- July kicks off with GeeKermesse on 8 July in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. GeeKermesse is an event where all kind of fans can gather and have fun. Their doors are open to superheroes, zombies, space explorers, detectives, magical girls, wizards, Saiyans, people lost in time and everybody else! Get your geek out!
- In the U.S. and Harry Potter fandom, Ascendio is taking place from 11 July to 15 July at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Approximately 1,000 fans will take part in this mix of fan and academic conference. Two of the days will feature a “Formal Programming” schedule of presentations, panels, workshops and roundtables including the Quill Track focusing on books and writing. Some of the authors, agents, editors and publishers include Lev Grossman (author), Cecilia Tan (publisher & author), and Omnific (publishing company).
Importantly for us in these parts, the OTW will have an information table about the org at Ascendio. So if you'll be there, stop by and say hello to our volunteers!
- Farther north, thousands more fans will be descending on Otakon. Started in Baltimore, Maryland in 1999, Otakon is "the convention of the otaku generation: by fans, for fans" and they will be holding their 19th event in 2012. Otakon celebrates anime, manga, and all facets of Asian pop culture with a variety of activities, workshops and contests. The con will be held from 27 July 2012 - 29 July 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
- We wrap up with SysAdmin day on 28 July. The holiday exists to show appreciation for the work of systems administrators and other IT workers. The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 28, 2000. There are many suggestions for the proper observation of the holiday, the most common being cake and ice cream, so if you're reading this, thank your SysAdmins!
A Call for Papers this month comes from Katherine Larsen (klarsen at gwu.edu) and Lynn Zubernis (LZubernis at wcupa.edu) for the book Supernatural (Fan Phenomena) to be published by Intellect Press. Please send an abstract (300 words) and CV or resume by 30 Aug 2012. Final chapters of 3000-3500 words will be due 01 Dec 2012. The final book will include ten chapters. More information about the book scope can be found here.
This month we have received a request for research participation from Robin Brenner, who is pulling together a presentation for the American Library Association Annual Conference 2012 and at the Young Adult Literature Symposium 2012. She writes that:
"This survey is here to gather information about how readers over the age of 13 have and continue to interact with their favorite media through fan works including fanfiction, fan art, and fan videos. Specifically we are interested in how participating in fandom has influenced your reading, writing, creativity, and literacy."
"[I]dentities will be concealed and pseudonyms may be used if requested. If a respondent over 18 has indicated we may do so, we may quote specific responses in a future print publication, but would only do so after we have their express, written permission.
We will be using the information gathered from this survey to report back to our colleagues in the library world about fandom, fan work, and participatory fan culture and its connections to reading, authorship, literacy, and creativity. We will not be using any identifying information in our reports except general age categories, and we will never connect your personal information with our survey results.
If you would like to grant us permission to use your full name and age in reporting about this survey, there will be an option at the finish of the survey to let us know your information and to grant us permission to use your name. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, we will not publish your personal information. All survey takers must be at least 13 years of age."
You may also see Robin's resume and list of other publications. Her contact information is listed there, and you may also contact her with questions through:
Brookline Public Library
361 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445
The research results will be shared on her blog this fall: http://noflyingnotights.com
If you have requests for research participation, please view our policy for inclusion at our website.
The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that's not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!