In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.
Five things I want, from the reasonably practical to the majestic dream. Let's dive right in.
1. Icons! Or icon journal suggestions. Fandom and non-fandom alike. Of all the things to miss about Livejournal's heyday, icon journals are near the top of the list for me. But this might simply be a case of me not knowing where the journals are over here.
2. Recipe blogs! Specifically, fandom recipe blogs. Things like Gourmet Gaming
and Inn At The Crossroads
and Food Replicator
. It's less about the food than taking delight in all the different methods of fannish engagement that are possible now in ways that weren't so easily accessible even a few years ago, and examining the ways fandom has almost reverse-engineered a female-friendly space in greater geek culture by taking refuge in gender conventions
. Though picking up new quality recipes to try is nice, too.
3. Transformative works based on my fics. Fanart, cover art, remixes, icons, commentary - it's all good, man.
4. A vid of live-action Marvel media set to "The Future
" by The Limousines. No, not just the X-Men movies, no, not all the MCU - I mean all the Marvel movies
. Including that Captain America from 1990 and the Ang Lee Hulk and you might as well throw in the Netflix TV shows while we're at it. Because the song would serve as a fantastic commentary on the ongoing cycles of live-action media properties and however much we love them they remain commercial pieces that have to be new and fresh and profitable and art is so often secondary - the way they're built on each other and then the whole thing is tossed out for something completely different ("There's nothing we can say that people won't forget someday"). How every time a Matt Murdock figures out how to do it correctly ("Just when I think I've got it all worked out") another one's brought in ("That's probably when they'll put me in the ground"). And how, even with all that, it doesn't delve into cynicism and nihilism but instead a gleeful existentialism of taking on whatever meaning one cares to apply ("There's nothing we can do that matters/And that's okay").
All the X-Men movie timelines! All the Fantastic Four reboots! All the Spider-Men! All the Daredevils! All the Punishers! ALL THE HULKS! And spinning around Steve Rogers in Times Square when it hits the line "nobody lives to see the future."
(Which I hold would make a fabulous icon, if nobody's up to tackling the vid right now. Because Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes are the only ones who've ever lived to see the future.)
5. Not so much for me, but I'd like to see more fandom meetups like the NYC Fanbrunch
. I know Boston has one now, and there's talk of pulling one together for the DC area, but I'd like to hear about more small-scale conventions popping up in places like Ann Arbor and Vancouver. Like I said, a majestic dream. But it'd be so sweet to see.