The Company We Keep

Much has been written about how fandoms facilitate friendships, but Build-A-Bear’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of Power Rangers reminded me of how friendships can define fandoms. Last year, in celebration of the 2017 Power Rangers movie, Build-A-Bear released a Pink Ranger bear and a Red Ranger bear, along with uniforms for the five original…

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“How do you kill a vampire?”

Why we shouldn’t use made-up history to excuse real life decisions: The Thermian Argument, (Youtube) Minisode by Folding Ideas. I very much enjoyed this as an exploration of what’s wrong with the argument, “This character’s attitude isn’t problematic because because it’s consistent with their backstory!” (When pointing out problematic elements in fictional stories, some fans…

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Symbols have power

I attended a panel at Arisia a couple of years ago about empathy as a form of extrasensory perception (akin to telepathy or other psychic abilities). I remember being surprised when someone dressed in a PsiCorps cosplay from Babylon 5 walked into the room. I had seen this person around the con earlier, and while…

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Leading on paper, following online

I recently attended two local July events strongly associated with a verbally creative community: Readercon in Quincy, MA, and the New England Authors Expo in Danvers, MA.  I was intrigued by the similarities and differences in both subject and tone, especially considering one is named for readers and the other for authors.  It revealed a…

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