Fandom News & Linkspam - December 3, 2021
History of Science Fiction Fandom (2010 Metafilter Post)
Fanac.org is dedicated to preserving science fiction and fantasy fandom history. They have a website full of scanned fanzines and a YouTube channel with interviews and convention footage.
Is there heterosexual Omegaverse?
A/B/O was never explicitly and exclusively about m/m pairs, it's just that it was born in m/m RPF circles, and primarily spread through adjacent m/m spheres.
Omegaverse Star Trek Origins
I know the ABO 'verse we have now is largely constructed due to the J2 and SPN fandom, but I also feel like a lot of people ignore the fact that it originated with the Star Trek fandom.
The Last BronyCOrN | MetaFilter from 2020
"Jenny uses her visit to the last Bronycon that happened in 2019 as an opportunity to reflect on the phenomenon of Bronies and her own involvement in the MLP fandom. "
A Reddit Refugee Gratefully Addresses The Tumblr Nation
Excusing bullying by saying "but they're just kids"
Bullying isn’t an age-specific activity - the thing which stops most people bullying others after they leave school is realising they’re in an environment where all of a sudden, picking on the “loser” doesn’t win you popularity, it loses you friends, relationships, employment opportunities and so on.
FanFiction Alignments: Lawful/Chaotic/Evil/Neutral
The Geek Social Fallacies Explained “They come from a famous article back in 2003 about toxic social dynamics in geeky circles where basically positive attitudes (don’t exclude people like a dick) get twisted into extreme and unhealthy forms (you’re never allowed to remove anyone from your social circle)
DaVinci Resolve editing resources
The Art of Vidding
Scroll long enough on social media and you will inevitably stumble upon a video edit.
Looking for collaborators for fandom history fanzine
Anyone out here have any experience producing zines? I'm in the early stages of working up a fun fandom history project, and I'm looking for collaborators who have an interest in fannish culture and some knowledge of zine creation and distribution (both digitally and print-on-demand).
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Gods and Titans: an analysis of mythological connotations and potential foreshadowing for some of the main characters of Arcane (cross posted from Discord and Reddit)
(Arcane S1 discussed; light lore spoilers ahead)
1. Jayce= Mercury
When I learned that Jayce's Hextech weapon was named the Mercury Hammer, I was so confused. He's an inventor- shouldn't he be analogous to Hephaestus? The blacksmith?
Then I realized: Jayce isn't Hephaestus. Victor is Hephaestus (more on that later). And Mercury fits Jayce incredibly well:
- god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, communication
- god of travelers, boundaries, messages
- a guide of souls to the underworld
Mercury has a very large sphere of influence- like Jayce. His domain crosses between worlds- like the power of Jayce's decisions over Piltover and Zaun. He's the god of finance, commerce, merchants, boundaries- all things Jayce suddenly gains almost absolute control over, very quickly. Mercury's symbol, the caduceus, is a symbol of balanced exchange and negotiation. Jayce has been trying to find this balance all season. He'll probably keep trying to find that balance as Piltover and Zaun inch closer and closer to war.
(Given the size of his domain, I always thought that Mercury/Hermes might be spreading himself a bit too thin. Just like Jayce, trying to please everyone).
2. Meanwhile, Victor=Hephaestus.
This one is easy. Hephaestus is the Greek god of metallurgy and craftsmanship. He was cast out of Olympus as a baby by his mother because of his crippled leg. Hephaestus also prefers the company of his work and his automatons over the company of others. Who else does that fit to a thematical T?
3. Vi=Atlas (for the Atlas gauntlets)
The only Titan analogy in this list makes sense; the Titans predate the Olympians, the same way Zaun predates Piltover. I's a common misconception that Atlas carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. That's not true- Atlas was sentenced to carry the weight of the sky. He stops the sky and the earth from ever meeting (the sky and the earth are married and evil, btw), bc if the weight of the celestial sphere of the heavens fell, everyone on earth would be crushed. The heavens=Piltover, Earth and Tartarus (Hell)=Zaun.
Vi does carry a huge weight on her shoulders, but she's also metaphorically upholding Piltover (maybe a hint toward her future job as an enforcer? Growing into her role as an upholder of the peace?). In S2, Vi might just be what keeps Piltover from crashing down onto the Undercity- and vice versa.
Cait’s heavily associated with marksmanship. Her flashback tool place in the wintery outdoors. Artemis is the goddess of the moon, so it might also be symbiotic her willingness to descend into dark places and/or bring light to dark places. In the mythology, Artemis is a protector of women and children. She and her Hunters also hunt down the monsters that threaten the olympians and the common people. If they bring Ezreal into S2, that would automatically make him Apollo.
5. Jinx= Dionysus??
Dionysus is the god of madness (hi Jinx) and wine (purple stuff that lowers your inhibitions), and one of his most famous acts was turning a bunch of pirates into dolphins. She's got that sea life association working for her thru Silco + fishbones the shark cannon.
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