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Page Title Suggestions?

I want to make a page about fanworks which "feminize" male characters, but am quite aware of the problems with this label; many fans would define this practice not as feminization but infantilzation. While the page should certainly discuss this topic, I'm now left wondering what to title the page, and am hesitant about walking into a minefield. --MPH (talk) 18:04, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

How about "Alternate Portrayals of Masculinity in Fandom" or "Alternate Portrayals of Male Characters"? It puts focus on the male characters, and gives you freedom to explore all the aspects of the different ways fandom writes them? --Alex (talk) 19:06, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
OOh, I like that. It gives it all sorts of room to roam. If someone wants to tweak the title later, they are, as always, more than welcome to do so. --MPH (talk) 20:39, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Book/Literary Fandom

We don't have a general page for this? --MPH (talk) 21:28, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Avon a Terrible Aspect

Thanks for adding more reviews! --Aralias (talk) 16:40, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

You're welcome. I'm thrilled that you made this page. I'll try to find some more info. I'm also working on a page right now about a similar endeavor, the ST:DS9 tie-in by the actor who portrayed Elim Garak. --MPH (talk) 16:46, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Moving Pages to Subcategories

Hi, I noticed you moved several pages to non-existing fandom subcategories. I created the missing subcategories Category:Highlander Fanfiction and Category:Stargate SG-1 Fanfiction. For future reference, please create the fandom subcategory before moving the pages because otherwise the pages just disappear from the fandom cats. --Doro (talk) 10:51, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

I don't know how to properly create the subcategories; I mess it up every time. I figured by getting them all in one spot (clicking on the red) would make it easier, and be a signal for help, for someone who knew what they were doing to assist. Thanks for fixing them, Doro. --MPH (talk) 13:09, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Original K/S Press #94 LOC re: Touch

If you can send me the copy I can compare it to the first letter in the article about "Touch". There appears to be a missing word(s) and in all cases it is better to go to the source - you.


Bobdog54 (talk) 21:45, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Just sent you an email! --MPH (talk) 22:09, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Interview Links

Does anyone know if there are other interviews in this series? --MPH (talk) 22:49, 6 April 2015 (UTC)


Hey MPH, if you can get me a clearer scan of this page then I can read the name of the publisher of Fikcje to add to the page. And for future references, if you have any Polish zines, I can do the translating/reading to help get the right info :) --Alex (talk) 07:48, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

I snagged those images off of ebay long, long ago, and that's all I have, sadly. They are also the only Polish zines I have ever run across, but if I get lucky, it's good to know you could translate. *tucks information away* --MPH (talk) 12:00, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
I found an overview of Polish Star Wars materials here (English) and more scans (and Polish text) here, here, here, here, here, here, here.--MeeDee (talk) 14:34, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
The logo was put into the Creative Commons by the (artist? publisher? here/--MeeDee (talk) 14:39, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Awesome links. I'll add it all to my to-do list and get it up on Fanlore. Thanks! --Alex (talk) 16:37, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

K/S Press 200


Issue #200 came out in Sept. 2000, in the article there is a reference to a tableau created by a Ms Madrid in 2013, she may have perfected time travel but I am not feeling sure about that. I remember seeing the picture but I don't remember where. Any thoughts?


Bobdog54 (talk) 01:12, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for catching that error with your sharp eyes! The whole date of the zine was off by 13 years! I fixed it. --MPH (talk) 13:54, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

Eating the Evidence

Glad you liked the Hectograph entry - the last bit is anecdotal, but I have a friend who is a translator with a LOT of contacts in Eastern European SF fandom going back to the 1970s who can vouch for it. A lot of fans at that time also had political interests, and every now and again someone would get raided by the local police who wanted to be sure that there wasn't any illegal printing going on.

At that time you needed a permit to own e.g. a typewriter, let alone something like an actual duplicating machine, and while the police didn't actually care much about non-political stuff such as fanzines etc., they had to take action if they saw actual machinery. Using this process meant that with a couple of minutes to get rid of evidence the police could honestly say they hadn't seen any machinery etc., nobody worried too much if there was a pan soaking in the sink, and a slight smell of alcohol or some odd-coloured pens or carbon paper lying around.--Marcus Rowland (talk) 15:55, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

I LOVED that anecdote. I ran across a comment by some Russian fans in the 1980s that talked about throwing their (hard-won) VCRs out the window when the authorities got too close. I'll see if I can find it again. --MPH (talk) 16:01, 22 June 2015 (UTC) Added: Here's what I found, Marcus Rowland: A History of Russian-Language Fanfiction.
That seems to tie in with what I remember her saying. At a UK fanzine con a few years ago they did a program item on printing methods that included her demonstrating the process (but not the eating part, because apparently it's pretty horrible, boiling or flushing the evidence is much easier). I actually have personal experience of quite a few pre-photocopying printing methods, not so much from fanzines but because I used to be an educational technician and had to do some of my department's exam papers etc. We used everything from spirit duplicators (hand-written and typed stencils) through ink duplicators (stencils typed, thermally scanned, and at one stage dot-matrix printed) through the big automated scanner/printing machines and eventually photocopying, a lot of hand collating, etc.. As a result I NEVER wanted to be involved in the production side of fanzines... --Marcus Rowland (talk) 16:15, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
I think it was a lot of hard labor, that's for sure, but it also makes for some fantastic stories and history. --MPH (talk) 17:43, 22 June 2015 (UTC)


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