This week’s 5 Fandom Friday is all about fandoms I hold dear, but nobody’s ever heard of. I feel like I ought to preface this with a reminder that I am neither a hipster nor cool, so if there’s something nobody’s heard of it’s because I happened to stumble upon it. I am in no way ahead of a curve in fandoms.
Never heard of this TV show? It’s a New Zealand production, so I’m not surprised. The concept is that a virus wipes out the world population of everyone over the age of 18, and the kids left (in a suburb of New Zealand) figure out how to cope (initially segregated into sectors for testing). It’s a totally campy soap opera with bizarre costuming and makeup (because once society crumbles, we go full Manic Panic hair-dye self-expression). AND I LOVE IT.
I caught an episode while sick, junior year of college, on PBS. Since then I’ve cosplayed, spent years on the Yahoo chat RPG, and made a very dear friend from it.
Let’s call non-TV/movie/book fangirling fandoms, shall we? At the height of my LARPing, I played White Wolf games multiple times per week. Werewolf is my favorite, given my experiences, but I’ve enjoyed LARP and tabletop Vampire, Wraith, Hunter, Exalted, Mage, Aberrant, Demon…about the only one not played was Changeling, mostly because nobody else was interested. But of course World of Darkness was my fav.
When I read the Kushiel’s Dart trilogy, and subsequent Imriel’s trilogy, nobody I knew had also read it. And I absolutely fell in love. This is saying something because- TMI ALERT!- reading sex scenes or anything too sexy in books makes me uncomfortable. There’s a long and boring reason why that has nothing to do with religion or prudery, but there it is.
And yet, here’s a series that is sexy, sensual, and utterly engaging. The world-building is lush, the characters are rich and grey in morality. And Jacqueline Carey is one of the few authors whose signing event I’ve been to (fyi she has a wicked sense of humor).
(I also loved The Sundering duology, which explores the question or good and evil. But that doesn’t have an awesome tattoo)
I may be a bit biased, as my lovely (and very talented) friends Holly and Jim create this comic, and I’ve edited it in the past. But I do love it: the storyline is adorable, the art is colorful and well thought-out, the messages are positive, and it’s fun. I only know Jim and Holly because of my abusive ex, who was a fan of their other (very adult) comic, Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. That got me finding their booth at San Diego Comic Coon (which I used to frequent, when I was young and well), and that got me on School Bites, which I have since cosplayed for. Because Cleo rocks.
And of course, my favorite podcast. The only podcast I listen to, actually, despite there being many good ones out there. Jackie Kashian is one of my favoritest comics of all time, and The Dork Forest keeps Fedora and I sane on our road trips. I went from not knowing who Jackie is, to attending every one of her standups and listening to The Dork Forest every month. I even have a few T-shirts.
OK, your turn: What fandoms do you belong to, that nobody else has heard of??