice to just lie in bed and listen.

I feel good that I finally gave podfic a chance. \o/ As a side effect of spending a decade and a half unable to speak without stuttering and being made fun of whenever I was forced to speak against my will, I tend to strongly associate reading out loud with public humiliation (even though I am more or less completely fluent now, except when I am overly tired or being recorded).
tangeriner: (x-factor: siryn)
In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

1. I would love a Rictor/Shatterstar first time story written for me, because guh.

2. A sorta, I dunno, standing-offering to look at/beta Rictor/Shatterstar fic. It's such a small pocket of fandom, and so different from how it was in popslash (where I had several enthusiastic sounding boards or people suggesting fic ideas). I do get nervous sometimes about my stories!

3. Icons! Of stuff I like! (See profile).

4. I want to know more about vidding! What are your favourite vids that totally define vidding for you? Are there any Vidding 101/Vidding for Beginners resources floating around? Which programs are the best to use?

5. Suggestions for new conventions to attend! Any fannish ones I should add to the schedule? I'm headed to Otakon in Baltimore in August 2013, and I've been to San Diego Comic Con, but what others would you suggest!

6. Art for any of my fic, because art is awesome!
tangeriner: (excalibur: tangerine)
Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

This is actually the most challenging thing I could be asked to do, and I almost skipped it, but then I said, self, dammit, there are so many awesome people floating around, so I friended a couple people whose journals I've been snooping around in for a while (*waves*), and I commented on a goodly number of fic and even one vid. I'm going to continue this -- connect with more fannish people, and give more feedback. Everyone wins. This is New Years Resolution #3.
tangeriner: (ricstar: ric & shatty blur)
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

Recs for Wallflower Series, X-Force, Dark Avengers and The Authority ... )
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In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Recs for X-Force, Wallflower Series, and Dead Zone ... )
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I've decided to do the [community profile] snowflake_challenge too:

I will be more involved in fandom this year. That is New Year Resolution #2. I like it here. You guys are my peeps.
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