Carnival of Aces: call for submissions

Chrysocolla Town volunteered to host the Carnival of Aces this month on her tumblr.  This month’s theme is “Asexuality in Fandom”.  See the call for submissions for an explanation of the theme and further instructions!

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Siggy is a physics grad student in the U.S. He is gay gray-A, and makes amateur attempts at asexual activism. His interests include godlessness, scientific skepticism, and math. While not working or blogging, he plays video and board games with his boyfriend, and folds colored squares.
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4 Responses to Carnival of Aces: call for submissions

  1. Blue Ice-Tea says:

    I just want to clarify the use of the word “fandom” in the prompt. “Fandom” means, “the community of people who are fans of something”, right? So, for example, fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer would collectively constitute the Buffy fandom? And “fanworks” would cover things like fan fiction and fan art?

    • luvtheheaven says:

      My opinion is just one person’s opinion — I am not the host of this carnival of aces theme or anything — but I think what you said basically is correct and more details on those terms can be found here: https://fanlore.org/wiki/Fandom But more broadly when one refers to “Fandom” as it’s own specific community and subculture it is actually broader than just fans of the same particular TV show or book series, etc. Even if Person A only participates in Fandom through Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Person B only likes Sherlock, each having never seen the other show, if both are familar with fanfiction, fanvideos, fan art, “headcanon” discussions, etc within their own sub-fandoms, then person A and person B could bond over both being “in fandom”, both relate to each other in terms of mutual activities they partake in, in understanding “shipping” and other jargon or concepts on visceral/experience level, etc. It’s… hard to find a good definition places but fandom is a very specific thing at this point to mean something broader than just “a fandom” which would usually be one work of fiction and the community of fans of that one show/book/film franchise etc. “Fandom” without qualifies, without “A” or “The” in front of it, means something encompassing most specific sub-fandoms, a way to group an even larger group of hobbyists together, essentially.

    • Hi, I’m the host of this Carnival of Aces.

      One can define fandom in very broad terms as “people who are fans of something”, but considering that this prompt is focused in experiences within fandom and trends in the material created in the context of fandom, is mostly focused on organized or communal fandom (as opposed to someone who consider themselves part of a fandom because they like a thing, but never interacts with other fans) and mostly on media and RPF fandoms (as opposed traditional SF/F fandom, who prefer to analyse original work rather than fanwork). Also, you can submit analysis about Fandom in general (in the way luvthehaven described it) or about the specific fandoms you are part of.

      And yes, fanwork here cover things like fanfiction and fanart, but also headcanons, fanpoetry, fancomics, fancrafts, cosplay, graphics, meta, podfics, reviews, wikis, zines, dedicated tumblrs, and any other kind of creative work by fans and for fans.

      Hope that helps!

      • Blue Ice-Tea says:

        Thank you both for the replies. Yes, that clarifies things a bit. I was mostly wondering if the topic I had in mind would fit with the theme. Now I’m pretty sure it does, so I’ll get writing!

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