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It's a new month, and time for Fandom First Friday! This week, we celebrate mythical beings and creatures!


Some fanworks take modern, real-world stories and throw in a big handful of AU in the shape of mermen or centaurs or dragons. Others are all AU, all the time, from the first pixel to the last or from 'once upon a time' through 'the end.'

Do you have a favorite artwork or fic or type of mythical being? Have a link or three to share? We'd love to see them.

Mythical Beings and Creatures on AO3
Mythical Beings on Tumblr
Mythical Beings on Pinterest
H50 Thematic List: Wild Things
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OTW joined 3 coalitions in July, we did NOT release an AO3 app & we want your help with Twitter & panel questions for the TWC celebration http://bit.ly/1KSZSt1

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“Polygon contrasted the approaches of Marvel and Warner Bros when fans promoted their new projects. "When trailers leaked from Comic Con, because studios show things to huge halls of people who are all carrying recording equipment and still think they can control the footage, the response from Warner Bros. was, to put it mildly, messed up."

Writer Ben Kuchera concluded, "The reaction to the Suicide Squad footage was mostly positive; this was a great thing for Warner Bros. until they had to stomp in and make sure we knew they didn't approve of the way we were excited about their product and everyone needs to cut it out at once or they'll turn this movie right around and drive home."

What articles on fandom could you write? After SDCC everyone wants to try doing it: http://bit.ly/1JFByMu
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Taking part in fandom is fun or we wouldn’t do it. But being an active member of a fandom – whether through making art, writing fic, sharing thoughts – is also an investment of time and energy. And it has value to us and others.


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In this month’s Events Calendar: Have thoughts on the stigma on women’s reading & writing? If so, a panel wants you!: http://bit.ly/1eKt3Tf
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Happy SysAdmin Day from the OTW! Don't forget to thank your SysAdmin! BIG thank you to our own Systems Committee for their hard work this week—and every week.
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The Daily Dot discussed Funimation's fanart stance with OTW Legal staffer Rebecca Tushnet. "'[I]t’s notable that there’s no mention of fair use...Fan art can be non-infringing fair use; elements of whether it is fair use include how transformative it is (how much new meaning and message it adds); whether it’s commercial or not; and whether it displaces a market for 'official' goods.'

So it doesn't matter that they've declared they won't be going after commercially sold fanart? Not necessarily, according to Tushnet: 'It somewhat depends on what they actually do, but they are clearly claiming that fan art is in fact infringing copyright, even if they indicate they usually tolerate it. So I wouldn’t feel very reassured by this statement.'"

When should something be in the public domain? What about fair use for fanworks, plus does charity start in fandom? http://bit.ly/1SP78ru
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A more thoughtful article at Refinery29 points out that SDCC is hardly a bastion of feminism yet. "What we’re calling fangirls here covers an admittedly wide and amorphous group of women. They’re cosplayers, comic book collectors, sci-fi nerds, steampunk enthusiasts, booth babes, Lolitas, and more....And they are vocal: When the proportion of female writers and artists for DC Comics plunged from 12 percent to 1 percent in 2011, female fans started a petition for DC to hire more women. DC Comics responded by promising to try. Female fans from a group called the Carol Corps. were also instrumental last year in pushing Marvel to announce plans for a movie about Captain Marvel, a super-powered woman. In other words, fangirls are engaged and numerous, making up a significant portion of the audience that shells out hard-earned dollars to support their pop culture passions. And yet, despite that, this group remains the third estate of the comics / fantasy world."

Fangirls by the numbers, by the year, by the film portrayal & by their issues: http://bit.ly/1LTQaJS

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